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NiMH Run Times
« on: July 12, 2014, 13:50:54 »
I've opened a new thread on this, how do you work out the run time of a NiMH 12V battery pack? Quite a generalised question I know, I'm running two 550 motors an Action P94 ESC and would like to use my 12V cold smoker too if possible.

So how long would say a 4000 or 5000MaH battery last for?
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Re: NiMH Run Times
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2014, 11:29:36 »
HI Andy

This is easy…..  Your gel battery is 12v 5ah….. take of the 3 noughts 5000mah = 5ah, they are the same power.

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Re: NiMH Run Times
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014, 14:50:52 »
Hi Andy

Mark's reply above is correct, but is only half the answer.

You need to know what your running current (amps) for each motor, at full throttle - you can usually find this on the spec sheet that came with the motor, or by doing a web search.

For instance, let's assume that each motor takes 3 Amps - 3 Amps x 2 motors = 6 Amps from your battery.  If your battery is 5 A.hrs (or 5000 A.hrs) capacity this will give you around 5/6 hours run time, or about 50 minutes.  You can substitute any motor running Amps and any battery capacity into this equation.

Note though that this is only a very rough approximation.  It depends on how well the battery is charged in the first place, and how low you want to discharge it.  The lower you discharge it, the less overall working life the battery will give, and the sooner you will need to replace it.  Most battery suppliers would recommend not going below about 50% "depth of discharge", so your 50 minutes above would become 25 minutes.  (As RC modellers, we might go as low as 75% depth of discharge, as we use our models so infrequently that reduced battery life is not much of a consideration.)

Some ESCs have a low battery voltage cutout - this is not necessarily a good thing.  Imagine your boat out there on the water and the ESC cuts out - you have to swim out there to get your boat.