Sunday, February 24, 2013

North Tech Precharged NiMH Batteries - AA Menards®

Well I bought a 4 pack of these batteries from Menards for $5.98  and so far I'm pleased with them. I had been using them for a bit and did the same test that I preformed on the Rayovac's . I used my GT Power X-Charger C6 to discharge the batteries at 1 amp  down to 1 volt each and then recharged them at .5 amp and then a second discharge . The  charger reported a capacity of 2262 Mah . I also used / Tested them in my RC transmitters and used them to power a few Toy grade cars and can definitely tell you that in the toy grade cars there is a noticeable  improvement in power and run time Vs the Rayovac's . 

I love the fact that these are precharged and ready to go like the Rayovac's I was using and have around 50% more capacity for less money . Not to say that I don't like the harbor freight batteries I tried but the fact that these just give up a little capacity for the convenience of them being precharged is what has sold me on these batteries .

Manufacture description 

North Tech Precharged NiMH Batteries - AA
Model Number: AC742 | Menards® SKU: 5755841
Product Description
Ready to use right out of the package.
Holds charge longer than regular NiMH.
Designed to be used with high drain devices.
Dimensions: 4 Pack
Ship Dim: 4.38 x 3.62 x 0.5
Shipping Weight: 1.9 lbs
Vendor: North Tech

Friday, February 22, 2013

Chicago Electric / Harbor Freight 2200 Mah AA High Capacity NiMH Rechargeable Batteries

Well I picked up a 4 pack of these at Harbor Freight  awhile back .The positive reviews on there site for these batteries are the main reason I purchased these .I basically did the same test as I did with the Rayovac batteries by using my   GT Power X-Charger C6 to discharge the batteries at 1 amp  down to 1 volt each and then recharged them at .5 amp and then a second discharge . The capacity that the charger reported was for these brand new batteries was 2325mah . Since they seem to be underrated a bit (rated at 2200 Mah) I am quite happy with my purchase at this time . After these get some more age on them I will test again them to see how there doing .

Manufacture Description

Chicago Electric Power Systems - Item#97866

Charge these NiMH batteries up to 1000 times for long performance life in your MP3 player, CD players, digital camera or any other high-output portable electronic device! NiMH (nickel metal hybrid) has replaced NiCd (nickel-cadmium) as the battery of choice due to its higher capacity. Another nice advantage is that you don’t need to drain these rechargeable batteries first to get a full charge (no memory effect).
NiMH batteries feature no memory effect, higher capacity than nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries.
Charge up to 1000 times (charge time approx. 1.66 hours)
Longer lasting for digital electronics
Battery charger sold separately

Battery charger sold separately. This item can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states via Standard Ground Shipping.

   Name 4 Piece AA High Capacity NiMH Rechargeable Batteries
SKU 97866
Brand Chicago Electric Power Systems
Battery capacity 2200
Battery voltage (volts) 1.2
Rechargeable (y/n) Yes
Rechargeable up to (# of times) 1000
Battery size AA

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hmm whats burning

Well to the few out there that may be wondering why I have not posted any new video's on YouTube . The short answer is my video camera died . I don't really know what happened but I was greeted with a burnt electrical smell from it a couple weeks a go and have been shopping around for a replacement so more video's will be coming.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tool Shop 3.6 Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Screwdriver

Well this little bugger was one of my recent purchases at Menards .I picked it up for $7.99 on sale the normal price was $14.97. 
If your shopping for little driver to use around the house ( It can actually drive about 17 dry wall screws in to a 2x4 before the battery gets to weak ) or to tear down your favorite R.C. don't over look this little guy the work light is actually bright enough to use as a flashlight and the battery indicator lights work just like they should . Some other great things about this driver is that it actually has a low voltage cut-off (To prevent battery damage) and ether the charger or the driver has a full  charge cut off .The claimed charge time in the instructions (3-5 hours ) is a little exaggerated  I have found mine generally only takes 3 hours from completly dead .

Tool Shop 3.6 Volt Lithium-Ion Battery, Cordless Screwdriver

Model Number: 2411392  |  Menards® SKU: 2411392

Product Description
The Tool Shop 3.6 Volt Lithium Ion Battery powered 1/4" Cordless Screwdriver is designed to handle small jobs around the house. The Lithium-Ion battery technology allows you to use max power for a longer period of time. 200 RPM gives you strong torque to finish your projects. Features: LED work light, LED power indicator, Soft Rubber Grip, Forward/Reverse switch, 1/4" Hex Drive, 200 RPM, lithium ion battery. Includes: one(1) 1/4" slot bit, one(1) #2 Phillips bit, charger.

Lithium Ion Battery Powered
LED Work Light
LED Power Indicator
Soft Rubber Grip
Forward / Reverse Switch
1/4" Hex Drive
200 RPM
1/4" slot bit
#2 Phillips bit
Wrist strap

Dimensions: 3.6 Volt

Vendor: Tool Shop

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rayovac Pre-charged Rechargeable NiMH AA Batteries

I have been using these batteries for a while .I can defiantly say that these have saved me lots of money over disposable batteries  especially since these can be bought In a 8 pack for $13.97 at Walmart and come precharged. I try to always keep one fresh pack unopened and ready to go in case I forget to charge a set.

Recently I decided I would try a few other brands to see if there where any better deals out there but first I wanted to see what kind of capacity these batteries had to get a base line I used my GT Power X-Charger C6 to discharge the batties at 1 amp  down to 1 volt each and then recharged them at .5 amp and then a second discharge . The capacity that the charger reported with each group of batteries ranged from 650mah to 1450mah depending on there age . The oldest  group of 8 are about  2 years old and probably have over a hundred cycles through them with the newest having 2 cycles through them .

So far I have not had any complete failures but more than likely age will start to catch up with my oldest cells in the future.

Manufacture description 

Rayovac's Everyday-Use line offers your best value in rechargeable power for high-drain devices.

Model: LD715-4OPA
Features and Benefits:
  • Affordable, reusable power solutions for the entire family
  • Pre-charged and ready to use out of pack
  • Low self discharge technology allows batteries to stay charged longer so they are ready when you need to use them
  • Holds charge 3X longer than standard NiMH rechargeables when not in use
  • Recharge up to 500 times
  • Reduce waste and save money. Keep disposable batteries out of the landfills and save hundreds of dollars when you use rechargeable batteries versus alkaline.
  • AA rechargeables take up to 300 photos* per charge when fully charged. This is 8x more digital photos than Energizer Ultimate Lithium when recharged just 25 times.
  • Batteries can be used in any AA device and work in all NiMH chargers. For best results use with a Rayovac charger.
  • NiMH rechargeable batteries do not have a “memory effect,” meaning that it is OK if you repeatedly recharge them after only being partially discharged. NiCad batteries have a “memory effect” and lose their maximum energy capacity if recharged before being fully discharged.
  • AA cells are 1350 mAh

Monday, February 11, 2013

ZD racing 1/16th scale parts sources

where to get the metal gears for the photon and vulcan differential to swap in

many parts from there 1/16 car's can fit .check out these links.

Has just about everything

has alot of stuff
this one is mostly 1/8th scale buggy truggy parts but there was some 1/16th scale stuff keep your manual handy for part numbers

amain doesn't have a whole lot left but still they have some stuff.

if there are any more out there let me know people.