RC batts. Lipo?

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    RC batts. Lipo?

    How long do the lipo 5000 batteries last? Got my daughter a traxxas rustler and two batteries for her bday. What’s the run time on a charge?

    #2
    My brushless E revo goes about 45 mins on a pair of them (in series for 4s) It usually breaks before I can run them down from fully charged

    Just make sure to physically disconnect the battery when done. I killed a pair of mine by leaving them plugged in but the truck switched off.
    00 Excursion - Cummins 12V/NV4500, 05+ coil suspension
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      #3
      Ask Lance what not to use in those.
      Lay me down some rails boys, don't put me in jail boys
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        #4
        My Arma Tallion (1/8 scale truggygtruggy)45 minutes to an hour dicking around at the track. My buddies pretty built out team associated 1/8 scale buggy lasts a little longer. Both on 6500mAh 4s.

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          #5
          Depends on current draw and running surface. Grass can easily cut run time in half.
          Charging should be about an hour if you've got a proper charger that can hit the 1C rate. Always balance charge, it takes slightly longer but will stop you blowing up the Lipo

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            #6
            Originally posted by OllieNZ View Post
            Depends on current draw and running surface. Grass can easily cut run time in half.
            Charging should be about an hour if you've got a proper charger that can hit the 1C rate. Always balance charge, it takes slightly longer but will stop you blowing up the Lipo
            this.
            run time is usage against capacity.

            balance charging is not needed all the time if you keep your batteries in decent shape and use them often.

            most batteries will take more than 1c charge rates these days without issue.
            consult your battery manufacturer.
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              #7
              My son's gets about 45 mins per battery. Mixture of pavement, dirt and grass. His is running the brushless system.

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                #8
                Another thing to add, make sure your ESC is LiPo capable and in LiPo mode. If you completely discharge them they are usually junk afterwards.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Byro View Post
                  Another thing to add, make sure your ESC is LiPo capable and in LiPo mode. If you completely discharge them they are usually junk afterwards.
                  What is an ESC?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Poke View Post

                    What is an ESC?
                    Electronic Speed Controller. What the battery plugs into. I’d imagine now with 2.4 radios it’s not an issue. When I was into it it’s when Lipos and 2.4 was coming out and some speed controllers weren’t LiPo compatible.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Byro View Post

                      Electronic Speed Controller. What the battery plugs into. I’d imagine now with 2.4 radios it’s not an issue. When I was into it it’s when Lipos and 2.4 was coming out and some speed controllers weren’t LiPo compatible.
                      Most are still switchable between NiMH and Lipo, some use a physical jumper on the ESC others it's a software setting.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Byro View Post

                        Electronic Speed Controller. What the battery plugs into. I’d imagine now with 2.4 radios it’s not an issue. When I was into it it’s when Lipos and 2.4 was coming out and some speed controllers weren’t LiPo compatible.
                        https://traxxas.com/products/models/...stler-standard

                        This is what I got with 2 Traxxas Lipo 5000 and the traxxas smart charger that will charge both kinds of batteries. I did put it on the balanced charge.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by OllieNZ View Post

                          Most are still switchable between NiMH and Lipo, some use a physical jumper on the ESC others it's a software setting.
                          I had some early Novak that was switchable and some early Futaba that was NiMH only. I’ve been out of the RC scene for a few years, wasn’t sure if everyone has made the switch, figure with some of the RTR kits it would be a way for companies to save a little money on their products.

                          Maybe I’ll have to dust off the Losi’s.

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                            #14
                            Any newer Traxxas sec will be look capable but look in the manual and it'll tell you how to switch it if needed. Traxxas is a solid beginner brand to learn on for sure. Everything is user friendly for newbs.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Poke View Post

                              https://traxxas.com/products/models/...stler-standard

                              This is what I got with 2 Traxxas Lipo 5000 and the traxxas smart charger that will charge both kinds of batteries. I did put it on the balanced charge.
                              This is how to check and set the Lipo/NiMH mode on the XL-5 ESC

                              Verify that Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED: 1. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle at neutral). 2. Connect a fully charged battery pack to the XL-5. 3. Press and release the EZ-Set button to turn the XL-5 on. If the LED is solid red, then the Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED (not safe to use LiPo batteries). If the LED is solid green, then Low-Voltage Detection is ACTIVATED.

                              To activate Low-Voltage Detection (LiPo setting): 1. Make sure the LED on the XL-5 is on and RED. 2. Press and hold the EZ-Set button (the LED will turn off). After ten seconds, the motor will beep twice and the LED will shine GREEN. Release the button. 3. Low-Voltage Detection is now ACTIVATED.

                              To disable Low-Voltage Detection (NiMH setting): 1. Make sure the LED on the XL-5 is on and GREEN. 2. Press and hold the EZ-Set button (the LED will turn off). After ten seconds, the motor will beep three times and the LED will shine RED. Release the button. 3. Low-Voltage Detection is now DISABLED.
                              Full car manual here: https://traxxas.com/sites/default/fi...-OM-EN-R04.pdf

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