I was on the hunt for some 3s lipo batteries. I usually go with a Turnigy lipo from Hobby King as they have proved to be a very good inexpensive battery that hasn’t let me down over the years. The problem is waiting 3 weeks for them to arrive. This is the main reason I wanted to try something different and a little closer to home. After about an hour of online research I decided I wanted to try SMC (Superior Matching Concepts) batteries, so I went to the SMC website and found a Canadian retailer named Bego Racing, which is located in Quebec. Once I saw the selection and prices for batteries, I was happy to try my luck and place an order for 2 SMC Factory Spec 11.1V 7200mAh 60C. What I really liked was the fact the Bego Racing has a wide range of connectors that they solder on the battery for you. The Traxxas and Deans connectors are free, EC5, XT60 and XT90 will cost you an extra $3.99. Once the battery arrives, you only need to charge and enjoy them.
I placed 2 batteries in my cart and found shipping to be reasonable for Canada. ($17.75) I then took a day to think about it. The fact I could pay with PayPal put my mind at ease and pulled the trigger on Feb 26th. My Bego Racing account was updated regularly with the progress of my order and included a Canada Post Tracking #. The batteries arrived at my door on March 3rd. Everything was perfect, the batteries had the requested Traxxas connectors installed and both batteries had all 3 cells balanced perfectly at 3.85. The hard case batteries also have a rubber grommet around the openings where the battery leads and balancing wires emerge from the case. This should help keep some water out.
The first run with them in the X-Maxx was great. I had great speed and the truck would still wheelie on command. I look forward to seeing how these batteries hold up over the long run.
Bego Racing has delivered on great service, at a fair price and a quality product. It is these things that will have me back on their site in few weeks picking up some 4s batteries.
You can also check out Bego Racing on Facebook.
I reached to Bego Racing before I posted this article and I heard back from the owner. So I thought I would include some of the conversation. The owners name is Eric, he has been involved with the hobby for 20 years. It was 5 years ago that he decided to start Bego Racing from his home. At the same time they became the Canadian Distributor of SMC Batteries. They sell a wide variety of RC products that you can find on the BegoRacing site. The site may come up in French, but in the upper left hand corner you will see a drop down to change it to English.
Eric also said his English is bad, but after reading our correspondence all I can say is…… His English is way better then my French. I had no problem communicating with Eric.
I saw this video on the EZ Drone YouTube channel and debated posting it. I don’t want this to be seen as fear mongering, but the video does serve as a reminder to exercise caution with LiPO batteries. I don’t know the full story or the condition of the battery in question, so there could be any number of reasons to cause this battery to react like it does.
I like to store my batteries in a military ammo container and I will drain any battery that shows signs of irregularities to 0 volts and get rid of it. It just simply isn’t worth the risk to me.
Check out our LiPO Battery 101 for more info on LiPO batteries.
Trinity introduces “THE BRICK
Trinity has introduced thru their Twitter account the REV2027-5 Formula X. “THE BRICK” will replace 2- side-by-side saddle packs with 1 single hard case battery. Trinity does tell us the The REV2027-5 Formula X will be available soon. Look for a MSRP $159.99
This is very simply a great idea.
Have you ever wondered how Gens Ace produce their batteries? Too be honest, I never really gave it much thought. Then I stumbled upon this neat video from the Gens Ace factory that takes you on a 4 minute tour of the manufacturing process of their lithium polymer cells.
If you are new to this hobby you will learn that there is a wide variety of things that can make your life easier and time with your RC more enjoyable. We aren’t talking about vehicle upgrades in this post, but other RC related upgrades. If you happen to have some extra cash laying around, consider some of these things.
Hex Tools: A proper set of Hex tools to replace the Allen keys that came with your vehicle. The Allen keys that came with your vehicle will do in a pinch, but if you do any kind of maintenance or repairs to your vehicle, you will save yourself a lot of time and pain to your hands if you get a good set of tools. There are many manufactures of these tools from M.I.P., EDS Racing Products, Hudy, Dynamite, Turnigy and Integy. These are just a few of them, find what best fits your budget and know that they all are an improvement over the tools that came with your RC.
