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Old 12-05-2003, 06:38 PM
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Hello; Could someone out there tell me what I should do with my RX and TX batteries over the winter months. Some say discharge them, some say to charge them right up, and some say I should cycle them every once in a while by turning my transmitter and my plane on for awhile and then charge them up again. Thanks George.
Old 12-05-2003, 06:59 PM
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Default RE: Storing batteries for the winter?

Look through this site: http://www.srbatteries.com/index.html
Old 12-06-2003, 09:01 AM
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Default RE: Storing batteries for the winter?

I charge them, place them in a zip baggy and put them in the vegetable bin of my refrig
Old 12-06-2003, 02:27 PM
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I charge them, place them in a zip baggy and put them in the vegetable bin of my refrig
Interesting. It never occured to me to do that.
Old 12-08-2003, 09:56 AM
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Default RE: Storing batteries for the winter?

I took a long break in my rc flying (8+ years). My nicads were on the factory trickle charger the whole time. I thought they would be junk, nope. I used up 6 gallons of fuel this summer and those nicads are still going strong. I know this isn't the way you're supposed to take care of batteries and I planned on buying new ones. When I brook them out I ran them all the way down twice and charged them back up. I was very surprised that they held a charge. I do watch the volts when I'm at the field, since they are living on borrowed time. I also fly 90% of the time with a spad type of plane and those packs stay in those planes. When I was very young I let some batteries sit all winter without a charge and they had to be tossed in the trash the next spring. Once again, I wouldn't suggest doing this, it just sort of happened.
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Old 12-08-2003, 05:44 PM
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Default RE: Storing batteries for the winter?

Here is another link for you to check out. Red really knows his stuff when it comes to batteries

http://www.rcbatteryclinic.com
Old 12-14-2003, 12:24 AM
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The best thing to do is to just keep flying through the winter!

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Old 12-14-2003, 01:52 PM
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Default RE: Storing batteries for the winter?

I learned this when I moved to Georgia from Indiana


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The best thing to do is to just keep flying through the winter!

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Old 12-26-2003, 06:27 PM
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Default RE: Storing batteries for the winter?

hi

there are several ways to do this. I purchased a chargemaster with will pulse trickle charge up to about 10 dumb changers(the ones that came with your radio.) using a power strip.
if you go the refrigerator method it is recommended they be stored in a discharged state. no lower than 1 to 1.1 volts per cell. this way there is less chance of a cell going into reverse polarity. also it is claimed that in this method a bad cell will show up quicker avoiding a possible power failure crash when the pack is reactivated.

I personally like the chargemaster best it sells for about 40.00. and is adjustible for 4,8,12, and 16 hour charge rates plus reverts to trickle automatically after the set charge time.

good flying
joe
Old 12-26-2003, 06:41 PM
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Default RE: Storing batteries for the winter?

I keep my planes on a trickle charge and fly year round,on spare batteries I fully charge then cover with a baggy or saran wrap then stick them next to the glue in the icebox,frig to you kids.
Old 12-29-2003, 12:25 PM
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Default RE: Storing batteries for the winter?

Use the chargers that came with the radios.

Use a lamp timer set to 1-2 hours a day.

Worked fine for me during a 6 year break.

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