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Old Jan 31, 2010, 09:52 PM
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Calling all Charger Gurus: Need help choosing a new charger

I have happily used an Orbit Microlader as my primary charger for the past 8 years or so. Unfortunately, I managed to drop it on the floor this evening, and it appears that I have killed it dead as a doornail. It has been so dependable for all these years that I have been completely out of touch with new developments in the battery charging world, so I would be happy for whatever advice anyone can offer as to a good replacement.

I need to be able to charge up to 6S packs, I am willing to pay for something that is high quality, and I, of course, want something that is as safe as possible. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:07 PM
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I would reccomend the iCharger 206B and PS350 power supply from David at http://www.progressiverc.com for 20 amps and 300 watts.

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Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:10 PM
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there are quite a few good quality and effective chargers out there . search with the following names and then google the ones that interest you and see if they have features you like or dislike?
xtrema, bantam, junsi, hyperion, cellpro
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Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:19 PM
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Thanks for the quick response, gentlemen. I will investigate your recommendations.

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Old Feb 01, 2010, 02:25 AM
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Thanks for the quick response, gentlemen. I will investigate your recommendations.

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Old Feb 01, 2010, 01:55 PM
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Send the charger to Dave at Radical RC for repair.
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Old Feb 01, 2010, 02:07 PM
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I am going to look into the possibility of a repair, but I figured this might be an opportunity for an upgrade to a charger that actively ballances and allows charging at higher than 1C or gives me the option of charging more than one pack at a time.

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Old Feb 01, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Yep, love my old Orbit and Schulze as well, but they lose out every time to the more modern models I have on hand that offer more power, greater convenience/safety (integrated balancing), and added flexibility. Currently my iChargers are getting all the work and a few Schulzes, an Orbit, and a Hobbico will find their way to the chopping block soon. Oh but will miss the mods I did to them including the negative OLED backlit screens.

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I am going to look into the possibility of a repair, but I figured this might be an opportunity for an upgrade to a charger that actively ballances and allows charging at higher than 1C or gives me the option of charging more than one pack at a time.

Neil

remember that most, if not all chargers (intelligent) will allow you to charge up to whatever the battery and the charger is capable of.

So if you have a 2200mAh pack. A 1C charge rate is 2.2amps.
You can always dial up the amps to 4.4amps to get a 2c charge rate...and so on..
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Old Feb 01, 2010, 10:20 PM
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Havoc:

I'm no expert on chargers (obviously), but my understanding is that it is not good for your packs to charge a greater than 1C unless the charger is set up to "actively balance" the pack during the charge (as opposed to having a separate "passive" balancer hooked up to the pack during the charge). The Orbit does not have an "active" balancing option.

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