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Old 01-09-2004, 04:07 PM   #1
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I have a small batteries pack for my piccolo and i not getting the performance i think i should get. i do a trickle charge and wait till the batteries hit peak. When i start to fly i only get about 1 min of true flying before the batteries go low and only be able to hover about 6 inchs off the ground. it will hover there for another 10-15 min. they are nickel metal hydrate batteries 720m 8 aaa pack and thought should i get more time should i completely discharge the batteries before the next charge ?
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Old 01-09-2004, 04:30 PM   #2
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when i had a pic, i know playing with teh gearing would help alot! or get some lithuim cells, they will make a world of difference.
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Old 01-10-2004, 07:42 AM   #3
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How are you charging the battery ? You mentioned trickle charge. You should be charging those batteries at about 1 amp.

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Old 01-10-2004, 03:22 PM   #4
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I have been charging them on a trickle charge that was 400mha but the charger is ajustible so i will run 1 amp to them thanks
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Old 01-10-2004, 03:44 PM   #5
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Hey Rob, how did you make out with the AC to DC adapter?

As I have said to you before, I have tried to run various battery operated toys on an Ac adaptor and they wouldnt work not because of the voltage but because of the available....watts? Anyone help here and can explain this who has more knowledge about how this works?
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Old 01-10-2004, 07:43 PM   #6
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if you are using a 12 volt power supply to power your charger you need one that puts out 13.2 volts to fully charge battery packs
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Old 01-14-2004, 11:41 AM   #7
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Hi Gary,

Watts describes how much work can be done. Low wattage means only a small amount of work can be done. Wattage is calculated as Voltage times Current.

What you have with your adapter is enough voltage but too little current to get the job done. So what you are looking for is another adapter with the same voltage but a higher current rating. ( higher mA )
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