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Old Jan 31, 2010, 09:52 PM
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Calling all Charger Gurus: Need help choosing a new charger


I have happily used an Orbit Microlader as my primary charger for the past 8 years or so. Unfortunately, I managed to drop it on the floor this evening, and it appears that I have killed it dead as a doornail. It has been so dependable for all these years that I have been completely out of touch with new developments in the battery charging world, so I would be happy for whatever advice anyone can offer as to a good replacement.

I need to be able to charge up to 6S packs, I am willing to pay for something that is high quality, and I, of course, want something that is as safe as possible. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:07 PM
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I would reccomend the iCharger 206B and PS350 power supply from David at http://www.progressiverc.com for 20 amps and 300 watts.

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Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:10 PM
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there are quite a few good quality and effective chargers out there . search with the following names and then google the ones that interest you and see if they have features you like or dislike?
xtrema, bantam, junsi, hyperion, cellpro
Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:19 PM
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Thanks for the quick response, gentlemen. I will investigate your recommendations.

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Old Feb 01, 2010, 02:25 AM
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Thanks for the quick response, gentlemen. I will investigate your recommendations.

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Old Feb 01, 2010, 01:55 PM
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Send the charger to Dave at Radical RC for repair.
Old Feb 01, 2010, 02:07 PM
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I am going to look into the possibility of a repair, but I figured this might be an opportunity for an upgrade to a charger that actively ballances and allows charging at higher than 1C or gives me the option of charging more than one pack at a time.

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Old Feb 01, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Yep, love my old Orbit and Schulze as well, but they lose out every time to the more modern models I have on hand that offer more power, greater convenience/safety (integrated balancing), and added flexibility. Currently my iChargers are getting all the work and a few Schulzes, an Orbit, and a Hobbico will find their way to the chopping block soon. Oh but will miss the mods I did to them including the negative OLED backlit screens.

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Old Feb 01, 2010, 06:06 PM
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I am going to look into the possibility of a repair, but I figured this might be an opportunity for an upgrade to a charger that actively ballances and allows charging at higher than 1C or gives me the option of charging more than one pack at a time.

Neil

remember that most, if not all chargers (intelligent) will allow you to charge up to whatever the battery and the charger is capable of.

So if you have a 2200mAh pack. A 1C charge rate is 2.2amps.
You can always dial up the amps to 4.4amps to get a 2c charge rate...and so on..
Old Feb 01, 2010, 10:20 PM
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Havoc:

I'm no expert on chargers (obviously), but my understanding is that it is not good for your packs to charge a greater than 1C unless the charger is set up to "actively balance" the pack during the charge (as opposed to having a separate "passive" balancer hooked up to the pack during the charge). The Orbit does not have an "active" balancing option.

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