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TylerJCooper
07-02-2008, 11:04 PM
I am in need of a charger. I am pretty new and not sure what is a good option. I also don't have much money, therefore, I am looking for a good cheap investment. I would like to have a charger that will allow me to charge different batteries without blowing up my house. Up for ideas, help, and advise.

SkunkyMagoo
07-02-2008, 11:11 PM
Are you looking for something with lipo capabilities? I have a super brain 959 collecting dust, if you are using nimh...you can have it.

TylerJCooper
07-02-2008, 11:33 PM
I have both and just have the charger that came with them, so I guess I am looking for both. However, I really need a LiPo charger. Some WF's were generous enough to donate some LiPo batteries, but I don't have a charger that will work to charge them.

SkunkyMagoo
07-02-2008, 11:39 PM
What size batts?

TylerJCooper
07-02-2008, 11:43 PM
- 3c - 11.1v - 1320 mAh
- 3c - 11.1v - 970 mAh
- 1c - ? - ?

SkunkyMagoo
07-02-2008, 11:46 PM
Bummer, I have an eflite charger but you can only use 1800's (or larger). Sorry I couldnt help.

TylerJCooper
07-02-2008, 11:48 PM
Thanks for checking!

Grasshopper
07-03-2008, 02:38 AM
Tyler, I believe that charger I sent you will do 2 and 3 cell lipos. It's going to be slow charging but it is for lipos.

TylerJCooper
07-03-2008, 03:03 AM
Do I need to get adapters to connect it to the LiPo? I have one with a balance plug that doesn't fit and the other doesn't have a balance plug. What do you think I should do?

Thanks,
Coop

Grasshopper
07-03-2008, 03:30 AM
Yep, that charger will only charge through a balance plug, If your battery has a different plug type, you will need an adaptor. You also need to make sure the polarity is correct in the plugs and not reversed to the charger. Some packs have reversed plugs.

Wrench66
07-03-2008, 09:19 AM
Hi Tyler,
You can make good use of that slow charger Grasshopper sent you. I use 3 of the same type powered by a PC power supply and have come to like them very much (I CAN"T blow up my house with this setup.....a great thing for me:<::)).
Definately check the pin polarity against the batt plug polarity......I have heard there are some batteries out there with the correct style balancer plug, but the wires are aranged in a backwards sequence. You will destroy your charger if you try to charge the batt like that!
On mine, the negative pin is on the right (like in the pic Grasshopper had of that charger in his ad) and the successive pins away from the neg pin will increase in voltage by one cell 'til you reach the end. In other words, the pin next to the neg pin will be 4.2v, 8.4v then 12.6v . A 2 cell will be same just ending at 8.4v.......both figures assume a fully charged batt, you get the idea though I'm sure.
See pic below, it's a strange lookin setup but one that works well for the smaller batts I use (most below 1800 3s, though i did just charger a 2200 2s and that took a few hours....hmm)

good luck!
Ray

TylerJCooper
07-03-2008, 01:25 PM
Thanks for the visual. I have three batteries, but only one has a balance plug the others have only a deans plug. Is there a way I can charge those with the charger?

Wrench66
07-03-2008, 06:04 PM
Thanks for the visual. I have three batteries, but only one has a balance plug the others have only a deans plug. Is there a way I can charge those with the charger?

Oh that's a bummer.......in short, no. But I would suggest either having the balancers put on OR the expensive way in buying newer batts. All the newer stuff will come with a charge plug so it's only the batts you have now we're concerned over. It used to be a thought that balancing the batts was optional, the older chargers just used the main service plug to charge'm up (like the Deans you have) but over time the cell voltage will become unbalanced. With the balancer charger like you have the battery is always looked after everytime it's hooked up so no worries of overdoing one cell or leaving another not quite full then possibly running it past it's 3v cutoff and hurting it. Kinda wordy, sorry......just that I went through this same problem early on :D.
I can walk you through installing the plugs OR I'd be happy to solder them on for you.......either way:)
Just lemme know

Ray

TylerJCooper
07-04-2008, 06:51 PM
It would be great if you could walk me through it!

Bub Steve
07-04-2008, 06:57 PM
I am in need of a charger. I am pretty new and not sure what is a good option. I also don't have much money, therefore, I am looking for a good cheap investment. I would like to have a charger that will allow me to charge different batteries without blowing up my house. Up for ideas, help, and advise.
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Wrench66
07-18-2008, 05:51 AM
It would be great if you could walk me through it!

Sorry for the delay here.....we got an offer to remodel part of our house for an incrdeible price and just couldn't pass it up.....but no computer:<::blah: for near 2 weeks!
Anyway, PM me with what batts your working with and I'll be glad to help out. Meanwhile, I'll figure out what balance plugs you will need (are they 2s or 3?).

see ya soon,
Ray

Glacier Girl
08-14-2008, 04:51 PM
Tyler, and just so the others know, the single cell lipos, like the one I sent for the night wing to you, don't use a balancer lead. There's only one cell so you don't need to balance it.

You could rig a balancer plug to fit the charger, and just use the neg and one of the positive leads on it to connect to the pack's Deans connector to charge it.

TylerJCooper
08-16-2008, 06:56 AM
Tyler, and just so the others know, the single cell lipos, like the one I sent for the night wing to you, don't use a balancer lead. There's only one cell so you don't need to balance it.

You could rig a balancer plug to fit the charger, and just use the neg and one of the positive leads on it to connect to the pack's Deans connector to charge it.

Wow, I have a serious bug bit. I actually understand what you are saying. ::o I got the charger that Steve suggested. I will get a balancer and rig it accordantly for the the 1 cell. However, I do have two 3 cell lipo batteries without balance plugs. What is the best way to charge them?