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Old Jan 18, 2013, 12:18 AM
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Nice vid Realgambler. Are the upright boomerangs always a faster spin? The couple of times I've gotten an upright it seems to spin a bit faster. $75 is tempting for a backup emergency Stryker. Ya know, I'd like to see a sale on the 180's big brother sometime before spring....
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:08 AM
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So is the balance charger that comes with it any good?
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:30 AM
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I use it, very convenient if you have a 12v power supply, you can get one that works at staples or Walmart or something. I think it works well, all of my batteries charged using it lived up to and beyond expected lifespan.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:38 AM
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I use mine as a travel charger.

It works just fine and I trust it not to damage my batteries, however, without a readout to know how many mAh have gone back in I cut my flights quite short so as not to risk going over 80% discharge.


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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:44 AM
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If it had a voltage digital readout I would not care about old 2-4s balancing celectrix anymore, also ability to set charge current like on their mcpx and mossie chargers, that would make me perfectly happy. Two ports.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 08:59 AM
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I apologize if this has been covered before but after doing searches and reading many pages I could not locate exactly what I was looking for.

I bought a UM Stryker last night. Besides a bent control horn, to my horror I realized that the Battery/Plane has some kind of funky connector type on it that won't connect to my Turnigy charger. No warning of this was given on the box, on the website, by my LHS, etc.

1. What is the name of this type of connector?
2. Is this a proprietary Parkzone thing?
3. If not, where can I purchase bats that are setup with this connector already?
4. Can I purchase an adapter so I can charge this battery on my normal chargers?
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:02 AM
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I apologize if this has been covered before but after doing searches and reading many pages I could not locate exactly what I was looking for.

I bought a UM Stryker last night. Besides a bent control horn, to my horror I realized that the Battery/Plane has some kind of funky connector type on it that won't connect to my Turnigy charger. No warning of this was given on the box, on the website, by my LHS, etc.

1. What is the name of this type of connector?
2. Is this a proprietary Parkzone thing?
3. If not, where can I purchase bats that are setup with this connector already?
4. Can I purchase an adapter so I can charge this battery on my normal chargers?
It's called a UMX connector. It's only used on Horizon Hobby products (E-Flite, Parkzone). You can purchase batteries from many third party now, and they will come with the right connector. Hobby King (cheap), Hyperion, or if you want some homemade and very light package, check RCBabbel here on this forum. Sure enough, you can also purchase adapters, either for charging on your Turnigy charger) or for converting batteries (JST to UMX). For that, just google "umx adapter" and you should find quite a few. But quickly, Gleen, at RC-connectorsDOTcom is pretty good. RCBabbel is also selling some. And even Hobby King is selling some. Otherwise, dig around, there's quite a few place selling adapters. I highly recommend that you buy a parallel charging adapter, which will allow you to charge up to 8 batteries at once. (You can still charge only a single battery if you want, but eventually, you may have to charge a lot more! )

Some people also simply replace the connector on the airplane itself. But trust me, if you start flying those little UMX airplanes, you may end up with a few of them, so it's up to you. They really seem to like that connector, since they even started using them on the new heli mCPx BL that just came out.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:03 AM
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1. You know, not sure what the "official" name of the connector is called, but I've gotten to know them as Micro Connector as well as the JST-PH Charge Connector???
2. No, oops, my apologies, guess it is a HH thing, sorry...... It's the only products I fly so wasn't sure 'bout that one!?!
3. HobbyKing has the batts with the connector on it already, or you can do what some of us here has done and contact RCBabbel here on the forums & he'll get you a 2s 240mAh batt also with the proper connector for you (I have 4 of his Babbel Batts as well as 4 of his 1s 180mAh batts, LOVE 'em!!!)
4. I use this to charge my micro batts with my ThunderPower charger:

http://www.progressiverc.com/paralle...beast-umx.html
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:06 AM
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Nice vid Realgambler. Are the upright boomerangs always a faster spin? The couple of times I've gotten an upright it seems to spin a bit faster. $75 is tempting for a backup emergency Stryker. Ya know, I'd like to see a sale on the 180's big brother sometime before spring....
You can make it spin slower with the rudder, but faster spin usually mean lower descent (and it's much cooler to look at!). I usually spin fast, then, if I want to land it, I simply inverse the rudder at the last few seconds, so I can slow down the spin enough (a lot) and land it without ripping anything.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:15 AM
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Flew mine today in the snow!

Numb fingers stopped play before any mishaps, good job as the grey sky was causing orientation issues...
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:27 AM
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Hey Silent, would this help ya out during the cold months??


http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ap_Ready_.html
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:41 AM
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I've got a mitt on it's way, it'll probably get here in time for summer!
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:45 AM
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I've got a mitt on it's way, it'll probably get here in time for summer!
LOL, awe man, isn't that the way it always goes......
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:55 AM
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That Tx glove is the most awesome thing for winter flying, but sadly, it's hard to launch the Stryker with one hand, then, quickly re-insert the hand into the glove and reach the Tx quickly. If you have somebody else to launch it for you though, then, it's a must. Otherwise, it's better to fly something that doesn't need handlaunch (Clean/frozen runway, or skis). Sure enough, it's a MUST in any cold country.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 11:13 AM
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That Tx glove is the most awesome thing for winter flying, but sadly, it's hard to launch the Stryker with one hand, then, quickly re-insert the hand into the glove and reach the Tx quickly. If you have somebody else to launch it for you though, then, it's a must. Otherwise, it's better to fly something that doesn't need handlaunch (Clean/frozen runway, or skis). Sure enough, it's a MUST in any cold country.
Just launch with your left. You have all the time in the world to get your left hand back in there if you've got your right hand on the stick.
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