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Old Jun 30, 2009, 05:42 PM
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Series or parallel - does not really matter. The fact that you are using them in series does not call for doing the charging in series. You can freely charge the two packs one by one; in series or in parallel - or even cell by cell. Any of these methods will charge all of the cells and when setting them up for flight you are equally free to choose the flight configuration - series or parallel depending on your power train needs.

Basically the only thing you want to ensure is that the flight pack contains all the cells in similar state: all cells fully charged when you connect them to you plane / heli.

-mikko
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 07:46 PM
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Junsi, a suggestion for the next update: For the "general status" accessed with the dec button during charging, add the ability to change (as well as view) the capacity cut-off and the safety timer. This could be a >3 second start press, a short press going back to the charging screen.

This would avoid having to go back through the settings menu for these frequently changed parameters before charging.

The ability to change charge current while charging would be nice as well, but the capacity cut-off and safety timer are used globally, so they are easily missed before starting the charge.
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 07:47 PM
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I am thinking of getting a 106B+ with the Duracomm LP-14N powersupply from progressive RC. At $30 the PSU looks like a real bargain.

Question 1: does Progressive RC take care of possible warranty issues, or will I have to wait for it to go to China and come back, if there are any issues?

Question 2: The built-in balance ports are the XH type that fits e.g. Common Sense packs, right? I have Common Sense, CellPro, Flightpower and Hyperion packs. I guess I will just buy a Hyperion adapter, connect Common Sense directly and use my Blinky-to-Flightpower adapter for the FP packs.

Does it make sense?

To me, it's a lot of money to spend on a charger, but I am really impressed by all the things it can do. Too cool!
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 08:12 PM
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Wyn - great idea. I love it and constantly forget to change my cut-off and safety timers, requiring me to restart a charge after it terminates early or stop a charge to change these parameters.
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 08:15 PM
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I am thinking of getting a 106B+ with the Duracomm LP-14N powersupply from progressive RC. At $30 the PSU looks like a real bargain.

Question 1: does Progressive RC take care of possible warranty issues, or will I have to wait for it to go to China and come back, if there are any issues?

Question 2: The built-in balance ports are the XH type that fits e.g. Common Sense packs, right? I have Common Sense, CellPro, Flightpower and Hyperion packs. I guess I will just buy a Hyperion adapter, connect Common Sense directly and use my Blinky-to-Flightpower adapter for the FP packs.

Does it make sense?

To me, it's a lot of money to spend on a charger, but I am really impressed by all the things it can do. Too cool!
You certainly can't find more power supply in a finished box with on/off switch for your $$. To answer your questions:

1.) Yes sir, handled here in the US by yours truly. If the need should ever arise you will be well taken care of.

2.) Yes, this makes perfect sense and as stated the built in ports are for JST-XH type, which will fit CSRC packs. Sounds like you've got the solution for you nailed. Let us know if you need any more help and I'm sure you will be impressed by the power, size, and flexibility of this charger.

Cheers,
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 08:24 PM
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Proper / Correct use of Settings?

OK perhps I have been thinking about the Save Settings / Load Settings all wrong.

Is the purpose of these really to have a memory # with all of the Setting such as termination voltage , balancing to start at , C / F, etc..Plus the Cell count and Charge Rate or are they really intended to contain the other Setting but not the cell count or charge rate?

Perhaps the Setting should be set (selected) and saved to a Memory # and perhaps named LiPo FBC (Fast Balance Charge). Then if recalled would be applied to all LiPoly charges until another Setting Selection was recalled(Loaded).

How about a N(ormal) F(ast) S(low) between the Battery type and Balance Chg for thise with short memories?

Charles
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 08:46 PM
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OK, I will take it then

It will be quite a step up from my trusty old Apache 2500!
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 09:06 PM
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Order rec'd and it will ship first thing in the morning, you will see tracking info at that time. I'd say a quantum leap from the ol' Apache . Enjoy!

- David
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 09:55 PM
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OK perhps I have been thinking about the Save Settings / Load Settings all wrong.

Is the purpose of these really to have a memory # with all of the Setting such as termination voltage , balancing to start at , C / F, etc..Plus the Cell count and Charge Rate or are they really intended to contain the other Setting but not the cell count or charge rate?

Charles
I'm using two of the 1010B's and the memory appears to store everything including the cell count, for all battery types. Makes sense, but I just use one memory to store my most frequent settings for all battery types. Not that fond of memories in chargers, I'd rather set them on the fly.

BTW Charles, thanks for all the data posted in the other thread on the Hyperion G3's, putting connectors on some as I write...
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 09:58 PM
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Wyn - great idea. I love it and constantly forget to change my cut-off and safety timers, requiring me to restart a charge after it terminates early or stop a charge to change these parameters.
Same here. If all the relevant parameters were adjustable from screens you get when you press "dec" while charging it would be perfect for me. No real need to set these type of parameters before starting the charge, plus you can double check them while charging.
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 10:30 PM
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Series or parallel - does not really matter. The fact that you are using them in series does not call for doing the charging in series. You can freely charge the two packs one by one; in series or in parallel - or even cell by cell. Any of these methods will charge all of the cells and when setting them up for flight you are equally free to choose the flight configuration - series or parallel depending on your power train needs.

Basically the only thing you want to ensure is that the flight pack contains all the cells in similar state: all cells fully charged when you connect them to you plane / heli.

-mikko
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 11:56 PM
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I do not understand. Why would anyone want all of their Settings erased by a firmware update? There is already a means to reset to factory defaults.
Hello Charles,

Sorry for the misunderstanding, language barrier The upgrading firmware in the next version would close Rev.clear/erase, which would not clear preset memory.


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Junsi, a suggestion for the next update: For the "general status" accessed with the dec button during charging, add the ability to change (as well as view) the capacity cut-off and the safety timer. This could be a >3 second start press, a short press going back to the charging screen.
Our engineer is taking some modification of it, and now it's still on test.

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Junsi
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Old Jul 01, 2009, 06:34 AM
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Order rec'd and it will ship first thing in the morning, you will see tracking info at that time. I'd say a quantum leap from the ol' Apache . Enjoy!

- David
Thanks!
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What's the latest firmware for the 208b?

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Old Jul 01, 2009, 11:16 AM
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To the best of my knowledge

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=3970

That would be a Beta version. As I understand it after testing the approved / tested updates are added to the first post of this thread.
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