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Apr 25, 2004, 08:31 PM
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Something I can't live without

It's rare that I come accross something in this hobby that I just can't live without, but I did.

After hearing from a few of the old time modellers at the LHS I decided to pick up an Ace Add-A-Trickle for my radio charging. I own a Hitec Eclipse with the stock pack replaced with an 1800mah NiMh pack and always find it to be low on charge when I need it.

After buying this the install was simple. Just cut the wires on your stock radio charger and put this inline. Hook your radio up to charge like you normally would and you have two options. The first is to press the charge button which will do a 16 hour charge at the normal rate and then switch to the trickle rate. Or you can start the trickle rate and let it go indefinately. The trickle rate is 110th of whatever your chargers normal rate is. In the case of my Hitec 55mah for the default charge and 5.5mah for the trickle charge.

The device is made to keep your radio on charge indefinately, so that is what I do. After a week of using this I have never had a case when my radio was not charged when I need it to be. I have also noticed that my radio batteries maintain their charge better than before and last a bit longer, most likely because the very slow trickle rate keeps the cells well matched and charged.

For everyone out there that has the same problems as me, radio is always dead when you need it to be, get one of these and it will go away.

Ace Add-A-Trickle available from your LHS, I got mine from New Creations for around $25.00 plus shipping. Well worth the price.
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Apr 25, 2004, 09:16 PM
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uglyplane's Avatar
I have been using two TME CHARGEminders for almost 6 years with the original TX batts in my JR radios of the same vintage. You simply plug the unit in, then plug a regular (non-surge protector) strip into it and it keeps the TX charged with NO over charging. It will do up to 16 devices!

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Last edited by uglyplane; Apr 25, 2004 at 09:19 PM.
Apr 25, 2004, 09:31 PM
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This could be one of the best kept secrets in the hobby. I have 4 Add-A-Tickle set-ups in addition to 2 TME units. Each charger is clearly marked as to what radio it is used for so I'm ready to go any time with any plane based on conditions of the day.

Apr 25, 2004, 09:41 PM
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From what I've read over the last couple of years with regard to battery charging and maintenance, Nicads and nimh cells can be charged at 1/10c and 1/20c respectively, indefinitely anyway. (Maybe this isn't the case??)
My 700mah nicad pack for my TX is charged by my 70mah charger. I've often left it on for a couple of days and the pack still seems to have the same longevity as it did when I bought it about 3 years ago.
Apr 25, 2004, 09:47 PM
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You may be right as I have also done the same. I think it becomes a problem if done consistantly. At any rate I feel a bit more at ease using the trickle charge. as far as it goes I may be doing it wrong as well.

Apr 26, 2004, 09:40 PM
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I've made my own packs for my Hitec and Futaba TX's. Granted, thats a good idea. But, I am never at a loss for power to my TX's. I always take a spare pack with me.

Apr 27, 2004, 12:22 AM
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I've considered that as well. My problem is the fact that most tranny's have the battery receptacle under a pw board. I don't have enough confidence in my electronic knowledge to make whatever changes are necessary. my solution is several planes--each with it's own transmitted.

Apr 27, 2004, 05:26 AM
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Wow, now that is a luxury, BM! I think having an extra pack is probably the best bet.
Apr 28, 2004, 02:42 PM
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I can't believe I have never heard of the Ace Add-A-Trickle. I always forget to A) charge my TX, or B) pull it off the charger. I just ordered one from Radical RC. $21.00!

Thanks guys,