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Jul 31, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Good Hobby King Lipo Charger?

Hey guys, I'm sorry if this has been asked a thousand times, but I'm looking for a new lipo charger. I've been using an excellent Hobbico Accu-Cycle Elite with the Hobbico power supply, but it only charges up to 3-cell lipos. I like that I can use it for NiMh and NiCad too, but I honestly seldom use them any more. The Hobbico Accu-Cycle is a great programmable charger, but just doesn't put out enough to charge 2 3-cell 2200 packs quickly.... and won't be much help if I go bigger.

I would like something that charges at least 4-cell and it would be nice to have 6-cell capability for future projects. I also like multiple charging ports, but I'm not sure I need 4 (more is always better, but 2 are probably enough for me).
I mostly use 2200 3-cells and smaller, and I find myself hesitating to get into more power-hungry planes because I don't have the means to charge them. With so many inexpensive chargers on the market, I'm lost. I'm looking at Hobby King because of cost primarily, and the fact that I can add it to a future order to save shipping cost. Thanks for the help.
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Jul 31, 2012, 10:55 PM
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Hobby King is pretty cheap place to buy RC stuff but you need to understand that their warranty policy is not that good.
Some items you are better off throwing them in the trash than trying to get warranty.
Some of the products are junk.

As for a charger, most multi-port chargers are fairly low output.
Many guys today are buying higher output chargers and parallel charging like packs.
Then switching to a different sized pack and fast charging them.

Any charger on this page or even from this retailer is backed up with excellent customer service and warranty.
Jul 31, 2012, 11:54 PM
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I've been using the Quattro 4x6s charger for about a year now and love it.
Can charge 4 packs of different chemistry and size at the same time.
Limitation is it is limited to 50W/charge channel or 4A for a 3s pack, or 2A for a 6s pack.

Check the HK product review of the item you may be interested in to see if has been a problem item.
Jul 31, 2012, 11:56 PM
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Aug 01, 2012, 11:08 AM
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If 4 ports is too much how about 2 ports:

It's the name brand version of this:

For not that much more. Really once you move above an Accucel6 the "savings" you get from a HobbyKing charger vs a different one diminishes quickly.
Aug 01, 2012, 06:26 PM
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I've had two of these in use for more than a yr. now with no problems.


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