richdeloup wrote:Hi, Jeremy, do you know of anyone in the UK who could build me a battery pack using the cells recommended or is it a pretty simple project to connect them up? Does anyone offer a DIY casing which cells can just be slotted into to suit requirements or is this way off track?
Is there a UK equivalent of Hobby King for cells etc?
There may be one or two on here from the UK that might be able to help, but other than that it's really down to just a handful of people reselling imported products, sometimes with a variable level of knowledge about the actual product itself.
Building packs isn't hard, really just a matter of understanding some of the risks and treating them with respect. There are quite a few threads on here showing the way people have built packs themselves. For high performance, then there is little to beat using RC-type LiPo packs, and HK off the best value by far (you'll pay maybe twice as much for UK sourced packs). There's at least one member here who makes and sells wiring kits to join RC packs together (viewtopic.php?f=31&t=30367
) or you can make your own up (there are some good instructions in that thread).
In addition, you'd need a charger, and this is one area that gets a bit messy with RC-type LiPo packs, a you inevitably need to take the pack partially apart in order to connect the charger and balance leads. Again, there is some good information in that thread about leads that should help.
You'll find that it's often a lot cheaper and easier to buy stuff from overseas, rather than try and find a reliable UK seller. Sad, but it seems the UK market just isn't big enough to attract competition to bring prices down.
Please ask questions on the forum, rather than by PM, as it helps others and you'll get a better range of answers.