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Old 06-30-2011, 12:11 AM
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Hi Kerry, I have a 19lb Simjet turbine, it is a semi start unit, i.e. it does not have a starter but came with a wand type starter. The turbine uses the old solid aluminium block type ECU, with the cockpit unit that has the lights and a small switch on it.

I am in the process of fitting this turbine into a Boomerang Intro, (as It is sitting doing nothing) The turbine uses a big 9.6v Nihm ECU battery, which is a pain due to the weight in the airframe + using the Nihm radio batteries, it stats getting a bit overweight!

Is this the only type of battery that will work with this older type turbine? And 9.6v seems a lot considering there is not a starter motor on the engine.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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PS still not sorted my 3000 problem yet as I took the engine out and fitted a Jetcat, so still need to sort that one out in the future.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:18 AM
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Hi!

For that purpose just to run your engine by powering its fuelpump and glowplug, you can install a 3 cell LiFe-battery at about 2200 mah. That will be perfect. A 3 cell Life is putting out 9,9 volt.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:56 PM
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Hi Ef, many thanks for your reply, my only concern was that as this turbine had the old type ECU, which does not have a hand terminal, (gameboy) that it could only use a desinated Nicad/Nihm type battery, unlike Jetcat or Wren, whereby you select battery type via the hand terminal but your suggestion would certainly solve the problem for size and weight.

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Old 07-04-2011, 12:38 AM
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Hi all, I have checked out the LiFe A123 type batteries and it says that although they are rated at 9.9v, a fully charged pack voltage is 10.8v, would this be a problem and could it damage the ECU? as I am no expert on the matter, I just want to have peace of mind before changing it over from the standard NiHm battery, as this turbine uses the older type ECU.

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Hi!

You can use that battery, no problem. I do use 3 cell LiPo on my SimJet 2002-fadec, even if it came with a 9,6 volt NiCad.
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Thanks UF for your input and help,

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Hi Vince,

Sorry for the delay in response, I have been away on Vac.

With the 2002-D2 ecu (Brick) we recommend the 11.1vdc 3S LiPo x 2200 mah. min.

The solenoids are 12vdc so this is not a problem.

I and many SIMJET operators have been using this set-up for several years without issue.

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Hi Kerry, many thanks for your reply, hope you had a good vacation. I have puchased the 9.9v 2300ma A123 as suggested by UF in his post above, the original battery was a 9.6v Nicad/Nhm.

hope this will be ok.

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Hi Vince,

I have other customers using the A123's as well and they are happy with the results.

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Hi Kerry,

will post results once I get it running, next job is to get that 3000 turbine sorted, as Gaspar said that the ECU is okay, so need to investigate further.

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