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10-23-2015 10:50 PM  4 years ago
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Dan Minick

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Brand new 4010 lets out the magic smoke?!
Hey guys I just got a brand new 4010 DUO the day before yesterday. Downloaded the update software and hooked up my USB, and when I plugged a 6s pack into the EC5 poof. Huge arc and a cloud of smoke from inside the case. What did I do wrong?
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10-25-2015 12:44 AM  4 years ago
Gregor99

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What did I do wrong?
Checklist:
1) Power supply suitable for the load and delivery the correct voltage.
2) Charger plugged in and powered up BEFORE connecting the pack.
3) Polarity of the main leads, packs and balance boards/connectors all known and correct.
4) Per iCharger documentation, connect the balance connector first, before connecting main leads. Not likely to cause an arc like you described.
5) If parallel charging, all packs and individual cells are in a known state and close to each other.

If you passed the checklist, I don't see that you did anything wrong. Contact the vendor for service or replacement.
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10-25-2015 02:20 AM  4 years ago
Dan Minick

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I never made it to the charging checklist. The EC5 connector I speak of was on the input side of the charger. I was just trying to power the charger to update the software. Never even had the balance and main leads out of the package. I contacted them yesterday, need to go through all the steps before they send me a new one I guessTeam Synergy, Team FBL Rotors-------if its not broke...it will be!
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10-25-2015 04:27 AM  4 years ago
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What power supply are you running? After a spark like you describe, I wouldn't apply power to the charger again.Revolectrix Beta Team
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10-25-2015 08:12 AM  4 years ago
Heli Fanatix

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You did nothing wrong Dan,

Mines let the magic smoke when I try to discharge on channel 1. I requested an RMA from ProgressiveRC and they had it back to me within 10 days. Was in constant communication via email and excellent service.

I have a PL8 and 4010 and they complimented each other's short coming. I feel everyone should have a backup charger and PSU.

BTW
There is a procedure you need to be careful when charging multiple packs per channel. Hooking 2 packs to a channel requires proper connection or else the external balance board and internal balance/charging circuit will short.
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10-25-2015 02:02 PM  4 years ago
Dan Minick

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I have not yet hooked it to a "power supply" it was being powered by a 6s lipo at the time.

Thanks Scott! I didn't think I could screw up powering on a charger
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10-26-2015 05:03 PM  4 years ago
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The 6S pack is around 22V, so using that as the input should not have been a problem.

I power up my 308 Duo with a 3S pack on the input and discharge my 6S packs on the mains. I've never had a problem.

Assuming it didn't smoke the PC (through the USB cable), I would rule out some kind of weird ground-loop or some internal USB related short.

Even if the balancer is connected wrong, or the battery's balance cords are x-connected, you should smoke the balance lead on the battery, not the charger (don't ask how I know that).

The guys at RC Buddy warn about using crap power supplies with the 4010 or the 308. A bad generator or a car battery can smoke the 4010 or 308.
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10-26-2015 09:58 PM  4 years ago
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I have got an Eltek 52 volt, 2000 watt supply that will be powering it eventually, actually a pairTeam Synergy, Team FBL Rotors-------if its not broke...it will be!
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10-29-2015 06:26 PM  4 years ago
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The specs for the iCharger 4010 states the maximum input voltage is 50V.

You may think a 52V input is okay. That's your choice.

But, if the new 4010 smokes again, you may want to get a lower voltage power supply.
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10-29-2015 06:35 PM  4 years ago
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I'm aware, they are adjustable, again the bad charger was never hooked to this power supply. I got it sent back, new one should be here next weekTeam Synergy, Team FBL Rotors-------if its not broke...it will be!
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