Our battery charger had a moment and slightly overcharged our LiPo pack. I did not have quite enough spare cells to replace all the damaged ones, so the pack is down on capacity. It was originally rated at and tested at 945 Watt hours but shut down after 825 the first race and 801 Watt hours the second race.
Looking for a quick available replacement, I found these packs. They are each 6 cells in series and 108 Watt hours. If I wire 9 together , I will have 982 Watt hours and under 15 pounds: https://hobbyking.com/en_us/rhino-4900mah-6s-22-2v-25c-lipoly-pack.html
Cost is under $350, so about the same as 2 Optimas!
For the right voltage for the motor and controller, I want 18 cells in series.
So my set up will be 3P18S. The problem is the nicely sealed packs are 6S.Does anyone know if there are any advantages or disadvantages to:A. Running three seperate strings of 16S and only connecting them at total pack negative and total pack positive.B. Connecting three of the purchased packs in parellel, so 6S connected 3P to make a bundle and then connecting each bundle in series.C. Disassembling the packs, bundle each cell as 3P and then connected in series 18S. (which would require removing shrink material, disconnecting cells and regen sealing in shrink material).The cells are rated for 25C but I will be discharging at max of 5C and an average of 1C. My goal is to get maximum energy capacity from the pack rather than maximum power.