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Old 10-26-2006, 08:34 AM
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Hi A123...
I intend to buy your 3s1p battery.. I have a US shipping address, but my credit card and billing address are non-US nor Canadian.. Can I order online or by phone??
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Old 10-26-2006, 08:37 AM
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One more thing!!! can I charge your cells with my duratrax ICE charger??
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:10 AM
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One more thing!!! can I charge your cells with my duratrax ICE charger??
You might be able to figure it out, but honestly it seems like the a123 charger does the best job at charging a123 packs. It balances the cells while it charges and is specifically programmed to charge this type of cell. These do not quite work like regular lithium cells. So it's up to you, but you'll probably have the best luck with the a123 charger.
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Old 10-26-2006, 12:21 PM
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ho0joker TME has a new charger that does A123 cells called the Xtrema. There was a very nice review in FLY RC magazine. It does up to 10s packs.
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Old 10-26-2006, 02:51 PM
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Thanks guys, I was just wondering if I could cut down on the cost buy not buying their charger.. I guess I'll have to buy it.. But first I'll check the review of Xtrema like you said pattern3dflyer..

A123: Any news on international credit cards with US shipping address???
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Old 10-27-2006, 05:06 PM
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Hello Joker,

Thanks for your interest in our batteries. Please send an email off to customersupport@a123racing.com and I will see what we can do about getting you some batteries.

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Old 10-28-2006, 05:34 AM
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Thanks for replying Brian.. Send you an email containing what??
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:30 AM
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I'm looking at getting a few packs for my 1/10 Tamiya TA05 and my Kyosho Half 8 ST. What would you recommend? The Tamiya is a 27 turn stock motor with a GT7 esc. I sometimes swap it with my Mamba Max 4600. The H8 runs a Mamba 6800. Let me know what you think.
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Old 10-28-2006, 06:25 PM
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It appears that you haven't answered the question about cell tabs yet. One or two?
I have some outrunner motors that may be pushed too hard at 13.2 V, so need to build three cell packs.
Any more info re O/Seas shipments yet?
Any more info about SPT yet? Seems to be a little conflict about usage here.

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Old 10-30-2006, 03:00 PM
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Hello Tucker,

I understand what you are asking now. The cells have two tabs, One per side. I can see where the website was misleading. I have changed it to be clearer. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Hey Chuck,

Thanks for checking in.

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Brian, in your last response to me, you said, "The cells have two tabs, One per side."

By "one per side" do you mean one on each end?

If your answer is yes, this is my last question regarding theses cells and I can go ahead with an order.

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Old 10-31-2006, 03:37 PM
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Hello Tucker,

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By "one per side" do you mean one on each end?
You got it, there is one on each end.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Old 11-02-2006, 03:19 PM
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Hi Brian,

I wonder if those packs need balancing on every charging.

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Hi Brian,

I wonder if those packs need balancing on every charging.

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I doubt they NEED it, but the a123 charger automatically balances them if they need balancing. So don't worry about balancing, it will be done for you.
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I'm not sure about how the system works. I'm totally lost on the balancing the battery during charging. Does the 123 system come with everything it needs to charge the battery and maintain it? How do you balance the battery? I want to get two 2s2p 4600 for my XXX-T & XXX-4. Will I have a problem fitting them in my r/c vehicles? There are about 6 guys at my track that are running the Li-po batteries by Team Orion(4600) and I would like to use something different. They are running brushless as I am, but no Li-po for me so I need something to keep up. After 3 min with my 3600 nimh my peak is gone. They can run 10 mins and there peak hasn't even dropped. Some of them run the Team Orion Li-po pack for 2 qualifiers and the A-main without recharging the pack. I need that kind of power and run time. Does the A123 2s2p 4600 able to do that cause if so I'll be getting me a system as long as it fits my XXX-T & XXX-4. Other wise I guess I'll have to join the band wagon and go Team Orion Li-po.
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Old 11-07-2006, 10:33 AM
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Hey Totally Losi,

Thanks for checking in. The Hypersonic 6.6V 4600 will definitely give you the run time your friends are seeing with the "Other" pack. If you get one of the starter kits then you will have everything you need to get the batteries charged and balanced, the only thing you will need if you don’t already have one is a 12V power supply. If you are looking into racing you may want to check out the Hypersonic 6.6V 2300. This battery is less than half the weight of your current NiMH pack so you will see a huge difference in acceleration. Most people choose to swap up their pinion to get some more top speed cause they don’t need all the acceleration. If you are only doing racing then it makes more sense to get the 2300mAh battery. It will last about 8-10 minutes in your setup, the voltage will not sag during the race, and you won't be carrying around a lot of energy that you do not need (weight). These packs will charge in 15 minutes on our charger (the 4600 takes 30) so if you get the starter kit with two of these and a charger you would be hard pressed to have any issues not having a battery for a race. These batteries also fit into 1/10th scale vehicles a little bit easier than the 4600.

Let me know if you have more questions.

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Hello Brian,

I was just wondering how long the introductory pricing on your products would be running. Am in the process of saving up for a Turbo starter kit. Thanks..
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Old 11-09-2006, 11:42 AM
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Hello Radar,

The introductory pricing will be maintained through the end of the year.

Good luck with you savings.

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Brian,

That's good news, but I have a query or two from down under.

1. Can you inform me of the results of your testing with SPT?
2. When do you intend to supply to O/seas countries?

I am in the position of having to replace packs, can't wait too long, so would like to be able to access this technology, instead of having a short lived potential fire bomb flying around.

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Hello Uninverted,

Thanks for the questions.

I have not had a great deal of time to do in use testing (in cars and planes) with the SPT's but the bit of bench testing I did with them went very well.

If you are looking to get loose cells to Australia you can visit www.a123systems.com click on products and you can order sets of 6 loose cells. They do come with large nickel tabs on them but if you put a note in the comments section they may be able to get some for you without the tabs.

Thanks for the interest.

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Hey Brian, is there any possibility of having Powerpole (Sermos 30 amp) plugs installed on the battery/charger/turbo box when ordered? I like Powerpoles and I'd naturally want to avoid having to do the conversion myself. I think I heard this would void the warranty or something, but I thought I'd ask anyways just in case.
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I just saw on their web site that the Xtrema data cables are in stock! If you have purchased an Xtrema to charge A123 batteries and your dealer sold you one without the "M1" firmware, now you can update it yourself.
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Yeah.. I'm Canadian too.... it would be nice to be able to buy them... Does the charger really charge the batteries in 15 Minutes?....
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Does the charger really charge the batteries in 15 Minutes?....
Yes, the A123 Sonic charger will charge the 2s1p packs in 13-17min. My 3s1p packs are taking 20-25min.

If your going to use 2s or 3s packs only you would be crazy not to buy the Sonic charger to charge them with (IMO).
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:49 PM
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Hi Brian!
Just read your article in RC Car magazine.
job well done chear

BTW i love those Li-Ion packs

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