- Oct 18, 2007
- Los Angeles, CA
- '94 Acura Integra, '08 Infiniti G37 (Again)
You'll see a massive difference between the Li-Po batteries and the Ni-Mh batteries that are generally used. The discharge rates in the LiPos are significantly better than the NiMhs, and are a great deal lighter as well.What is the best battery I can get for about $50 or less? This will be for the Rustler.
Also, know of any good deals for a charger? And will I need an adaptor for the battery?
However, they are a bit harder to keep in good shape (You cannot let the voltage drop below 3.0v, and they have to be charged properly), though with a good charger and good habits they are the best. The Venom you mentioned was around 25 dollars? The LiPo would be a better deal. But if you want something that is just good for running around, either will work.
As for chargers... I have only used one and it was a bit expensive.
It's not cheap, and you need a power supply to go with it, but there are very many settings that allow you to keep your batteries in good shape. You also have to have a charger that supports the type of battery you're using, so the NiMhs are a better choice if you don't already have a charger that supports all kinds of batteries, as nearly all chargers now can charge the NiMh but only some can charge the LiPo. Timed chargers are generally cheapest, so if you want a cheap one, then those would work fine, but pretty much all f them are getting cheaper. Wall chargers take forever to charge though, but I think you already know that.
Most batteries nowadays come with a white standard plug, which is called the Tamiya style plug, but there are a few others. The Stampede uses a different kind of plug, so you might have to get an adapter or solder on some other leads to the charger.
Yeah... I've been in this hobby since I was 9, and first got an RC car from my uncle. It was a 10th scale Tamiya buggy.. lol. I've learned a lot about this particular hobby... and it's expensive. Just spent $500 something on parts...