• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About scalawag

  • Rank
    AF-UK Starter

Recent Profile Visitors

420 profile views
  1. Thems the ones!
  2. Looks cool mate. The colours remind me of the "berlin" camo seen on some Chieftain tanks and the AFVs back in the 70's early 80's but from memory that was a bit more blocky.
  3. Thanks for the tip mate, I will definitely bare that in mind when I install mine. Watched the video from Gate a couple of times now, and down loaded the manual from the Gate site to familiarise myself with the installation. I've been into a couple of gearboxes now, and installed a mosfet with trigger wires previously too, so I am fairly confident I will just be able to crack on when they arrive and install them relatively easily.
  4. Jumping in on an older thread I know, but I just ordered a full set and a drop in both V2s for my M4s. I have been debating it for a while and finally decided to pull the trigger (pun intended) on them today. Going to have a go at installing them myself as it does not look too onerous a task and plenty of info, but I guess I might need to call on some of you experienced folks if I do have problems.
  5. Yeah it just needs something to make sure that the cell voltages do not drop too low, whether that is a system like yours or an alarm or a cut out via a mosfet. The aim is the same. I have seen a LiPo go up and they burn fierce. The cells tend to go up in sequence too so just when you think it is going out another cell catches and off it goes again.
  6. No problem mate, happy to try and help.
  7. I have a Gerber lock knife that I have had for several years now. Really nice sturdy blade. I have used it several times to dig arrows out of trees when I used to shoot field archery and it has never missed a beat. I obviously wasn't that good at the field archery or I wouldn't have been digging arrows out of trees lol. I would definately buy another Gerber blade they are great.
  8. It’s finished, what ever you do don’t try to charge it. Just dispose of it safely. I have been using LiPo batteries now for several years in both my Airsoft guns and radio controlled stuff. LiPo batteries must not be discharged to 0v like NiMh batteries can be, they have a safe minimum voltage per cell of around 3v. If a cell in a LiPo is over-discahrged then charging it can be dangerous. Most of the horror stories of fires associated with LiPos whilst charging are attributable to someone charging a LiPo with cells with low voltages, or overcharging cells. This can also cause the cells to "puff up", and if then pierced, they will invariably spontaneously ignite due to the reaction caused by exposure of the built up gasses/chemicals to air. If you have a LiPo that has "puffed" dispose of it safely, and do not keep using it. In my experience one cell going dead like this typically happens when LiPos are not balance charged on a regular basis, and that usually happens when cheap chargers with no monitoring are used. You don’t need to balance charge every time , but it does need to be done on a regular basis. Balance charging is where a charger monitors all the cells in the battery individually, and makes sure that at full charge all the cell voltages match or are balanced. Thats what that little white plug on a LiPo is for, it gives a charger access to the voltage of individual cells in the battery. Typically a fully charged LiPo cell will be at 4.2v. When the cells are not balanced one cell will reach its safe minimum voltage of 3v before the other cells in the battery, but because the total voltage of the battery (all cells added together) is still above the the minimum then most protection circuits won’t cut in at this point because they monitor the total voltage of the battery, and will continue to drain the battery including the low cell. Eventually that low cell will go dead. So as an example, a 2s battery has 2 cells. The minimum voltage the battery can drain to is 6v( 3v per cell)and its typical full charge voltage will be 8.4v (4.2v per cell). If the cells are balanced and undamaged then they will both reach 3v at approximately the same time. But the cells in this battery are out of balance. Cell A has 4.5v (this is actually overcharged by a bit), and cell B has 3.9v, thats the usual 8.4v full charge (4.5v + 3.9v) at the point it begins to be used. As the battery drains cell B will reach 3v first, but cell A still has 3.3v. Because the battery as a whole still shows 6.3v (3v +3.3v) and a lot of protective cut out circuits will still think the battery is ok, the battery will continue to drain until it reaches 6v. When at 6v, Cell A will be around 3.15v while B will be 2.85v and at that point the protective cut out operates. Cell B is now below the safe minimum voltage for charging. When next charged Cell A will over charge a bit more to compensate for the lower voltage in cell B which will now charge a little less than before and drain a little quicker, and If this scenario happens often enough the effect is compounded until the B cell is definately useless and probably the A cell is too. Most LiPo cells damaged by being over-discharged will take less charge, and drain more quickly. You should always have some form of low voltage protection installed when using a LiPo as fully draining them not only damages them, it can render them dangerous to charge or even store. Using a LiPo without at least a low voltage alarm is really asking for trouble at some point in my opinion. Sure you can stop using the battery before you think it has drained to 