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Old Jan 27, 2015, 04:53 AM
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BEST charger for the $$?

I have an older Peak charger and also an older Balancer. I'm about to buy a few new , fresh Lipos for my T-Rex 450SE, and I'd like to get a USER -FRIENDLY digital charger/balancer... I never could properly balance the batteries before... and was always concerned about the lips charging too long.

1) Any charger/Balancers recommended?? Any to stay away from??? I'd like to keep it as inexpensive as possible while still getting a quality charger/balancer.

2) I'm gonna upgrade the battery on my Futaba 7C. Anyone heard of the new batteries they're using now? Life-somethign or other?

LINKS would be great to for these items... thanks, friends!
-Tomplay
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 05:22 AM
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B6 is about as low as you want to go ... 50W ...

B8 is more power ...

That's the thing - as you go for more and more watts - the price steeply increases.

I fly lots of 3S 2200 powered stuff ... 4S up to 3000mAh as well ... with a couple of 5S ... so my needs are moderate.

I have a bank of three B6 chargers ... buying a charger every few months spreads the cost ... I get multiple battery charging without risk of ONE charger failing leaving me without ...

But That's me ... I have time to charge and I like the B6 will run of my car ciggy socket without overloading the socket. I can even run it of my Glow Field Box SLA.

It charges every battery in my arsenal ... NiCD, NiMH Tx and Rx, LiPo's ...

It all comes down to how much you want to spend ... with the iMax B6 being about as low as you should go and still have a reasonable quality charger. If you can afford a little more - then step up from that to a 80W or higher ...

You will now be inundated with so many choices - the mind will boggle .. some excellent - some just fail to to stay with your specifics - some just downright lost the plot !! ...

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Old Jan 27, 2015, 06:29 AM
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I have an older Peak charger and also an older Balancer. I'm about to buy a few new , fresh Lipos for my T-Rex 450SE, and I'd like to get a USER -FRIENDLY digital charger/balancer... I never could properly balance the batteries before... and was always concerned about the lips charging too long.

1) Any charger/Balancers recommended?? Any to stay away from??? I'd like to keep it as inexpensive as possible while still getting a quality charger/balancer.

2) I'm gonna upgrade the battery on my Futaba 7C. Anyone heard of the new batteries they're using now? Life-somethign or other?

LINKS would be great to for these items... thanks, friends!
-Tomplay
How about you providing some links. You ask for advice on a charger but don't tell what batteries you are charging or how much you have to spend.

Nigel gave you some good choices. I personally would go for a higher wattage charger. Consider the iCharger 206B. For higher power go with the FMA CellPro 10XP or the PowerLabs.
http://www.progressiverc.com/chargers/battery-chargers

Glen
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 06:34 AM
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How about you providing some links. You ask for advice on a charger but don't tell what batteries you are charging or how much you have to spend.

Nigel gave you some good choices. I personally would go for a higher wattage charger. Consider the iCharger 206B. For higher power go with the FMA CellPro 10XP or the PowerLabs.
http://www.progressiverc.com/chargers/battery-chargers

Glen
Hi Glen ... I based my answer on his 450SE Heli ... which I run 3S 2200 LiPo's in.

As I said - the 50W is "adequate" as long as like me you have the time and don't mind ... I solved most of that by buying more chargers ...

If I was starting again ? I would probably look at 80 - 100W .... but I'm a Scrooge !!

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Old Jan 27, 2015, 11:47 AM
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Yeah, you should definitely stay away from the FAKE, as opposed to CLONE, IMAX B6.
I'm also not a fan of the 4-button charges that 'claim' to be AC/DC. They are ALL DC. The AC ones simply have a laptop power supply inside which tends to get hotter than outside and burn out earlier, making it hard to replace to boot.

How to tell if you have a fake IMAX B6:
(All chargers of this type are clones. Clone is not the same as fake/counterfeit)
http://www.skyrc.com/antifake/indexen.php

Imax B6 Charger - HobbyKing Product Review (2 min 7 sec)

TEST of a Fake iMax B6 (I CAN'T Recommend it) - Ec-Projects (12 min 37 sec)
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 12:17 PM
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In addition to the FMA and iChargers that Glen recommended, I recommend this charger for your particular application: http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...e_Charger.html. It's an iCharger 206B OEM at lower cost.

