Post by Alistair sykes on Feb 17, 2014 15:14:20 GMT
Ok so I've had this turnigy 2200 3s sine October charged and used no more than 10 time and now the cells are off 2 are at 3.2 and the other is 4.2. I've always balance charged it and never really used it below 3.5 so it's not had a hard life. I had a similar thing happen to a zippy flight max one with about the same usage. Now I also use nanotech ones which I've had twice as long as the Turnigy one and I've never had a problem with them. So my question is this. Is it worth saving a few £ on a slightly cheaper battery or am I better off getting the better quality batteries? Or have I just been unlucky with a couple if them?
If no one from the future comes to stop you from doiing it. How bad of a decision could it really be?
I've only ever had OptiPower and Hyperion batteries, and I cant fault either. I've had my Hyperion 2S indoor batteries for over four years now (probably 100 cycles on each) and they're still as punchy as the day I got them, even though I have charged them at 5C since day one! I must admit I don't do that with my larger outdoor batteries although I cant see why they wouldn't handle it the same as the smaller packs.
From seeing other peoples stuff and a mix of different brands (mostly Zippy, Rhino, OptiPower and Hyperion) of batteries at competitions I think it can be more of a lottery as to whether you get a good one or a bad one - as annoying as that may be!
So basically I don't think cheaper batteries are any worse, however sometimes I think if you pay a little bit more you do have more chance of getting help from a company in the UK rather than a warehouse in China should you be unlucky and get a 'dud'.
I agree with Adam, i've had loads of different batteries over the years and it can be a lottery,so stick to a reputable manufacturer,i remember reading a test report on li-po's in one of the modelling magazines and zippy was up there with the best of them. The problem i have experienced with zippy's is the balance lead coming adrift so rendering the pack potentially dangerous, i have continued to use the batteries unbalanced, but have now disposed of them, the wire is too rigid and cheap where turnigy's are nice soft silicon so as to not put any strain on the soldered joint,especially in colder weather I only buy nano tech batteries now of which i am highly satisfied,although the cheaper zippy's represent fantastic value for money but used sensibly with lower amp draw applications.