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Old 02-20-2006, 09:06 AM
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Just wondering on life of my receiver packs.Couple of suspcious crashes lately!Do you junk batteries at an age even if they still cycle?How high should they cycle.i.e. a 700 Ma NiCd at 550Ma.maybe I am letting them get to low Use a Triton to check them.Is there any advantage to useing the NIMHs for receiver?Maybe time to replace some most are probably 5 years old friends that favor NIMHs but hard to know who knows what!
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When they fall to less than 80% capacity after cycling, I'd replace them. As to what is best, NiCad or NiMh, depends on your needs. NiMh will save some weight for equivalent capacity but will only give you about half the life time of NiCads. NiCads are also somewhat more forgiving of missuse,especially on overcharge. Just be sure to do a forming charge or two on either type to get best life and capacity.
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Rodney gave you good advice.

FWIW I'm known to be somewhat thrifty! I replace any of my packs that are 4 years old. I just feel it is good practice and gives me peace of mind.
Just my two cents,

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I usually put anbout 500 flights a year on my planes. When I get 300-500 flights on a pack I usually junk it. I normally fast charge my packs on the way to the field so it is worse case conditions.
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Lots of good information on this subject is available on Red's site:

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