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Old Jul 09, 2010, 01:57 PM
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Question about hobbyking Quattro charger

Hey all,

I have a hobbyking quattro charger.

It seems to be a good peace of gear. Can charge 4 batts at once.

But i cant find info in the manual about auto shutting off when charge is complete. My other charger turns off at a pre determined level but the quattro doesnt seem to.

If not, when do i stop charging a lipo.

They get down to about 1 amp charge and sit there for ages.
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 02:23 PM
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I have one of these chargers and it shuts off just advertised, along with the cute little tone

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Old Jul 09, 2010, 03:12 PM
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I have occationally experienced the Quattro charging a full pack at a very low rate (0,1A) until the timer kicks in at 120min. I usually charge in Balance mode and I've put this behavior down to some of my packs being worn out and failing to balance completely. I have two packs (out of about 10 in frequent use) that has caused this to happen so I'm keeping an extra eye on them. If the problem persists and is isolated to these two packs I'll retire them.

If your charger keeps putting 1A into a full pack I'd be worried though, perhaps you should try to charge the pack in Charge (as opposed to balance) mode and see if this makes any difference?
Does the charger exhibit the same behavior on all ports and with all your packs?
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 05:25 PM
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Balance mode - charge mode - all the same in my experience.
My guess is that the cells were out of balance and the charger was trying to correct things.

Is this a pack that hasn't been balanced recently?
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 07:40 PM
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Balance mode - charge mode - all the same in my experience.
Not in mine. Charge mode charges without ballancing.
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Old Jul 09, 2010, 11:13 PM
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Not in mine. Charge mode charges without balancing.
If you mean it doesn't balance if the balance plug isn't connected during the Charge mode operation, you are correct. I should have said, if the balancing connector is connected, it balances in both Charge and Balance modes.

However, if the balance plug is connected during Charge mode, I believe it balances the pack.
This is based on:
(1) When I am in Charge mode and press the INC key, the individual voltages show up and every time they all end up at 4.19-4.2V. and
(2) If the balance lead is disconnected when using the Charge mode the charger faults and stops.

Did you mean yours doesn't balance in the charge mode even if the balance connector is connected. What leads you to believe that?
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Old Jul 10, 2010, 08:12 PM
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Did you mean yours doesn't balance in the charge mode even if the balance connector is connected. What leads you to believe that?
No Hoppy, I just ment that there was a difference between a chargers "charge' and "balance" modes.

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Old Jul 10, 2010, 09:03 PM
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No Hoppy, I just ment that there was a difference between a chargers "charge' and "balance" modes.

Joe
What differences are you seeing that makes you think there is a difference (assuming balance connector connected in both cases)?
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Old Jul 11, 2010, 05:20 PM
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I used to think that the charge versus balance mode were different on the Quattro. But in the Quattro charger's case, if you plug in the balance connector on the battery pack, either mode appears to balance just fine. A few people have tested it and stated it works the same for both modes if you plug in the balance jack too.
I do have some other chargers where the charge and balance modes are different though.
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Old Jul 11, 2010, 09:04 PM
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ey all,

thanks for the info.

I have tried several lipos 3s and 4s and have had the same issue. It just hangs up at 1a charge and goes up to 2 hours - I have not let it go to the cutoff at 2 hours yet. All batts are reasonably used and always balanced on my good charger/balancer thingy. One lipo was almost new.
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Old Jul 11, 2010, 09:43 PM
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ey all,

thanks for the info.

I have tried several lipos 3s and 4s and have had the same issue. It just hangs up at 1a charge and goes up to 2 hours - I have not let it go to the cutoff at 2 hours yet. All batts are reasonably used and always balanced on my good charger/balancer thingy. One lipo was almost new.
What size lipos?
What charge rate did you set?
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 07:31 PM
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finally figuring out how it works. It came with no manual so i downloaded it from the web but its blurry and hard to read.

I am charging as we speak a 4s 2200 mah lipo but i have upped it from 1a charge to 2a. Will this make things faster?

Also, on another thread about the squall - i cant fond the page now - someone mentioned not to run lipos down to below 20% of milliamps. How do you k now how many mah are used - the charger does not display it?

regards, thanks for the input
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 10:53 PM
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The Quattro does display the mah put back in. Ideally, you should fly only long enough so the "put back in" mah is less than 80% of the mah capacity of the pack.
For instance, with a 2000mah pack, 80% would be 1600mah. So when charging, the amount put back in should be less than 1600mah. That number is displayed on the Quattro charger.

Charging at 2A, will cut the charge time in 1/2.
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Old Jul 18, 2010, 05:26 PM
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thanks all. I have stumbled across the answers.

Turns out its a really good purchase.
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