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Old Jul 25, 2005, 07:51 AM
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How long does it take to charge your LiPo?

Using my Esky charger lastnight it took two hours to charge my 11.1V 3 cell pack? I am using it with a 12V 1500mah AC power supply from Radio Shack. Is this normal charge time?

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Old Jul 25, 2005, 07:54 AM
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Depend on the rate at which your charging!! What size is the pack?
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 08:07 AM
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Just the standard 3 cell it came with. I don't have the option of changing the rate on the charger.
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 08:10 AM
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what size is the battery? The problem might be your weak PS...
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 08:39 AM
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11.1 V, 1000 mAh
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 08:59 AM
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Using my Esky charger lastnight it took two hours to charge my 11.1V 3 cell pack? I am using it with a 12V 1500mah AC power supply from Radio Shack. Is this normal charge time?

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It's a good chance your battery is a 1000 mah. Now depending on the amp out put on your P/S it could take a while to charge. Try this: Time the amount of time it takes to charge off a charged car battery. I use a car battery charger with a 10amp 12v power supply in the charger itself and it takes around 20mins.
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 09:09 AM
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I wouldn't think they would give you a 1000mah batt and a charger that does 1500mah this would be very dangerous. More then likely you are just getting a trickle charge whatís sounds like half of the batt 1c rating this would come out to about two hours.

Every battery that I have if charged at itís 1c rating will take about an hour. You have no chose in the matter with a wall charger. Get youíre self a decent charger that handle lipos this will make life a lot easier.
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 09:21 AM
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Any suggestions on a charger? Plantraco? Is the charger I'm using bad for my pack, or shortening the life of it?
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 10:05 AM
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How much can you spend?

Do you want to be ablke to charge other types of batteries, like Nimh, Hicad and so on?

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Old Jul 25, 2005, 10:11 AM
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Duane,

This will be strictly for LiPo's. $100 is my maximum amount right now.

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Old Jul 25, 2005, 10:16 AM
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Im not too sure, but I just got a Triton, and am really pleased with it.

They go on eBay, brand new for about $120, so you might be able to find a good deal, or get one second hadn of eBay for under $100.

This might not be the bect charger for you, as it does most battery types, and you are obviously paying mpore for that, maybe someone can recommend a Lipo only charger that is good...?

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Old Jul 25, 2005, 10:49 AM
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Just by looking at your picture your charger has an putput of 0.8 amps. This means if you are charging a 800mah pack it would take approx 1 hour. If you are charging a 1500mah pack it might take 2 hours.

If you had a charger that you could set the output to 1C of the battery rating and if it charges at that 1C for the entire charge they will charge in approx 1 hour.

The Trition I had never charged at what I set it at... and everytime it took almost 2 hours to charge a pack. The Astro 109 on the other hand always charges at what you set it to and no matter how small or larger the pack it charges in approx 1 hour.
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 10:56 AM
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I like my Vision Peak Ultra. It even has AC input, so you won't need a transformer to run it. You'll have to make a cable for your lipo connector. I just cut off the tamiya dc connector supplied and put a deans on mine.

It's lower cost than the Triton and does AC, two big plusses. It doesn't have temp sensor input though, which the triton can do.

It's about $90 new. Todd's models used to have it, and it looks like horizon hobby has it also.

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Search/D...&OverallCatID=

(Make sure you look at the Ultra, not the 2. Only the Ultra does lipo as well as nimh and nicad.)
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 11:09 AM
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Duane,

This will be strictly for LiPo's. $100 is my maximum amount right now.

Chuck
Without doubt you need an Astro 109.
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Old Jul 25, 2005, 11:58 AM
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We had a guy at our indoor meet charging at 2C, should have seen the area around his charger clear after people found out....
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