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08-08-2012 06:03 PM  6 years agoPost 1
HeliNutAndy

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Hello,

Until now I only needed to charge 3S battery packs for my 450 size heli. I just purchased a Trex 550 that takes 6S batteries. The charger I have now only allows 3s batteries.

http://www.horizonhobby.com/product...charger-DYN4108

Could I use my current charger for the 6S cells? It only charges and does nothing else.

Or.. should I purchase a new charger and if so what charger should I get? I most likely will only charge at home and not at the field.

TIA

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08-08-2012 06:08 PM  6 years agoPost 2
Tyler

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Buy an iCharger 306b from epBuddy and enjoy it for many years to come as you progress to even the biggest helicopters. Spend carefully, invest once, enjoy.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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08-08-2012 06:13 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Ace Dude

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I really like my FMA PL8 chargers.

  

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08-08-2012 06:14 PM  6 years agoPost 4
JoeDiamond

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Take a look at the CellPro PowerLab 6. If you think you will need more than 6s capability in the future consider the PowerLab 8.

http://www.revolectrix.com/pl6_description_tab.htm

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08-08-2012 06:19 PM  6 years agoPost 5
wrongler

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I like the Hyperion Duo.

Bill Whittaker

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08-08-2012 06:21 PM  6 years agoPost 6
Gregor99

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Powerlab6 or Powerlab8. The larger iChargers will be slighly slower due the reduced output (about 25% less) and lower balance current (50% less). The Powerlab6 is only $15 more than the iCharger 306b.

http://www.progressiverc.com/chargers

http://epbuddy.com/index.php?main_p...fbeqi0h4b1oamm7

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08-08-2012 08:31 PM  6 years agoPost 7
TheWoodCrafter

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If I were you I wouldn't even consider anything less than an iCharger 306B or a 3010B or a Power Labs PL6 or PL8.
Both have solid reputations and excellent track record with great support.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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08-08-2012 08:43 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Tyler

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Powerlab chargers are great units for sure. The iChargers are much easier to fit into a custom charging station case due to their size and weight. I have two iCharger 3010b's installed in a case that would otherwise only hold a single Powerlab. Look at your budget, installation needs, and cell count.

I believe the Powerlabs save about 2-4 minutes per charge when doing large 6s 5000mah packs in parallel due to the faster balancing.

Some guys simply use a quick charge setting to save some balance time while at the field and perform a slow balance cycle when charging at home. I personally let the packs fully balance at the field and either get a drink during the extra few minutes or fly a different model.

Both brands are available from two FANTASTIC retailers: epBuddy and Progressive RC. My personal experience between the two vendors weighs heavily in favor of epBuddy. Thrice I have sent email inquiries to Progressive and never heard back from them when I really needed some help. The last critical contact has still been unanswered for the past four business days. In the mean time, epBuddy has addressed my issue and I will be receiving product tomorrow!! Both are very knowledgeable and willing, but epBuddy seems to take care of me better.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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08-08-2012 09:30 PM  6 years agoPost 9
Gregor99

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I've had the opposite experience. PRC usually gets back to me quickly. But I yet to recieve a reply to my email sent epbuddy on June 29th.

I have two Powerlabs and power supplies comfortably fitting in one of those Harbor Frieght cases.

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08-08-2012 09:53 PM  6 years agoPost 10
ProgressiveRC

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Sorry for your poor experience Tyler, I see we've exchanged a number of PMs in the past fielding technical questions.

We don't have any emails 4 days or older in our system that have gone unanswered - and I can personally assure you that ALL emails are responded to. To avoid blocked emails, we don't run SPAM filters and rely on manual deletion when they come in to one of our boxes (sales, support, etc).

Try our contact page, PM us, or call if you have trouble getting an email through. We're easy to reach, and this is the first issue of this nature I have ever heard voiced.

Regards,
David
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08-08-2012 11:01 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Ace Dude

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The iChargers are much easier to fit into a custom charging station case due to their size and weight.
The PL8 is physically larger, but that's because of the larger heat sink required for its higher discharge capability.

  

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08-08-2012 11:45 PM  6 years agoPost 12
Tyler

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Thanks David. Both vendors are great. Hope I expressed that.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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08-09-2012 11:31 AM  6 years agoPost 13
HeliNutAndy

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Thank you for the information. All of these chargers require some type of power supply. I would like to just plug the charger in the wall socket and go but it doesn't appear to be that simple. Not to sound negative but it's the heli that gets me excited not the lipo's. It is going to cost me as much as a heli just to charge a battery?

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08-09-2012 01:44 PM  6 years agoPost 14
adamsz06

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If you're not wanting a super high end charger that requires a separate power supply, try a Venom Procharger...they're cheap at $90 and will charge all batteries up to 6s lipo. AC power supply included as well...

R.I.P. Roman

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08-09-2012 02:05 PM  6 years agoPost 15
TheWoodCrafter

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Most all chargers with a build in power supply are pretty light duty (low watts).
And they usually are not cheap.
It all depends on how much time you want the spend charging batteries and what your budget is.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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08-09-2012 03:06 PM  6 years agoPost 16
HeliNutAndy

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Thank you for the help. I guess I am going to have to bite the bullet and purchase a nice power supply and charger. I just hope next year they do not come out with a new battery type and I will have a useless piece of hardware.

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08-09-2012 04:33 PM  6 years agoPost 17
ProgressiveRC

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PowerLabs and iChargers can be updated by the user to support new chemistries, PowerLab added NiZn support not too long back which I helped a little in testing . Not good for much yet, but interesting tech.

Cheers,
David

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08-09-2012 04:44 PM  6 years agoPost 18
HeliNutAndy

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08-09-2012 07:33 PM  6 years agoPost 19
ProgressiveRC

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Looks like you found her . Based on selected options (power supply, deck, charger options) prices vary, but it is easily configurable on the site to look at a set-up to meet your needs.

ProgressiveRC

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08-09-2012 08:02 PM  6 years agoPost 20
Richardmid1

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icharger, Hyperion or PL6/8 will get the job done.

I now have a PL6 and if you alter the CV phase cut off to 1/3rd using the USB PC link a 1C charge will take 40 mins or less! It will charge 6x 6s 5000 packs in 30-35 mins!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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