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vfinohio

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Columbus. Ohio - U.S.A.

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I have a LiFe battery that I just noticed is just slightly puffed. For lithium batteries in general if they're a little bit puffed out, are they junk or do you think it's still safe to use? Obviously if it were really swollen I would just get rid of it, but this is just barely puffed out so I wasn't sure. It's a receiver battery I use in my nitro so don't want to risk it but would appreciate some advice if it'll save me some money.

08-14-2016 03:45 AM
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old nitroman

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Naples florida

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How old is it?

E5s and E7se, Roban bell 222 800 superscale,450 bell 4 bladed head,gobby 380,180cfx

08-14-2016 04:05 AM
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helifanatix

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Fountain Valley, CA

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Is the risk worth downing your heli vs the savings of a new LIFE pack?

Plus it's worth to have multiple packs anyways.

- Scott

08-14-2016 04:20 AM
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vfinohio

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Columbus. Ohio - U.S.A.

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Pack is about two years old. You're probably right about not risking it. Just thought I'd get some opinions. Thanks!

08-14-2016 05:59 AM
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Ace Dude

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I would replace it.

  

08-14-2016 12:25 PM
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helifanatix

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"Probably right about placing it?"

if you want to be proactive and want to be a safe pilot ... you would do it. The electrical components are powered by current, not "hopes and what if's".

if you are looking for validation and hoping someone to agree with you and say, "it OK and go ahead and use it goes bad", I'm sure someone can tell you that ... and that someone is you.

- Scott

08-14-2016 09:47 PM
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Heli_Splatter

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Silver Spring, MD by way of Sidney, Ne - USA

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I always love how someone knows the answer that they are going to get but they ask it anyway. A receiver battery for a nitro machine is what $30-40? And you are willing to risk a machine worth what $500-$2500 (guessing)?

This is the type of question that drives me nuts, you know the answer is to REPLACE IT, yet you try to get someone to agree that it is safe, fly it.

If it is not airworthy, do us all a favor and wait for the parts to come and fix it right.

08-14-2016 10:06 PM
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vfinohio

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Columbus. Ohio - U.S.A.

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To those who are offended, sorry for asking. Truly wanted to know from battery experts if there was a gradient for battery safety and not just black or white. Helpful answers are nice. Criticism not so nice for someone with an honest question.

08-15-2016 11:29 AM
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tgalo

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I always love how someone knows the answer that they are going to get but they ask it anyway.
lol, I'm guilty of doing this all the time

Gravity's a bitch ant it?

08-15-2016 01:23 PM
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helifanatix

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If you didn't know any better and use the "LIFE pack going bad" ... Than that is OK. But if you know it's not a good idea and use it anyways, than its NOT OK.

We have to make descisions every day. Make the choice base on logic and not with your wallet. I don't say common sense b/c that had been on the decline.

You just said it, "Helpful advise are nice. Criticism not so".
I get it, we don't like to hear no so nice things. It's just the same when the person is giving helpful advice and we hear "contradiction to the sound advice" in return.

However at the end of the day,
- it's your model
- it's your choice
- it's a free country
- but mishaps are not free

Someone will only learn when there is a consequence. Than they will say, "... Not gonna do that again!" (if they are smart enough and not stubborn)

But today is today is a new day and we can make a fresh start!

- Scott

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