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11-02-2004 12:34 AM  13 years agoPost 1
filmflyer

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I've heard, and been told so many different storys as to the factory chargers that come with your new radio. What is fact and what is Myth?

1. For a flyer that needs to be ready to fly at any given moment or would like to be. Can you or should you leave your gear plugged in with the factory charger to keep it topped off?

2. Do the factory chargers even charge your batterys up to full capacity?
If not why do they even bother giving us false hope that we would be fully charged.

3. What are the alternatives so one could stay charged and ready to go?

Thanks for any input guys.

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11-02-2004 12:42 AM  13 years agoPost 2
kthane

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add a trickle to your factory charger, then you can leave it on trickle all the time to keep them topped off.

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11-02-2004 12:48 AM  13 years agoPost 3
filmflyer

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Ok. Trickle charger sounds good but does your factory charger top off your batts or do you need to supplement with something else as well.

Not that I'm sinical just heard so many different ways that pilots say you should do it.

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11-02-2004 12:53 AM  13 years agoPost 4
Buzzin Brian

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If you have no idea when you may need to fly on a moments notice, then simply invest in a good fast field charger. Then there is no issue at all. Usually mine will charge my radio in about 15 mins. Works for me everytime. I do wall charge overnight if I KNOW I am going out the very next day, but I would never leave the thing plugged in until I decided to go to the field. I don't trust the battery that much. No need to melt down an $800 radio over a battery worth about $50. But that is me.

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11-02-2004 01:02 AM  13 years agoPost 5
greenboot

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I used the factory charger for years with excellant results. I typically fly every 2-3 days and this is what I did. After flying, recharge 3 hours for each flight made. If I flew 2 flights, charge for 6 hours. If you don't charge right away, add 1 hour for each day that goes by without use. For each additional day that goes by without flying, top them off with another hour before heading out. Of course you should never need to charge more than 12 hours and all these calculations are very approximate.

It's not as hard as it sounds. Just charge to replace the amount you use.

Tom

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11-02-2004 01:23 AM  13 years agoPost 6
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Good info guys thanks. This is what I have and do. I have Duralites in the heli's. Bergan Observer, Maxi Joker and just for fun Xcell 30. I do have a good field charger But I have been told so many different stories over the years Just kinda wanted to see what everyone else is doing. One story that I've always wondered about is that the factory charger doesn't top off you batts. True or False????

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11-02-2004 01:31 AM  13 years agoPost 7
Ted Toth

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for smaller Ni Cads 1400 and down I have been using
the factory charger for years with a auto-trickle adapter
left them plugged in 24 / 7 for the life of the pack

with larger packs the factory charger may not charge
the packs in a short enough time to go out the next day

You should get a cycler to condition your packs
and the bonus of these units like the Triton is that they are
also fast field chargers which run off your car or starter batteries


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11-02-2004 01:36 AM  13 years agoPost 8
AA8VL

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Best bang for the buck is the Triton. You tell it how fast to charge/discharge your packs and works with many different types of batteries. I have seen them for $99 At fun flies...I own two...they are worth their weight in gold in my field box. Those wall warts are horrible when you need a quick charge.

To answer your questions...

I have left TX and RX packs on charge for weeks with the factory chargers and no harm done. They will peak charge your packs..but they wont quick charge them when the weather clears up after a rain!

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11-02-2004 01:50 AM  13 years agoPost 9
filmflyer

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I have an Astroflight 112d. and another field charger. Primarily these are for the Maxi Joker and Tx. I try to stay ahead of the game with the Duralights in the Heli's. I know I can't quick charge those so I try to keep them topped off.

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11-02-2004 03:05 AM  13 years agoPost 10
efergie

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West Fargo, ND

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how many packs will the Triton charge at once? just one or can I throw my heli and my transmitter on it at the same time. Not a huge deal as I do have another Ace charger but I would like the convience. I have been looking for something that will handle the new li-ion/li-poly and the triton seems to be the ticket. just haven't seen anything saying one way or the other.

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11-02-2004 03:15 AM  13 years agoPost 11
AA8VL

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ef,

I charge my lipoly without a hitch with the triton. The Triton will only charge one pack at a time...a minor setback...But since I run a 2100 MAH pack in my TX...I only have to worry about the RX packs. The 2100 TX pack lasts a fortnight in my FUTBA

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11-02-2004 03:29 AM  13 years agoPost 12
greenboot

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The standard "wall warts" have the output current sized for the batteries they come with. If you have oversize batteries, you must adjust your charge time. With much larger batteries, you may not be able to get a full charge in a reasonable length of time. Hence the myth a wall wart can't fully charge a battery.

Tom

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11-02-2004 11:11 PM  13 years agoPost 13
janked

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Spokane, WA

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RadicalRc has some great info on their site about batteries and chargers. They give you basic formulas for charging new battery packs, etc.

http://www.radicalrc.com

David

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