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Old 01-22-2006, 08:59 PM   #1
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Hitec optic 6 run time.

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I just purchased a hitec optic radio ( first computer radio )
When i first turned it on Battery volts were 10.8 I proceeded to start to program one of my planes but the battery went dead (warning beeps )
in approx 15 mins. I replaced the battery with a fully charged one same size / part # from my laser 6. it went dead in 30 - 40 mins.
I fully charged origional battery 12-14 hrs (manual does state 15hrs) noted the time, extended antenna, and proceded to try to program my other planes but in 1 hour, 2minutes battery was dead (warning beeper) and at 9.2 or 9.3 volts.
both batteries, have the approx same run time in the optic but seem to last for many hours in my laser.
Is this normal run time for this radio ????

Not happy with this cant fly for an afternoon like that.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 01-22-2006, 11:20 PM   #2
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try cycling them may be they need replacing. cycling will let you know drain time and charge of battery.
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:32 AM   #3
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Radio and battery are brand new.
The other battery is from my laser 6 and has been cycled a couple of times.

What is the average amount of run or use time people are getting from their computer radios.
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:31 PM   #4
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Did you read the warning 'charge phone, I mean radio 24 hrs before first use'?
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:28 PM   #5
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Hitec optic 6

I own two optic 6's and find the TX battery times limited, But I get better times than you are. A normal flight with my Unicorn Flying wing is 35 to 45 minutes with a mix of power on fun and climbing and then soaring, (gives the old guy a rest). I get two long flights and one shorter one about half the flight time.
I have never had a low battery alarm but have felt close to that point.

I am just back into the hobby after a delay of many years and seem to remember my old futaba being good for many hours on fun fly weekends,I do like the features on the Hitec Optic 6, the computer features sure help with setup (Elevon mixing)and expo helps to smooth out my flying.
I do notice more people charging radios at the field something I never remember from previous times.


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Old 01-24-2006, 06:13 AM   #6
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NiCD and NiMH batteries need to be broken in if they have not been used for a long time. That is likley the case with your new battery. To break it in leave it on charge for 24 hours. As for the new computer radios using more energy, you are correct they do use more because they have to power more. LCD display are computer radio components and suck up some battery. I have not found it to be a big deal as I ca charge my battery from my field box. I find the convienience to far out weigh the cost of a cheap charger for my radio batteries.
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I have not found any where that stated to charge for 24 hours, only 15 in the manual.
However Great Hobbies has told me to do exactly that.
The run times are improving with the cycling and extended charging, I was leary to charge for more than 8 hours as the battery would read 11.3 volts when I turned the radio on to check.

Thanks for all of you assistance.
It sure is nice to have access to this wealth of experience.
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