John in CR wrote:Based on your volume of incorrect advice I find this thread laughable. Your posts give no consideration to load because you live and ride on terrain that is dead flat, which means almost any rig is reliable even with a big load. In addition you make numerous posts that give the impression that RC lipo batteries are safe and cannot burst into flames when connected to nothing and having never been abused, when the exact opposite is true.
I know this is an old comment, but I think Lipo batteries are getting better by the year. I have had some lipos from early 2013 that I've used on 2 different hub motor builds that just died on me last month. I just got a new set of lipos for my latest build and have been amazed at how well they have improved performance and affordability wise (there was a sale for 6s 16ah multistar batteries for $70 each=> 6*16*3.7/$70= 5.1wh per dollar
). Lipos are now being widely used in high powered off-the shelf consumer applications like the dji drones.
For 1st time ebike builders, lipos are a viable option if the necessary steps are taken to understand and care for them. I do think in a few years 18650s would match lipos in affordability and there are some today that offer great energy density, but most likely in the same time lipos would come close to 18650s in safety.