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07-11-2008 05:01 AM  9 years agoPost 1
DAVE62278

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Ridgetown, Ontario,​Canada

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I've got a Evo 50 with 3-9252's and 9254 on tail, so with all the digitals thinking a 3000+ rx pack would be a good size. To keep it simple, also looking at a 4 cell, 4.8 pack which looks like it will be NiMH.
I have an hobbico accu-cycle, which has worked well for the 1500 Nicd packs for my Evo 30, although if I'm doing the math right, that's about
the limit to get a full charge after the pre-set 15 hour charge time.
I've heard/read a lot about the trition2 which I was about to get until I read it can only charge one battery at a time and you also have to buy an ac adapter to use it on 110v.
Looking for pros/cons from someone that has an Accu-Cycle Elite.
Thanks for the help,
Dave

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07-11-2008 05:03 AM  9 years agoPost 2
JRjoe

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Jonesville , IN ​USA #1

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The Elite will charge a 3000mah nimah just fine. No need to get the triton...

It will charge quick too....


JRjoe.....
Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

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07-11-2008 06:11 AM  9 years agoPost 3
MANCHA

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Cabo San Lucas,​Baja- Mexico

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I second JRjoe,
I have and use both,
I like better Accu-cycle.
I use triton mainly as a field charger but Elite, is for me, much easier to use.
You can charge upto 50000 mAh, no problem.

MANCHA

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07-11-2008 06:13 AM  9 years agoPost 4
MANCHA

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printing error !!
upto 5,000 mAh.

MANCHA

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07-11-2008 04:20 PM  9 years agoPost 5
T-Rex-Flyer

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Panama City, Fl

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I've been using the Accu-Cycle Elite for years now with no problem what-so-ever.

If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter.

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07-11-2008 04:27 PM  9 years agoPost 6
jschenck

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La Vista, NE.

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Me to - bought one when it was first released. Just takes a bit longer to charge the big packs since it can only go to a max of 2A but being able to charge to different batteries at the same time is great. I've charged 5200 Lithium Ion packs with this charger.

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07-11-2008 06:42 PM  9 years agoPost 7
jgunpilot

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Pollock, LA

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The Accu-Cycle Elite is a great little charger and a logical first one to get. I like being able to charge two small packs simultaneously. It's easy to read and figure out. Just be sure to use a balancer, and plug your battery into the balancer early and let it balance for 30 minutes before you even start to charge. Leave the balncer on for the charge cycle.

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07-11-2008 07:16 PM  9 years agoPost 8
Cowjock

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Pa.

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Accu cycle elite does everything but lead acid. I bought the original triton because of that. Own both, like em, If I go electric ,I'll probably get the triton2 as a third charger.

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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07-11-2008 09:19 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Cornster

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Medford, MA USA

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Accu Cycle is a great charger. Have used them for years. The Victor Hi-IQ was probably the very best charger I have ever used. But unfortunately you can't find them anymore (Not the IQ2 but the original big red one). The charger I am currently using is the SuperBrain 977. AC/DC charger with it's own power supply. Will charge/discharge ANY battery type. Only issue I have with it is it seems to be about .1-.2 of a volt. Otherwise this charger has also served me well.

I fly.....because I can.

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07-11-2008 09:32 PM  9 years agoPost 10
carlyle

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Stratford, Ontario,​Canada

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I also own an accucycle elite charger. It works quite well, and the duel output is very nice. I have recently started flying 450's quite a bit, and the accucycle is nice as I can charge two 450 packs at once with the V balancer's.

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07-11-2008 10:35 PM  9 years agoPost 11
DAVE62278

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Ridgetown, Ontario,​Canada

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I can't thank everyone enough for all the replies. Definitely going get the accu-cycle elite because of the positive comments. I believe it was
jgunpilot who first mentioned that a balancer should be used before charging the batteries. I'm not familiar with balancers. As I understand it, you don't cycle NiMH batteries, so I was wondering if someone could explain what a balancer does and recommend one.

Thanks again,
Dave

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07-12-2008 12:45 AM  9 years agoPost 12
MANCHA

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Cabo San Lucas,​Baja- Mexico

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with NiMH batteries you do not need a balancer.

A balancer is for Litium batteries, and mainly for 3 or more cells so; it keeps all cells charge equal and therefore allows you to get a full charge.

Also, do to litum batteries being able to catch fire, the balancer helps in keeping things under control and; I remark " helps",
because there are other factors to take in consideration such as, proper programing of your charger, right amount of mAh charged, etc.

MANCHA

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