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08-20-2008 03:59 PM  12 years ago
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vtach688

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Chargers
I am new to electrics and was wondering about chargers. I want to get a good Lipo charger and would like to know about the balancing leads. Can any lead, work with any batter or will i be limiting my battery brand with the type of charger i get? For example, if i purchase a Thunderpower charger, can i use my existing Eflite or zippy pack batterys?
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08-20-2008 04:01 PM  12 years ago
Ghostrider

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The charger is not brand specific, it's simply plug spacific. Same with the balancer. If you get the TP charger, you will need an adapter for your balancing plugs on the Eflite or Zippy packs.
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08-20-2008 04:19 PM  12 years ago
vtach688

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Thanks, that helps
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08-20-2008 05:12 PM  12 years ago
MaxAdventure

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Like getting a good radio, I'd recommend getting a charger than can grow with you up front. Invest in something good and you'll be happier and save money in the long run. I even thought I bought a good charger(s) and they can't keep up with my needs. I'm short on cell count and I'm short on amperage. You may think you only need to charge say a three cell pack, but consider if you purchase a charger than can balance charge a six cell, you could do two three cell in parallel and charge twice as fast. Then you still have room to grow, too.
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08-20-2008 05:28 PM  12 years ago
dave75d

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I concur. Speaking with experience, I bought an accu-cycle elite, (fantastic charger) that went to 5 cell. then i bought a trex 500 with 6 cell batts, now i need another charger W/ a bigger power supply. talk to the guys at your LHS. they wont steer you wrong. think about 2 years down the road on what you may buy, not just what you have now.ten grand in helis and all i can do is hover
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08-20-2008 05:58 PM  12 years ago
Terrabit

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My first charger was a crappy little Align 4s thing I got for $25. It sucked! I now have two TP1010c/TP210v combos and I love them. Each will do any combination of 10 cells. These guys have worked great. Spendy, but good. I could actually use another balancer though.
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08-20-2008 06:14 PM  12 years ago
MaxAdventure

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I bought an accu-cycle elite, (fantastic charger) that went to 5 cell. then i bought a trex 500 with 6 cell batts, now i need another charger W/ a bigger power supply.
exactly! I love my accu-cycle elite, only it maxes at 2 amps! triton-2, maxes at 90W. They were great when I ran electric boats/cars, but now that I'm flying electric they really can't come close to the requirements of anything bigger than park flyer planes or 325mm heli's. I've been shopping for a new charger, but it will be quite an investment for a big power supply and decent charger.
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08-20-2008 07:20 PM  12 years ago
u77171

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Consider the TP610. It pretty much charges anything. LIPO up to 6S. It also has a built-in balancer. It's a good deal for $130.
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08-20-2008 09:14 PM  12 years ago
TJinGuy

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FMA has a special on their Cellpro 4s right now for $60. It is the best charger for the price and has an auto mode that rocks. They too sell adapters for whatever battery you might buy.

http://www.fmadirect.com/products.htm?cat=45&nid=4

Coupon code SP082008 save you some cash.
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08-20-2008 09:22 PM  12 years ago
vtach688

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thanks
gee, thanks for all the advice, now i have to decide which one to buy. I was looking at the 6s chargers for around $130-160 range. Are the power supplies on ebay ( ac to dc) ones any good, or are they just cheap?
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08-20-2008 10:18 PM  12 years ago
TJinGuy

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To charge 6s packs you will need a decent power supply. Probably somewhere in the 10A range as a minumum and maybe as high as 25A may be required. It is all in how big yuor batteries are and how fast you want to charge them. A TP610c can only output 80W of total power and that makes things easy. You will need at least 8amps at 12V for that one. I would recommend either making a pc power supply yourself or get something like this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...em=350089489453 , whack off the connector and solder on a Deans or what ever you like.- Chris

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08-21-2008 04:11 AM  12 years ago
dave75d

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i bought the 610 and an additionial power supply (ripmax propeak). 610 was like 130, and the power supply was only 60. that combo will power most any batteries you will ever buy. easy to use and cheaper than most combos. my lhs stocks both, but should be easy to find online anywhere.ten grand in helis and all i can do is hover
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