View Full Version : Looking for a good inexpensive charger for NiMh as a second charger

09-02-2005, 01:41 PM
Any ideas for a small inexpensive charger to take to the field as a second charger for NiMh packs at the local school flying site.
I have a triton also but wanted something small and inexpensive that works well just to charge smaller NiMh 7 or 8 cell packs.

Anyone using the e-flight apex or GWS MC 2002?

With the price of gas we all might be at the local schools a bit more.



Matt Kirsch
09-02-2005, 05:33 PM
Hitec CG340, all the way. $35 at Todd's Models, as I recall.

09-02-2005, 06:53 PM
Do you know if they still make that model?

It is great to be able to hear what others have found out about all of the offerings available to us without having to make costly mistakes.

Thanks again


09-02-2005, 07:28 PM

Would you know web site for todds models



09-03-2005, 12:30 AM
Between my buddy and me, we run 5 GWS MC2002's. Never had a problem in 2 years with them. We charge everything from small Rx packs to 10 cell GP3300's.

09-03-2005, 01:45 AM
Thanks for your reply.

That is what is so nice about this site.

Do you also top off your transmitter on a long day of flying with this charger if needed?

Someone local in my club wants to sell me one for $ 20.00 slightly used.


09-04-2005, 07:28 AM
Try the Great Planes DC Peak.. it costs $20 brand new. Just bought one. great for charging even my TX batt pack.

Jeremy Z
01-23-2006, 03:53 AM
Hitec CG340, all the way. $35 at Todd's Models, as I recall.

This is a nice charger. I bought one for my dad to charge his 1.2 Ah 8 cell Intellect packs.

For NiMH packs rated 1.5 Ah and below, it is hard to beat. For NiCd packs rated up to 5A, it is hard to beat.

But for NiMH rated over 1.5 Ah, it is easy to beat. You see, it is only rated to charge NiMH at up to 1.5A. How would it make a difference if I lied to it and set it for NiCd? I don't know, but I don't want to burn my house down or ruin the batteries.

All I know is that it would take well over 2 hours to charge my 3.6 Ah NiMH that I use in the TwinStarII.

I don't know what the Great Planes one is rated for NiMH? Got any details?

I think I'd probably go with a cheapy Etec or Apache. One of those thin aluminum-framed jobs. You set the charge current and battery type with a PC style jumper and away you go. Very compact, due to the thin aluminum frame. The perfect size for a field box. I think I'm going to get one of the LiPo ones.

I just love my Multiplex LN-5014, but it is not what I'd call inexpensive at $83.

01-25-2006, 05:29 AM
I've got the Swallow Advance.. new model.. and also one of the GWS MC2002.
Both are great.
I used the GWS for years before getting the Swallow as I now have some LiPo.
The GWS can be found pretty cheap on Ebay. Nice and simple.

02-02-2006, 02:53 AM
The GWS is a great charger for your flight batterys and toping off your transmiter.