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This is a great example of a case where you can teach your team about the
process of making educated engineering decisions. In industry, we call the
process of making decisions like this a "trade study". Please try to
incorporate this as a powerful learning experience.

http://firstlegoleague.org/mission/corevalues

   - We are a team.
   - *We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and
   mentors*.
   - We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; *we learn
   together*.
   - We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
   - *What we discover is more important than what we win*.
   - We share our experiences with others.
   - We display Gracious
Professionalism<http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/gracious-professionalism>
   ® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
   - We have FUN!


Best of Luck!
Bill

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Moenings <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> I noticed the day of the tournament we made so many revisions and
> practiced so much that the robot was dead by the time of the match. Luckily
> we had a second robot with another battery.  But the stress of changing it
> at the last second was nerve racking. This year we are avoiding this by
> using AA batteries.
>
> Patty
>
> On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM, John Barrett <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>> It is not uncommon.  My experience has been that when the battery starts
>> to die, it's time to replace it.  FWIW, our annual FLL budget now includes
>> the funds to buy a new battery each year.
>>
>> John
>>
>> --
>>
>> John J. Barrett
>> Industrial Medium Software, Inc.
>> 1616 Anderson Road
>> McLean, VA 22102
>>
>> (c) 703-231-5094
>> (p) 703-286-0818
>> (f) 703-286-0888
>>
>> http://www.industrialmedium.com
>>
>>
>>
>> On Nov 4, 2012, at 10:34 PM, Savita Sethi wrote:
>>
>> Dear all,
>> Our team is having issues with the rechargeable battery pack. This is the
>> second season with the same set and they are noticing that it is losing
>> battery too quickly and within minutes of practice it drops by 0.5 almost
>> and they are requesting that we buy a new pack and replace it. Ofcourse
>> this will need rebuilding the entire robot and we are 5 days from the
>> tournament. We are going to order one soon.
>> Has any of you experienced this? Is this normal after two years of use?
>> Need advice.
>> Thanks
>> Savita
>>
>>
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