Alex‘ Wisdom • Part 3 • How to charge Competition LiPo batteries.
2023 Jun 14 By web27383694 0 comment

Alex' Wisdom • Part 3 • How to charge Competition LiPo batteries.


Alexander Hagberg has produced this comprehensive guide on charging, discharging and storing Competition LiPo batteries for Stock and Modified classes.

Learn from the Champ how to get the most out of your batteries in the guide below and in his YT video

„As promised in the stock battery options video, I am now going to share my recommendations for battery charging (and discharging) for both stock and modified classes!

Let’s start with modified racing. For TC modified racing, as well as open modified 12th scale, there’s no
need to charge the battery any higher than 10A. I personally charge at 9A. I sometimes discharge the battery down to 3.3V per cell to check how much capacity is left in the battery after the run. I suggest you do this because, you’re able to then clearly see how many maH you have left to play with, which will be important to get an understanding of your electronics and motor settings for that particular track. For modified racing, I typically discharge at a standard rate, which I consider to be 20A in this case. There’s no reason to charge or discharge with any higher A rate than I just mentioned, because, in modified classes we usually have too much punch anyway, and using this method, you also preserve the life of the batteries in a better way. For modified TC racing, a common trick is to NOT charge the battery fully. Try charging your pack to 8.3, 8.2 or even 8.1 end voltage, to make the power band less punchy, and make it have less change/drop during the run.

For stock racing, I’d like to clarify that the 6.5T EFRA 12th scale modified class is included in this section, as it should be considered a stock class in many ways. For stock racing, getting the maximum performance out of the battery is crucial, especially for high levels of competition. The key to getting the most out of your batteries is, to achieve as low of an IR (internal resistance) as possible. A lower IR means more punch, and less drop off during the run. To lower the IR, we need to generate heat in the battery. This can be done by discharging or charging the battery. Cycling the battery (discharging before charging) will be the most efficient way in generating heat in the pack before your run, and thus, a lower IR.

Before proceeding, update yourself on any battery charging or discharging rules that may apply to the competition that you’re participating in. Before charging, I discharge the battery at 40A down to 3.3V per cell. I usually start this discharge process starting from storage levels of charge. I keep a temperature gun handy, and if the external temp of the battery pack exceeds 40 degrees C (100 deg F) I usually let it cool down for a few minutes before I start the charging process. I then charge the battery at 40A, with the goal to finish charging just shortly before the start of your run. Keep in mind that some competitions, especially in the US,
enforce a battery temperature rule, which means that the battery can’t be too warm before the start of the run, so in this case, closely monitor the temperature of the battery pack. If your charger doesn’t go as high as 40A, set it to the highest charge rate possible. As for discharging, 40A of discharge rate can be achieved by connecting a discharging resistor bank to your iCharger. In a separate video which I will post on my channels, I will instruct you on how to do this. Keep in mind that in terms of lifetime, no battery on the market, regardless of brand, benefits from being charged or discharged with a high A rate. The lifetime will be decreased compared to when using a lower A charge and discharge rate.

Tips that apply to both modified and stock racing: always storage charge your batteries at the end of a race day, and use a LiPo charging bag for safety reasons. Reaching the storage voltage can be done by charging, or simply by driving on the track until the pack is within the desired storage voltage (3.8-3.9V per cell).

Bonus tip: if you don’t plan to use your batteries for a while, meaning weeks or months, make sure that you first of all, put the batteries in storage mode. 2nd of all, cycle them at least once a month (fully charge
and discharge, and then back to storage mode) to keep them in good shape. The worst thing for your battery (except for being stored fully charged or discharged) is to let the battery sit on a shelf for a duration of time with no usage.

Thank you for reading/watching! Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or feedback!“

Alex‘ Wisdom • Part 2 • Battery choice for TC Outdoor Spec Racing.
2023 Jun 14 By web27383694 0 comment

Alex' Wisdom • Part 2 • Battery choice for TC Outdoor Spec Racing.


