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Old 07-21-2008, 05:41 AM
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Hey guys, im looking for a 1-3 cell lipo charger that i can charge in my car. i dont like the crocidile clips. i want something i can use in a wall or in a car jack. im trying to charge this lipo
http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/182253.asp

can anyone help me out? im trying to keep it under 50$.(so i can save up and buy the spektrum dx6i )
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by pvtzemerak View Post
Hey guys, im looking for a 1-3 cell lipo charger that i can charge in my car. i dont like the crocidile clips. i want something i can use in a wall or in a car jack. im trying to charge this lipo
http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/182253.asp

can anyone help me out? im trying to keep it under 50$.(so i can save up and buy the spektrum dx6i )
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eeek, $56 for a 3cell 2000 pack...

too bad these are out of stock right now... or I'd recommend them over that impulse pack anytime... heck I'll still recommend them...
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s..._15C_Lipo_pack

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cheapest.... option
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...Charge_Capable

better... option
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s..._Charger_6cell

I'm not sure about your battery, it appears to have hyperion style for the balance tap, which wouldn't fit the jst-xh one on these chagers but you can always order the adaptor for a couple dollars...

adaptors on this page...
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...6&ParentCat=85


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Old 07-21-2008, 02:32 PM
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Hey pvt! Steve's right on with his recommendations. The LoongMax/ZippyK has caught on big time. Our e-club has a hundred or more in use now. I've got 54 cycles on my 'test' pack and it's still goin' strong. Hobbycity has a number of LiPo and multichemistry chargers. Check 'em out!
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:36 PM
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THanks steve! where do i plug in those croc clips? thats what confused me, i thought i woould have to buy another 60$ item
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:39 PM
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Check out the fuse on your car jack ..... dedicated accessory jack, or cig lighter. If you want to charge at 1C, then you would be putting out 2 amps of current plus the charger circuitry amperage useage. So lets just say you have a 5 amp fuse and things are looking good. Next I would check the wire to the 12 volt car jack and make sure it could handle the load (16 ga would be used for 3 amp typically). Maybe your owners manual would list the load that could be put on an accessory jack.

Better yet is to look on your underhood fuse box and see if it has an aux post on it. If it does then it would be better for you to make your own 12 volt line and coupler to your charge unit using good heavy duty wire.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:28 PM
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If you live in the US here are a couple of suggestions available from Radio Shack:

Vehicle Power Adapter Plug with Banana Jack No need to remove the alligator clips with this one.

Or, if you don't mind doing a little soldering you can use this 12VDC 7.5A Power Plug
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:31 PM
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find an old cigarette lighter adaptor from any old phone charger or whatever... cut the end off , split the two wires, and you got yourself an adaptor, works good if you solder some type of clip to it, make sure the two ends never meet again after that though...lol

also Pepboys or any car place has an adaptor...
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:34 PM
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for home, I picked up an old laptop 15volt 5amp chager for 10bucks on ebay... cut the end off and splt the two wires and soldered some ends to it.... so I can clip it on there too....
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:55 PM
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hmm, i think ill stick to the car jack one that ministeve sent me. 20 dollars and no banana plugs. right? i just shove that into the cigarete lighter and its ready to go?
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That's what I have. Works great, yep, shove it in and it's ready.
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