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02-12-2006 12:26 AM  12 years agoPost 1
keqwow

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Just getting back into this after a few years...what is the best charger these days???

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02-12-2006 02:17 AM  12 years agoPost 2
Ace Dude

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Schulze ISL 8-936.

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02-12-2006 02:18 AM  12 years agoPost 3
z11355

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you know, I have yet to see one of these 'best' questions where the
person actually wants the best.

it's usually translated as 'whats the best for the least price'

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02-12-2006 02:19 AM  12 years agoPost 4
TAZZY

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TRITON, or hobbico MKII(I)

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02-12-2006 03:12 AM  12 years agoPost 5
keqwow

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Okay..best for under $150 then....I don't really consider that to be the cheapest. I was looking at either the Triton or the Super Brain 977. I like that the Super Brain 977 can either run off of the field battery or be plugged into the wall at home.

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02-12-2006 03:13 AM  12 years agoPost 6
Shortman

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Depends on what you define as best. For Lithium Ion/Polymer the Astro 109 is probably the best, but all around? The Shulze or the cheap version (Triton) work great. Not a big fan on Hobbico's gear because their chargers from my experience never give a full charge.

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02-12-2006 03:27 AM  12 years agoPost 7
keqwow

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What about the Super Brain 977.....looks like a good charger....

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02-12-2006 04:14 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Ace Dude

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you know, I have yet to see one of these 'best' questions where the person actually wants the best.
Yup, and then when they see how much the best costs they complain about the price.

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02-12-2006 06:37 AM  12 years agoPost 9
Shortman

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Stay away from the Super Brain 977... they have had some major issues with Li Poly charging compatability. I would look elsewhere like the Great Planes Triton or Astro 109. The Orbit is also another phenominal charger.

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02-12-2006 01:27 PM  12 years agoPost 10
Ace Dude

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As is typical with these "best charger" posts the originator doesn't specify what he needs to charge and how he wants to charge it.

It's impossible to recommend anything unless you know the requirements.

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02-12-2006 02:57 PM  12 years agoPost 11
keqwow

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geesh...you guys are rough....FINE.....If you could only have ONE charger to cover the batteries you use in your helis AND planes(different types of batteries)....and you only had $150 to spend...What would be your 1st choice. Is that specific enough????

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02-12-2006 03:00 PM  12 years agoPost 12
z11355

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dont get all twisted.

you're about the 500th person to ask the same question and
as in all 'best' questions, you didn't say what you actually
wanted to accomplish so the question is/was unanswerable.

now, since you've said what your budget is and what you want to
charge, people here can acutally answer the question w/o
lots of nonsense.

see how that works?

Triton
Schulze 330 (a bit more than 150)
Duratrax ICE
Multiplex
Bantam

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02-12-2006 03:19 PM  12 years agoPost 13
keqwow

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I know the Triton seems to come up the most...the only problem I have with the Triton is the fact that it doesn't come with a power supply to plug into the wall....the whole computer power supply project seems like a hassel to me...perhaps its not as bad as I am thinking...it just seems like a hassel.

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02-12-2006 03:26 PM  12 years agoPost 14
z11355

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thats a common 'complaint'.

if you limit yourself to chargers that come w/ a power supply,
you'll find very few to choose from.

There are lots of reasonably priced power supplies on the
market and it's really the 'way to go'.

reality is that the vast majority of people do not want to pay
for a charger w/ included power supply since the size of the
powersupply (and thus, overall cost) is dependent on the highest
output wattage.

buy a 8-10A 13.8v power supply for maybe $30-40 and be done w/ it.

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02-12-2006 03:38 PM  12 years agoPost 15
jb_turner

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That is what I did when I purchased the Triton. I also purchased a $45 Pyramid Power supply. A power supply is cheap enough so you do not have to go and make up one with a PC power supply... just purchase it and be done with it.

JB "Do a SEARCH" Turner

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02-12-2006 04:11 PM  12 years agoPost 16
ppridday

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I have the Triton and my only gripe is that it only has the one outlet. I can always charge off of the 12V in the truck at home or at the field. Too bad the lipo's take 60-70 minutes to charge each. This equates to lots of standing around time waiting to charge at the field. I only have 2 lipo's at the moment but will be adding a third.

Has there been any more news on the Thunder Power "fast charger" for lipo's? I can't find the original thread and have not heard anything lately.


Ciao for now,

Paul

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02-12-2006 04:11 PM  12 years agoPost 17
Ace Dude

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I'd recommend the Orbit Pocketlader. Backlit display, super compact size, PC Interface, it does LiPo & LiIon in addition to NiCd and NiMH, and upgradable firmware are my top reasons for owning and recommending this charger.

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02-15-2006 07:55 AM  12 years agoPost 18
andythilo

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Forget the PC power supply. There only 12v and I know with my 450W one it wont charge above 5A, above that and the 12v rail drops below 10.0 volts. Get a dedicated power supply, there cheap enough these days.

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03-12-2006 01:31 AM  12 years agoPost 19
Greentofly

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Interesting and valued topic for me.

I to have been searching for an inexpensive all-around charger: One that will charge all types of batteries and safely charge Lipo's.

My gripe with the chargers I've seen is that they are pricey for something that -- with the possible exception of Lipo -- is a far-cry from rocket science.

I would like to participate in a forum that discusses the electronics need for a good-to-fantastic home built charger, but, as my user name suggests, I'm far too green to initiate it.

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03-14-2006 07:33 PM  12 years agoPost 20
lineman55

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I use a Triton connected to an old PC power supply.Excellent setup!

It only takes two things to fly -- airspeed and money

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