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Old Jul 01, 2004, 05:25 AM
Gordon McArthur
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Hobbico Fast Field Charger + LiPo battery

This message from Gordon McArthur <gmcarthur@paradise.net.nz> brought to you by EFLIGHT!

Hi - I am using the Hobbico Quick Field Charger Mark 2 for Lipolys and other
packs. I keep a cheap multimeter with it, which allows me to moniter the
voltage increase as the battery charges. (plugs right into the charger) I
have tried to fool the charger by hooking up a recently charged 2 cell
700mAh pack - nothing exciting happened (grin) It also works OK on 3 cell
packs. One point may be that this charger is largely manual in operation -
you have to set the charge rate (max 1amp on Lipoly's) and most important
you have to select the correct battery chemistry each time you hook it up!
I'll probably keep using it until a dual output, software upgradeable
charger comes out at an affordable price! (or until I incinerate a pack!)
Regards to all
Gordon
Wellington, NZ



>
> This message from "Chuck Baker" <indyrcpilot@comcast.net> brought to you

by EFLIGHT!
>
> One of the guys was charging a 2-cell 1400mAH LiPo at the field last night
> in the back of his pickup truck on one of those new Hobbico Fast Field
> Chargers (the one that can charge LiPos).
>
> This particular charger "automatically" determines the number of LiPo

cells
> (it is not selectable by the user).
>
> Anyway, it must have chosen 3 cells instead of 2. He noticed that the

pack
> was swelling up, so he pulled it off the charger and set it on the ground
> (out of the truck!).
>
> A short time later, he was treated to two successive fireballs - one for
> each cell.
>
> He indicated to me that he would be using his Triton to charge LiPos in

the
> future!
>
> Chuck in Indy



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