One of the things I’ve had to learn afresh since getting the HPI Bullet is how to manage LiPo (Lithium Polymer) batteries. They are quite a different beast to the old NiCads I was used to.
I’d read a few things about having to condition the batteries and running them in, but it seemed the jury was out as to whether or not that was required. I even got conflicting advice from the store where I bought the car.
I was surprised to find that I was unable to find a “LiPo 101” that wasn’t RC plane-specific, so I wanted to document what I’ve learnt in case it’s of assistance to someone else who’s just starting out with their own LiPo powered RC car — more after the jump.
This post is a bit of a departure from the usual fair on this blog, but I wanted to document my experiences as there seems to be a dearth of information around about the radio control car I recently bought — the HPI Bullet 3.0 ST Flux. My wife Ang took this great snap of it in action:
I haven’t had an RC car since I was a teenager (I had a Tamiya Frog which I’d modified pretty heavily by the time I’d finished with it, and an ill-fated Mugen Mercury) so I’ve spent a bit of time “re-learning” with regards to maintenance etc.
For this post I’m not going to go over what’s in the kit — there are some good reviews already around for that. Instead, over the jump I go into more detail on the learnings I’ve made in use, perhaps providing some insight into what other owners might expect if they get a Bullet Flux themselves.