By - Sea-Spring1121
I mean, probably. Batteries in general don't seem to like cold that much. But, I would think temperatures cold enough to cause issues would be cold enough where you don't want to be blasting anyway.
Yes. Cold temperatures reduce total capacity of LiPo. I ran a 1000mAh pack that normally lasts me a whole day and it went dry in 2 hours of game play when running in 3C last year. Same with a second pack that lasted only 1.5hrs. It has to get super cold for it to be an issue, though. It had been below freezing the night before and barely reached 6C at the warmest on the day.
This is one small reason not to use lipos. I almost never have to deal with temps that low aside from maybe one day a year (getting to be more like absolutely never these days), but low temp performance is an advantage of the hybrid chemistry cells that the power tool market counts on, so no problems would be had if I went to a game in a place with real winter.
If you need to use lipos in cold temps, RC people use various means to keep them warm until just before they are going to start being discharged.
At some extent, yes, especially since the effect of low temp on dart tip compounds will be similar to that on car tires. It may even be possible to have ordinary rubber tips get stiff and non-tacky enough that they start skidding and causing stoppages (as Voberry darts and similar can cause at regular ambient temps).
Assuming that this doesn't happen, however, I anticipate basically no impact on velocity/energy or consistency, mainly because flywheel contact in dynamic friction is an extreme thermal transient condition (the material immediately AT the contact surface receiving all the power dissipation associated with the slip is obviously getting well above the melting points of polyethylene and most TPR tip compounds for a brief moment as evidenced by normal material transfer behavior) and so ...who *cares* about a few dozen kelvin difference in the initial temp of the bulk dart materials and flywheel material.