It should go without saying that keeping your lipo packs balanced is one of the best things you can do to maximize the life of your expensive batteries.

Every once in a while, someone at the flying field will comment on how high a model is flying. At the field I use this is a pretty big deal as the contract with the county stipulates we’ll maintain a 400 foot ceiling due to a nearby general aviation airport.

I picked up one of the Hyperion EOS Sentry Battery Checkers at the 2011 Arizona Electric Festival vendor area.

While power system computation programs are a good start in determining anticipated loads on the various components, ultimately directly measuring the electrons coursing through your model is the best way to ensure that you aren’t overstressing your motor, ESC or battery.