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Old Jan 07, 2015, 10:34 PM
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Charging help

I'm not new to RC, but I am new to electric. To get my kids involved, I picked up an E-Flite Apprentice. It comes with a 3200mah E-Flite battery, and I bought a second. I picked up an iCharger 306b as well because I plan on adding more aircraft.

My question is about charging rates for the 3200mAh 3S 11.1V 15C. Now that I have the 306b, I can charge a little faster and in parallel. However, unlike most any other battery I've seen, this one does not specify a max charge rate. Can I go to 2C without a problem? I really don't care if I shorten its lifespan. I just don't want to start any fires. Telling my kids to wait an hour for their next flight will be a very tough sell.
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Old Jan 07, 2015, 11:05 PM
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I used to routinely balance charge my '1C charge rated' packs at up to 3C and never had even the slightest glitch. I'd personally have zero hesitation charging the E-Flight pack at 2-3C.

I always perform balance charges on each and every charge as I almost exclusively charge indoors and I've also found that it's typically faster than non-balance charges when charging at higher currents with my 306B and PL8.

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