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Old 06-12-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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Default What do you guys use to charge your Lipos?

I have been using this one for a while, but after doing this review, I think I may need to branch out a bit and step up to a big boy charger.

What do you guys think and what do you guys use?

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I have been using this one for a while, but after doing this review, I think I may need to branch out a bit and step up to a big boy charger.

What do you guys think ]
I'm using the Cellpro powerlab 8 chargers. But IMHO, for your application a quality 4 channel unit would work well.

Make certain it has an LCD display that shows mah, cell volts and so on.

Several Club members have the Hitec units and liked them.

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2X Turnigy 420: 2S=4S 500 to 2000 mah, capable of 2 X 2S, Handles each cell individually, so it is a fast balancer due to balancing by charging.

Hobby King Quatro, 4X 50 watt ports can do up to 5 amps and up to 6S each port bu maxes out the watt limit just less than 3S 4000 mah 1C.

Hitec X2-400. 2X 400 watt ports capable of up to 25 amp rate. I have to parallel charge in order to come close to the watt limit of this one. 6X 3S 5000 on each side at 1C and its fine.

Assorted other chargerst that came with ARF/RTF models...

No need for me to store charged LiPos. I can charge everything I have in 2 hours and I have a solar power system on my airplane trailer.
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I use the I-Charger 208 w/ 350W Juni PS + paraboard. EP buddy and Progressive RC.

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iCharger 4010b Duo. This is king of the hill if you want to charge lots of large capacity LiPos is double quick time, 2000W or charging power takes some beating!

Probably overkill unless you fly really big stuff but it's a fantastic charger.
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All these fancy shmancy....chargers......

I bought this one brand new 6yrs ago.....it's never had an issue or failed me through any cycle, discharge, or dual battery charging.....bang for the buck for average to smaller batt application.....Thunder AC Dual Power:

http://www.hobbypartz.com/thac6smbachw.html

For my needs.....nothing larger than 4s and 3000mAh 40c and charging two at a time......it's been good to me.......

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All these fancy shmancy....chargers......

I bought this one brand new 6yrs ago.....it's never had an issue or failed me through any cycle, discharge, or dual battery charging.....bang for the buck for average to smaller batt application.....Thunder AC Dual Power:

http://www.hobbypartz.com/thac6smbachw.html

For my needs.....nothing larger than 4s and 3000mAh 40c and charging two at a time......it's been good to me.......
Glad I'm not the only one. Ive run two of these chargers for years and couldn't be happier with them. If one ever dies I'll probably replace it with another.

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Yep...me happy too...!

There's an error in my last post......Where I stated....."charging two at a time".....should have stated, the only dual charge I've done is with 2-3s, charger set at 6s, 22.2v at about 2.6amps....trickle...using a heavy gauged splitter/deans.....I'm only able to balance one at a time due to firmware, so I swap balance each after about 30min at a time......found it takes about 1/2 hour longer to charge two vs. single........it works for me since all but one of my craft use 3s or smaller.

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I use the CellPro Multi4. It's been a terrific charger for me. Quiet. Quick. Super-accurate. I paid around $50 for the charger itself.

Downsides - it only charges at up to 4 Amps. It only charges up to a 4-cell batteries. But, with the planes and batteries I fly, those don't really effect me. I only fly 2-, 3- and 4- cells and mostly 800-1300mAh.

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Started with that same charger.... Upgraded to a CellPro Multi 4. Good charger, but like Mark states, only charges upto 4 Amps.

I've since upgraded to a Powerlab6 with a parallel charging board.
http://www.revolectrix.com/pl6_description_tab.htm
http://www.buddyrc.com/paraboard-v2-xh-ec3.html
So now I can charge up to 6 batteries at once. (Must be same cell count...) This has allowed me to charge my batteries at a slower rate, but still charge more batteries faster... I also always store my batteries at the end of the day at a storage charge voltage. Now my batteries last longer too...

I'm a 3S-4S guy, but I now use so many 2200-2600 mAh batteries that the Multi4 just took too long...

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powerlab 6,6 batteries at the same time,gotta love it!! all tucked away neatly in a husky tool box sitting next to me where i watch tv and type away. makes charging and discharging a charm.


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Originally Posted by Stevephoon View Post
Started with that same charger.... Upgraded to a CellPro Multi 4. Good charger, but like Mark states, only charges upto 4 Amps.

