Hi! I'm a total newbie. could someone please explains this to me, provide answers, I'm a little confused.
I powered my PL6 with a 15A power supply, and planning to bring the PL6 in the field to charge flight packs, using my car’s lead acid battery. Where can I find the option “choose power source”
Correct me If I’m wrong I need to specify the power source every time I plan to switch from DC to Lead acid and vice versa?
Second thing. Can I charge single pack using MPA board? Is it okay? Or its required to charge 2 packs or more every time I use the MPA board?
Third question. What is the maximum charge rate for my Gens ace 1800mah 6S? do I need to set it to 1.8A? (that’s charging it on 1C charge rate right?, Please help me to understand this) what if I set it to 10A is that charging it on 5C charge rate? Is it safe?
I read the PL6 user guide and to find out I need to set the “Supply current limit” slightly less than the power source’s maximum output current capability. So what’s the best setting for this if I’m using the Efuel 30a Power supply?
And last I need to set Low Sply limit about 50% lower than the power supply’s nominal output voltage. So the Efuel operates within 12-18V so what is the best settings for this? The 50% of 12V which is 6V or 50% of the 18V?
Yes, the current limit is set in the PL6 software, sorry for not making that clear.
You can parallel as many batteries as your board will take, just multiply the charge amps for a single battery by the number of batteries on the board. For example, if you wanted to charge four 1800mAh batteries at 2C that would be:
That all sounds fine except for setting the voltage limit in the PL8 to 18V.. dont do that, just leave it at default setting.
Providing you set the PL6 current limit to 28A then you cant overload your supply because the PL8 will only ever draw 28A. If you try to charge at a power that would exceed the supplies capability then the PL6 will 'self limit' so that it doesnt exceed 28A.
Some well-sructured reading and handy e-tools for rainy/windy days. Will save you, and us , a lot of questions.
Will also prevent you from burning up several controllers and/or motors and/or battery: E-flight primer and tools
And please, do your RC equipment, wallet, ego, battery, controller, motor, house/garage/car a big favour ... get a watt-meter. It will more than pay for itself, will save you at least one fried motor and one fried controller. Will also help you finding the best setup.