When purchasing batteries, its good to be aware there are two families of batteries: Regular/Normal and RC (radio control)

Regular/normal lithium ion batteries are what you find in your ipod, camcorder, phone etc. They are meant to last for over 500 charges, stay safe, and provide a C or two of current (For more details about **C** please read our basic battery tutorial)

RC lithium ion batteries are meant for radio controlled cars, planes, UAVs, quad copters, etc. They are meant to give a lot of power at once, up to 20C and are designed to never 'cut off' so that the battery will be damaged instead of having the plane fall out of the sky.

RC batteries are often raw cells, as seen here: There are two tabs coming out of the top and you see its labeled 20C for high current output capacity. They are often less expensive because there is no protection circuitry.

Important Note! Unless you are specifically building an RC device like a quadcopter, we suggest that you should never use RC lithium ion batteries for DIY projects. They do not have protection circuitry and are designed to not be safe. They have a much higher risk of exploding or catching on fire. If you need more current capability, just go with a larger lithium ion/polymer battery

This guide was first published on Jul 29, 2012. It was last updated on Jul 29, 2012.

This page ("RC" Type Batteries) was last updated on Jul 13, 2012.

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