At the heart of this deabte is weather or not a user can be trusted to make the right decision.
With the Astro 109 that is:
- check the cell count at the end of stage 1 (3 minutes)
- don't charge a charged pack
One proposed solution is to insert a new "manual confirmation" by the user. But as Dave H correctly posted:
"Requiring the user to monitor an automatic process and halt the process if it is incorrect is not intuitive for most people, as this is not a common situation with modern consumer electronics devices."
My solution is to fix the stage 1 process so that the posibility of a cell count bump is eliminated for all packs under 4S.
What about the high cell count users?????
IMHO the users of high power Lipo packs can by expected to be better informed and follow the instructions. As I have pointed out previously in many cases the charging paramaters of these packs require a cell bump.
If a better stage 1 algorithm can be developed to also handle high cell count GREAT!!!!
But the greater problem to fix first is the less informed user community that flys 2S and 3S packs and can either not follow instructions or have gotten complacent and/or lazy. This can be fixed via software changes to stage 1.
ASTROBOB........ are you listening?