Mar 23, 2009, 10:36 AM Registered User Houston, Tx. Joined Jan 2003 3,782 Posts Thanks David !
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 Mar 23, 2009, 10:53 AM Registered User Joined Dec 2006 967 Posts Thanks for the info! So, you can set your own numbers for the discharge, etc...What I don't like about my current charger is that the discharge cutoff is set by the cell count. 3s lipo is 9volts, etc... I am still confused by the power supply. The charger is listed as a 250 watt charger, if I buy a 250 watt power supply I wont be able to use all 250 watt of power?
Mar 23, 2009, 11:26 AM
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 Originally Posted by Mera'din Thanks for the info! So, you can set your own numbers for the discharge, etc...What I don't like about my current charger is that the discharge cutoff is set by the cell count. 3s lipo is 9volts, etc... I am still confused by the power supply. The charger is listed as a 250 watt charger, if I buy a 250 watt power supply I wont be able to use all 250 watt of power?
You're welcome, I'm more than happy to help.

As far as power supplies and output power: power in does not exactly equal power out. Some % inefficiency must be allowed for to account for the power conversion within the charger. In my experience the iCharger is one of the more efficient chargers on the market, with a measured efficiency in conversion of 85-93% depending on input voltage/current and output voltage/current.

For example, charging 6S at 10A would require 252W (6x4.20Vx10A=252W) output. To output 252W would require ~280W (252W/90% eff.) input assuming 90% efficiency in the conversion from say a 15V input to 25.2V (6s Lipo voltage) output.

Hopefully this helps and makes it a little more clear.

Cheers,
David
Mar 23, 2009, 01:59 PM
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 Originally Posted by Bill Bergman I have a PS rated at 12vdc 30amps 450 watts. With no load it measures 12.2 vdc. Is the voltage too low to work efficiently for the 106B+?
Something is off there as 30 amps at 12 volts is 360 watts.
 Mar 23, 2009, 02:34 PM Proud to eat Kraut ;-) Germany Joined Dec 2003 5,999 Posts Yeah, but better "12V" powersupplies allow the voltage to be tweaked up to 14V.
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Mar 23, 2009, 03:25 PM
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 Originally Posted by Ubu Something is off there as 30 amps at 12 volts is 360 watts.
Here the power supply
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1007850
maybe 450 is the total of all outputs....
 Mar 23, 2009, 03:30 PM United States, NJ, Princeton Joined Dec 2006 2,014 Posts Yep, 450W would be the total of all outputs. It's 30A max. on the +12V line. - David
 Mar 23, 2009, 03:38 PM Registered User Houston, Tx. Joined Jan 2003 3,782 Posts Thanks again David.
Mar 23, 2009, 03:49 PM
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 Originally Posted by Julez Yeah, but better "12V" powersupplies allow the voltage to be tweaked up to 14V.
What power supply do you reccomend for the 106b+ that can be tweaked?
 Mar 23, 2009, 05:04 PM Proud to eat Kraut ;-) Germany Joined Dec 2003 5,999 Posts The meanwell 12V power supplies go up to 13.8V, and come in all kinds of power ratings: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...38#post9788538
 Mar 23, 2009, 08:29 PM Registered User Joined Dec 2006 967 Posts So I think I have narrowed down the choice of power supply to two. One of them is from a member on the site, everything looks great. the other is from ebay. I'd rather buy from a member here but the one on ebay has a pot on the side to adjust the voltage up to 13.2 amps. Will the 106b+ be able to output full power at 12 volts with a 30 amp power supply. Here is the link. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...t=power+supply The ebay charger is here. http://cgi.ebay.com/12V-DC-29A-350W-...QQcmdZViewItem Which one will work better for the icharger?
 Mar 24, 2009, 02:21 AM Registered User Melbourne, Australia Joined May 2006 6,407 Posts As per the manual, maximum output power requires at least 13.5V input. I recommend a 13.8V supply as this is the most common voltage above 12.0V and is widely available. If you are in the US you might consider the supplies like this from Hobby-Lobby which are properly enclosed with all connections and leads provided. This is much safer than an SMPS module with exposed connectors. It depends on your skill level/confidence in handling dangerous voltages and on whether you have young children or pets around !
 Mar 24, 2009, 09:17 AM Registered User Joined Dec 2006 967 Posts So you would reccomend the ebay charger due to it's afjustable voltage.
 Mar 24, 2009, 10:23 AM Proud to eat Kraut ;-) Germany Joined Dec 2003 5,999 Posts I would. The additional benefit is that you can charge lead acid batterys directly with a current-limiting resistor with a 13.8V power supply. I use my Meanwell a lot, and it works nicely.

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