Flying Sites Editor
Gibbs' User Friendly Guides have been on the market for a couple
of years now. They are now known as Gibbs Guides. And the latest
edition to the extensive range is Andrew's guide to Lithium Batteries.
new guide covers the range of Lithium batteries including both Lithium
Ion and Lithium Polymer. As With all Andrew's guides, he starts
with all the basics and in this case this covers all the electricity
basics form voltage, current, resistance, Watts, internal resistance,
on & off load plus much more.
on to connecting batteries and their characteristic Andrew soon
gets onto the main subject by introducing us to Lithium Ion and
Lithium Polymer cells. The book always has safety in mind and describes
the do's and don't of charging, and gives the causes of lithium
battery fires. Something that is at the forefront of everyone's
mind these days after hearing several horror stories about Li-Po
batteries! But as with all new technologies Andrew suggest new habits
fact everything and anything you wanted to know about these types
of batteries is covered in a well-written way. From charging rates,
using part charged cells to flight testing new cells and what happens
to the cells as they discharge.
Li-Po batteries have become more popular modellers have realised
the importance of having balanced cells, cells that perform equally.
Andrew once again has covered all the bases with a chapter devoted
to this operation.
fact there is so much information contained in this guide it would
make compulsory reading for any electric expert, not just the newcomer
to electric flight. The guide is well illustrated through out with
explanatory diagrams and photographs, it's full indexed and contains
forty-four pages. Explanations are simply written for the uninitiated,
yet detailed enough for even the avid electric flyer.
£7.75 it's good value for money and a fine companion to the
rest of the Gibbs Guides series of books.
Guides in the series include:
Gibbs Guide to the Super Nova Charger. £6.00
Gibbs Guide to the Mercury EX Charger. £6.25
Gibbs Guide to Nickel Cadmium & Nickel Hydride Batteries. £6.75
Gibbs Guide to Lead Acid Batteries.
Guides are available from Sussex Model Centre, Al's Hobbies or Flitehook.
Alternatively you can buy direct from the author by sending a cheque
for the value plus 75p postage to:
33 Aldwick Gardens
mention 'Flying Sites'
when contacting Andrew GIbbs