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Hi

I have a 36 inch radio control model boat 7.2 motor what is the best battery I whant long last not speed what do you suggest

thanks louis

Answer
Most less expensive radio controlled models come with NiCd (nickel cadmium) type batteries. They are prone to providing poor performance and a slow discharge rate. You will want to look for a 7.2 volt NiMH (nickel metal-hydride) type battery. It will last longer, and you will be able to buy larger capacity batteries with a NiMH chemistry. You will need a battery the same shape/dimensions as your current battery, and you will need a 7.2v NiMH charger. Both of these items are readily available on ebay for very little money.
A bigger capacity battery will see runtime increase a lot, and you will notice a slight increase in performance. The battery you have is probably between 1200 and 1800 MaH (capacity). Doubling that capacity will almost double the run time. NiCd batteries usually don't come in large capacities, but NiMH batteries can go above and beyond 5500MaH. NiMH batteries can also be charged much more quickly, so look around for a faster charger to suit your new battery, also readily available on ebay

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Robin Bartlett

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I Can answer most RC car and boat based questions, whether they be about engine tuning, electronics, making the right choice of equipment/car, mechanical issues, or how to set up a car or truck for different conditions. I can also answer basic boating questions and beginner to intermediate airplane questions.

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I have been Driving RC cars since the age of 1. I built my first RC kit at the age of 4 with my father, and the hobby grew from there. I am also an amateur RC plane pilot. I am a seasoned Monster Truck racer, appearing regularly at shows in france and switzerland. I usually compete in 1/8 buggy classes, short course classes and MT classes. But im a basher at heart. I have also been boating for nearly 5 years, running Brushless offshore catamarans and deep-vees mainly, but at a beginner/intermediate level.

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"Mini-Monster-Club-Romand" - local swiss forum "Centralemaxx" - large french forum, dedicated to Traxxas's Maxx series of cars

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I give advice and tips on RCuniverse, BeatYourTruck, RC-Monster, and several others. I Have been a test driver for RCRacingCars magazine, test drove a "Tamiya TT-01D" in 2005 and a "Traxxas Rustler" in 2006.

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I have had private schooling all of my life, currently taking IGCSE's. I have an "A+" in IGCSE French, an "A" in IGCSE English

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I have won 6 short course races in the last year: Modified and Stock class. I have previously won club races in Electric TC stock class. I came second in a local club's 1/8 buggy class- won a Savage Flux from HPI Racing

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I run my own repair service, advertising in 3 of my local hobby shops and online on a small ads website. I usually get around five to six cars per week in the summer for repairs, and one or two during the winter

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