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04-22-2009 09:05 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Riq

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While using my 1010c on a 3s 2200 it popped and smoked a little, but kept charging away....I was a little miffed so I stopped it to see what was happening.....It still read voltage, balance, etc...so I tried a 10s 3700, it popped as soon as I hooked up the deans and smoked again. I did not try to charge it for fear of burning something(house, neighborhood, etc) down.

This is the second 1010c that this has happened to, and Ive had a hyperion duo replaced as well, all in a period of 12 months. They are run on multiple expensive power sources, so that isnt an issue I believe, but they get used a lot.

Do I have bad luck with chargers, or is this the lifespan of a charger?
I have other cheap chargers that are years older, so im mystified.

At least they have both stood by the product and had it replaced in a timely manner.

Ive just sent in the RMA request to thunderpower, so well see how this goes.

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04-22-2009 11:23 PM  9 years agoPost 2
write2dgray

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I think you'll find TP less service friendly.

I'm leaning towards bad luck, the only other option if you are on grid power is the power supply. I know you said they are "expenive," but what exactly are you using?

- David

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04-22-2009 11:32 PM  9 years agoPost 3
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I have an assortment of 120v to 12vdc ranging from radio shack to mastech, but this time I was using a deep cycle 12v battery that is fine. I load tested that, and its fine. Its only been used for rc for 6 months, very light use, and always maintained.

My service with tp was fine before, I hope it is this time as well. This is my only 10 cell charger, was never abused and looks brand new.

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04-23-2009 01:10 AM  9 years agoPost 4
Ace Dude

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Its seems like bad luck, but that is a pretty high failure rate.

  

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04-23-2009 01:22 AM  9 years agoPost 5
Riq

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I agree, its gotta be bad luck.

Hopefully im done with spent chargers for a few years.

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04-23-2009 03:46 AM  9 years agoPost 6
write2dgray

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No way I can find fault in a 12V Pb source, I'd write it off to a bad string of luck as well. Or possibly Karma. Have you done something to offend the charger gods?

- David

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04-23-2009 03:52 AM  9 years agoPost 7
Wingman77

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have you ever hooked your battery up backwards? that can damage the capacitor and it may not pop until later.

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04-23-2009 06:28 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Rob_T

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Allowing the output wires of the charger to short to the input (ie Pb battery terminals) can damage a charger - even when not charging. With Deans style connectors this is quite easy to do (cost me return postage to Germany for my Schulze charger, plus a cheap part and labor).

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04-23-2009 03:17 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Riq

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Yeah, I understand this could have happened previous, and possibly had preexisting damage.(just for the sake of argument, but I baby my equipment)
The 1010c had been charging a good 10-15 minutes with myself working on a project 10 feet away when the incident occurred. The conditions had not changed.

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