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Old 09-22-2013, 07:23 AM   #1
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Default Hyperion Battery Checker Review and Unboxing

This video is an unboxing and review of the OES Pack Sentry Hyperion Battery Checker, which is used by me and many others as Lipo Battery Checker.

I discuss the features of it and provide a brief overview on battery maintenance.

I don't have much for review notes since I have used my RC flying mentor's checker just like this for quite a while and have always wanted one. There is a knock-off version of this available on Hobby King, but it is ALWAYS sold out. In the years to come I hope to be happy with my choice.

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Old 09-22-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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Thanks for the review, GB. One thing about that checker leaves me wondering. I understand Hyperion batteries use some different configuration on their balance plugs, but obviously that checker works fine on standard balance plugs.

It would be nice if you told us the approximate damage for one of those!
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Thanks for the review, GB. One thing about that checker leaves me wondering. I understand Hyperion batteries use some different configuration on their balance plugs, but obviously that checker works fine on standard balance plugs.

It would be nice if you told us the approximate damage for one of those!
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Oh and you are right. I forgot to include that in the video. I wanted to shoot it and fly (my only day off and the weather was perfect), so I left that out by accident.

It set me back $31 and that included shipping off of Amazon.com. Hobby King sells something similar, but it is in the $15 range (I believe), but as soon as they get them in stock they are gone again instantly. I decided prolonging the life of my batteries was worth the cost difference.
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ALLeRC has them too. I have one and use it all the time as I'm never sure which batteries I've used but not recharged as I have so many in my box.

http://www.allerc.com/hyperion-eos-s...on-p-5701.html

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ALLeRC has them too. I have one and use it all the time as I'm never sure which batteries I've used but not recharged as I have so many in my box.

http://www.allerc.com/hyperion-eos-s...on-p-5701.html
Thanks for the link! I am the exact same way about my batteries. I will set them down and can't remember which ones I just used or not. A tool like this will help most everyone, except the few that won't admit this sort of thing is a good idea to have.
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Of course, you could still use a Watt Meter to check total pack voltage, but it won't show you individual cell voltage like the Sentry. That's why I like having it around.

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I left my Hyperion on my desk at home today instead of packing up in the kit. Might need to get another for just in case. I really like it. Good product.

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Of course, you could still use a Watt Meter to check total pack voltage, but it won't show you individual cell voltage like the Sentry. That's why I like having it around.
For those that have a decent battery charger, they also show individual cell voltages while in the charging or discharging mode.

My Cellpro Powerlab 8's do a nice job in this area. But, that information is of limited use on my models A123 cells. Their voltage discharge curve is pretty flat, dropping only a percent or two in voltage from 80% to 20% charge state.

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I have a $5 cell checker I plug into my batteries before j fly, then I put a rubber band around them when I swap them out to show they are dead.

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Originally Posted by hayofstacks View Post
I have a $5 cell checker I plug into my batteries before j fly, then I put a rubber band around them when I swap them out to show they are dead.
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Most of the electric guys at my club have now picked up one of knock-offs of these. I have only LiPos and it seems to work well on those.

http://www.valuehobby.com/accessorie...y-checker.html

http://www.headsuphobby.com/GT-Power...cker-H-125.htm

I've never checked mine really closely as compared to my PL-6 charger, so I am not 100% sure how accurate it is. It is good for a quick check in the field to see if you should use a battery again or not....

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Originally Posted by Stevephoon View Post
Most of the electric guys at my club have now picked up one of knock-offs of these. I have only LiPos and it seems to work well on those.

http://www.valuehobby.com/accessorie...y-checker.html

http://www.headsuphobby.com/GT-Power...cker-H-125.htm

I've never checked mine really closely as compared to my PL-6 charger, so I am not 100% sure how accurate it is. It is good for a quick check in the field to see if you should use a battery again or not....

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Well crap! I wish I would have bought one of those instead of the one I got at that price.
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