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04-26-2010 02:12 PM  8 years agoPost 1
oteskate

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Hey all. Was just browsing around the web and saw this Turnigy charger at Hobbyking for a nice price and it charges and balances 4 packs up to 6S individually.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...idProduct=11170

Currently, I'm using the Bantam BC-6 and love it, but my chargers have always been a single pack charger and I was thinking of maybe looking into getting something that can charge multiple at once. What do you guys think of something like this or what would you guys recommend??

Just getting some ideas. Thanks!

Jeff
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04-26-2010 02:45 PM  8 years agoPost 2
whbell

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I am watching this same charger with much interest. My primary concern is if this (or any other) multi-pack charger can put out at least 100 Watts per port. I am actually thinking I would need like 150 Watts per port to have something useful. Then a 600+ Watt power supply is needed, and they are out there also.

The Hobbyking charger says it will do 6 Amps per port, but it does not say that this is at a full 6S pack Volts on each port in parallel. If this is the case, then I will for sure buy in when they have some time in users hands. I wish they would just give a Watts per port and a total charger Watts supported.

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04-26-2010 02:49 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Wingman77

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the picture shows it being able to do 6a on a 6s pack, if this is the case that will be 150 watts per port, and if that is true I might be getting one will someone buy it and tell us about it??

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04-26-2010 02:50 PM  8 years agoPost 4
oteskate

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Hey whbell...

Yeah, I haven't found alot of info on this charger. It definitely looks like it COULD be good, but I agree that watts per port is what is needed to be known.

I'll continue to do some research, but if you find anything out, feel free to PM or post. I'd be interested in it for sure if it proves out to have enough "Oomph" to drive 4 ports simultaneously without issue.

Jeff
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04-26-2010 03:03 PM  8 years agoPost 5
whbell

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oteskate,

We have a local guy that is very interested in one also. If he gets one I may have a chance to get more details from him.

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04-26-2010 03:34 PM  8 years agoPost 6
TJinGuy

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I believe the 4x 6s charger at HobbyKing is only good for 200W of total output. That makes it simply 4 50W 6s chargers in one box.

- Chris

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04-26-2010 05:27 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Wingman77

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well dang...

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04-26-2010 05:50 PM  8 years agoPost 8
TJinGuy

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There is a rumor that a 400W model is coming but that will still only give you 4x 100W. Though that is not too shabby really. Would charge Rex500 packs at 4A.

- Chris

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04-26-2010 10:28 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Ace Dude

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Take a look at the Hyperion DUO3. There is also a new Super DUO coming from Hyperion.

  

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04-26-2010 10:47 PM  8 years agoPost 10
oteskate

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Being that I'm mainly a nitro guy and have never really looked at getting a multi pack charger till now, explain to me the numbers that I need to look for when looking at any charger. How do I know if a charger will have enough power to charge multiple packs at a given amperage, etc.?

Still all a bit foreign to me when it comes to the electric side of things. Especially when it comes to charging multiple packs at once. Sorry to sound like such a noob.

Jeff
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04-27-2010 12:05 AM  8 years agoPost 11
TJinGuy

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Maybe this will help
http://sites.google.com/site/tjingu...harging-how-tos

- Chris

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04-27-2010 12:20 AM  8 years agoPost 12
oteskate

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Thanks Chris! I'll definitely be taking some time to read and go over that info.

Jeff
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04-27-2010 05:24 PM  8 years agoPost 13
Wingman77

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basicly you just need to understand how electricity is measured, the voltage, amperage and watts can be related to watter flowing through a pipe, where voltage is the watter pressure, amperage is how fast the watter is flowing and watts is how much watter is passing through the pipe. and watts = V*A so 10A at 12V =120 watts. so if you are charging a 6s 5k battery from a 12v power supply at one c, that is 5 amps at 24v 5*24=120 and if the charger was perfectly effecient it would be pulling 10amps from it's 12v source. (most chargers are about 95% effecient)

hope this helps

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04-29-2010 04:31 AM  8 years agoPost 14
flying4fun

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Here are my 2 cent. The Turnigy in question is rated up to 6 ampere of output current charging 1-6 LiPo. What is missing is the output watt rating per port. As mentioned watts (energy) is simply volt x ampere, and this is on the charger output side. Take for example; a charger that I know the TP610C it is rated 10ampere and they say 80watts, so when I have used this to charge one of my 6S5000, if you program it for 5amperes (1C rating) it cuts back to about 3.35 charging ampere and an output voltage of about 25volts. So if you do the math 3.35amps x 25volts = 83.7 watts.

So what this tells me is that the Turnigy charger maybe is rated to 50-65watts if you want to use for large packs look at something else. This unit will probaly be ideal for say the 250/450class machines. If you want large power ouput chargers look at units in the 300watts and greater. As we know they are pricey but to charge large packs FAST it costs.

I am not an expert on all the chargers on the market but, the FMA cellpro powerlab 8 is being released shortly and its rated 508watts @12vdc input voltage or 1016watts at 24vdc input voltage (30 amps of output charging current at 24vdc). You will be able to charge up to two identical packs in parallel, optional hardware.

Thunder Power will be coming out with a large unit 400wats/port? that will charge two packs and will include the balancing board similiar to the TP610C. I personally will serioulsy look at this when it is offered.

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05-07-2010 09:35 AM  8 years agoPost 15
OICU812

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Looking at FMA site, I don't understand how it charges and balances TWO packs? It states one,,, what am I missing on that??

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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05-07-2010 01:05 PM  8 years agoPost 16
Dr.Ben

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Parallel primary charge harness and balance pigtail.

Ben Minor

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05-07-2010 02:56 PM  8 years agoPost 17
TJinGuy

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Looking at FMA site, I don't understand how it charges and balances TWO packs? It states one,,, what am I missing on that??
The PL8 is not special in any way except that is has a higher output that most chargers (I say most because the iCharger 3010B is coming out in the next few weeks and will match the numbers of the PL8 but offer 10s charging). If you want to charge multiple packs, then you have to do it in parallel just like any other single port charger. Understanding this FMA promised a "Smart Parallel Balance Adapter" to make parallel charging "Safe". What it turned out to be was a normal balance board with polyfuses on it to help prevent incorrect battery hookups. In short you have to charge in parallel if you want to charge more than one pack at once and that is perfectly acceptable.

- Chris

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05-08-2010 03:42 AM  8 years agoPost 18
Ace Dude

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The PL8 is actually quite special in many ways and its cost per watt is half its closest competitor.

http://www.fmadirect.com/new_applic.../powerlab8.html

  

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05-08-2010 04:05 AM  8 years agoPost 19
TJinGuy

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Please go on there Ace, tell us how the PL8 is special?

Also before you get too sure about the cost of a PL8, remember that it comes with no accessories. You have to buy everything separately from the charge leads to the USB adapter. The iCharger 3010B comes with these items and it will cost $240. Compare that to $266 IF you order in the next few days or $296 after that.

- Chris

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05-08-2010 04:17 AM  8 years agoPost 20
OICU812

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Yea the newest Hyperion and thunder powers coming out will do two at once, two ports think I'll be waiting for one of those then for sure.

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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