6v but how will you know for sure that you have done that and how will you know how balanced the cells are keeping. Most mosfets these days have a low voltage cut out. This will typically monitor the total voltage of the battery and not the voltage of individual cells. In this case it is important to make sure the batteries are balanced before use or the above scenario can still occur. The protective circuits used in these mosfets assume that all the cells are charged to the same voltage(balanced) when they are first used in the gun and that they will drain at a uniform rate to one another. Or if you are not running a mosfet or you want extra protection, then I recommend using a LiPo low voltage alarm. This is a small circuit board that plugs into the balance lead of the battery and bleeps when any individual cell reaches its minimum voltage. An alarm like this will not protect your battery from over draining by cutting the power, but it will alert you that it is time to change the battery. They are really cheap to buy and will help you to get the most out of the LiPos you use. Most cheap chargers don’t allow you to monitor the balance of the voltage of the cells. Some do try to keep a balance to the cells of the battery when they charge, but none are very good at this in my experience. If your charger does not have a port to plug in the balance lead on your LiPo then it is not monitoring the individual cells voltage at all, just the total battery voltage and a low cell voltage and/or an over charged cell can still occur. I always recommend using a smart charger like the iMax B6. These allow you to keep an eye on the health of individual cells in a battery, and to balance charge when needs be, as well as a whole lot more besides. They really are a great buy if you are using LiPos. At the very least I recommend getting one of those small LiPo battery monitors which are available, as you will then at least be able to see the voltage of individual cells. Some even allow you to balance the cells by draining cells until all of their voltages match. They just plug into the balance lead and you can read the individual voltage of each cell. The voltages I have mentioned here are just to illustrate what I am trying to say in as simple a form as possible and actual voltages etc. may vary. sorry I didn’t mean this reply to be so long but I wanted to illustrate how this can happen, and its rather turned into a more general reply than one specifically for you Hatchett, I apologise. Additional Info I have added links from HobbyKings web site for the type of charger, low voltage alarm and battery checker I have talked about here as I thought that might be useful. iMax B6 Charger: Low Voltage alarm: Battery checker:
  9. All paid mate, and my entry on the data base is correct too. Thanks for all the work putting this together and supplying the patches for us. I appreciate it.
  10. I have just purchased a couple of Firefly Namazu flat hop nubs from these Chaps. Great purchase experience. I was kept informed at every stage of the purchase, the items were dispatched and arrived quickly. I will definitely use them again in the future.
  11. I remember in the late 80's early 90's having a non blow back mac 10 that fed directly from a bottle of gas. It functioned perfectly no cool down at the gun, but the gas bottle would get quite cold. The problem back then was getting the gas as I recall. Not much internet shopping back then, and limited stocks at local bricks and mortar shops.
  12. Wrong place to ask really mate. This thread is for feedback on the retailer Eagle6 Airsoft. Probably best to ask in the Advice and tips general section here: I can't answer you question about the prometheus purples at the moment, as I am also waiting on a couple of ProWin hop up units and Firefly Namazu flat hop nubs to arrive before I install them. If you ask in the right place though I am sure that someone will be able to offer some feedback.
  13. I just bought 2 Prometheus purple straight hop up bucking from Eagle6 Airsoft. Great place to buy, accurate stock listings on the website, quick and reasonable delivery and good communication. I would definitely shop with them again.
  14. I have an Acetech at-1000 and can highly recommend if you are looking for a tracer unit. Very bright and keeps up with full auto, and the batteries last really well too. I got mine on Amazon for under £65, and they are actually sold there by Acetech themselves.
  15. I don't really see what difference that would make, since the onus should be on the retailer to provide service, and not on me to chase it. But since you have asked, yes, I emailed them to ask why the order had been canceled, I got an automated reply acknowledging my email, but I didn't receive a proper reply, let alone an explanation of why my order was canceled. At that point I thought well if they can't be bothered neither can I. I was not going to phone them in Hong Kong as I was not that desperate to buy from them particularly. I am aware that there can be all sorts of reasons why there might be problems with communication etc, and I will make allowances for that, but at the end of the day I am the customer and so if a retailer wants my money then they have to put in some effort too and not just expect me to chase after them to sort things out. I am not one to chase a retailer if they do not reply to my emails, there are way to many on line retailers to have to bother with ones who can't even attempt to reply to an email. I just bought elsewhere, and won't shop with JK Army again.