Thunder Power RC has just announced a whole new line up of lipo batteries with a new chemistry called G8! The new packs are lighter, smaller, and more powerful! Sounds like a win-win to us! Looking forward to getting our hands on some of these!
Check out the Thunder Power Website for more information.
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We received a note from the crew over at Traxxas letting us know they have a unique way to ensure the Lipo battery you get with a new Traxxas vehicle is factory fresh. Lipo’s lose capacity over time, even if just sitting on a shelf, so the newer your Lipo is, the stronger and longer run-time that it will have.
“Factory-Fresh Power Cell Performance
To assure you experience the full capacity, voltage, and performance we build into every Power Cell LiPo pack, the LiPo battery included with your model is supplied separately at the time of purchase. This makes certain you receive a pack that is “factory fresh.” You can even upgrade to a different Power Cell LiPo to suit your preference for capacity and voltage. See your participating hobby dealer for all the Traxxas Power Cell battery upgrade options. With Traxxas, Power Cell LiPo performance is a promise.
Traxxas models don’t stay on shelves long, so putting the LiPo battery in the box would probably be OK. But by providing the battery separately, you can be certain the pack is “fresh,” and is the latest version of the battery should there be any running changes to the pack. You can also select a different Power Cell battery if you like, and pay the difference–for example, you can take home a 3S pack with the Slash 4X4 Ultimate instead of the supplied 2S pack. Actual pricing for battery swaps will vary by dealer and the battery selection you make, but it’s always a better deal than paying full price for a second battery.”
To get more information on Traxxas Lipo batteries and all their fine products hit up their Official Website.
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Are you the type of basher that likes to keep all your charging gear in a handy to transport case? If so the crew over at Progressive RC sell charging stations with a case. Each combo case comes with a power supply, battery charger, and everything needed for doing some serious charging. Pictured above is their Surface Sidekick, a 500 watt set-up capable of charging 3S packs at up to 30 amps. Some of the other specs and features include-
* Charger- 1 iCharger 306B
* Power Supply- 1 PRC 500
* Balance Board- JST-XH & ThunderPower
* Comes with two 50mm fans with grills
* Charge current range: 0.05-30.0A
* Discharge current range: 0.05-30.0A
* Maximum discharge power capacity: 80W
* Maximum regenerative discharge: 1000W
* Current drain for balancing: <500mA
* Balance accuracy: <10mV
* LiPo/LiIo/LiFe: 1-6 series (up to 12S LiFe in non-balanced mode)
* NiCd/NiMH battery cell count: 1-25 series
* Pb battery cell count: 1-18 series (2-36V)
* Battery setup memories: 10
* Comes with intelligent temperature control
* PC Connectivity: USB port
* Warranty: 1 year
The Progressive RC charging set-up pictured above has a street price of $375 and you can get more information right HERE.
Have you read our battery charger shoot-out? If not, check it out HERE.
New from Thunder Power RC is the Thunder Power 1S 6800mAh 65C Advanced Energy Series LiPo. If you are into the carpet racing scene, this is probably a pack you want to put on your shopping list. The Advanced Energy Series batteries from Thunder Power claim more voltage with longer run times, and are also lighter than their competition. If you are wondering about the 1s, it is mostly used in 1/12th scale vehicles or the Trans AM classes.
They will start shipping in October, and the cost will be about $69.
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The guys over at Orion have introduced a new Battery Safety Bag for use while storing and/or charging your battery packs. The Team Orion bag is made out of a fire resistant material and uses a hook and loop flap for easy access. The bag holds up to two 2S Lipo batteries and you can expect a street price of around $20. Hit up THIS link for more information on the official Orion website.
Looking for more Lipo battery information right here on BigSquidRC? Try THIS link.
An 8th scale buggy (or truggy) can pull some serious g-forces while bashing. Casing jumps, lawn-darting, or slamming curbs is a fairly common occurrence on the bash scene, all of which can cause damage to a battery pack. MaxAmps has introduced a new stainless steel battery tray insert designed to protect your battery during extreme use. The MaxAmps insert is made out of 1mm thick stainless steel and they have a street price of $12. HERE is the link you want for complete information on the MaxAmps website.
Have you read the BigSquidRC MaxAmps multi-voltage pack review? You can check it out HERE.
MaxAmps are not only makers of fine batteries but they also have high output DC power supplies. Recently the MaxAmps crew updated their power supply line-up by adding front grills, putting on fresh wraps, and making small internal changes. The 12 volt model shown above is good for 47 amps of output and costs right at $80. For complete specs click HERE.
Want to read our review of the MaxAmps 24 volt power supply? Click HERE.
The MaxAmps battery crew out of Spokane Washington announced a new battery to their line-up today, a Dual Core 8000 mah 150C discharge Lipo. Their new battery uses 4000 mah cells that when wired in parallel are said to give the lowest possible resistance while giving outstanding voltage under load. The new Dual Cores are capable of a 5C charge rate and are also waterproof. You can get the new Dual Cores in either hard case or soft pack, and they have a price point of right around $145. The new MaxAmps Dual Cores are available Right Now for your bashing pleasure.
Looking for more MaxAmps news here on BigSquid? CLICK HERE
Do you have large Lipo batteries? Are your Lipo’s capable of high charge rates? Are you late everywhere you go and have a minimal amount of time to charge your packs? If you meet any (or all) of those requirements here’s some great news for you, Hyperion has a charger capable of a 30 amp charge rate (up to 550 watts) called the 730iNet3. These beastly chargers sell for around $190 here in the states and you can find complete info HERE.
Want to find out how another Hyperion product stacked up in our last charger shootout? Click HERE.
Word from MaxAmps is they just announced the new 10900mah 2-Cell 120C LiPo battery pack. Talk about your long run times! I’m pretty sure the way we bash, most our vehicles would be broken before we ran out of juice with a 10900 pack! LOL.
It boasts the standard MaxAmps stats with 3-year 300 cycle guarantee, true 120C rating, 5C fast charge capable, and 100% waterproof! They will also add whatever connectors you want on the end, which is good since Cubby normally makes fun of my soldering skills when it comes to replacing connectors!
Check out the MaxAmps web site details and ordering info.
Reedy have announced a new 7.4v ”Shorty” Li-Po for the racers out there. However if you do fancy bashing it, there’s no need to worry, because it’s 60c 4000mah cells are protected by a hardcase. Sounds like another Li-Po right? WRONG. It’s called “Shorty” for a reason – its short! That means you can slide it about in your standard sized battery tray for perfect weight distribution.
Check out the Reedy Website for full specifications.
Stay safe with this Low Voltage Monitor from Venom. You can set the alarm to sound between 2.7v and 3.8v per cell using 2s to 8s LiPo packs. As well as a loud alarm, this tiny monitor has a LCD readout so you can check your packs voltages.
Head over to the Venom Website for details!
RB Products have realeased a couple of pictures of their new batteries and a Li-Po charging bag. There will be 7.2V 1600mAh, 7.2V 3000mAh and 8.4V 4000mAh NiMH packs, as well as 3000mAh 30c 2s and a 4000mAh 45 2s Li-Po’s.
You can also get a cool printed Li-Po safe charging bag to match your fancy new battery packs!
Keep an eye on the RB Products website for more info in the near future.