It is no secret that HobbyKing is one of the leading e-tailers for “Rechargeable Hobby-Grade Batteries” including Lithium Polymer (LiPo), Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4), High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiHV), and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH).
However, with an offering of over 700+ batteries spilt across different brands - where does one even begin? While all our batteries are quality-built for maximum performance, they also come in different compositional builds and configurations that are tuned for varying applications.
Currently, there are FIVE distinct battery lines at HobbyKing: Turnigy, Graphene, Rhino, ZIPPY, and Nano-Tech. Each has its own strengths and unique selling points and in today’s blog, we will cover how they each differ.
Turnigy is one of the most well-known and well-established RC battery brands on the market today. Having powered the RC hobby for more than 15 years, Turnigy is highly regarded as one of the most reliable and affordable choices ever – especially back in the early 2000s.
Unrivaled in terms of value-for-money, all Turnigy batteries are designed to deliver maximum performance, power, and durability at a price everyone can enjoy. From complete beginners to seasoned veterans, Turnigy has become the “go-to” pack for anyone who just wants a fail-safe battery to enjoy the hobby.
Available in different chemistries including LiPo, LiHV, and NiMH, Turnigy batteries can be used with most applications including RC cars, planes, boats, helicopters, drones, and even airsoft.
Turnigy Nano-Tech is your next step up from the standard Turnigy batteries. Developed with LiCo nanotechnology substrate that enables a more seamless and efficient transfer of electrons; internal resistance and energy loss are greatly reduced. In layman’s terms, you get a battery with higher discharge rates and less voltage sag than an alternative of similar densities.
Not only do the Nano-Tech series benefit from improved performance and durability, but capitalizing on the LiCo makeup, we are able to manufacture Turnigy Nano-Tech packs in an array of dimensions and sizes without compromising performance. If you are looking for something that can really pack a punch but not destroy the bank, then the Nano-Tech series is for you.
Turnigy Nano-Tech is available in different chemistries including LiPo and LiFE.
Turnigy Graphene is the undisputed choice when it comes to high-end premium LiPos. Graphene batteries are engineered with carbon technology that greatly reduces resistance for UNPARALLELED efficiency, output, and ultimately, performance.
Delivering nothing but the best, Graphene batteries are your superior choice and are perfect for those high-demand models that just always need more power. Available in a wide variety of capacities and discharge rates, Turnigy Graphene has become the new standard for serious hobbyists even at the competition level.
Turnigy Graphene batteries are only available as LiPos.
Known for their high and consistent discharge rates, the Rhino line of RC batteries is your low-cost alternative for high-performance LiPo batteries. Utilizing our patented technology to minimize energy loss due to excess heat, efficiency and run-times are greatly enhanced.
Rhino batteries also leverage high-conductivity electrolytes, which when combined with its inherently low internal resistance, allows for incredibly high outputs that truly pack a punch. Available in a wide range of capacities and dimensions, Rhino batteries can be used for most applications including RC cars, planes, boats, helicopters, and drones.
Rhino batteries are only available as LiPos.
The ZIPPY line of RC batteries is known to be one of the most affordable, yet high-performance brands on the market today. The signature series "COMPACT" offers LiPo and LiFePo4 batteries at smaller sizes while still retaining high capacities and discharge rates.
The smaller dimensions make ZIPPY perfect for models with limited battery space or ones that require a specific configuration. Available in both hard and soft packs, ZIPPY batteries can be used for RC cars, planes, boats, helicopters, and drones of all shapes and sizes.
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