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Old 08-07-2010, 03:59 AM
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I want to buy a new charger instead of the stock ones that came with my helis/planes. I've researched but can't decide with so many to choose from. I have an MCX, CX2, SR, and the B400 along with a HZ Super Cub and a mini Sukhoi. I may upgrade to bigger helis and planes and would like a decent charger to take care of all my charging needs. What chargers are most people using and why? I'd like to keep it under $100 if possible. I fly right at my house so theres no need to take equipment to the field. Let me know what you think.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:02 AM
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FMADirect.com Cellpro line of chargers. Although for the miniSukhoi and MCX you should also get the Celectra 4 port charger.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:13 AM
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Actually, I forgot to mention that I do have the 4 port cellectra charger that came with my MSR, I wasn't sure if there was a charger out there that charges EVERYTHING.
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Once again, I'm on board ConstantCrash's train. CellPro.

If you like to keep your planes small and tidy - the CellPro4 is awesome.
If you think you'll be putting together .60-.90 size 1KW - 2KW planes in the future, get a CellPro10. Yeah, well over your $100, but its really really not fun to have a charger that doesn't do what you need.
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Originally Posted by Sn8kbyte View Post
Actually, I forgot to mention that I do have the 4 port cellectra charger that came with my MSR, I wasn't sure if there was a charger out there that charges EVERYTHING.
As an after thought (as we seem to be typing about the same time) I have two other chargers I like - but not for LiPo. My Nickle charger I use is the AccuCycle Elite - it can do LiPo and LiIon, but needs a separate balancer and maxes at 2A per side. Fine for all my small stuff, but none of my planes/helis over 48". I also have kept my Triton, but I find it irritating, limited, and overpriced. I keep it as a back-up for days I have big plans and need to charge a lot of packs at once and because it's the only programmable Pb charger for my odd-ball Lead-Acid charging needs. (bike lights and scale boats)

If you really want an 'all in one', this is it:
PowerLab8 from FMA
For Battery types: Lithium Polymer (1s to 8s balanced, 1s to 2s unbalanced), Lithium Ion (1s to 8s balanced, 1s to 2s unbalanced), Lithium Manganese (1s to 8s balanced, 1s to 2s unbalanced), A123 (LiFePO4) (1s to 8s balanced, 1s to 10s unbalanced), NiCd (1s to 21s), NiMH (1s to 21s), 6v, 12v, 24v Lead Acid batteries (Flooded, Gel, AGM, SLA)
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:35 AM
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this charger will do them all, my Rc club loves this charger, get 2 of them, they are only $22.99 each, and you can charge all your lipos/batteries in no time hope that helps, Chellie

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...w/_accessories

PS. they are sold out of this charger, but they restock fast, there is a reason they are sold out, they are a great charger for the price, they sell out fast, leave your email address on the page, and they will contact you when they come in, the Cell pro is another great charger, in fact, its one of the best, if you can afford to spend a little more.

Manual for this charger, http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...CEL_manual.pdf

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Old 08-07-2010, 05:16 AM
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Chellie, I've taken your advice at least two...maybe three times in the past year or so with great results. I see no reason not to try it again. I think I will try the turnigy accucel...for the price you really can't go wrong. Thanks again!
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Sn8kbyte View Post
Chellie, I've taken your advice at least two...maybe three times in the past year or so with great results. I see no reason not to try it again. I think I will try the turnigy accucel...for the price you really can't go wrong. Thanks again!
You cant go wrong for the price, read the imput on the page too, look at what others are saying about it, everyone loves that charger
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:08 AM
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It looks like I will also need a power supply correct? 12v 5a power cord, any ideas where to get one. The ones on Hobby King seem to have issues according to the reviews.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:33 AM
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I disagree with Chellie, which is seldom.
It's a good charger BUT...

Read this:
Just got Thunder AC6. I'm lost.......

(essentially the same charger, just AC capable)
There are a BUNCH of clones of this charger.

Then take a look at the SIZE and number of repetitive questions in this thread:
Charger turnigy accucel-6 balance

Then go download the manual and READ IT!. You'll have to if you buy it.

Then decide.
Cheap it is. Decent it is (mostly-there are some clinkers and essentially no warranty or customer service).
Simple? For some folks maybe, for others it may as well be written in Chinese.

If you can't understand the manual, get the Cellpro. It's a better charger anyway.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Sn8kbyte View Post
It looks like I will also need a power supply correct? 12v 5a power cord, any ideas where to get one. The ones on Hobby King seem to have issues according to the reviews.
do you have a old computer laying Around if you do, your in luck
you have a power supply

http://www.marcee.org/Articles/PCPowerSupply.htm

http://www.hangtimes.com/id45.html

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...r+power+supply
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Originally Posted by flydiver View Post
I disagree with Chellie, which is seldom.
It's a good charger BUT...

Read this:
Just got Thunder AC6. I'm lost.......

(essentially the same charger, just AC capable)
There are a BUNCH of clones of this charger.

Then take a look at the SIZE and number of repetitive questions in this thread:
Charger turnigy accucel-6 balance

Then go download the manual and READ IT!. You'll have to if you buy it.

Then decide.
Cheap it is. Decent it is (mostly-there are some clinkers and essentially no warranty or customer service).
Simple? For some folks maybe, for others it may as well be written in Chinese.

If you can't understand the manual, get the Cellpro. It's a better charger anyway.
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:22 AM
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power supplys


http://www.sportsimportsltd.com/actodcpowsup2.html

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...v+power+supply

http://www.feathermerchantrc.com/
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:29 AM
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power supply $14.99

http://www.smksuperstore.com/product....ashx?ID=33081


http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories

you will need to convert these.

