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Jun 09, 2010, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Tim Marks
Hi:

The PDF version of the manual may now be downloaded from the FMA Direct website at the following link: http://www.fmadirect.com/support_docs/item_1322.pdf

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the manual. I am starting to get familiar with the PL8, though nothing real in hand.

Any updates for the delivery? Still in mid June?

I am going to upgrade my PL8 preorder to Combo-1, all I need to pay is $295.95-$279.95=$16, is that correct?
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Jun 09, 2010, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Tim Marks
Hi:

The PDF version of the manual may now be downloaded from the FMA Direct website at the following link: http://www.fmadirect.com/support_docs/item_1322.pdf
Thanks for posting the manual. I've already started reading it; have a bit steeper learning curve since this will be my first FMA charger.

I don't know if it's possible, but a graphical "flowchart" style diagram of the menu selections would be a helpful reference tool.

Thanks!!

Edit: I do want the emphasize, that this a very good effort for the first version - lots of great info packed in there!
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Jun 09, 2010, 06:55 PM
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Thanks for posting the manual. I've already started reading it; have a bit steeper learning curve since this will be my first FMA charger.

I don't know if it's possible, but a graphical "flowchart" style diagram of the menu selections would be a helpful reference tool.

Thanks!!
As would screenshots of the PC software for each section that is described.
Jun 09, 2010, 10:40 PM
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any new updates on shipment?
Jun 09, 2010, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim Marks
Hi:

The PDF version of the manual may now be downloaded from the FMA Direct website at the following link: http://www.fmadirect.com/support_docs/item_1322.pdf
Thanks for posting the manual.
Jun 10, 2010, 12:53 AM
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comparing ratings


I see comparing the Powerlab to the new iCharger 3010b, that the Powerlab has a higher discharge at 100W. The 3010b is only 80W.

Can the Powerlab use an external load resistor to increase that? I see the icharger can go to 1200W with the right resistor.

I was also wondering what rating the Powerlab has for balancing current drain? The icharger specs list that as 500ma.
Jun 10, 2010, 10:40 AM
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any new updates on shipment?
http://www.fmadirect.com/new_applica...st6.10.10.html
Jun 10, 2010, 07:09 PM
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Powerlab 8 has 100 watts internal discharge capability and up to 30A / 1000 watts Regenerative into 24V Pb.

For a 3S LiP0ly that would be 360 watts (nonimal 30A X 12V) into a 12V . 6S @30720 watts nonimal 8S @30A regenerative into 24V Pb aprox. 960 watts.

I will add that PL8 can run for hours at this 100 watts internal without issues but iCharger 3010B really should be limited to the default 60 watts. I have ran mine at 80 and it gets to hot IMO as in heat sink area at 145F after 20 minutes.



PL8 has 1A balancing power.


Perhaps have a look at the Documation and also the specifications.

Charles
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Jun 10, 2010, 07:58 PM
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yea that came out 5 hours after I asked my question So ready for this charger.

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Jun 10, 2010, 09:27 PM
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I see the icharger can go to 1200W with the right resistor.
There is nothing special about this and it can also be done with the PL8. It requires careful calculation of resistance and the load it provides will change with cell voltage. Not to mention you have to cool the resistive load.
Jun 10, 2010, 10:23 PM
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PL8 has 1A balancing power.

Perhaps have a look at the Documation and also the specifications.

Charles
I thought the PL8 has 2A of balancing power per node.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&postcount=270
Jun 10, 2010, 10:56 PM
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Thanks guy's.

I couldn't see any reference to the balancing drain current in the specs for the Powerlab so thought I would ask.

I figured using an external load would be trivial, but again didn't see it in the documentation.

Can't wait to see the final product.
Jun 10, 2010, 11:07 PM
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I thought the PL8 has 2A of balancing power per node.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&postcount=270
The beta units started out with 2A of balancing capability but it was later reduced to 1A for reasons that I can't recall.
Jun 11, 2010, 10:13 AM
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The beta units started out with 2A of balancing capability but it was later reduced to 1A for reasons that I can't recall.
Thanks, Steve. I was not aware the specs had changed.
Jun 11, 2010, 04:38 PM
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Many thanks for those that replied, particularly everydayflyer for the more comprehensive post.

I have deciede tocontinue with my order and can't wait to get my hands on the charger.

I should have added that I was an electrical engineer before changing career direction, so the water analogy was not necessary for me but many thanks to all that replied. I was just not sure of the implications of charging lithiums in parrallel as all the packs I have used up until now have been series only.

One small question the reples did raise for me is: If packs have been supplied as parrallel packs and charged as such safely for a few years now, why do we need safe parallel adaptors?

Kind regards once again
mrhelichopper


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