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10-20-2009 04:57 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Fisch

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Im new to this hobby looking to buy charger/batt for trex 500
which would best thanks.

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10-20-2009 05:18 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Thi-rex

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I started with a T-rex 500 too and used Bantam BC-6 charger and I liked it. It's a very reliable charger. After a year, I upgraded to Bantam BC8DX to charge two 6s lipo simultaneously.

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10-20-2009 06:28 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Busher

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I am using a mixture of flight power and cheap chinese lipo packs in the 6s 2500 range, between the 2 types I can tell no difference and won't be paying extra for industry names in the future.
Zippy or turnigy packs are great.

As for chargers Hyperion 610i net or their new range will be fine.

Good luck
Busher

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10-20-2009 06:30 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Steff Giguere

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I'm using the Hyperion Duo, great charger easily do everything and easy to use.

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10-20-2009 09:58 PM  8 years agoPost 5
TJinGuy

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If you are brand new and just learning how to hover then buy cheaper batteries like Zippy packs. They will get you through the basic stuff without costing you a ton of money. If you want higher end packs, but still cost effective, then look at the Hyperion CX line of packs.

For a charger you need to decide how much you want to spend. Your initial temptation will be to buy the cheapest unit that will work and this indeed will suffice but like most, this hobby is not about "Will work" but rather "Work really well". IMO the best charger for the money for Rex500 packs is the iCharger 106B+. They are small and very powerful (among the most powerful actually) and work well off a 12V source. Of course if you have a bigger budget, like $300 or more, then there are some dual chargers out there that are very handy.

Speaking of 12V sources, in almost all cases you will need something to power your charger. So keep that in mind when you are pricing things out. You could use your car for free, buy a power supply for $100+, or anywhere in between.

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10-20-2009 10:02 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Flint325

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Hyperion

+1 for the Hyperion line of chargers. I have the 610 I (x2) and find them to be reliable. Conduct some searches on the topic and make the judgement yourself. The power supply you select is also important. I am running a Pioneer 30 amp supply with a Honda EU200i.

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10-20-2009 10:39 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Furious Predator

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check out the Turnigy chargers. i got one for a friend starting out in the hobby. incredible price, and a tone of features. probably not the same level of quality as a Hyperion, but for an affordable way to get going, you cant go wrong.

Shawn
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10-20-2009 11:38 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Cowjock

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Thunder power 610 will work but it is limited.(80w)

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

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10-20-2009 11:43 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Bob Wales (RIP)

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Yeah good luck as its get's pricey when you add up a good charger the battery packs themselves and also a power supply.
Also if you get a charger that doesn't have a built in balancer you will need one of these as well.

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10-20-2009 11:45 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Furious Predator

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the Turnigy charger...the smaller one is limited to 50W, but still good for a 500 size machine. it will do 6S, it will just take longer. it also has a built in balancer, as well as the larger 150W 10S turnigy charger. about $35 and $70 respectively.

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10-21-2009 12:03 AM  8 years agoPost 11
FlaG8r

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+1 on Hyperion. I would say go with the Duo3. At some point you will probably want a larger charger.

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10-21-2009 12:30 AM  8 years agoPost 12
TJinGuy

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You guys do know that saying "Buy the a Duo3" to a new pilot is like telling a brand new driver that he needs buy a high end luxury car for his first ride. The cost of a Duo3 is about $400 once you factor in a $100 power supply. That can be the entire cost of the heli a new pilot is starting with! In truth it is not needed. Why not suggest an entry level charger for him to get him into the hobby and then he can find out for himself what he really wants later on. As such something in the $100 range is probably a better idea.

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10-21-2009 12:33 AM  8 years agoPost 13
Furious Predator

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^^^

did you read my posts?

i agree though, the hyperions are very VERY nice, but for a beginner, the cost and level of charger it is at, really isnt needed.

Shawn
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10-21-2009 12:34 AM  8 years agoPost 14
Sonic88

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+1 On the Turnigy chargers. I use the Accucell-6 which will do 5 amps 50 watts, but I am only charging 2-cell Rx packs and 3s flight packs. I would look the Accucell-8 which would work well for larger packs. Also, looked into a good PS. Or you can get an old ATX power supply from a computer (400watts or higher is better) and do a simple mod on it and use that. I did that and it works great and if you already have an old computer with the power supply, then it only costs about 5 or 6 bucks for the mod.

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10-21-2009 12:43 AM  8 years agoPost 15
Steff Giguere

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You know what if he buys a cheap charger and he like this hobby, then he will want to stay therefore change chargers and loss money on the cheap one he has. Chargers, when you care for them, are good for a long while. That's my way of thinking. It's like telling a new guy to buy a clone which he will not be able to keep in the air and quite the hobby because it is too hard.

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10-21-2009 12:49 AM  8 years agoPost 16
Sonic88

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Im not telling him to get one. I was telling him he should give it a look. They are fine chargers. Mine has been going strong for almost a year now. Just because it costs less than a Hyperion Duo or something does not make it a bad charger.

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10-21-2009 12:50 AM  8 years agoPost 17
Furious Predator

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but...those turnigy charger WILL be good for a long while. go check out the specs. they put my Triton chargers to shame.

Shawn
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10-21-2009 12:52 AM  8 years agoPost 18
Sonic88

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Yea I went from a Triton Jr. to the Accucell-6 and I will never look back. It just works. I have ZERO desire for another charger.

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10-21-2009 02:07 AM  8 years agoPost 19
Twrecks600

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Round Rock, Texas

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Just picked up the icharger 208B and it rocks!! I can charge / balance my 2 4s Hyperions at the same time in about 30 mins!!

Picked it up from progressiverc.com

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10-21-2009 05:36 AM  8 years agoPost 20
tasmanian devil

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DeSoto,Tx.

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++++11111 on the Turnigy Accucell 8.I have one,excellent charger.

I do'nt crash,I just rearrange parts.

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