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Old 04-23-2006, 02:13 PM   #1
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I would like feedback on whether a portable battery pack is feasible for an electric starter. I thought I could solder 10 nicad cells in series and fasten them to the bottom of the starter. Cells that I looked at recently were 1500 mah.

Does anyone have experience with this idea? Does it work? work well?

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Perfect, if you have a charger. Why not two five cell packs?

I bought a starter with a pack, it had a lead acid gell cell inside.
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Old 04-23-2006, 05:11 PM   #3
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Use fast-charge (low IR) cells like Sanyo SCR NiCd or HR2600SC or GP3300 NiMH.


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Old 04-23-2006, 05:42 PM   #4
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2 packs of six cells each works great. One person I know uses two 7 cell packs.

1200 to 2000 ma nicads work fine. Wire them so you can charge them separately. 6 cell chargers are cheap.

I just bought 2 new 1400 ma 6 packs with R/C car connectors at Toledo real cheap.

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Old 04-23-2006, 08:24 PM   #5
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I have used 2 reg car packs ( 6 cells each ) works great
makes the starter heavyer but powerfull and no cord to tangle in the prop
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:18 AM   #6
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Been using 2 car packs (6 C cells1200ma) for years and would not go back to the regular battery. I charge each pack separately with an old rc windup timer car charger and monitor the voltage. I have not replaced any packs and I think it is due to the workout they get. My batteries are in a Radio Shack black plastic box mounted on the starter by 2 alum. end plates. My plugs are in the top so I can unplug to charge. Internally the batteries are in series 14.4 volts but at fresh charge around 18 volts. It starts engines very fast.
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Old 04-25-2006, 09:37 PM   #7
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I use Super Tigre Engines.

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Old 04-25-2006, 09:56 PM   #8
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Are you using a standard 12V starter? If so, how long have you been using this starter at this voltage?
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