Thread: Question Where to charge LiPoly?
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Old Dec 02, 2003, 11:02 AM
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First, always make sure your settings match the pack you are charging. Never exceed 1C charge rate, and never charge a 2 cell pack on the 3 cell setting. So far, every li-po accident I've read about was due to wrong charger settings or a pack being damaged in a crash. One of these days the manufacturers are going to have to step up and dummy-proof the chargers. Anyone can get distracted while putting a pack on the charger, and that can lead to disaster.

As for location, I personally charge in the garage and monitor the packs (check temps by hand) every 10 minutes or so. I double or triple check charger settings for every pack charged.

On the power supply, I highly recommend a regulated supply. The voltage can fluctuate substantially on an unregulated supply leading to a damaged charger and/ or packs. I got my 3 amp supply at Radio Shack that I use to run my BEL charger and SC-2 (2 port) charger simultaneously. Works great!
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