Wondering about weight

I was curious how a nickel-metal hydride battery and a LiPo of roughly the same dimensions might match up in the weight department. Luckily I have a postal scale and all sorts of spare time.

First up, the Losi 1100 mAh NiMH that ships with the Losi Mini 8ight.

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I’m comparing it to the Turnigy 1700mAh Lithium Polymer battery from HobbyKing. The Turnigy is slightly smaller in all dimensions while providing 600mAh more power and a savings of $22 over the Losi battery.

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As you can see, the Turnigy saves a full ounce of weight and delivers more power. I haven’t run the LiPo since I’m waiting on my charger but I’m fairly certain I won’t use the NiMH battery once I’ve tasted LiPo power.