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    Hi Dave, re puffy batteries, I think it depends on the load you put on them if they are slightly puffy. I've used LiPos which have slight puffing for years under light loads, and have even frozen them as an experiment and they still work. As you say, once they have puffed it means a cell (or more ) has been overloaded - sometimes it's just cr.p batteries (HK zippy batteries used to be good but ended up rubbish and dropping cells after one flight). I still have an HK Flightmax 5s 3000mah 20c LiPo from 02.06.2010 which I still use for low loads, - charges up, balances perfectly, just has no guts. Another Zippy 5s 3000mah 40 c from 05.08.2012 has been slightly puffy for years, charges up, balances perfectly, but again has no guts any more. I can use it with no problems in a boat and limit the throttle, as there is usually very little load on a battery with a small motor. I was using it with a 100mph racer (converted from nitro, and a few others) and pulling around 80A static, and it would come back quite warm after a flight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqaRfuwa-dk&t=298s It slowly started losing power which is why I stopped using it in planes. The next identical brand new HK zippy battery dropped a cell on the first flight ! I also have 2 old Zippy 2s 1800mah 20c batteries (2011) which are quite puffy but I just use them for testing small motors, pumps etc. Won't charge up fully any more and only just balance (I use them at about 3.8V capacity). I had one in a flouro camping lamp at home one time, and my son was using it in my shed with his mates drinking, and they went off and left it going, which ran it down to nothing. Same happened the other one, but I managed to revive them and have been using them for testing for about 8 yrs and they are still chugging on. Almost ready for the garden fork treatment now. I never throw LiPos away if only one cell is bad, ($$$$$) and as long as the terminals are solderable (some are crimped alloy and can't be soldered) I'll cut out the bad one and re-wire them. I have a few good 2s and 3s 3000mah LiPos from 3s and 4s HK batteries. These are ideal for some of my boats and vehicles. I disassemble the batteries outside for safety. The balance plugs need converting to the new S number. I wouldn't recommend doing this to anyone who is not fully conversant with LiPo wiring. (eg 2s/2s1p etc) JB
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