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Futaba J Connector or JST would be your best pick for a connector.
Yes. You need a charger for the battery pack. Search for NiMH battery chargers. The constant-current chargers are really cheap.
the battery connector has to be a "female" connector to fit onto the "male" header pins right?
That charger will work fine. It will charge your 1700 mAh pack in about 18 hours.I wouldn't use a Futaba J connector for a battery. That's a servo connector. If your battery has a Futaba J, I would cut it off and put on a Kyosho connector that mates with that battery charger. That's my opinion.
Or just go to your local Remote Control Hobby store, they will have many different types of batteries and chargers and, of course, no shipping. I got a 7.2 Volt 3000maH battery for $28 CAD, and a nice 1,2, or 4 Amp selectable charger for 20. They should also have all of the different conectors.
If you do have to attach a new connector to your battery I highly suggested getting some "helping hands" alligator clips, as Admin mentions in one of the tutorials, for soldering wires together:http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=Misc_Tools&product=6402063Those are from The Source in canada, which is our Radio Shack since they got bought out ... Anyway, I made a huge mess out of my battery wires before getting this and some nice heat shrink wrapping.
Quote from: Metal Slug 2 on November 15, 2008, 06:45:32 PMthe battery connector has to be a "female" connector to fit onto the "male" header pins right?Nope. It sounds logical but its incorrect lol. I made the same mistake and had to cut my connector off and ghetto rig a male plug on.A female Futaba plug is basically a sheath that fits over the male plug and inside the female plug are 2 pins that come down an enter the male plugs contacts.So basically what you need is the Male Futaba J conenctor. It will fit perfectly on the $50 robots pin headersHope this helped! <-- Yes, Thank you.-Dragon
These helping hands would come in handy. AND lucky for me I'm Canadian and live only a 20 min bike ride away from "the source"...eh.
Well I wont be driving up to Canada again any time soon. Quebec sucked lol(for the 2 hours we were there...)Ill just run to radio shack again and get another one for $20 USD if I ever need a second one that badly The 3 dollar difference will make up for the gas I would have used to get to Canada for it... >_><_<Yeah my truck gets 400miles to the gallon, so what?