Right in time for the start of the outdoor season Team Nosram’s Alexander Hagberg did a comprehensive TC Stock 13.5T asphalt outdoor test with his XRAY X4 in Lisbon/Portugal and shares his findings with you below and in his YT video

„Making the correct battery choice can be difficult, but I will give you some suggestions which can help you to choose better.

First, which batteries do NOSRAM offer for TC outdoor spec racing? Here they are:
• All the batteries are the same length, the industry standard of 139mm.
The difference comes with the height and weight of the batteries.
• The 6100 pack (#999655) has a height of 22.5mm, and a weight of 273g.
• The 7400 pack (#999652) has a height of 25.1mm, and a weight of 302g.
• The 8100 pack (#999656) has a height of 25.1mm, which is the same as the 7400, but with a weight of 327g.
• The 9400 pack (#999654) has a height of 25.1mm, which is the same as the 7400 and 8100, but with a weight of 335g.

I would say that the rule of thumb here is that the thinner the battery, the higher the IR numbers will become. IR refers to internal resistance, and you want this number to be as low as possible. A lower IR number is
important to achieve the best possible punch, and least possible drop off during a run.

The benefit of a lighter and thinner pack, however, is of course, a lower CG (center of gravity) in the car, which
will make the car more reactive, more responsive, and will overheat the tires less than a bigger battery.

So – this is the tricky part. How do you make the trade-off between the best possible handling from
the chassis vs. the best possible punch and least drop off from the battery?

I would say that for lower grip tracks, the benefits of a lighter pack, in terms of handling, will often outweigh the increased punch benefit from a bigger pack. I experienced this at my home track last weekend where I went quite significantly faster over a 5-minute run with the 7400 pack, vs. the 8100 and 9400 packs. I preferred the 7400 pack, and here’s why. There’s this one corner at the bottom left part of the track which is a fast left-right transition. The car would always get a bit loose there with the 8100 or 9400 packs, whereas with the 7400 it was a lot more stable, and I was able to stay on the throttle longer through that section, which helped to lower the lap times.

However, if you race on open tracks with good grip, especially if you’re racing at a high level at international events, such as ETS or a European Championships, for example, the situation is often a little different.
You may be fighting with drivers for the win, separated only by tenths of a second after the 5-minute run. This is where the drop off from the battery becomes particularly critical. If you’re able to maintain more punch than your competitors in the last two minutes of the run, it can often help you win valuable time.

So, my initial suggestion, for lower grip tracks, especially if it has quick left-right transitions, you may prefer the 7400 battery.

For tracks with good traction, and with high competition levels, the 8100 or 9400 may be preferable.

How do you make the choice between the 8100 and 9400 though? Some of the NOSRAM team drivers are using this method for their racing program:
• 8100 packs are used for seeding rounds where you need to set 3 fast consecutive laps, and the overall finishing time of the run isn’t important.
• 9400 packs for qualifying and final rounds where the last two minutes of the run are critical.
This is one way of approaching it, and I have to say, it’s a very good approach which I will apply myself to whenever I compete in spec classes in the future.

The 6100 pack is generally used for indoor racing, and is typically too small, and not strong enough for outdoor racing, unless if you’re racing on a very small outdoor track where outright power isn’t as important.

I hope that this information was clear and will be useful for you when choosing your NOSRAM battery packs.“

Alex‘ Wisdom • Part 1 • About the Nosram 4200 Hyper LCG 2S Pack.
2023 Jun 14 By web27383694 0 comment

Alex' Wisdom • Part 1 About the Nosram 4200 Hyper LCG 2S Pack.

Many thanks to Alexander Hagberg for sharing his knowledge!
Here is what Alexander has to say about the new Nosram 4200 Hyper LCG 2S Pack:
„Tech tip! The Nosram 4200 Hyper LCG 2S pack (#999753) is a bit longer than other shorty packs on the market (it utilizes the full shorty size!) which leads to exceptional capacity. However, to fit it to your XRAY X4 or T4 chassis using the optional shorty brass weights (309861), you will need to cut one of the weights shorter by 0.5mm to make it fit (with a bit of play for free movement). The battery must be able to move back and forth slightly. See my X4 video about the battery mounting system for more detail!
This tech tip applies to the LRP GmbH #432273 pack as well!“