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    Ah! OK see what you mean - low self discharge.๐Ÿ‘ But at least they are honest enough to warn of the drawbacks! Should be fine for TX power though๐Ÿ‘ BTW It's not really recommendable to charge any NiMh at more than 1A, despite what it says on the case! Fast charging shortens the battery's life, reduces the number of cycles and the maximum capacity. Cheers, Doug
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    If the reason for an LED indicator is that you want to be able to tell when the motor is still going, but very slowly, then a simple LED will not be very bright when the pulse rate is low. You could smooth the pulses with a capacitor to keep the voltage up - a bit or experimentation may be needed (1uf?) - or go the whole hog and use a latching circuit, perhaps with a 555?
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    Brilliant Ian ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Now if he can get that down to 30 to 35mm diameter for me .......๐Ÿ˜‰ Doug PS "you could mimic big ship practice" Hm! You'd still have the speed control / reverse problem though. Constant voltage charger for the drive battery maybe? Would need a bit more electronickle to regulate the charging though.
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    Ron, I was referring to posting videos so that we could all see them. You posted this question- "I have two videos but am not sure how to post them on youtube. Is there anyone who I could send them along to? " I sent you a PM offering my help and asked in this thread how big the video file is. I got no response to either except "Are you on Facebook?" Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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