I've since upgraded to a Powerlab6 with a parallel charging board.
http://www.revolectrix.com/pl6_description_tab.htm
http://www.buddyrc.com/paraboard-v2-xh-ec3.html
So now I can charge up to 6 batteries at once. (Must be same cell count...) This has allowed me to charge my batteries at a slower rate, but still charge more batteries faster... I also always store my batteries at the end of the day at a storage charge voltage. Now my batteries last longer too...

I'm a 3S-4S guy, but I now use so many 2200-2600 mAh batteries that the Multi4 just took too long...

Steve
If you add to that Powerlab 6 charger this charging adapter, that would appear to be a very good combination. This adapter allows connecting various packs with the same cell count together, and provides overcurrent protection between all cells and their balance cables. Just in case. (Those "Polyfuses" are electronic over current protection devices that "Open Up" on overcurrent, and after things cool down, automatically reset themselves. They are a type of a positive temperature co-efficient thermistor)

http://www.revolectrix.com/MPA_XH.htm It goes for $65, and, believe me, you could not build one from scratch for that price.

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Originally Posted by tobydogs View Post
powerlab 6,6 batteries at the same time,gotta love it!!
Yep parallel charging is the way to go, this saves many hours of charge time compared to single battery charging. But why stop at 6? Here's my 12 battery charging rig, with ability to charge different cell counts on each board:


Of course you need a lot of power to make parallel charging effective, the iCharger 4010 Duo can put 40A to each board, 2000W total:


What would take literally all day long to charge on a 50W charger the 4010 will do in 30 minutes.
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Comparing charger limits, max.current goes down as #cells goes up!, and power supplies
www.scriptasylum.com
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Also in the electrical menu
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Zeeeeeeeer handige site voor e-volk, loop maar eens door de diverse menu-items. Toevoegen aan favorieten?


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translate...www.elektromodellflug.de
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The bad news is that, every time you ask a question like this, you get a long list of everyone's personal favorite charger / motor / radio / etc / etc.

The good news is that any of the recommended chargers here will do a good job for you.

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What is the right charging setup for me is not necessarily the right one for someone else...

How many people operate planes demanding 12S 5000 mah?

And I'm slowly (very slowly) working on one that will use 12S 15,000 mah...

The Turnigy/Thunder AC6 is plenty for a lot of people. Good charger that works off of AC or DC and handles all common types of rechargeable battery.
Note they may have updated this... old version is a 50 watt balancing charger for up to 6S with a 5 amp max output (won't do 5 amps into a 6S)
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Lipo charger. Specifically a Thunder AC6.

How's the y'all tube hits trolling coming?

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Lipo charger. Specifically a Thunder AC6.

How's the y'all tube hits trolling coming?

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If U mean what I think U mean......the U trolling comes here (and everywhere else on the RC Net at the rate of 1 new one or re-hash of an older 1, about every 3 weeks or so................very consistant in format, content, I hype and generally late to the discussion......

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A Hyperion 720i at home and a Turnigy Mega 2x 200W at the field. Both work really well! Love the USB outlet on the Turnigy that allows me to charge my phone at the field...

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OP asked what charger people use ... so here's mine :

Two RTF chargers for 2S - 3S via balance leads. They charge at less than 1A rate so are relegated to Tx pack charging ... and getting a low cell to pick up enough for a smart charger to work.






My main chargers are two B6 chargers .. I mainly use 3S and small 4S packs - so 50W is ok for me ... the occasional larger pack is no big deal.

I also have a wandering lead to use any of them in the car ... plus an inverter of 150W that can power a Hot Glue gun or similar from 12V ...

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Hi,

I have 2 of the imax b6ac chargers had them for several years ( $39 each ) and I got by with them. they go up to 5 amps. I still use them but have grown some and need a more charging cap.

I just moved up to the icharger 308 duo, like it a lot. but the $$$ is high.

Its the smaller brother to the 4010 duo.
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I use a triton eq got from a guy in my club for 40 bucks + I got a trans case with it
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I may have messed up big time but my bashing buddy told me about a good deal on the Venom Medion charger, dual charge ports with the ac power supply for 200 bucks. After looking at a lot of other chargers I figured he might be on to something and i pulled the trigger. Now we shall see....
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Originally Posted by JeaususBolt View Post
I may have messed up big time but my bashing buddy told me about a good deal on the Venom Medion charger, dual charge ports with the ac power supply for 200 bucks. After looking at a lot of other chargers I figured he might be on to something and i pulled the trigger. Now we shall see....
I have my fingers crossed for you!

Thanks guys for all of the responses. I sure have a lot to think about and it is clear I have to set some dough aside for what will be best for me in the long-term.
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