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12-29-2010 05:58 PM  7 years agoPost 1
Bouchah

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I just purchased a new liPO pack and it says in the instructions, for new battery break in, It may require 12 or more cycles for the battery to reach optimum performance. I have not cycled batteries in the past, usually just charge it, run it, repeat. What I am wondering is, are you supposed to balance discharge the packs as well as balance charging them? I use a seperate Blinky balancer connected to the battery, If I use the cycle function on my charger it is going to be balancing in both directions, is this ok? The charger is an MRC 989 Superbrain.

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12-29-2010 06:06 PM  7 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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No need to make things complicated.

Balance charge them and fly them lightly for a few flights.

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12-29-2010 06:08 PM  7 years agoPost 3
kcordell

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To start off new packs, I start at 2 minutes then increase by .5 minute per flight until I reach the max time (80% rule). Usually 6 or so flights.

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12-29-2010 06:42 PM  7 years agoPost 4
Anthony.L

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I have not cycled batteries in the past, usually just charge it, run it, repeat.
That is cycling the battery. Just fly them like normal, no special considerations. All that paper is saying is the battery will not reach it's full potential until it's flown a couple times. In other words the power will get better over time.

Always obey the 80/20 rule and you will be golden.

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12-30-2010 01:59 PM  7 years agoPost 5
cudaboy_71

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That is cycling the battery. Just fly them like normal, no special considerations. All that paper is saying is the battery will not reach it's full potential until it's flown a couple times. In other words the power will get better over time.
that's not really cycling in the traditional sense.

when everyone ran NiCds, cycling meant putting them on a cycler and letting them charge and discharge 'X' number of times. so, the original question is not without merit.

and, no you don't 'cycle' lipos. you just use them, though the manner in which you do so may affect their longevity.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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12-30-2010 05:17 PM  7 years agoPost 6
kcordell

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I think 'conditioning' may be a better word for how to treat lipo's in their first few flights.

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12-30-2010 05:17 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Anthony.L

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that's not really cycling in the traditional sense.

when everyone ran NiCds, cycling meant putting them on a cycler and letting them charge and discharge 'X' number of times. so, the original question is not without merit.
I've been in RC for 20 years. Yes I know about cycling NiCad and NiMH batteries. I owned lots of expensive battery equipment over the years, i.e. Competition Electronics Turbo 35, etc.

In the world of lipo, flying the battery using the 80/20 rule is effectively "cycling" them.

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