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09-08-2013 03:53 PM  4 years agoPost 1
jsbscuba

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I see the Icharger seams to be the latest and greatest but my questions is it really worth another $50-$100 over the hyperion 730. hyperion 730 is 550w/30A and icharger 208 is 350w/20A and $50 more. Any thoughts?

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09-08-2013 04:19 PM  4 years agoPost 2
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The new Dual PowerLab 8x2 is the latest and greatest.

  

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09-08-2013 04:28 PM  4 years agoPost 3
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not really the question but thanks

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09-08-2013 08:45 PM  4 years agoPost 4
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Wow, Hyperion prices have come down hard! There was a time when that charger was considerably more expensive. Vs the 208b, the iCharger has tiny bit more balancing power and goes up to 8s. Plus iCharger is exceptionally well supported in the US. Hyperion, not so much.

Both chargers have some reliability issues. Most iCharger owners get theirs sorted out. But it seems most Hyperion owners don't unless its under warranty or you are in Europe.

iCharger firmware seems to be a bit more solid than Hyperion. The firmware update process on either charger can render the charger brain dead. With the iCharger's there are ways to recover. But based on reports, once the Hyperion is dead from an update its dead.

The iCharger team is still developing new solutions and marketing new ground breaking chargers. Hyperion hasn't released a new charger in several years and has limited manufacture direct support on the forums.

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09-08-2013 09:03 PM  4 years agoPost 5
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In the past I've seen Hyperion reduce prices on current models prior to releasing new models. I don't recall the price reductions being this significant in the past though.

  

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09-08-2013 09:27 PM  4 years agoPost 6
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thanks for the replies. based on your post I'm not sure if I want either one so let me reword it this way. Is the price of the hyperion worth the risk, should I rule it out at that price or is their another brand(reasonably priced) that I should look into?

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09-09-2013 04:03 AM  4 years agoPost 7
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I have the iCharger 306B and the Powerlab 6. Both are very good chargers. I had the 306B for over a year now w/ no problems whatsoever. Just got the PL 6, and it looks also to be a good charger. The ichargers 308B and PL8 are a whole more money than the two chargers I have, but I only charge up to 6S lipos, so they are good enough for me.

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09-09-2013 11:29 AM  4 years agoPost 8
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I keep 2 high powered chargers around for my helis. Had a pair of the Hyperions, pair of iCharger 3010Bs, and now 1 3010B and a PL8. Of them all, my Hyperions gave me the most trouble. Every Hyperion I've had has failed with weird error messages eventually culminating in a complete refusal to charge. When the warranty replacements failed they were again sent back and replaced and sold. I replaced those with iChargers . At one point had 2x3010b and 1 X 3006b. Had one 3010b die, EPbuddy in Ohio sent me a replacement and I sent the dead one back. Took about 3 days compared to Hyperions 2-4 weeks. When I moved my flying cut way back and I sold all but 1 3010b,after things calmed down I picked up a PL8 based on the reviews. Had it about a week now, and honestly, I don't like the software. I don't think I'm used to it yet, so I'm giving it time.

Reliability aside, I prefer the iCharger software. You can set any charge rate you want without having to outsmart their programmers. My Hyperions would only let you charge up to a certain rate with a certain sized pack unless you put bogus values into the charger. The Hyperion also didn't balance as quickly as the iCharger. The Pl is faster still, but the programming tries to be too intelligent for me.

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09-09-2013 02:42 PM  4 years agoPost 9
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Wow, thanks for the info, i 'm glad I asked, I'll be staying away from the Hyperion.

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09-29-2013 06:41 PM  4 years agoPost 10
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Hyperion Chargers
Wow, thanks for the info, i 'm glad I asked, I'll be staying away from the Hyperion.
Don't give up on Hyperion chargers, I have used Hyperion chargers for over 5 years with absolutely no issues. I use my 615 duo3+ two to three times a week with no issues and the support from Mr. Mel on firmware updates has been great. I have had many chargers during this time, always trying out "the best and newest" one on the market and aways come back to my trusty Hyperion charger.
In the CellPro line I have owned the PL8, PL6 and the 10XP. the down side to the CellPro line, in my opinion is the lack of information displayed and the way you have to page through the many screens to get the same information that is on one screen on my Hyperion charger. The upside to the Cellpro chargers is they are very powerful and well made.
In the Icharger line I have owned the 208B, 306B, 3010B and just recently have purchased the 308 DUO. The downside to the Ichargers (except the 308 DUO) is once again the lack of information on a single screen. I think that the menu is the most difficult of the bunch to navigate. I have also had an issue with the Ichargers not balancing the cells very accurately, I think this is due to lower quality components used in the build, although I have to exclude the 308 DUO from this as I don't have enough time with it to accurately comment on its balance ability. One of the guys in my club was charging with his Icharger and thought it was taking too long to charge his battery, so he went to check on it and found that all of the cells were 4.25v or greater and the Icharger was still charging at full current, he luckily shut it down before anything bad happened, lesson here is to keep an eye on your charger when you are charging with it! The upside to the icharger is they are compact and powerful.
In the Hyperion line I have owned the 1210i, 610iDUO, the 720iDUO and the 615iDUO3+. The only one of the bunch that I didn't care for was the 720iDUO, this was due to its size and not its performance. The downside to the Hyperion chargers has been the price, they are not the cheapest. I have also heard that the US distributor doesn't provide the best of service, although I have not had the need to send any of my Hyperion chargers in for service. The upside to the Hyperion chargers is they are great quality, easy to use and have a lot of information on one screen, they also have one of the most accurate balance circuits of any of the chargers I have used and that leads to longer charge times.

To answer your question:
I see the Icharger seams to be the latest and greatest but my questions is it really worth another $50-$100 over the hyperion 730. hyperion 730 is 550w/30A and icharger 208 is 350w/20A and $50 more. Any thoughts?
I would say to get the Hyperion 730, It is going to be a great quality, easy to use and very accurate charger. From what I have read on the forums most of the problems that people have had with Hyperion chargers were self induced although no charger is without some issues, these are electronic devices and are prone to failure.

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09-30-2013 11:55 AM  4 years agoPost 11
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Another vote here for the Hyperion chargers! For me its Hyperion or CellPro Powerlab in that order! I currently have a PL6 but miss my 0730i.

Buy whichever your LHS keeps.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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