Well theres many ways. 1 it was in lipo mode but most of the time it will slow doen and flash, the stock plug adapter with the white plug then the traxxas cooks real easy and ruins the plugs. Also over heating, its not good to run a 5000 or 4500 pack dead and cycle and go again its hard on both battery anc esc/motor. No its not a noob thing to do its just inpatients gets the best of you. Best thing to do is get a good charger that will do lipos and all(you will thank me later) and you can charge choosing ur amps. For example if its a 4500 charge at 4.5 amp, 5000 charge at 5.0 amp, 3200 at 3.2 amp MAX. This wil not overload battery and make it last longest life. Also check temp on esc and motor with heat gun. You never want motor over 160 and esc over 140ish. Do you correct gearing for what ur running for, traxxas includes a extra pinion and tells you what each are for. Also charge battery full everytime or you wont get the power or runtime average everytime. Best bet is solder on traxxas plugs to battery or get a venom pack that already has traxxas plugs on it or a battery that already uses traxxas plugs. Also for charger a venom pro charger is great for around a 100.