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Old 08-07-2010, 08:36 AM
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get a 12 volt power supply with about 10 AMP rating

this is a converted comp power supply

http://cgi.ebay.com/12-Volt-DC-30-Am...2?pt=Slot_Cars



http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-PYRAMI...efaultDomain_0
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:02 AM
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I suppose it's only fair if I chime in to say I disagree with Flydiver

I've got the Accucel 6, and I've found the menus very intuitive to use. A quick browse of the instructions and you shouldn't have any issues. There is only one odd quirk with the interface, and that is where the buttons used to scroll up and down a particular menu are different to the buttons used for up and down in all the others. Don't let it deter you though, it's odd but has never been an issue for me. If you do end up needing help with using it, feel free to message me and I'll explain it.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=6256
I'm using this power supply from HobbyKing on mine, and the plug fits perfectly. It also puts out a nice steady 12V (measured by the Accucel, it is able to show the imput voltage). Much better than my previous power supply which was putting out a few volts more at low load.

The ONLY issue I have with my Accucel-6, is that after a while the fan started to die (became noisy as the bearings failed). This is partly because the voltage to the fan isn't regulated, so when I was using the charger with the old power supply (not the HK one), it was spinning faster than it was designed for as it was putting out a higher voltage than it should have. To minimise this problem, just make sure you only power the charger with a ~12V power supply. The charger itself is rated up to something like 17V, but the fan won't like it.

I put a replacement in, which was incredibly easy to do. A few screws and the top comes right off, two more and the fan comes out. The fan just unplugs from the board, so you don't even need to do any soldering to replace it. None of the other electronics or main circuit board had to be touched, the fan is the ONLY internal party physically connected to the top cover.

The problem is that my replacement is only rated to 7.4V, so it too is starting to die. That's my fault though .

Try it... it's cheap, charges perfectly, is easy to use and even if you don't particularly like it... it's always better to have two chargers than one.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:36 PM
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I gave the guy some links to make his own determination rather than relying on the advice of others. It's extremely common for people to do little to no research on their own and then get surprised by the results.

Read those links. Not everyone thinks this is a great charger. Hoards of people struggle with it. Personally, I'm fine with it. As you say, the fan is lousy. The wires for the connectors are crappy (mine have broken several times from normal use fatigue), and the read outs, though ULTIMATELY are accurate they tell you far more about where the charger is GOING than what it's doing right now.
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:57 PM
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I will through my .02 in here. First let me say that I am new to charging lipo's but not to charging NIMH's. My brother has a Electrifly Triton EQ charger. Which cost around $130.00 . I bought this one. http://www.hobbypartz.com/60p-dyc-1004.html I will say for 30 bucks it does everything that the Triton does for a lot less money. It just is DC input only. I can deal with that. I used an old power supply from a Duratrax charger I had laying around.

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Old 08-07-2010, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by CHELLIE View Post
this charger will do them all, my Rc club loves this charger, get 2 of them, they are only $22.99 each, and you can charge all your lipos/batteries in no time hope that helps, Chellie

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...w/_accessories
OKHobby sells the same under the BATTMAN name. In stock and comes with a free lipo bag too.

http://okhobby.com/product.php?id_product=1040

Here's another version with a built in 12VDC power supply:

http://okhobby.com/product.php?id_product=1248
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:18 PM
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The Turnigy, GT Power, Battman clone chargers are cheap. Admittedly I have never used one, but they seem to get the job done.

Personally, I like the Revolectrix Cellpro Series. It's a good charger and the Cellpro 4 series is really well priced compared to many of the clones:

http://www.revolectrix.com/home.htm

http://www.store.revolectrix.com/Pro...Cellpro-Multi4


My other favorite is the Hyperion EOS Series chargers and is what I use everyday:

http://www.hyperion-world.com/products/type/15

http://www.allerc.com/index.php?cPath=9_204

I also purchased the parallel charge adapter for my UM batteries (Vapor, UM J-3 Cub, Blade MCX2). Charges up to 6 UM lipos at once:

http://www.allerc.com/product_info.php?products_id=5360
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:54 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the links and info, you guys are awesome.

I think I'm going to buy one of each, an accucel-6 and a cellpro multi 4. You can't beat price of the accucel and if the cellpro is a better charger then so be it. I have about 25 batteries that can be charged with these chargers and it sounds like most of you guys may have "back up" chargers as well. On a calm sunny day I'm sure I could use both chargers to keep my planes and helis in the air. Best of all, I'm still around my $100 limit I was expecting to pay. Thanks again everyone for the great info.
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:26 AM
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Originally Posted by philipa_240sx View Post
OKHobby sells the same under the BATTMAN name. In stock and comes with a free lipo bag too.

http://okhobby.com/product.php?id_product=1040

Here's another version with a built in 12VDC power supply:

http://okhobby.com/product.php?id_product=1248
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Originally Posted by Sn8kbyte View Post
Thanks everyone for all the links and info, you guys are awesome.

I think I'm going to buy one of each, an accucel-6 and a cellpro multi 4. You can't beat price of the accucel and if the cellpro is a better charger then so be it. I have about 25 batteries that can be charged with these chargers and it sounds like most of you guys may have "back up" chargers as well. On a calm sunny day I'm sure I could use both chargers to keep my planes and helis in the air. Best of all, I'm still around my $100 limit I was expecting to pay. Thanks again everyone for the great info.

Well, that's probably the best solution anyway
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:35 AM
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I am getting back into RC after a 7 year layoff due to a family illness. I have a Triton (first model) that will charge Li-Pos but no balancing system. I am looking at a charger for future use and have read many hours about different ones...this can be very confusing. I am leaning tword this one

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dproduct=10382

I like the ability to have a computer log the process, does anyone have any input on this charger ??

Thanks
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Anyone..............................?
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