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What Charger??

Discussion in 'Electric Motors and ESC' started by sfrayser, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. sfrayser

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    Right now I have an Onyx 230 and it works great. The problem is, it only does up to 3 cell. I'm upgrading my MBX5T to brushless and I'm going to run either 4 or 5 cell. I need to get a new charger. What are you running?
     
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    I just bought the hi tec x4 and love it.
     
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    can you take a picture of it on the bench so we can see how big it is?
     
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    Specs are on the webpage. ;) If you still want a relative picture though, I can grab one when I get home from work.

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    I have this one and really like it:
    http://www.horizonhobby.com/product/helicopters/dynamite-LiPo-chargers/chargers--1/prophet-sport-quad-4-x-100w-ac-dc-charger-dync2050

    Not sure why one of the reviews says you have to use DC power to get 10A per port. I just have it on AC and it charges at 10A per port just fine. Takes about 70 minutes to balance charge 4 9000mah 2S LiPo's from 3.5V to full. Will do 1-6S.

    Or, you could go with a dual with higher output like this:
    http://www.horizonhobby.com/helicopters/chargers--1/400w-ac-dc-balance-charger-discharger-p-hrc44249

    That will charge up to 7S.
     
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    makes me scratch my head when i look at LiPo chargers...lol
    WHY CANT they include enough connectors to cover the ports on the charger for the prices the ask?
     
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    thanks for the pictures
    its a bit gigger than a 18v dewalt charger with a battery in it

    guess i pictured in my mind something the size of my 211 Miller welder...lol
     
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    The Venom Duo has tons of connectors of all types and two balance charge adapters.
     
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    look at alot of the 4port chargers, though. they only come with half the neccessary adapters
     
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    If you look close enoigh in the basket above the charger you will see it is full of connecters. They should all come with a plethora of connectors, especially if they are near or over $100.
     
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    Yep. I had to buy two more balance boards and ec3->TRX and deans->TRX adapters. I also bought 4 6s balance cable extensions to make it easier to ziptie the cables together instead of having them all willy nilly.

    The 2 boards were $11, extensions $9 and adapters $18. The charger was $195. All prices were BIN shipped.
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    I was going to go with the venom 4 port, but it tops out at 8A per port. So, it wouldn't charge my 9000mah 2S packs at even 1C. Odds are, that is as big as I'm going to ever go, since that's as big as what will fit in my ERBE. I'm using the same settings to charge my new 7200mah 2S 90C SMC packs too for my stampede I just got. It's a little more than 1C at 10A, but I didn't feel like fiddling with the settings each time.
     
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    I just had to order a Deans connector to plug into the second channel of my venom pro duo cause it only came with one.
     
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    yea. it just makes no sense why some cant include all necessary hardwareespecially for the cost
    I want everything i will need without having to order whats missing
     
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    Too rich for my blood lol. Dual charger is fine by me for now.
     
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    You would think for what they charge for some of the chargers they would include a lot more cables.
     
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    I was starting with nothing for LiPo really, so the buy in was pretty high. When I asked my wife to order my ERBE, I had included a traxxas dual charger that maxxed out at 4A per port... as well as 2 5000mah 3S packs that I'm not using. So, I already wasted $200. I think the bill with the truck/tax/shipping was near $900... $200 a month later for a new charger was just salt in the wound. lol Why traxxas only offers a dual 4A charger is beyond me. Especially now that they have the higher capacity 3s and 4s packs for the x-maxx. They did come out with a 12A charger, but it's $100 and does 1 pack at a time.

    Now I have a spare LiPo 8A/4A dual LiPo charger with 5 charges on it and 2 LiPo packs I haven't even opened one of yet. I opened one to take a photo.

    Electric is expensive so far. Fun and easy though.
     
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    have a pc power supply.
    nothing else, break out the battery charger
     
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    Can you combine 12V rails in a PC power supply? Like if you have an 800w supply with 2 12V rails running 28A, can you combine them without damaging the PSU?
     
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    I dunno.it and a charger came with the flux when i bought it
    maybe i do a bit of research. i have a couple 1200watt'ers lying around
     
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