CHOOSING THE RIGHT BATTERY FOR YOUR AEG (AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC GUN)
Choosing a battery for your Airsoft Gun may seem confusing due to the many options available, but it's important to keep a couple things in mind when making the final decision. A battery is only required for your Airsoft Gun if it is electric powered (AEG), gas and spring guns are exempt and you don’t need to worry about picking up a battery or charger. The type of battery you choose will be heavily influenced by the model/style of the weapon you have. When it comes to choosing a battery, one of the most important things to keep in mind is space. Whether your rifle is rear wired to the stock or wired to the front will determine the overall space you have to fit a battery in your AEG.
Quick Reference Guide:
If you are new to airsoft and have just purchased an AEG that did not come with a battery, there is a basic way to choose a battery without getting too technical about performance and logistics. For the most part, each model of AEG has a battery type most common for that style.
- For M4/M16 variants, a regular Brick or Nunchuck style battery will do the trick and the size will depends on if the battery is housed in the front handguard or rear stock. Brick style batteries are usually housed in the front handguard, and Nunchuck batteries are usually housed in the fixed stock, but this is not the case for every single rifle on the market.
- For AK47 variants, a Stick Battery is most common due to the fact most of these style rifles are wired to the front handguard or under the top receiver; but if your AK47 variant rifle has a solid stock and is rear wired you can use a Brick or Nunchuck style battery.
- Famas and SCAR style rifles are mostly rear wired and can house either a Brick or Nunchuck style battery, but the size will be determined by the amount of space each rifle has.
- UMP style rifles and other SMGs are most of the time front wired, and use a Brick style battery due to the limited space around the barrel assembly.
- Electric Pistols utilize either one time use Alkaline batteries, or specific rechargeable batteries that are included with the pistol.
- Warning: The max voltage for most AEGs is 9.6v unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. Using a battery that exceeds the maximum voltage for your AEG can damage the gun and will void the manufacturer's warranty.
- Warning: LiPO Batteries must use LiPO Chargers ONLY. Using the wrong type of charger with a LiPO battery can cause battery failure and a significant fire hazard. Do not store LiPO batteries in your airsoft gun case, always store them safely away from all flammable materials.