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03-15-2003 10:33 PM  14 years agoPost 1
Mrcowboy65

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which charger should i get? any problems with either of them? i know the double vision is cheaper but it just as good?

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03-16-2003 12:11 AM  14 years agoPost 2
rwj

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I have a sirus pro and I love it.

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03-16-2003 12:22 AM  14 years agoPost 3
oaksmith

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I also have a sirus pro and I love it.

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03-16-2003 12:23 AM  14 years agoPost 4
Ruff

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I'll second that, I have a Sirius Pro and love it.

I would look into the Sirius Pro Plus however if getting a new one....

Ruff

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03-16-2003 12:25 AM  14 years agoPost 5
Obsessive

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PIGPILE!

Sirius Pro here. Don't know of or about the other charger you're referring to, but the Sirius is plug&play with peak detection, charge anytime, and both Rx & Tx simultaneously.

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03-16-2003 12:26 AM  14 years agoPost 6
Mrcowboy65

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i was planning on buying a sirius pro plus for $139, but i liked the price of the double vision at $60

but will probably get the sirius....any more input?

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03-16-2003 12:30 AM  14 years agoPost 7
z11355

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the Sirius is nice and I have one but they are
more expensive than they should be. They
just aren't worth $139

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03-16-2003 12:51 AM  14 years agoPost 8
Ace Dude

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My Sirius Charge Pro is worth $139 to me. Especially since it includes a lifetime warranty.

When my Alpha 4 threw a RSG circuit it cost me $42 just to get it fixed.

If you get the Charge Pro go for the Charge Pro Plus model (not listed on the website). The Plus model doubles the output on the TX and RX port to 1.1A. If you don't get the Plus now you can get the unit upgraded to the plus unit at a later date for about $40.

It's best not to skimp on a battery charger. You usually get what you pay for.

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03-16-2003 12:56 AM  14 years agoPost 9
Obsessive

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Warranty Service is outstandingl. I had a problem with mine initially, and Peak Electronics outright offered to pay for shipping both ways and fix it for free; sight unseen, and promised it would be in the mail back to me the same day he got it.

All I can say is the package went cross-country twice in 5 five days, because it was in my mailbox on the fifth day.

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03-16-2003 01:14 AM  14 years agoPost 10
Ace Dude

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Just curious, what was wrong with it?

I picked up a Charge Pro Plus, Limited Edition, and Super Test at the WRAM show. I haven't tried the Limited Edition yet, but I'm happy with the results of the Pro Plus and the Super Test.

I researched the Sirius chargers quite a bit on all the major R/C websites before deciding to buy them and I really couldn't find much if anything bad that anyone had to say about them.

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03-16-2003 01:21 AM  14 years agoPost 11
Obsessive

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Apparently it had a bad transistor in it....the Tx light would come on solid when you first plugged in, then would start to flash w/in a minute, like charging was complete.

From my description of the behavior, they knew what the problem was, and were ready for it.

It's performed flawlessly since then.

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03-16-2003 01:33 AM  14 years agoPost 12
Hughes500E

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I have a double vision....... works good, does both RX and TX and it does the glow ignitor..... it also boasts peak detection.....
I don't think it compares to the other for length of service though, but I could be wrong..... its been working great for me, 2nd year running!!!!!

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03-16-2003 02:07 AM  14 years agoPost 13
Hughes500Pilot

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I have a Sirius Charge that I have been using for about 4 years now. It works perfect every time and IT CHARGES THE RX AND TX AT THE SAME TIME! -Steve

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03-16-2003 02:31 AM  14 years agoPost 14
George Matthews

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Cowboy you can pick up the sirius pro for $109.00 at heliproz and just remember you get what you pay for. There is a reason why the sirius charger cost more than the double vision.

George Matthews

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03-16-2003 03:08 AM  14 years agoPost 15
Mrcowboy65

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mig-29,

the sirius pro chager is only $109, but the sirius pro PLUS is $139 at heliproz which is the one i want to get.

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03-16-2003 03:23 AM  14 years agoPost 16
Rick_H

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Boulder City, Nevada

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I have the Doublevision and the Electrifly Triton and I like them both, I use the Doublevision in the field because it charges everyting at the same time, it's fast and the gauges are nice to see how much is left to charge. I use the Triton to charge and cycle the batteries at home.

For the price I have been very happy with both.

Rick

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03-16-2003 04:10 AM  14 years agoPost 17
mej

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There is no perfect charger. anybody who's been into this for any period of time has multiple chargers beca use nobody makes what we need at a price we are willing to pay and they all have drawbacks.

A perfect charger would do:
1) Nicads or nickel metal hydrides from 1 to a minimum of 18 cells withut complaining.

2) Run off of DC or AC with no difference in quality or quantity of charge.
3) Reporting. There can never be too much repoting.

3) Most importantly it must be able to do lithiums, because a year from now, that's all you'll want to use. If you think the currnnt crop of LiPoly's are good, just wait. there is some amazing stuff becoming available. If your charger now doesn't do lithium poly's, then it's almost time to shop for a new one.

If you don't have a charger, make sure the one you buy can do lithiums, or to think of it another way, if it doesn't, you may be buying one that does within a year, and having multiple chargers isn't necesarrily a bad thing.

The Triton is almost perfect but it can only do up to 4 lithiums at once which is simply not enough, plus it's too expensive if you can even get one. So although it can do lithium polymers, it's inthere like an afterthought, and could be done a lot better

So for me the best compromise is an astroflight 110d for nicads or nickel metal hydrides and lab constant voltage supply for the lithiums, and a switching 120v to 12 volt converter at 12 amps to drive everything. Total price for me is over $100. but I know it works in any situation I can think of.

If somebody could put that all into one box and allow you to do multiple chages at the same time, and be able to deliver for under a hundred they'd be rich. I can tell you from a reliable source that lithium polymer, or some close derivative will take the world by storm in the next 12 months

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03-16-2003 05:12 AM  14 years agoPost 18
helimike77

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La Habra, CA

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You cant mess up with the sirius even if you tried. Hook up the battery backwards on the universal connector....no problem..you know youve got it right when the light comes on. I was relunctant at first because of the price but have no regrets now.

Mike

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03-16-2003 01:15 PM  14 years agoPost 19
Skywalker

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West Kentucky

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I use the Double Vision. Works Great. The glow battery charger is REALLY handy. Just starting my second season with it but no complaints so far.

Michael

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03-16-2003 03:04 PM  14 years agoPost 20
George Matthews

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Cowboy
That would depend on the capacity of the batteries you intend on charging. Each charger has it's limits.
I own two sirius pro chargers and for my use I couldn't need or want more. They are truly plug and play and are built to a high standard.
And with features like reverse pulse charging and peak prediction shut off makes for worry free charging. The only down side is that if you own a Futaba transmitter you will need to jump the diode in the charging circut to use the Sirius chargers . But that is a simple task and the info on how to do this is on the sirius website.
But as someone else on this thread has mentioned each charger has it's limitations you need to pick one that fills your needs. And if the Sirius chagers fill your needs you can't go wrong with one of them.

George Matthews

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