Batteries

Batteries

Airsoft Batteries are made up of a number of chemical compounds - Each type has its benefits and disadvantages. The most common types are NiMh (Nickel-metal Hydride), Lipo (Lithium Polymer), Li-Ion (Lithium Ion), LiFe (Lithium Iron Phosphate), NiCd (Nickel-Cadmium) and so many more. The most common types that can be found in Airsoft are LiPo, Li-Ion, Coin and NiMh batteries.

LiPo & Li-Ion Batteries
These are the top of the tree (along with LiFe) when it comes to the latest and greatest of rechargeable battery tech - These are not only used in Airsoft RIF's but can also be found in RC cars, Powertools, Mobile phones and camcorders. Whilst these batteries are very lightweight, compact, thrive with high discharge rates and have a high power density they do need to be handled with care. These batteries are very delicate and require special circuitry to "protect" the battery to prevent them from critically failing. Cells are 3.7v and can normally be found in configurations of 7.4v, 11.1v and 14.4v

PRO's - The lightest and most compact batteries available, High power, High Cell voltage, High capacity 

CON's - Expensive to produce, delicate, can explode if misused!! 

NiCd Batteries
These are the grandfather of batteries as this tech has been around for a long time. They also come in some of the most widely used batteries configurations such as AA, AAA and C cell batteries used in a lot of our home appliances. They are not used as much now due to the NiMH batteries having a much larger power density, however as still on the market as they are very inexpensive to produce - You will tend to find them in lower end RIFs where performance is not as important as the price point. These batteries are 1.2v and often bundled in packs of 3 to make 3.6v.

PRO's - Inexpensive, rugged, available in standard sizes, easy to recharge

CON's - Low power density, can require a full discharge and then recharge to recover the batteries memory, contain toxic metals

NiMh Batteries
Whilst these are still an older tech battery (newer than NiCd) they have become the industry standard for Airsoft. Lots of RIFs are supplied with these batteries and they offer a good level of performance when compared to their cost. They are a good option for new players as they are more rugged than LiPo's and Li-Ion's and do not require any special circuitry to prevent the battery from failing. The cell voltage is 1.25v so between Alkalines (1.5v) and NiCads (1.2v). 

PRO's - A good starter and all-round battery, high power density, a "Gold Standard" in the Airsoft world, easy to recharge, rugged

CON's - More expensive than NiCd, the batteries "life" is not as long, self-discharge quickly over time

LiFe  Batteries
These batteries have a specific capacity that is larger than a standard Li-ion, however, the energy density is a lot less. This is because LiFe has a much lower operating voltage (this could also be an advantage)

PRO's - Lighter, very slow self-discharge rate, No "memory" effect

CON's - Start to degrade as soon as they leave the factory, sensitive to high temperature, can not run to very low voltages, can explode if charged/ discharged incorrectly 


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Oper8 7.4v Lipo Cranestock 1500MAH - Tamiya

Oper8 7.4v Lipo Cranestock 1500MAH - Tamiya

Oper8 7.4v Lipo Cranestock 1500MAH - mini Tamiya These LiPos are slightly thicker than the 1300 M..

  • Oper8 7.4v Lipo Cranestock 1500MAH - Deans

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Cranestock 1500MAH - Deans

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Cranestock 1500MAH - Deans These LiPos are slightly thicker than the 1300 MAH cra..

  • Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Stick - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Stick - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Stick - Tamiya This battery is similar to the 1300 stick, however it runs..

  • Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Stick - Deans

    Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Stick - Deans

    Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Stick - Deans This battery is similar to the 1300 stick, however it runs ..

  • Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Crane - Deans

    Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Crane - Deans

    Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Crane - Deans Due to its split cells, this crane stock LiPo is great for A..

  • Oper8 7.4v Lipo Stick 1500MAH - Tamiya

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Stick 1500MAH - Tamiya

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Stick 1500MAH - Tamiya These stick LiPos are ideal for M4 type stock tubes and ..

  • Oper8 7.4v Lipo Stick 1500MAH - Deans

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Stick 1500MAH - Deans

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Stick 1500MAH - Deans These stick LiPos are ideal for M4 type stock tubes and a r..

  • Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Crane - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Crane - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1v 1500MAH LiPo Crane - Tamiya Due to its split cells, this crane stock LiPo is great for ..

  • Oper8 11.1v 2200MAH LiPo Block - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1v 2200MAH LiPo Block - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1v 2200MAH LiPo Block - Tamiya This is an excellent battery pack for AEGs that require the..

  • Oper8 11.1V Li-ion 2500MAH Stick Battery - Deans

    Oper8 11.1V Li-ion 2500MAH Stick Battery - Deans

    Oper8 11.1V Li-ion 2500MAH Stick Battery - Deans High-grade Lithium-ion cells 20C Cont discharge..

  • Oper8 7.4v Lipo Block Mini 1600MAH - Deans

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Block Mini 1600MAH - Deans

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Block Mini 1600MAH - Deans This size battery is ideal for running AEGs that use a..

  • Oper8 8.4v 1600 MAH Mini Battery Tamiya

    Oper8 8.4v 1600 MAH Mini Battery Tamiya

    Oper8 8.4v 1600 MAH Mini Battery Deans The 8.4v 1600mAh mini battery pack will fit a wide range ..

  • Oper8 11.1V Li-ion 2500MAH Stick Battery - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1V Li-ion 2500MAH Stick Battery - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1V Li-ion 2500MAH Stick Battery - Tamiya High-grade Lithium-ion cells 20C Cont discharg..

  • Oper8 11.1V Lipo block 1500MAH  battery - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1V Lipo block 1500MAH battery - Tamiya

    Oper8 11.1V block 1500MAH battery - Tamiya This is an excellent battery pack for AEGs that require..

  • Oper8 11.1v 2200MAH LiPo Block - Deans

    Oper8 11.1v 2200MAH LiPo Block - Deans

    Oper8 11.1v 2200MAH LiPo Block - Deans This is an excellent battery pack for AEGs that require the ..

  • Oper8 7.4v Mini 1300MAH - Deans

    Oper8 7.4v Mini 1300MAH - Deans

    Oper8 7.4v Mini 1300MAH - Deans These small, square LiPos are the perfect size and shape for small ..

  • Oper8 8.4v 1600 MAH Mini Battery Deans

    Oper8 8.4v 1600 MAH Mini Battery Deans

    Oper8 8.4v 1600 MAH Mini Battery Deans The 8.4v 1600mAh mini battery pack will fit a wide range ..

  • Oper8 7.4v Lipo Block Mini 1600MAH - Tamiya

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Block Mini 1600MAH - Tamiya

    Oper8 7.4v Lipo Block Mini 1600MAH - Mini Tamiya PLEASE BE ADVISED CURRENT BATCH IS A SPLIT PACK ..

  • Simple voltage display 1-6s LiPo voltage meter

    Simple voltage display 1-6s LiPo voltage meter

    Simple voltage display 1-6s LiPo voltage meter Simply plug your LiPo in and the display shows the t..

  • Oper8 7.4v Mini 1300MAH - Tamiya

    Oper8 7.4v Mini 1300MAH - Tamiya

    Oper8 7.4v Mini 1300MAH - Tamiya These small, square LiPos are the perfect siz and shape for small ..

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