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Old Nov 20, 2010, 06:06 PM
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PL8 how do we know we are getting 40A adaptors?

I'm about to order a PL8 and six safe parallel adaptors and stackable banana plugs.

How do I know I will receive the updated 40A connectors? Also how do I know the charger will be the version 2?

I don't want to place the order and have the 35A connectors arive. The adaptors will cost aprox. $125 (excluded shipping) to replace to the updated ones. None of the websites have any information on this and the specs show the 35A.

I would place my order today if knew for sure.

Tim, Howard, Jamie...anybody?

Scotty
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 11:18 PM
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I'm about to order a PL8 and six safe parallel adaptors and stackable banana plugs.

How do I know I will receive the updated 40A connectors? Also how do I know the charger will be the version 2?

I don't want to place the order and have the 35A connectors arive. The adaptors will cost aprox. $125 (excluded shipping) to replace to the updated ones. None of the websites have any information on this and the specs show the 35A.

I would place my order today if knew for sure.

Tim, Howard, Jamie...anybody?

Scotty
Hi:

As I have stated before, customers will know when the PL8 combos are shipping as V2. They'll be clearly marked that way in the REVO Store. For now, we have not yet exhausted stock of V1. Sorry. But if it helps, the "adapters" do not change in V2. Only the Safety Banana cables change from 30A to 40A versions. Unless you are charging a single battery pack at the full 40A rating, the 30A cables that come with V2 will already meet most user's needs. Do you have a single 10C, 4000 mAh (or larger) battery you want to charge? If not, as soon as you parallel 2 packs using 2 of the 30A cables, you can safely go up to 40A on the output current with the existing V1 30A cables.

Last but not least, if you do go with a V1 combo now, the 40A cables will be available for upgrade later if you need them. They will be no where near $125. I do not have final pricing on these, however. But the cables will be available from FMA in Maryland which is convenient if you are in the U.S.

Oh, and the pricing of the PL8 combos will go up slightly when the 40A cables are included in V2. So, if you look at the Black Friday special which saves you $20 today, and consider that V2 will be priced a little higher than today's standard retail price, this should easily cover any upgrade cost for cables, even with shipping included.

Food for thought.

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Old Nov 22, 2010, 09:20 PM
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So for clarification, because I'm tired, the only difference between V1 and V2 is the heavier charge plug/cable assembly. Will the V1 be shipped with the latest software upgrade? I too am about to pull the trigger on one of these, and while I don't think I'll be needing the larger wires yet, I'd like to have the most recent software.
Thanks for your patience.
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Old Nov 22, 2010, 11:50 PM
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Yes the V1 will ship until they run out. The V2 is a firmware/software update that we can get free on the FMA website. The charger hardware is the same. So we just update to the new V2 firmware/software when we get the charger. The firmware is for the charger to increase it to 40A and 1344W and the software is for the new Charger Control software.

Tim cleared it up for me. I had thought the safe parallel adaptors had updated also but Tim said they are the same. Only the Charge cables with the stackable bananas will be upgraded with 12 gauge wires and 40A fuses on both leads. I gather from his reply that they are not available yet, but reassured me that the 14 ga 35A leads will work fine for any parallel charging.

I ordered mine last night (sun) and I already have a UPS tracking number sent to me in my inbox. Trigger pulled!

BTW...from your Buy domestic or from Singapore thread, I emailed David @ Progressive friday morning with some of these questions as I had intentions of ordering from him. With no responce from him at all, Tim answered my questions in just a few hours, on a Sunday no-less. Sorry David, snooze you loose.
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Old Nov 23, 2010, 11:10 AM
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BTW...from your Buy domestic or from Singapore thread, I emailed David @ Progressive friday morning with some of these questions as I had intentions of ordering from him. With no responce from him at all, Tim answered my questions in just a few hours, on a Sunday no-less. Sorry David, snooze you loose.
You must have missed the text below on the ProgressiveRC page in bold, red print prominently positioned in the center of the page like this.


We will be operating at reduced capacity from Nov. 13 - Nov. 25
Orders will continue to ship daily and all items are in stock
Immediate reponse by email/phone will not be available
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