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Old Aug 23, 2011, 10:41 AM
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Show off your portable charging station

I was interested to see if people would show off their field charging stations.

Attached are some photos of the charging station that I recently finished putting together for my Hyperion Super Duo3 and X-Charger B6 chargers.

For field charging, I picked up a marine deep cycle battery from Wal-Mart. For home charging, I am using a 12V/24V, 57A, 1400W power supply from RC Dude. It is a great power supply and is wired so one of the DC grounds floats, instead of floating one of the AC grounds like many setup theirs.

The case came from Harbor Freight. I installed an AC jack, which is wired to provide power to both power supplies. An 80mm computer fan exhaust is on one side, with the other side just being a vent. Though, I will likely put another case fan there to maximize cooling (maybe bling it out with some LED fans). I may install some banana plug jacks to make connecting up to the marine battery easier.

I had to rivet on a new handle to the case, as one side of the stock handle popped off when I tried to carry the setup (cheap plastic mount). Fortunately, no damage. The case comes with a carrying strap, but I like having the handle.

Some scrap plexiglass, held up by some scrap plywood, acts as a shelf for the chargers. Added some velcro on one of the case lids to hold the batteries in place while charging.
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 12:01 PM
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Very nice
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 12:25 PM
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Mine is rather large and heavy but is self propeled.
Two each 125Ah (64 pounds each) deep cycles and on this day powering two FMA POWERLAB 8 Battery Workstations.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attac...6&d=1278859853

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Old Aug 23, 2011, 12:30 PM
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Here are some pictures of mine:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...6#post15255430

It is powered by this 5s10p A123 battery:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1139699
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 02:35 PM
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Mine is rather large and heavy but is self propeled.
Two each 125Ah (64 pounds each) deep cycles and on this day powering two FMA POWERLAB 8 Battery Workstations.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attac...6&d=1278859853
That is quite a setup. I assume those are the batteries that I am seeing on your hitch rack.

Looks like you need to build some sort of organizer for the back of your truck. A flying buddy helped me build one that holds 3 planes out of PVC sprinkler pipe.
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 06:21 PM
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Portable charging setup

Not as large as some but it gets the job done.

The power supply is an HP 74 amp(at 120vac server psu). However if you can find a 230V power outlet she will do 106 amps. The only discomfort is the fan. It sounds like a 70mm EDF about to launch..Not really that bad but it is loud. Guess I need to change that out.

Two i106B chargers and three FMA Cellpro4 for the small stuff.
There is a Thunderpower 1010 in there that can also do the big or small batts but I don't use that one too often. Nice and portable.

Kinda old school but it keeps me flyin.

If I were buying today I would buy the FMA Power Lab 8. I think it has a better IR measurement than the i108B.

Cheers, JR
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 06:30 PM
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Here's mine..

updated..
Dewalt tough large case in progress.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1655635
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 11:17 PM
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Here is my portable charging station. Used a Husky toolbox from HD and installed two Dell 6650 PSUs to power an ICharger 306B and Turnigy Accucel 8150. It can put out 24V/1800W.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 09:51 AM
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Some very cool setups.

I have updated my charging station a bit. I riveted a couple of anchors into the bottom of the case so I can strap down the power supply to keep it from moving around. I changed the ventilation of the case to two blue LED fans. They provide extra ventilation and a little bling.
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Old Sep 15, 2011, 06:15 AM
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2 PowerLab 8's 24 Volt

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1452524
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 07:49 PM
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Here is my portable charging station. Used a Husky toolbox from HD and installed two Dell 6650 PSUs to power an ICharger 306B and Turnigy Accucel 8150. It can put out 24V/1800W.
What's the best way I could do something like this using two server style power supplies to power a FMA Cellpro PL8 charger?
Where can I get the power supplies for cheap?
I'm trying to avoid a $220 Mean Well power supply.

Any suggestions?

Jim
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 08:46 PM
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Here is a good place to start -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-2-Dell-P...ht_3388wt_1193
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Old Jan 21, 2012, 10:17 AM
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Since we have electricity at our flying field, I have less of a problem than some of you guys. But for field charging I use a ProgressiveRC carrying case for my chargers.
here is the one I use for my TME Xtrema charger. I am thinking about going with a smaller AC power supply so I can use a deck on it too. The cases have large velcro panels in them making it easy to stick things down in them.







For my iCharger, I use this setup. These pics are from when I was fitting things together.











I also have a bigger carrying case that was made for a Plasma Cutter tool. I am still thinking about how I want to use it though. My two converted high current server power supplies fit with lots of extra space inside. But then it becomes quite heavy to lug around. So I am not sure I want to go that route or not. But these power supplies can put on 47 amps each so in series it would power a 30 amp Lipo charger quite well.




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Old Jan 21, 2012, 11:19 AM
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ummm. I think there is a little more to it than that. Come on.

PEOPLE...you have to modify one of the supplies if you plan to use them in a 24V configuration. If you don't do the modification correctly, the supply can seriously injure you.
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Old Jan 21, 2012, 12:31 PM
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If you don't do the modification correctly, the supply can seriously injure you.

Now that is BS.

It will short together and trip a circuit breaker.

That is a far cry from seriously injuring someone.

I haven't yet seen 12V hurt someone.
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