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PatMc15/11/2018 21:45:27
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I'm thinking of getting an ammo box for safe lipo storage.

I have no knowledge of them so any suggestions of what I should look for ?

Saw a 50 Cal ex Brit Army box on Ebay @ £17 delivered, seems OK but slightly smaller than expected. Does this seem about right ?

Any other types more suitable preferably with link to seller would be appreciated.

Obviously I'll need to arrange some type of internal insulation.

Bob Cotsford15/11/2018 22:35:25
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I have a couple of 50 cal boxes, I use one to carry batteries in the car. I lined them with 2mm self-adhesive vinyl off E-bay and removed the rubber seal to allow it to vent if the worst happens. I find I can fit 4 6S, a couple of medium 3S and 3 or 4 small 3S packs, more than enough for a day out.

Jon Laughton15/11/2018 22:38:28
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I’ll second Bob’s comments- really good storage/transport media for LiPos if insulated properly; I have 3bof them. . Shop around for the best deals on line

IanR15/11/2018 23:08:01
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Why the insulation, lads? Insulate from what?

IanR

IanR15/11/2018 23:15:37
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Pat, try here. f:0">http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-50-Cal-Army-Ammo-Metal-Storage-Box-Ammunition-Surplus-Tin-Tool-Box/301820817483?hash=item4645ec304b:g:YUkAAOSwd3dZYSfa:rk:2f:0

I bought a couple a while back - they are very clean.

IanR

Stearman6515/11/2018 23:24:36
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Just bought one of these, £9.95 inc delivery.

f:0">https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-Army-Ammo-Box-30-Cal-Ammunition-Metal-Tool-Storage-Used-Military-Surplus/192648103496?hash=item2cdab8c648:g:WMQAAOSwbTtbj~N1:rk:6f:0

Craig Carr15/11/2018 23:26:31
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Hello pat,

I too am looking for an ammo box, ken found a suppler but I can’t find his link......

Ian, Just for insulation from the metal box... help safeguard the batteries against shorts

Craig

ken anderson.16/11/2018 08:01:14
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the ones I found were on a site called gi-surplus,much the same as the ones posted here...for some reason the web site is down...the ones on here are p+p free,seem good prices....

 

ken anderson...ne...1..... ammo box dept.

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Peter Miller16/11/2018 08:48:23
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You can find them on EBAY.

I havex a small one and drilled holes in it to let the gasses out. The club secretary added baffles etc to stop sparks coming out to his.

Then I boight a Batsafe.A bit (lot) more expensive but really designed to dothe job properly. They afre on Ebay but actually a little cheaper on Hobbyking.

DB16/11/2018 09:15:24
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If you live anywhere near Brackley go into the Antique Cellar underneath Waitrose. The guy who sells military items has all different sizes and I have had a few off him for £10 each.

Bob Cotsford16/11/2018 11:48:43
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Posted by IanR on 15/11/2018 23:08:01:

Why the insulation, lads? Insulate from what?

IanR

I lined mine to reduce the chances of getting a short, either through a damaged lead or abrasion on the packs' shrink wrapping.

Simon Feather16/11/2018 11:57:20
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I second (third?) the views about ammo boxes, great things; just be careful when shutting the lid that you haven't trapped any of the battery leads....

supertigrefan16/11/2018 16:30:42
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Looking at the price they fetch makes me regret chucking the dozens I used to have.

Percy Verance16/11/2018 17:14:22
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I use one of these......

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Made of steel, it's considerably more robust than the plastic jobs you often see. Nobody selling ammo boxes near me, and I don't do e bay so got this instead. Seems ideal...... Loads of room in it. If I fill it with 20 odd lipos for a full day's outing, it's almost too heavy to lift..... Of course I could take fewer batteries, but I prefer not to charge at the flying field.

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 16/11/2018 17:17:58

Stearman6516/11/2018 17:20:20
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Posted by Percy Verance on 16/11/2018 17:14:22:

I use one of these......

stanley tool box.jpg

Made of steel, it's considerably more robust than the plastic jobs you often see. Nobody selling ammo boxes near me, and I don't do e bay so got this instead. Seems ideal...... Loads of room in it. If I fill it with 20 odd lipos for a full day's outing, it's almost too heavy to lift..... Of course I could take fewer batteries, but I prefer not to charge at the flying field.

Edited By Percy Verance on 16/11/2018 17:17:58

But how much Percy?

Percy Verance16/11/2018 17:25:28
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I can't recall exactly. About £25 I think....... Bought as an impulse buy from a hardware store in my nearest town. Solidly made, with a good strong handle too. It may even be strong enough to sit on, but I haven't tried that. I usually take a folding chair to the flying field...... The size is (approx) 9 inches square by 18 inches long. The toolbox that is, not the folding chair........

I have since been told they are available on Amazon, but I'm not over keen on buying from them either.

 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 16/11/2018 17:36:50

PeterF16/11/2018 23:15:45
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Posted by Percy Verance on 16/11/2018 17:14:22:

I use one of these......

stanley tool box.jpg

Made of steel, it's considerably more robust than the plastic jobs you often see. Nobody selling ammo boxes near me, and I don't do e bay so got this instead. Seems ideal...... Loads of room in it. If I fill it with 20 odd lipos for a full day's outing, it's almost too heavy to lift..... Of course I could take fewer batteries, but I prefer not to charge at the flying field.

Edited By Percy Verance on 16/11/2018 17:17:58

Good choice, I have one of these to keep my field charging battery in, 96Ah of 6S lipo, I have some large EDF jets and lead acid leisure batteries were too heavy. The case is large and sturdy and has a good carry handle. Mine has a sliding tray in the top for the charger to sit in, I believe there is a version without the sliding tray as well. It has some gaps between the lid and body so it can not pressurise should an event happen. My flight batteries travel in 50 call ammo boxes, with the seals partially removed and insulated inside per other peoples practice.

Percy Verance17/11/2018 12:26:08
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Peter

There seem to be several versions of this box. Mine has no internal tray, but that matters little in my particular case as I don't normally take a charger to the field, preferring to take enough fully charged batteries with me for the flying I anticipate doing. In any case if I ever found I needed to charge, the field I fly in is luckily just a couple of minutes drive from my front door. As you point out, the handle seems particularly robust.......

Andy C17/11/2018 15:06:25
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I use NEW 50Cal ammo boxes from Ebay (link below). Not worth getting used old rusty ones in my opinion. Also, I thought the whole point was to keep the rubber seal in place to stop the gasses escaping in case of a problem or a battery going pop or in fact more oxygen getting in if they try and burn.

f:0">https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-50-Cal-Army-Ammo-Metal-Storage-Box-Ammunition-Surplus-Tin-Tool-Box/301820817483?hash=item4645ec304b:g:YUkAAOSwd3dZYSfa:rk:49f:0

PatMc17/11/2018 16:06:33
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Thanks for the replies.

I've ordered one of these.

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