LiPo battery primer

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.