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Old Mar 11, 2011, 05:03 PM
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What chargers are best for Micro Flyers batteries?

Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I thought it would get more attention than in the regular battery/charger section.

What chargers work good with the small batteries used in Micro's, or isn't that a real consideration?

I am looking to get a smart charger, preferably ac/dc, but will consider dc only.

What should I be looking for in the charger?

Price is a consideration.

Thanks
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 06:12 PM
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I've had this charger goin on 2 yrs now and absolutely love it. You won't find a better, more versatile charger on the market. I paid 70$ for it at the time and it was well worth it.
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http://www.sonictronics.com/xcart/pr...cat=391&page=1
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 07:43 AM
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Hi I R Irv,

I like the charger set up. I have a similar one for single Lipos set up the same way. It looks like you are using a 3S lipo for power. How do you keep voltage from going below 3V per cell? Is there a low voltage cutoff in circuit?

I have plugged a digital battery monitor on the charge plug. The monitor displays total volts and per cell voltage.

Happy landings,
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 09:07 AM
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If you're using the standard 1S lipo, the Celectra charger is doing a decent job, though, the charge rate is fixed to somewhere between 250mah and 300mah. I've charged 70mah Eflite batteries in it, over a hundred times and they still work, so not sure why. It does work on 4 large D cell (I use NIMH 9amp batteries myself), or you can buy an adapter for electric power. Some people have converted it so it can use Lipos instead of D cells, but again, no safety on the lipo.

http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...rodID=EFLC1004


The same charger also come bundled with two great products: (I think that's a better deal)

The Ultra-Micro 4-Site airplane which is on sale almost everywhere (In my area, it's about $99, but you'll find it anywhere between that and $129). You get a plane and the charger and the adapter.

http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFL9080

If you're into helis, you can also get this charger with the Blade mSr. It's an awesome micro Heli, and you can get it for around $99 with the charger and adapter.

http://www.bladehelis.com/Products/D...rodId=EFLH3080


Basically, I've seen Hobby shop selling the Celectra 4 ports charger and it's adapter for almost $60. So for $40 more, you can get either an airplane or a heli (both are nice products). With the 4 Site, you get the AR6400L receiver ($50), two servos ($20 each), one motor and gearbox ($10) (that's after you fly the hell out of it, and totally destroy the foam....) That's $100 worth of electronic alone if you would buy those separatly.
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 09:33 AM
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The celectra1 that i got with my mSRx is for 100-700 mAh in 100mAh steps using buttons and has a start/stop button.
Came with a wallwart.
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 10:07 AM
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I use the Celectra that Realgambler mentioned but modified it to fit in the heli box. I cut the batt' compartment off and Velcroed a 2200ma Nimh on the bottom. Much more compact.As you see, I also made adapters to use the Mini Deans on all my small batts.
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 08:11 PM
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Thanks for the replies everyone. If I end up buying one, it will probably be the Sonictronics one. I am not sure I am up to the 4-Site plane just yet.

If anyone has either of these chargers for sale, I would be interested.

Thanks again.
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