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› Why did my triton charger fry
12-20-2003 06:55 AM  13 years agoPost 1
helicopter34

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I have no idea why my triton charger practically caught fire. I had been building a new field box to and was working on the wiring. I thought I have everything working fine but apparently not.

Here is my setup, in the box I have a power supply and a 12 volt battery. I have a three position switch which will connect the battery or the power supply to an output. Across this output I have a fan with a switch to turn on the fan and something to that I can clip on the aligator clips from my triton. I also have wired across the battery a wire with a deans connector on it so that when I want to charge the battery I can turn on the power and then connect the deans connector to output form the triton to charge the 12 v battery. When the 3 position switch is on the power supply direction, the 12 volt battery is not connect to the triton. It wasn't working to charge it would just go to the charge screen and come back without making a noise. I dont know why but i put it on the battery position so that the triton was charging the same battery as it was running off of. Then it flamed. Doesn't the triton have circuitry to avoid high voltages on input and such.
Anyone know exactly why this happened.

Where can I get it fixed fast. Im screwed cause I charge everythign with this thing and I have a month off from school and its gonna be wasted if I can't charge a damn battery and fly.

Make it idiot-proof, and someone will make a better idiot

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12-20-2003 04:06 PM  13 years agoPost 2
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Problem with the Triton....

Helicopter34

You never said what the voltage was that you
tried to connect the Triton to? The Triton can take some overvoltage but like most electronics there is a limit!

What was the output of your power supply. Did you check it with a DMM?

Michael

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12-20-2003 11:37 PM  13 years agoPost 3
helicopter34

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12 V

Yeah thats what I thought. After thinking about it, thats what must have happened. If you try to connect the triton to a power supply that is putting out more than 13 volts or so, the triton will say voltage error or something. But I guess that failsafe program only works when the triton is powering on. I guess I tricked it well enough by starting it correctly on 12 V and then jumping it to a higher voltage while in the charging program. I am sooooo dumb. I have to rewire some things in my box. Namely, rewire it so that the wire coming out of the 12 volt battery out of the box which I will use to recharge the battery will go through the switch also that switches between powering the triton with the power supply or the battery. The switch is made so that there are 2 independent short connections for each switch position, so I can turn on the charging wires and the power supply's connection to the triton on one side and turn of the charging wire and turn on the battery's connection to the power supply on the other side.

Also the reason that inspired me to try this idoitic self charging test... When I was connected to the power supply, probably around 12 volts or so (its a variable voltage power supply), and I would attempt to charge the 12 volt battery, the triton would go into the charge program but just come right back out without making any noise (which would indicate some type of error). I figured this problem was the added cooling fan that I added to the box which is in parallel with the triton. Because its in parallel it should cause a voltage drop and at 12 volts, I measured the fan to draw less than .2 amps. Trying to charge the 12 volt battery at 1 amp could have been been causing the triton to draw at most 3 amps (im not sure I didn't test input current). My powersupply is a 13 amp power supply so I do not know why that relatively small current draw would have caused a voltage drop to cause the triton to power off. I should have just powered off and then back on the triton as a quick test, but instead I decided to try to run it off the battery and charge (yes the battery itself). Well now the triton's in the show at hobby services. Anyone know how much it costs to have repairs on a triton done. I just sent it on today and won't be able to really contact them till monday when they are open.

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