A Complete Guide to RC Car Batteries

Radio Controlled (RC) Cars have been around for half a century and are apparently here to stay. These provide good times for children and adults as well. In order to make it work though, you need a number of hobby electronics that will keep the car going and in a good condition. These include batteries, motors, charges, wires and much more.

Of all the hobby electronics available on the market, the batteries are one of the most valued items, and in order to get the maximum performance from your RC car, first, you should be in the know about their usage, specification, charging needs and general detail so that you can get the most suitable ones. This is important because that is where your vehicle gets all its power. Let's investigate!

Rc car batteries

Two of the most widely used types of batteries for RC cars are LiPo and NiMH batteries. The biggest difference between the two is the chemical properties that enable the charging of the batteries. LiPo (Lithium Polymer) batteries use a lithium-ion technology, whereas NiMH (Nickel-metal hybrid) batteries use nickel-based technology. And, as for similarities – both of the batteries store an amount of energy, depending on the capacity of the battery itself. Another similarity is the disposing process, they both need to be disposed of properly as hazardous waste. 

The batteries differ in their properties and use too. NiMH batteries are easier to use. Plus, this is a common battery type in home appliances, so it is fairly more familiar for everyone. The NiMH batteries must be fully discharged before you start charging again, and must be fully charged before storing them away. On the other hand, LiPo batteries are lighter and don't have to be fully discharged before charging. When stored LiPo batteries shouldn't be fully charged, they must be on a 50-70% charge level. Finally, it is advised to store these batteries in a special LiPo safe bag for protection against possible damages and punctures which may even cause fires. 

In the end, here are some tips on how to ensure a long life to your RC Car battery. First, don't use or run the RC vehicle on wet surfaces such as puddles, wet roads, grass or puddles. Water may cause damages that in some cases may be irreversible. Second, take good care of all the parts of the car, (especially batteries) and store them properly as instructed by the manufacturer. And, third, avoid placing the batteries (regardless of the type) in direct sun exposure or near any heat source.

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