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SIMON CRAGG06/10/2019 15:56:25
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I need a couple of 3500-4000mah 4s lipo packs.

Can anybody suggest a decent "budget" brand as only going in a foamy bi-plane.

Been looking at "ZOP" lipos but reviews pretty awful!

Andy4806/10/2019 15:58:22
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Hobbyking lipo stuff is usually pretty good.

GrahamC06/10/2019 16:07:49
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My Experience with Turnigy Lipos from HK has been very good. Also the Zippy ones.

Dad_flyer06/10/2019 16:20:02
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+1 for zippy from HKing. Very low internal resistance, even on 25C rating. Just need to get in when the right size are in UK stock. Also the web site gives £prices, but the bill comes in USD and your bank may charge, and may have a different exchange rate. Still one of the least expensive options.

BackinBlack06/10/2019 16:21:25
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Zippy or Hyperion Graphene. Both have served me well, as always, when properly looked after.

Jason-I06/10/2019 16:29:39
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+1 for HobbyKing turnigy lipo's. Never had a problem with them. I've got everything from 1s 850mah up to 6s 5000mah turnigys and they are all giving good service.

Edited By Jason-I on 06/10/2019 16:30:05

SIMON CRAGG06/10/2019 18:38:52
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Many thx. think I will stick with one of these!

conrad taggart08/10/2019 22:51:22
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Posted by Dad_flyer on 06/10/2019 16:20:02:

+1 for zippy from HKing. Very low internal resistance, even on 25C rating. Just need to get in when the right size are in UK stock. Also the web site gives £prices, but the bill comes in USD and your bank may charge, and may have a different exchange rate. Still one of the least expensive options.

Brilliant batteries but by the way it is best to buy your stuff from the European warehouse - believe it or not postage is cheaper / free over £39 (?) and they have a better range of products than the UK . The Zop batteries even when new have 3 times the internal resistance of other brands ...

Brian Hammond09/10/2019 12:40:19
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I have found Fleuron lipos on EBAY from the UK have been very good,today someone is advertising 2 3000ma 3s for £29_99 and they are 45c!

Nigel R09/10/2019 15:20:34
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Another vote for the various faces of Hobbyking's cheaper "brands" - Turnigy, Rhino, Zippy.

SIMON CRAGG09/10/2019 15:52:36
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Not expecting much for £40.00 for two, but anybody tried 'em?


Jon Robb09/10/2019 16:17:55
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HRB are a cheaper battery brand that have stood the test of time with a lot of the heli fliers drawing high amps, could be a possible alternative.

Shaun Walsh09/10/2019 16:28:08
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I have a couple of these in 3Ah 3s format. The c rating is 15 but I have had no problems pulling 37 amps from them at WOT. No performance difference from the 2200 3s 45C graphenes I have.


SIMON CRAGG09/10/2019 16:44:18
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These two are made by "SODIAL", never heard of them, but they are 3300mah 6s 45c, so I suppose its a case of wait until / if they turn up!. Just done a bit of research and they look like "FLOUREON" packs, which get mixed reviews. Bit worried because "FLOUREON" is missing from the case!.

Edited By SIMON CRAGG on 09/10/2019 17:01:23

Brian Hammond09/10/2019 17:10:52
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Hi Simon,

Mine are very good!

Geoff S09/10/2019 17:18:30
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I've been very happy with the Fluoron packs I've had. They've all been 4S 4AH and exhibit very low ESRs of about 5 milliohms which is more than adequate for my purposes. One thing I do like is that they have those 4mm joined bullet connectors (which I always separate) with same polarity as the convention I adopted back in the days of 7 cell NiCad packs. I usually have to cut off and resolder 4mm bullet connectors from Turnigy. Another is that they're shorter than Turnigy and fit my Tiger Moth.

One problem is that they're sometimes not available in the size I want.

A very heavy user at the club has also had a good experience with Fluoron.

I wonder how many actual manufacturers of LiPos there are. I have a suspicion that there's a fair amount of badge engineering out there.


Geoff S09/10/2019 17:27:55
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I've just noticed that the Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded to 3 scientists who worked om lithium-ion batteries. John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino share the £740,000.

Goodenough is 97 and still works in his llab every day.

We should be grateful to all 3.


Simon Chaddock09/10/2019 17:45:00
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The effectiveness of budget batteries does rather depend on what you intend to do with them.

If you halve their claimed C rating, and never exceed it, the slightly higher internal resistance of a budget battery is not a issue. Under such circumstances even budget LiPo have a reasonable life.

Of course some budget batteries may not have the full claimed capacity either but if you are flying using 10c or less at full power you are probably not going to find a small 'under capacity' too much of a problem.wink 2

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