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Old Jan 03, 2013, 09:46 PM
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LiFe - no balancing connector

The Any Link cable adaptor TACM0005 has a 6.6V 200mAh LiFe battery but does not have a balancing connector. My Onyx 235 charger does not allow me to charge this battery given that I cannot connect the balancing port up to the battery. - Error: BAL. CON. -ERROR-

Is there a way to do this with the Onyx 235? If not is there an inexpensive charger/method for charging this battery safely?

Thanks!
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 07:37 AM
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Can your charger be set to 6volts Pb ( lead acid) and 0.2A, if so such setting will work fine.

LiFePO4 cells are a lot more forgiving than LiPoly cells and thus balancing is more of an option than a requirement. I use a 4S2P as a starting battery for a 16 HP lawn mower and while it does have balancing leads (left over from when I used it for electric flight) it never requires balancing.

FYI I flew a 3S 2300 mAh A123 battery for over 500 flights ,it was charged at very high rates and never required balancing.

Charles
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 01:09 PM
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I've got a similar problem with my Thundepower AC6. I can connect it to the charger using the LiFe settings as specified above but when I start charging, it says it's done after about 40 seconds. I then measure the voltage afterwards and it's clear that only a little charge went into it.
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 07:26 PM
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So, The Any Link adapter cable comes with a rechargable battery, but provides no means to charge it?
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 07:43 PM
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The manual recommends three specific chargers:
  1. LifeSource AC/DC Balancing Charger (HCAM6375) which is like $40 or so.
  2. Triton EQ by Electrify (GPMM3155) which is around $80
  3. Triton2 EQ by Electrify (GPMM3156) which is close to $120

My ThunderPower AC6 handles LiFe batteries but doesn't seem to charge a 2S LiFe very well without a balance charge connector--which the TACM0005 does not have.

I looked up the manual for the LifeSource charger and it looks like it's got some sort of adapter that might be helpful but I'm really not sure exactly how it's supposed to work.
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Old May 27, 2013, 09:00 AM
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exact same issue with a Hyperion Super Duo... error.
seems crazy to have to buy a $40 charger for ONE tiny little battery, but my 1sq quad is dead in the water with out it!
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Old May 27, 2013, 01:23 PM
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So now that I've spent some time using my TACM0005 cable, it seems to actually work very well. My concerns about it not being charged properly really weren't that justified. I've used it for about an hour's worth of flying and it took a few minutes to charge up after that. So far I've quite honestly found that it works very well!
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 11:04 PM
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Do u need a special adapter to charge the cable from a Triton EQ, or can you connect it directly to the balance board to charge from their (ie, without connection the red/black power leads on triton)
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Old Jul 17, 2013, 08:58 AM
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Do u need a special adapter to charge the cable from a Triton EQ, or can you connect it directly to the balance board to charge from their (ie, without connection the red/black power leads on triton)

Are you talking about the TACM0005 cable that I was referring to? The only thing you can charge it with is a Futaba-style servo plug that connects to your charger.

I *believe* this is the part that will work for it (I got my cable with my Thunderpower AC6 charger from hobbypartz.com):

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dproduct=32966

I'm planning on buying this Futaba-to-banana-plug connector so I have a spare cable for my iCharger.
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Old Jul 19, 2013, 12:37 AM
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Yes I was wondering how to go about charging the TACM0005 cable. thanks for the tip
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Old Jul 19, 2013, 09:53 AM
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I connect my TACM0005 to my iCharger 1006b (or Thunderpower AC6) with this futaba-style connector. I set the charger to LiFe mode and then charge it with the settings that are listed on the TACM0005 itself. It only takes a few minutes as I charge it whenever I charge my main transmitter pack.
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