Battery: An extra battery, one just never seems enough. The battery options are endless, chances are your RTR vehicle came with a Nimh or Lipo battery. At this point I will tell you that once I switched to Lipo from Nimh batteries, I haven’t looked back and I wonder what took me so long to make the leap. A 2s lipo battery will most likely match the lipo battery that can with your RTR. It is when you get into a 3S battery and up that I urge caution because this is where you will find increased speed and a greater possibly of damage to your vehicle. Lipo batteries are perfectly safe when used properly, you will also enjoy increased runtimes and the same consistent speeds throughout the length of the battery. (No more speed fall off as you drive, like you get with a Nimh battery). Some notable batteries are made by SPC Racing, Gens Ace, Turnigy, and Turnigy Nano-Tech. Here are a couple of Canadian Lipo battery options Swift Current available at Terra Nova Hobbies and Gens Ace is also available at GreatHobbies.
Charger: If you have a Nimh battery get a Nimh charger or even consider a dual charger Nimh & Lipo so you are ready when you make your leap to Lipo batteries. Some solid Dual Chargers are Continue Reading
This is great news just in time for Christmas. The last we heard from HobbyKing, they were working to hard to fix the issues caused by changes in Hong Kong Customs policy, as we had documented in Tough News From HobbyKing. Today we have received word from HobbyKing that the back log has cleared up and HobbyKing is once again shipping Lipo batteries. They have even managed to offer different 3 options in shipping, in an effort to keep the cost down.
“Our lipo shipping crisis is now over and it is business as usual! We are proud to offer a new range of affordable shipping options to all countries and dispatch time from our International warehouse is back under 48 hours. We’re back to shipping lipos as quickly and affordable as ever! We’ve caught up on the backlog and have implemented several new shipping options. We want to thank you for your patience and support during this period.”
Complete details and new shipping options can be found at HobbyKing.com
With the holiday season approaching, Gens Ace has reminded us that they have a full line of batteries made for Traxxas vehicles which means they come with Traxxas connectors. You can find the full selection at HobbyPartz.com. If you are in Canada you can find Gens Ace Batteries at GreatHobbies.com.
This is ideal for Traxxas owners that can’t solder or are just tired of soldering and Gens Ace make a solid battery at a reasonable price.
As you gain experience in the hobby, do yourself a favor and learn to solder. It is very convenient and easy when you have the proper tools and if necessary your parents permission.
I have been using Lipo batteries for about 4 years and the lesson that I learned after the first year, was that if you don’t put your Lipo batteries into storage mode, you stand a real good chance of ruining them. I ruined 4 of my 5 batteries that year, a very expensive lesson to learn. Since then I have been putting my Lipo’s into storage mode for the winter season and I haven’t lost one since. I try to use my batteries weekly, so this is really the only time of the year that I will put them into storage mode.
A fully charged Lipo battery causes damage to itself. The longer the battery is stored with a full charge, the more damage it will cause to itself. These batteries are designed for rapid discharge and not storage.
With winter rapidly approaching I thought now would be a good time to look into storing Lipo batteries and see if there has been any changes or advancements. I didn’t find anything earth shattering, but what I did find was a video from 2BrothersHobby which details the process and importance of storing your Lipo batteries for a winters nap. They did a great job with the video and I wanted to share it.
For more on 2 Brothers Hobby, check out 2BFly.com
Check out this product from Hobbyking.com. It is a Turnigy Battery Charge Marker. It has an adhesive back, which sticks to your battery. After you charge you battery, you just slide the indicator to green. When the battery has been discharged, you move the slider to red. This is a neat idea, that will help you keep track of your batteries. They come 10 per pack.
For more neat products, check out Hobbyking.com