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02-22-2013 01:58 AM  5 years agoPost 1
mbarhsi

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I have one of these on the way and I thought they were among the top chargers. Today, I've been reading about all sorts of failures with these chargers. What's up with them? Are they really that problematic?

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02-22-2013 02:13 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Tyler

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I have used two icharger 3010b's for two seasons. Awesome units. Giving the 4010Duo a try next.

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

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02-22-2013 02:23 AM  5 years agoPost 3
TheWoodCrafter

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I have used a 306B for 2 seasons with ZERO problems.
I have been reading these forums for a while and I have not seen any problems with them.
A few years back they had some problems with the 3010B model but not lately.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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02-22-2013 02:27 AM  5 years agoPost 4
mbarhsi

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There's an almost 900 page thread on iChargers over at RCG. I'm going through the later posts within the last 1.5 years or so and there are a lot of reports of the chargers just up and bricking, frying and even actually burning up in many cases. Lots of features not working, etc. Seems like some really flaky chargers and I'm wondering if I shouldn't just refuse delivery or send it back and get a Power Labs PL6 or something instead.

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02-22-2013 05:00 AM  5 years agoPost 5
pctomlin

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My ICharger 306B has been flawless for the last two years. I believe there was major issues with the "IChargers" sold by Hobby King. I purchased mine from EPBUDDY, another great source is Progressive RC. If you purchased from Dale or Dave have no fear.

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02-22-2013 05:08 AM  5 years agoPost 6
mbarhsi

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Cool. I ordered mine from ProgressiveRC. I wonder what's wrong with the ones from HK. An iCharger should be an iCharger. It's not like HK makes the things.

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02-22-2013 05:33 AM  5 years agoPost 7
BladeStrikes

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Been useing the crap out of my 1000W iCharger 306B over a year without issues.Not sure how true it is,but I was told the HK iChargers aren't real iChargers and many have issues with the ones from HK.

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02-22-2013 06:14 AM  5 years agoPost 8
mbarhsi

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Wow, that's good to know. HK isn't really all that much cheaper anyway.

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02-22-2013 06:31 AM  5 years agoPost 9
cdrking

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Giving the 4010Duo a try next.
Will you be hauling a 7000 watt generator to the field too?

To hover is divine, the alternative is rather PLANE.

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02-22-2013 06:35 AM  5 years agoPost 10
indydrt

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FL.

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progressive cel lab 8
i use a cel lab 8 frpom progressive with a 1500 watt power supply not one issue. .. have it about 4 5 months its awesome.!! charge 6 . 6s 5000 mah 45 c batteries in aprox 35 min on high power and all done for the next day flights. then i charge another 6 . lol

just awesome!!

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02-22-2013 06:42 AM  5 years agoPost 11
3dgimble

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I had 3 of the 3010B iChargers and within three weeks two went bad, I bought all of them in the US, I wont say from which online store but I did not get much help as far as warranty from them. One charger went after one weak, plugged it in one day and it just went bye bye, no no drama, then second charger went 3 weeks of charging, a bad smell then a little smoke then died. Power supplies I used were two 55amp Iota running in series to about 27v.
I really like the charger because of its size, its very easy to use, fast charging, really powerful for its size, very portable, and most of all I can use inline resister/s to reach the max 30amps of discharge power. I even tried the regen. disch. and that works good as well. The software and panel design gets its DNA from Hobby King chargers, most of which are Edit: ok. I like the 306/3010B even though I have had 2 go bad.

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02-22-2013 04:00 PM  5 years agoPost 12
mbarhsi

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I had 3 of the 3010B iChargers and within three weeks two went bad, I bought all of them in the US, I wont say from which online store but I did not get much help as far as warranty from them.
ProgressiveRC is supposed to have pretty good customer service. If I have a problem with the charger and they don't replace or refund it? Hello credit card chargeback call to my bank and I've never lost a chargeback claim.

What did you do with the two bad chargers if you didn't get much warranty help? I'd have made them EAT it.

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02-22-2013 04:56 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Santiago P

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The iCharger 306B is the most popular charger in our field. for the last year and a half. (about 8-10 of them)
Not one had any issues.
Beware of any cheaper HK charges, I bought 2 and they were dead within a month, total, utter junk.

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02-22-2013 06:08 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Tyler

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I have two options to power the 4010duo, one is a Honda that won't feed the charger to full potential, but the other solution can easily run 5 of the 4010duos at max capabilities simultaneously!!

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

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02-22-2013 06:09 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Tyler

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Epbuddy is the other USA distributor and their service is typically stellar, as is progressive.

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

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02-22-2013 08:53 PM  5 years agoPost 16
mbarhsi

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The iCharger 306B is the most popular charger in our field. for the last year and a half. (about 8-10 of them)
Not one had any issues.
Now, that's what I want to hear... Thanks!
Beware of any cheaper HK charges, I bought 2 and they were dead within a month, total, utter junk.
I've been using an HK Quattro 4X6 charger for about two years now and it's held up fine. No problems. But, it is a much smaller 4 channel charger with only 5A per channel max. Now, you can see why I wanted a bigger charger. 30A will be NICE!

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02-22-2013 08:55 PM  5 years agoPost 17
mbarhsi

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I have two options to power the 4010duo, one is a Honda that won't feed the charger to full potential, but the other solution can easily run 5 of the 4010duos at max capabilities simultaneously!!
What's that? Me after a night of Taco Bell and cheap beer?

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02-22-2013 09:13 PM  5 years agoPost 18
Tyler

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8 X 6v lead acid deep cycle 225 AH batteries in series thatpower mygolf cart, which I drive to the flying site while pulling my heli trailer.

http://justsolutionsconsulting.com/projects.html

Watch video three.

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

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02-22-2013 09:59 PM  5 years agoPost 19
Gregor99

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Western Wa

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There's an almost 900 page thread on iChargers over at RCG. I'm going through the later posts within the last 1.5 years or so and there are a lot of reports of the chargers just up and bricking, frying and even actually burning up in many cases. Lots of features not working, etc. Seems like some really flaky chargers
That thread on RCG is clearer picture of what you can expect than you are getting in this thread. However, iChargers are definitely better than all other Chinese chargers. I'll second the excellent service you can expect from ProgressiveRC or ePbuddy. I see these guys regularly standing in the gap when issues arise.

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02-22-2013 10:42 PM  5 years agoPost 20
JKos

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The sample size on RCG is huge compared to here on RR. I just got one of these from a reputable US dealer. Certainly hoping mine is trouble free. So far so good but I haven't really pushed it yet.

- John

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