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Old 02-07-2012, 02:40 AM   #1
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How many flights do you typically fly during a day at the field?

I was wondering what you are limited by. For me, I am a social person so I like talking and looking at others "toys". So I typically fly only 3-5 times on a typical day. If there is someone on my channel it is usually less as I don't want to monopolize the frequency.

Now that I am switching to electric I am wondering if it would be better to just buy 5-6 battery packs and save the cost of a high C charger and associated power options (deep cycle batteries, generator, etc.), and just charge at home with a 1C AC/DC charger.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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I normally bring two batteries for my plane when I go out. I change one while I am flying the other and just change it at 1C. This is enough to keep me flying for the day and I fly just as much as when I was flying glow. Normally that about 6 or 7 flights a day if I stay out all day. I normally don't take a battery with me as the club has charging setups at the field. If I take my Super Sportster, I can get 3 normal flights on one change, since the battery is way bigger then the plane needs to fly. It just needs that big battery ti get the CG right. I also take a couple of planes so I am not flying the same one all the time, and I always have one ready to go when I am.

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My models are mostly 1KW and larger in size. So, having four or five LiPos on hand for a half dozen models gets to be quite a few $$$$.

So, they've all got A123 cells that can be charged at just about any rate your charger can put out. Problem is, with a 12S2P battery pack, it takes a pair of 120 Ampere Hour deep cycle lead acid batteries, and then those batteries will only last a bit more than a year.

So, went to a gasoline engine/alternator power supply!


Retired and the days are just too short, busier than ever!
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always take 3 planes,with 3sets of batteries[series,and parrallel] for two of the planes and 3 or 4 bateries for the smaller plane..average # of flights on a good day...6 maybe 7. sometimes only a few if it's real crowded and the conversations are good.

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I'm usually limited by time, there are always other things that need doing at home. But I try to cram as much air time in as i can during the time i have at the field, i usually get 7 or so flights. With 2.4HHz frequency restrictions isn't an issue any more so the only limit is how fast i can swap over batteries!

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