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Post  Scratch049 on Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:42 pm

Hobbico.
Won one of these on the Bay recently, complete with meter.
Use to be that they were powered by a small motorcycle battery.
Kind of weighty to carry around.
Wonder if any of you might have fitted a "Life" type of battery.
Plan to migrate back to fuel once my last leccy is off the board.
Appreciate any input.
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Post  balogh on Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:18 pm

I have that panel mounted in my plastic toolbox that also houses a 2Ah Pb motorcycle battery. Powers the glow plug clip and a 12V electric starter for months between recharges. I am not sure a LiFe battery would have that capacity so be it heavy as it is I prefer the Pb battery, see in the right side of my box strapped in..

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Post  Scratch049 on Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:41 pm

Chaos?
You should see my field box. Laughing
Actually your set up is pretty much what I want to achieve.
The battery I found on the Bay is:   7.01" (L) * 1.38" (W) * 2.5" (H)
Weight: 3 LB.  $18.00 shipped.
Actually smaller than I had imagined, so it should fit well.
I'll make sure I bring a tape measure with me when I go to the big box store.
Thanks very much for your help.
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Post  NEW222 on Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:31 pm

I have heard of a few guys using a 3s lipo battery in replacement of teh larger heavier battery.
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Post  aspeed on Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:29 pm

I use a 5 amp SLA lead battery. Kind of heavy. When the starter is on, the needle for the plug drops a lot when the battery is discharged a bit. I need to charge it about once a month. I have a 3 cell LiPo 2200 mah battery on a starter motor now that I have not used yet. It would be lighter but I am not a fan of the nicad glow igniters. I really like the power panels with the needle best. (except the one that doesn't work) A LiFe battery would need about 4 cells and a balancer. Some of the A123 batteries are 2500 mah. Probably good enough.
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Post  Scratch049 on Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:38 am

Thanks a lot for checking in guys.
Aspeed;
I found a 12 volt 5 mah battery on the Amazon site.
Dimensions: 3.54 inches x 2.76 inches x 4.21 inches.
Weight: 3.9 pounds.
Think I'll wait for  the panel to arrive from the seller. Then I'll take the dimensions to the store and scope out a suitable field box.
Probably will go with the 12 volt battery. Go with what you know.
Please let us know how your Lipo set up works out for you.
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Post  aspeed on Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:56 am

The lipo is ok for the starter. It works fine for my smaller motors up to .55, I don't use anything bigger. I have not used it for the panel. I think it may be better for taking the hard discharge over the lead acid really. Most are over 10C. Many guys (and a few girls) are using the cheap Harbor Freight or Dewalt 18V battery packs for the starters. I doubt the panels would like it. I was so tired of dead 1.2v ignition batteries that I went to the panel. I have a few of them. I recently found that the Hobbico panel was not working well. It is the older one. Not the power panel II. The needle was up in the green zone but it was a bit tired I guess. I really like the needle to indicate when the plug is good. A few times I fired off a prime ad the plug blew. It saved a lot of time crouched over on the ground.
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Post  Scratch049 on Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:28 pm

Thanks Aspeed.
It is the Hobbico Power Panel II that I have coming.
If I remember correctly It was a motorcycle type battery that I used to use, starting up my old OS. Never a problem. Was hooked to a Sullivan starter.
I don't remember the size battery. 20+ years ago. Big mistake ever leaving the hobby.  Sad
Need to find where that old Sullivan is buried in the shed.
The only engines I have now are two four strokes under .52 and a few Cox engines.
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Post  944_Jim on Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:36 pm

I need to work on my pitbox a bit. The plane-holding uprights get in the way of putting it in the trunk. The plans are floating around here someplace. I think Roddie may have posted them, or sent me a copy of his drawings.
Or they are over on RCG.
In any event, I built one end of one side to hold the panel. The battery is in the middle on one end. CL lines on spools go between the battery and the opposite end. The starter hangs on one end where it is easy to put away.
I wish I left enough wire between the battery and the panel so I could change the battery without removing the panel leads, or without charging through the panel.
Eventually I hope to power a stooge with a 12v feed and a trunk release solenoid from the battery.
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Post  Scratch049 on Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:29 am

Wow, Nice field box Jim. Cool
Wish I could spend the time to build my own.
But, got too much on my build plate at this time.
I think that the pre-made boxes as offered by the local Lowes is what I need at the present.
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Post  getback on Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:36 am

Jim is that a licura flask in there lol! Nice looking box , I have a battery out of a Honda SP mower i am wanting to try in mine( very small ) my old panel that gave up  Crying or Very sad  Power Panel Glow_p10
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Post  aspeed on Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:26 am

I've been switching toolboxes lately.  Got a stacking one that I thought would be good because of the wheels.  It was too heavy to carry any distance with the older one.  Used it last year, but the panel was on the bottom and it wold tip over, so went back to my old one and put wheels on it with a suitcase handle and wheels. It's the clear one with the removable starter box. No pic of the wheels yet. You can see the starter with the LiPo. I normally use the corded one.  Some others that I had over the years but don't use any more. Got a few others since but no pics.  Sometimes you buy a plane and they come with a toolbox.  The blue Hobbico panel works OK, but the plugs don't light up enough, so I changed it to the black one from the double box.  It's OK now.  I need the liquor flask accessory for the ultimate.Power Panel Coyote12
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Post  aspeed on Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:33 am

Got some car and boat ones too, that I don't use any more. I just got some new road cars though, so I might use one again.Power Panel Coyote13
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Post  aspeed on Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:39 am

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Post  Scratch049 on Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:50 pm

Lost my old field box in the move. So now I don't have to post a picture. Laughing
Rattiest thing that you ever might see.
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Post  944_Jim on Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:04 pm

The flask holds six ounces of fuel. More than enough for a single outing with the Mossie on the original tanks. I just built new, bigger tanks, so I may need a bigger flask! Really.
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