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10-19-2004 12:51 PM  13 years agoPost 1
frebou

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Been considering to go with such a setup for my coming heli :

He-Pkg-2
Helicopter 60 TO 90 size Package
1 - #7404 - 4000 mah 4 cell 7.4 volt pack*
1 - #21007 - Charger 1@7.4 volt output w/DC Cable only
1 - #54051 - Regulator - 7.5 amp, 5.1 volt
1 - #21908 - A/C Adapter 800 mah
1 - #43051 - Digital Load Tester .5, 1 & 1.5 amp load

Having already a Schulze charger that can charge LI-ION battery without problem, i was asking myself if I really needed a duralite charger... Not for the 34$ saves, only because it would be nice to use the schulze for this pack too...

If so, should I charge via the "charge monitored" lead or the direct connection?

thanks for sharing your experiences

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10-19-2004 01:28 PM  13 years agoPost 2
dariof

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Henderson, NV /​Laguna Niguel, CA

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Good question.

I purchased the Duralite system, including the charger that charges 3 Rx and 1 Tx at the same time.

THe Triton WILL charge the Duralites, according to Duralite. But, also according to them, the warranties are voided if one does not use the Duralite charger.

Now, that is NOT why I went with the Duralite charger. I went with the Duralite charger because it is very simple (Not that the Trident isn't).

I used the 5.1 regulator (switched).

The digital load tester is an excellent tool, and of course may be used on all types of batteries. I am always testing other people's batteries at the field, and my own NiCD's and NiMH's.

Use the yellow lead from the Duralite battery to charge..It is designed for this.

Best Regards, Dario

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10-19-2004 04:08 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Brian Weekley

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Duralite Charging

I have Duralites in a couple of my helis. I charge them with a Sirius lithium charger that I also use for my indoor airplanes. It and your Schulze will work fine as long as you pay attention to the correct cell count and charge rate as with any Lithium system. The advantage to these systems is that you will know what you have put back into the pack and you will have a higher charge rate than the Duralite charger.

The advantage to the Duralite charger (which I also have) is that it is totally stupid proof. You plug in the pack and the light goes on. When the light goes off the battery is fully charged. Nothing to program and nothing to think about.

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10-19-2004 04:25 PM  13 years agoPost 4
darrenjet

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Springdale, AR - USA

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I just ordered a system for my next heli. I'm planning on using the Duralite charger for simplicity. Heck, with the number of flights you can get off a charge, the low charge rate isn't that big of a deal. I'm gonna use the Hanger 9 digital load meter, however. It can load at .5A, 1A, and 2A, and is $13 cheaper than the Duralite meter at Rick's.

-Darren

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10-19-2004 04:54 PM  13 years agoPost 5
dariof

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Brian Weekley

You are correct about the Duralite chargers being stupid proof. Pretty much plug n play

That may be another reason I purchased one. All my elecronic gadgets have some sort of complexity to them...it was nice having something retroed back a few years

Best Regards, Dario

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