This article was originally published in RC Heli Pilot February/March 2016 issue.
Fly Series LiPo Batteries
For those that aren’t familiar, Venom Group has been producing LiPo cells for nearly as long as anyone in the industry. In 2001, Vertical Partners West, LLC (Venom’s parent company) was founded, quite literally, in a garage. The first product that was produced was an onboard temp gauge for nitro cars and trucks. In 2005, Venom dove head-long into lithium battery design and sales as they knew these cells were the wave of the future. Having dabbled in cars, boats, planes and prett y much every aspect of RC, LiPo batt eries have always been the top seller and it’s no wonder why.
MANUFACTURER: Venom Group
DISTRIBUTOR: Venom Group
PRICE: $3.99 – $159.99
Venom LiPos have long been known to give buyers the best “bang for your buck” among all of the battery manufacturers, especially in the surface world. In 2009, the universal plug system was introduced, allowing owners of various different brands of ESC to use the batteries without having to solder new plugs on. This innovation earned Venom US and international patents in 2013, however, the one major downfall of the plug system was the nickel plated plugs.
Fast forward to 2015 and Venom Group is now focusing exclusively on batteries and chargers. The new line of Venom Fly packs are their best yet and they offer them up in nearly fifty different sizes, voltages and capacities. Whether you’ve got a Blade Scout that needs a 30mAh 1S or a 700 class 3D machine that craves one or two 6S 5000mAh beasts, they have a pack for you and you can bet your bottom dollar they won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Not only that, but the new packs feature an all new set of universal adapters utilizing gold plated connectors. Each of the larger packs come with an XT-60 plug soldered on with adapters for Deans-style and EC3 plugs. Even better for owners of micro machines from Horizon, the smaller 2S 200- 300mAh packs feature JST plugs, traditional JST balance taps and the JST-PH style plugs exclusive to many of the Blade products. Most of the packs are offered up in either 30C or 50C discharge ratings, many can be charged at up to 5C and they are all backed by Venom’s industry leading, Limited Lifetime Replacement Plan! Next time you’re in the need of some fresh cells for whatever machine you have, check out the new line of Venom Fly LiPo Batteries.