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Old 04-13-2014, 11:44 PM   #1
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What is the opinion of this battery charger Hitec 44169 X4-Eighty 4-Port Multicharger Battery Charger is it any good it seam to cost less then a dual charger
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It looks pretty good if you want to charge small to medium size batteries (say 3-4s up to 3000mAh). If you were wanting to charge larger or higher cell count batteries then the 80W per channel limit would start to extend charge time.

For the same price you could get some pretty serious chargers with a lot more power and ultimate capability such as the iCharger 3010b or the Powerlab 6. These two are both 1000W chargers compared to the Hitec's 4 x 80W output. On the other hand these are single output which means you would have to use a parallel board to charge multiple batteries. I guess it depends what you are looking for. The Hitec would be good if you want the convenience of being able to charge four medium size batteries, of different cell count together. The iCharger or Powerlab score if you want a real powerhouse with the ability to fast charge large batteries or multiple batteries of same cell count via a parallel board.
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thank you I will look at the Icharger
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I have the 206B icharger and love it but it sounds like you're looking for even more capacity. What power supply do you use? A lot of the club members over here in Grapevine are now using 24V PS's delivering a lot of watts developed by one of our members. : http://feathermerchantrc.com/
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Yep, to drive those powerful chargers you need an even bigger power supply. Just be careful to get one with both enough watts (charger watts plus 20%, minimum) but also one that delivers the correct voltage. For instance you couldn't use a 24v power supply with the Hitec because it's 18V max input. The iCharger or Powerlab on the other hand are fine for a 24v input.


PS.. if you want my personal recommendation it would be the iCharger 3010b. This is a mega power house of a charger, top quality and also quite compact. The only downside as i mentioned earlier is it's single output so if charging multiple batteries you need to use a parallel board and can only simultaneously charge batteries of the same cell count and they have to be at roughly similar voltage. With multi output chargers you have the added flexibility of being able to charge totally different batteries simultaneously.

It really depends what you want to do with the charger.
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