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LiPo Shootout – Stock Truck Performance Testing
First note, the stock speed controller in the Traxxas Slash does not include a low voltage cut-off for a Li-po pack, so you must install an LVC if you intend on running a Li-po battery in a stock Slash. With that said, there are a lot of consumers using the stock brushed motor in their Slash that are running Li-po batteries. Our test was fairly simple- get 3 drivers of different ability and styles, and have them rate each pack from their favorite, to the one they’d least like to drive. Some of the driving area was pavement, some grass, and a jump was also included in the mix. The Slash used was equipped with the stock Traxxas speed controller and motor. Stock gearing was used. The motor was allowed to cool between each pack. This was also a “blind” test, none of the drivers knew what brand of battery was installed while they were driving it. There were also “control” packs mixed into the test. For instance, we threw a 6 cell ni-mh pack randomly in to keep our testers in check, and we also randomly threw in packs they’d already driven to see if they rated it the same both times. All three of our testers were real troopers, and were committed to eliminating all prejudice and reporting exactly what they felt, not what they thought they felt.

Points/Rating Manufacturer/Battery
1 Thunder Power Pro Race 5000 40c
2 SMC Sport Max 8000mah 28c+
3 Team Checkpoint 3600 30C
4 CORE RC Core RC 5000
4 Thunder Power Sport Race 5400 25c
6 True RC True RC 5000
7 SMC C-Max 5200 40c+
7 Thunder Power Sport Race 8000 22c
7 True RC 6400 15c
10 Speed Power 4000 25c
11 SMC Lightning Volts 5000 20c

Remember: The tests are all scored by points, lowest to highest. The lower the score the better, like a game of golf.

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