Friday, June 10, 2005

Andre on the care of LiPos

Just a note for the guys that are not aware of it: always unplug your Lipo battery from the ESC when not in use (even if it has a on/off switch like for of trhe newer ESCs). I have seen a number of lipos damaged (discharged too low) after a week or two when connected to the ESC - it seems there is still a current draw to the ESC although it is switched off.

Another problem that I have noted is that some guys run their lipos too hot, which eventually destroys the battery (typically middle cell in a 3-cell pack). If the battery is too hot to hold in your hand after landing it will not last. Rather reduce the amp draw by using a smaller prop, limit flying times or use better quality battery. Rather have 2 five minute flights on the T-rex and allow time for cooling with the Align battery than one 10 minute flight, as it gets too hot after 10 mins with the standard Align motor.



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