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Old March 20th, 2012, 03:59   #1
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Gearbox version II with 11.1 lipo

I've looked everywhere for this and couldn't find a straight answer. I've looked at the thread posted on this page but I'm still unsure... So I decided to embarrass myself and just ask lol.

Basically I have a TM MP5 RAS (gearbox v2) with upgraded gear, piston, piston head and spring (M100) all Prometheus. And I have a 11.1 lipo which I use for my other gun. I want to use it for the MP5 and I'm wondering if it'll break it.

Someone said that as long as I use semi auto, or full auto but no longer than 5ish seconds, the gearbox will be fine. Others suggest to buy 7.4 lipo instead.

So.. pointers please :S?

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Old March 20th, 2012, 05:34   #2
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More details are needed on the battery. Just saying 11.1v lipo or 7.4v lipo doesn't mean anything. It could be as mild as a 9.6v mini NiMH or really nasty depending on it's C or discharge rate.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 09:01   #3
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Someone said that as long as I use semi auto, or full auto but no longer than 5ish seconds, the gearbox will be fine. Others suggest to buy 7.4 lipo instead.
On 11.1V in semi-only you'll be okay for a short while but black deposits of carbon (I think?) start to form on the contacts pretty much from the very first shot, and continue to accumulate with every single shot. The Marui v2 contact design is really less than ideal for handling high voltage, high discharge situations.

To give you an idea of how quickly these deposits begin to form:

Last night I took down a team member's brand new G&P C8 MRE to downgrade the spring/swap out the all-metal piston/shim/improve seal. The contacts were absolutely clean when I first opened it up. To do my initial tests after reassembling the gun, I grabbed the battery I had handy, a Turnigy 1300mAh, 11.1V 25-50C stick. Fired only a quarter of a mag of shots into the chronograph. Because the piston I had put in was too fat for the G&P gearbox, I had to open up the gearbox again. When I did, the contacts already had a nice layer of black stuff on them.

If you want to run an 11.1V battery in any gun you will require a MOSFET, which will enable you to have your main power bypass the trigger assembly altogether, and have only a very tiny current go through the contacts.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 13:38   #4
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Its a Hotpower 11.1 15c stick lipo.
So I should get a Mosfet I guess...
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Old March 20th, 2012, 13:54   #5
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Eh 15c is pretty weak. I wouldnt worry about it if you are on a budget. Just clean the contacts once in a while and you will be fine.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 16:00   #6
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Ohh okay, thanks for the info guys
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Old March 20th, 2012, 16:15   #7
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+1 to the mosfet. I have two v2 guns I run 11.1v buffer tube lipos in and they will last only a season before I have to clean or replace the triggers.

I am looking forward to getting my hands on some AWS raptor mosfets.

In the meantime I've switched over to using a 7.4v lipo.
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