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HelicopterMain Discussion › probably been asked before but what is cheaper to​run? nitro or electric?
08-11-2007 10:53 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Prophet

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Not counting crashes, what is cheaper to run if both helis are the same size? Like the T-rex 600e and 600n for example.

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08-11-2007 10:59 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Captain Crazy

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From what i have read on this forum it would seem electrics are more expensive, eg the battery pack for a trex 600 e would cost around £200, you would get about 6 mins of decent performance before needing to recharge and will only take a couple of hundred charges before they deteriorate, whereas with nitro you could just refill and fly. I wouldnt go the electric route as you would need 2 or 3 battery packs and 2 chargers running to be able to get some back to back flights.

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08-11-2007 11:06 AM  10 years agoPost 3
Carey

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Hey it's you again! Just fly something already.

Your 600e vs 600n 'which apple or orange is more powerful' thread is still warm.

Part of me thinks you are trolling. These questions are oddly too simple, but perfect for calling out the crusaders in either camp.

You can put together combos at grandrc and other places, add em up!

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08-11-2007 02:04 PM  10 years agoPost 4
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i love these discussions. if your concerened about this then your in the wrong hobby is the bottom line.

which one people prefer is different. i had a 600 electric and nitro. the electric was not for me, had all the bells and whistles on it but electric is just too much hassle for my liking. i.e charging batts all the time, i'd rather carry a bottle of fuel, glow clip and portable starter than spend hours on charging hence i sold it. however i can see its appeals as it's clean and it's probably more powerful. powerwise the trex 600's are very close. the electric has more instant punch but only for like a couple of secs. the electric does bog easier i have found in stock format over the nitro and ofcourse, i used to get 4 mins v's 8 now and no waiting on esc/motor to cool before another flight. nitro suits me but it may well not suit others.

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08-11-2007 07:42 PM  10 years agoPost 5
Torkroll

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I can make either one more expensive than the other.

And I'm not even trying.

Anyone who says it's a small world never tried to walk to Zimbabwe.
Jerry

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08-11-2007 07:48 PM  10 years agoPost 6
legoman67

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i think in the long run nitro will come out cheaper, the only thing you need to buy is fuel, if you crash, ok you lost 5$ worth of fuel, with electrics and lipos, if you crash the batterys toast 200$, if the battery caught fire your hole heli is toast(1000+++++$$$$$$), and if you charge them worng or overcharge you need a new battery(200$) not to mention 200$ worth of nitro will ast you a hole summer of non stop flying, 1 battery will give you a 6 min flight. then you will have to wait an hour

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08-11-2007 09:31 PM  10 years agoPost 7
chase

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Nitro!!!!!!!!!!!!

You could buy another nitro machine for the price of a batt and a backup

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08-12-2007 03:25 AM  10 years agoPost 8
lrogers

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I ran a spread sheet a couple years ago comparing a JR Venture 30 nitro and JR e-Voyager when I was just starting out. I stated with the equipment/tools I would need to buy requardless of what helo and added an electric with associated gear to one column, nitro bird and gear to the other. The nitro bird was cheaper by a considerable margin.

Easy enough to do with just a little research on a site like Heliproz, Rick's or any number of other "full service helo shops. Just try to keep it as "apples-to-apples" as you can. Now, in my ignorance, when I did my spread sheet, I priced in one battery. As was pointed out above, you will need multiple batteries to get decent flight/training time. And, as was pointed out above, the lipos are subject to damage in a crash. I realize an engine can be damaged too, but most likely, it can be repaired. As expensive lipo pack is history if damaged.

You will also have to factor in things like noise, clean up, etc.

When I started, the advice I was given was to start with a .50 size nitro bird. I think that is still good advice.

Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot

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08-12-2007 03:34 AM  10 years agoPost 9
GREYEAGLE

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Gasser

Ozark is up around $6.00 a gallon. 12 oz tank is around 20 minutes,

Don't have to field charge the batteries either, if equiped with a generator.

Not uncommon to fly 6 tanks or so before switching to a plank or another heli.

greyeagle

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08-12-2007 03:37 AM  10 years agoPost 10
lrogers

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I can't tell if Mr. Binks is nstalling, trying to steal or worshipping that alternator! Cool pic regardless!

Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot

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08-12-2007 06:20 AM  10 years agoPost 11
Two Left Thumbs

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Are you trying to decide which to get, based on price?

In my opinion, that is a mistake. You will sink tons of cash into a 600 setup either way, a bit more or less should not be the issue. If your budget is that tight, you are in for an eye opener, because the initial cash outlay is just the start. This hobby is expensive, and helicopters have a way of chewing up expensive parts...

Instead, I suggest you see which you prefer, then find a package that suits you. Electric and nitro are different enough that a visit to an active field will be quite revealing. I bet you find yourself looking more at one or the other, and then you have your answer.

Good luck, have fun.

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