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Old 02-03-2008, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ultimate LiPo Flightpower Accu-Cycle ThunderPower battery charging base

Okay,
So I don't want to burn down my home ...and I want to have a cool looking (yet portable) Lipo charging base for the Align Trex 450, where I can move it around easily without unplugging everything. It also has to be fire-proof in case one of the Lithium Polymer ThunderPower EVO25 2170mAh 50C Li-Po batteries cooks off. What do you think? Improvements?

I cut the base out of solid, 1/2" thick, 16" x 16" Natural Stone Tile. The white spots you see are actually crystals like on the inside of a geode. The pics don't do it justice...some good pieces.

The grooves were cut with a diamond blade I mounted under my table saw. I did this so I could use the fence to cut straight lines and cut the groove incrementally wider until the 2" strips of stone would drop in. Cemented them in place. I used a small paint brush to "pour and flow" the cement into the channels and then smooth out the grout on the 90 degree joints.

The pegs you see are brass and were Crazy Glued in. The holes were made with a 1/8" tile drill (also from Home Depot). The pegs for feet underneath but also act to hold the top plate (solid stone) in place, so it can be lifted "straight up and off," but not be able to "slide" in any direction, in case I have to run the thing out of the house in the rare (but real) chance a lithium battery decides to become a 2000 Degree Celsius roman candle. The beauty is, even if this does become fireworks, the stone surrounds each FlightPower battery individually, so any rocket launcher is safely contained and can't damage the HobbiCo FP-B6s V-balancer, the accu-cycle Pro Series Elite charger, TP-1010c nor the tp-210v smart auto balancer.

The gift for the HeliFreak who has everything... Took all weekend, but I might be convinced to make another one if the Robb Report does an article on "Ultimate Heli Gifts." I'd inlay it and custom carve it as well... If you live near Little Rock AFB ( Air Force Base ), let's go flying sometime!

What do you think?
Improvements for Version 1.1?

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Derek
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you need a hand-truck to move it around?

Seriously dude, Very cool!
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is sort of heavy, maybe 5-10 lbs, but still light enough to grab and easily position. The brass pegs on the bottom are KEY since they act as feet, so you can just put your fingers underneath it and lift. Here are some more pics...
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Awesome idea man!!!!
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice job!
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