Of the 20 that Matthew picked up on the first order all came out great. We ordered just after the prices dropped on the USA warehouse too. I believe 12 of them have been used in an 18S 4P pack and the other 8 may be slated for a 12S 4P pack - but not sure yet.
If anyone wants us to middle man lipo for them I suppose it would go like this:
We pay $906.20 for 20 x 6S 5000mAh 20C Turnagy
Shipping is $53.26
So that is $959.46 which works out to $47.97/pack
Lets call that $50 / pack
Shipping to the continental US is about $10 for a medium flat rate box and you can fit a lot in there (yes, hobby king is screwing us on shipping in the US... but that is the price of doing business).
We have to take the time to cycle the packs, we have $1k tied up in lipo at any given time, we have to pack them for you, and then there is the customer service and risk of issues (like lost packages etc).
To make it worth the risk we would have to mark those packs up by $10 each - so if you are building a 12S 10Ah pack it will cost you an extra $50 shipped to your door. We could give you a pretty little birth certificate with each pack though
showing how it performed when tested. (packs these days are serial numbered from the factory)
I suppose to make that up we could offer a discount on our HVC / LVC / Parallel boards - anyone buying the lipo from us would get their boards at some sort of discount - like $5 off each board + $5 off HVC breaker.
Just thinking out loud.... This is really about putting Lipo in peoples hands but the more I do this the more I understand why it is important to charge for our services.... because if we dont we go crazy and broke