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Finding a good charger - suggestions?

Old 01-26-2009, 04:10 PM
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I need a good (not too expensive if possible) lipo charger that will plug into a wall outlet and will charge batteries (Thunder Power or other brands) that only have those little red JST connectors... batteries with no other plug out of the battery to charge from.... just the 1 red JST to charge and plug-in to fly with.


Can anyone suggest a lipo charger that has that capability to charge those kind of single JST batteries as well as charge balanced batteries? Or even a cheap charger to just do my JST thunderpower batteries?


Everything seems to be in the 12volt car lighter plug-in option ... are there not wall socket plug-in chargers? Or adapters or something? What do all of you have? I'm open to suggestion... I'd really prefer wall pluggable but I'd take what I can get.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:09 PM
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As long as you are not balancing the pack just about any charger out there will do the job with the right adapter.

And if you need balancing they sell little balancers that do the job. In fact most balance chargers do just that - charge through the main connection and balance with the balancer connection. The balancer is just built into the charger.

Just make sure that the charger is made for the type of battery you are using especially if they are LiPo's.

Just about every charger out there runs off of 12v and needs an AC adapter or a power-supply like you can get at Radio Shack. There are some out there that can plug into AC but those are over $100.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXMAH9&P=ML
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXCTZ5&P=7

Then there's Hobby City / King. Lots of people buy from here but you can get some really cheap stuff - stuff that works but not that good.

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store/uh_index.asp

Your Local Hobby Store should have something you can actually look at - not just a picture.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:52 PM
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Thannks for that info... I looked at HobbyCity and it showed this:

IMAX B6-AC Charger/Discharger 1-6 Cells
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=6478&Product_Name=IMAX_B 6-AC_Charger/Discharger_1-6_Cells

The IMAX B6-AC is a very advanced charger, able to charge, balance and discharge Lion, LiPo, LiFe (A123), NiCd and NiMH batteries.

Features;
AC 100~240v or 12V DC input
Microprocessor controlled
Delta-peak sensitivity
Individual cell balancing
Li-ion, LiPo and LiFe capable
Ni-Cd and NiMH capable
Large range of charge currents
Store function, allows safe storage current
Time limit function
Input voltage monitoring. (Protects car batteries at the field)
Data storage (Store up to 5 packs in memory)
Battery break in and cycling.
Spec.
Input Voltage: 11~18v
Circuit power: Max Charge: 50W / Max Discharge: 5W
Charge Current Range: .1~5.0A
Discharge current range: .1~1.0A
Ni-MH/NiCd cells: 1~15
Li-ion/Poly cells: 1~6
Pb battery voltage: 2~20v
Weight: 580g
Dimensions: 133x87x33mm

This charger has a JST-XH charge plug, which makes it compatible with Zippy, HXT, Loong Max and any pack with a JST adapter.

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If I'm reading correctly this does plugged into wall socket (AC) and 12v car.... I assume JST-XH is a normal JST like on a 1 plug Thunderpower? So this would do it all-in-one that I was looking for, correct?

Is this a good charger? Anyone have it?
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:07 PM
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Hi there. I would reccomend the Accucell charger from Turnigy, (Accucell 6) It'll meet all your requirements with the connectors, charge just about any battery you're likley to use, the only downside is that, like most these days, power is by 12v Dc. You should be able to pick one of the numerous adapters up pretty cheap, go for about 5-6A, that'll do most if not all charging you need. Plus side is, very well featured for the price.
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=7028

Theres also a thread on here discussing this charger..
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41088
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:43 AM
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I havent personaly tried this one, but it looks like a very good charger for the money. It shows tha it comes with a 110v power cord that can plug directy in to the charger.I cant post a link so chech out xheli.com and search for the Thunder AC6 charger
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