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12-01-2007 12:36 AM  10 years agoPost 1
zsultan

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Can you guys please recommend AC powersupply for TP1010C??

Looking cheap and reliable solution

Thanks

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12-01-2007 01:09 AM  10 years agoPost 2
FOX222

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I have two of these that I have had for about a year and a half and they seem to be very stable and cheap.

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12-01-2007 01:45 AM  10 years agoPost 3
kingair

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Some people don't like the idea of DIY but my converted computer power supply works fantastic with my hyperion 1210i. I don't see why it wouldn't work with your 1010C and it's a nearly free option.

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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12-02-2007 04:02 AM  10 years agoPost 4
Heli-on

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The manual for the 1010C calls for a 25 Amp supply. I would suppose this would be max load (charging 2 6S packs simuletaneously). Radio Shack sells a 25 Amp 13.8V supply for about $110 and a 15 Amp for about $85. The 25 Amp is new and not even on their website, yet.

I'm only charging 3S packs for a 450 right now, but know I'm going with a 600 someday and wanted to be sure I wouldn't be needing an upgrade in the future.

If you're looking for cheap - the PC Power Supply would work for you. Just make sure it's a 300W supply and that that power rating applies to the 12V rail.

-Gregg B.

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12-02-2007 04:07 AM  10 years agoPost 5
eheliflyer

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I use the 25A power supply from Radio Shack and I can power 2 TP 1010s charging 2 6S packs on each.

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12-02-2007 07:43 PM  10 years agoPost 6
miragewsu

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I bought a beefy 500W+ PC power supply and can charge my 1010c at its max of 5A on a 10s A123. Bought this power supply for less than a hundred at Fry's. Downside is you have to do the standard modification to a pc power supply to get it to work.

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12-02-2007 07:52 PM  10 years agoPost 7
chuckhager

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I also use the 25 Amp Radio Shack unit. It emulates a 12V. car battery perfectly. I've had mine for a few years now and it works great.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...rentPage=search

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12-02-2007 09:12 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Greybird

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miragewsu, The max charge rate is 10 amps, not 5.

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12-03-2007 05:04 AM  10 years agoPost 9
FOX222

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miragewsu, The max charge rate is 10 amps, not 5.
Not at that voltage, it's 220 watts output max, so @ 36 volt you can charge @ 6 amp. But that is not the amperage needed for the input. If you assume 0 loss, it would still take 220m watts @ 12 volt (220/12=18.3 amps) so you need about 19 amp on the input.
I bought a beefy 500W+ PC power supply and can charge my 1010c at its max of 5A on a 10s A123. Bought this power supply for less than a hundred at Fry's. Downside is you have to do the standard modification to a pc power supply to get it to work.
For $59 I can charge any battery @ full power with a ready-made switching power supply.

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12-03-2007 06:12 AM  10 years agoPost 10
TMoore

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Astron 35M and an MFJ 25 Amp switcher is what I use.

The Astron can light up just about anything you want.

TM

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12-03-2007 06:23 AM  10 years agoPost 11
aerreal

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Another vote for the Pro Peak.

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12-03-2007 06:33 AM  10 years agoPost 12
zsultan

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Thanks guys, decided to get a Pro Peak 20A power supply.

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12-03-2007 07:49 AM  10 years agoPost 13
tcast305

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I went with a Iota 55amp power supply. I needed a bigger power supply as I was charging 2 sets of 10s packs (2 TP 1010c). Also you can find this power supply for around 110-120 bucks (on ebay).

With a 55amp power supply you still have spare amps for a smaller 3rd charger.

Thanks.

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12-03-2007 07:24 PM  10 years agoPost 14
ktl

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My Pro Peak power supply blew up after about 50 charges at 8.25 amps. I now have a Rivergate 45 amp power supply and couldn't be happier and I can run 2 1010 setups charging at 8.25 amps.

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12-04-2007 03:00 PM  10 years agoPost 15
LennyDude

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another vote for the Rivergate.

If you do the math, to charge your batteries properly you need roughly 2X the amp power supply. If you charge at 8.25 amps you should have 16.5 amp power supply. That puts a 20A power supply into "hard use" all the time. The inexpensive 20A you guys list is a good one but not up to par on the high end of charging which is why I presume you own the TP1010C?

I use the Rivergate 30A and it just plain works. A few extra $$ but it is designed for heavy duty use. Just my opinion

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12-04-2007 03:56 PM  10 years agoPost 16
Ace Dude

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If you do the math, to charge your batteries properly you need roughly 2X the amp power supply. If you charge at 8.25 amps you should have 16.5 amp power supply. That puts a 20A power supply into "hard use" all the time.
If you actually did the math, you would have learned that you are completely wrong.

All the calculations you need to determine how much current your charger needs is contained in this simple formula:

To answer the question, I use Astron, Alinco, and MFJ power supplies. The Astron RS-20A I purchased in 1990 is still going strong.

I know some of the Hyperion chargers were having issues with the Pro Peak power supplies so I'd avoid them, but that's me.

  

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12-04-2007 04:07 PM  10 years agoPost 17
zsultan

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Is Pro Peak OK with TP1010C to charge 6S lipos?

I just ordered one. Please advise.

Thanks

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12-04-2007 05:23 PM  10 years agoPost 18
Eury

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The Pro Peak works fine, I used it with mine charging 6s packs at 8.25 amps. One time I got adventurous and tried hooking up both of my 1010cs to it and charging at 5 amps on each of them, and it let the magic smoke out of the power supply. I figured it'd be like any other power supply, and it'd blow the fuse if it was more than it can handle, but instead it melted down. Oh well. I've since replaced it with an Antec 500w computer Power Supply ($65 at Office Depot), which has no problem running both chargers at 6.5 amps at the same time, plus it's smaller and lighter than my pro peak.

Nick Crego

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12-04-2007 05:56 PM  10 years agoPost 19
Ace Dude

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I figured it'd be like any other power supply, and it'd blow the fuse if it was more than it can handle, but instead it melted down.
That's the difference between the good and the cheap power supplies. The better power supplies have over voltage, over current, and over temperature protection.

Also, using a 13.8v power supply instead of a 12v PC power supply can be slightly more efficient when charging packs over 13.8v.

A good power supply will pretty much last forever.

  

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12-04-2007 10:25 PM  10 years agoPost 20
ktl

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zsultan
See my above comment. I'd spend more and get something that will last. When the pro peak blew, I thought my battery blew and it scared the s^^^ out of me.

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