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Old 01-31-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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I'm really tempted to buy a huge load of batteries from Hobby King, mainly because a) they're dirt cheap and b) you can't have too many batteries. I know you get what you pay for, so if they wear out a little quicker than the brand-name ones, I'm totally ok with it.

What I'm not ok with is stuff blowing up and burning down my house (yes, I obviously charge them in a safe place and never unattended, but still). So my question is: Has anyone noticed any safety issues with the cheaper batteries? Are they more prone to catastrophic failures than brand name batteries? I know Chellie wrote somewhere that she owns quite a few Zippy batteries. Any issues with those, Chellie?

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Pretty much all I own are cheaper brand batteries....Blue Lipo, Value Hobby, Flight max, Rhino etc. I've probably got around 30 lipos ranging from 2s to 4s and have never had a single issue with a lipo in the 4 years I've been using lipos. Of course I've had the occasional puffy pack but they were properly discharged and thrown away.

I've never bought a Thunder Power or big name battery and most likely never will. I just can't bring myself to pay that much for a lipo when the cheaper brands have performed very well for me. One thing I always try to do is buy packs with the highest C rating I can get and still fit the weight and size requirements I need.

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No issues at all - have 3 to 5S batteries some of which are 2 years old.

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