It's wildly superior to the 50W / 4-button chargers, has 6X greater power and diagnostic functions (internal resistance check) that the entry-level chargers lack, and only costs ~twice that of the 50-watt chargers.
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 04:34 PM
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In addition to the FMA and iChargers that Glen recommended, I recommend this charger for your particular application: http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...e_Charger.html. It's an iCharger 206B OEM at lower cost.

It's wildly superior to the 50W / 4-button chargers, has 6X greater power and diagnostic functions (internal resistance check) that the entry-level chargers lack, and only costs ~twice that of the 50-watt chargers.
+1 Beat me to it.

That is hands down the best charger for the money. Today. End of discussion.

I have an FMA PowerLab 6 which I acquired new for $180.00 including some connectors. Do I have a better charger? Yes. Better for the money? No.

Same with the 50 watt chargers mentioned in this thread in a different context. Are they cheaper? Yes, in all senses of the word. Are they better for the money? Absolutely not.
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 05:24 PM
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+1 on that.
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 08:04 PM
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Parallel charging is fun with the reactor
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 08:44 PM
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206b iCharger- Best charger I've had yet. Should have bought this one as my first one and I wouldn't have several unused chargers sitting on the shelf.
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 08:49 PM
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I have an older Peak charger and also an older Balancer. I'm about to buy a few new , fresh Lipos for my T-Rex 450SE, and I'd like to get a USER -FRIENDLY digital charger/balancer... I never could properly balance the batteries before... and was always concerned about the lips charging too long.

1) Any charger/Balancers recommended?? Any to stay away from??? I'd like to keep it as inexpensive as possible while still getting a quality charger/balancer.

2) I'm gonna upgrade the battery on my Futaba 7C. Anyone heard of the new batteries they're using now? Life-somethign or other?

LINKS would be great to for these items... thanks, friends!
-Tomplay
Add me to the list of those that recommend the Cellpro Powerlab chargers. I've got two PL8, overkill for your needs. A number of my club members also have these Cellpro chargers. All are quite happy with them.

But the Powerlab 6 units are a very good charger that allows the user to fully customize its LCD display to show exactly what you are charging, right down to allowing you to name the battery being charged. My PL8 charger has 25 user configurable charge modes for everything from a 200 Mah LiPo cell to a 6S2P A123 pack charged at 20 Amps. The user types in the exact text he wants to identify the battery being charged. Like one of my PL8 charge modes shows "TwinStar" "2S A123" on the LCD display for my TwinStar model.

I've even put my full name and phone number into my PL8's LCD display when its first powered up. (You do need the Cellpro USB dongle to do this however.)
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Old Jan 27, 2015, 09:54 PM
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I recommend this charger for your particular application: http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...e_Charger.html. It's an iCharger 206B OEM at lower cost.

It's wildly superior to the 50W / 4-button chargers, has 6X greater power and diagnostic functions (internal resistance check) that the entry-level chargers lack, and only costs ~twice that of the 50-watt chargers.
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+1 Beat me to it.

That is hands down the best charger for the money. Today. End of discussion.

I have an FMA PowerLab 6 which I acquired new for $180.00 including some connectors. Do I have a better charger? Yes. Better for the money? No.

Same with the 50 watt chargers mentioned in this thread in a different context. Are they cheaper? Yes, in all senses of the word. Are they better for the money? Absolutely not.
Well said! I have the Reaktor 300W. Puts most other chargers sold by HobbyKing to shame.
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my advise get a charger that will charge 4 batteries at a time. i bought 2 single chargers before i realized my mistake. then i got a 4 port charger and now charge 6 at a time. much better!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Id get a Vista AP 625 charger.. for $81..http://www.aliexpress.com/item/EV-PE...907855676.html
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Id get a Vista AP 625 charger.. for $81..
...and you'd be paying more for a charger with fewer features that is inferior to the Reaktor 300W...

I say this from experience as I own several iChargers (Reaktor OEM) as well as an AK840 which is the big brother of the AP625.
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