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Old 03-03-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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I have been out of the hobby for a few years now. Been cleaning up around the basement and trying to get reorganized after the flood. I have airplane/car/boat parts EVERYWHERE. Also found my realflight. Anyhow, I think I'm going to get some planes fired up this spring. I have to research all the new technology out there and will likely just replace all my old batteries. Going to keep my Futaba T6X. I run nitro in my planes and 2 cars and have batteries for 2 boats and 1 car. Ideas for replacement batteries and chargers?
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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I'd go with LiFe packs IF your servos will handle the voltage.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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Hi Patch,

Welcome back !

FWIW, I still prefer my trusty ni-cads. They are dependable and last me years.
I have some Ni-MH packs that are nice at half the weight, but they do not seem to last long before they 'crap out' on me. (I could be doing something wrong) Anyways, half the weight is not worth twice the price, so I'm sticking with what I know. Ni-cads are easy to 'bump up' at the field with my 'Turngy' field charger.

Not tried the other (many!) options, mostly because I am a 'Luddite' at heart !

Others will chime in with the 'latest and greatest' options...

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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I too am sticking with NiCd and NiMh with my nitro/Gas planes. I dont like the bumped up voltage on LiFe, you never know if you are going to fry a receiver or servos.

These packs suit me fine and I see no reason to change. And just like Dave, if I ever need to top them up at the field, a field charger and 30 minutes is all it takes.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:44 PM   #5
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Only thing I will add is that IF you convert to 2.4ghz, do NOT use 4 cell flight packs. Use 5 cell packs. 2.4ghz receivers can be sensitive to low voltages and work best with 5 cell packs.

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Old 03-08-2013, 05:38 PM   #6
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thanks for the input guys. I think I'll stick with the NiMh. I already have chargers for my plane batteries anyway, and they are cheap and easy. I also want a quick field charger for my 6 cell C batteries in my boats. Suggestions?
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