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Mar 13, 2017, 05:42 PM
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What charger do I need?


I need help with finding a charger for my Apprentice S 15e RTF airplane. It came with an E-flite DC 2-3S Li-Po balancing charger # EFLC3010

I'm looking for a charger that I can plug into the wall (110V)

The battery that came with it is an E-Flite 3S 11.1V 3200mAh 20C Li-Po # EFLB32003S

I don't need an expensive charger for just 3 batteries. I was going to charge the batteries before I go flying. ( not at the field )

Thanks for any help!
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Mar 13, 2017, 08:59 PM
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That's like asking what car do I need. Anywhere from an el- cheapo clunker to a Mercedes.

We need more info. A lot more info.
Mar 14, 2017, 07:56 AM
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vollrathd .....I deleted the contents of the post and worded it different. here's the info:

"I need help with finding a charger for my Apprentice S 15e RTF airplane. It came with an E-flite DC 2-3S Li-Po balancing charger # EFLC3010

I'm looking for a charger that I can plug into the wall (110V)

The battery that came with it is an E-Flite 3S 11.1V 3200mAh 20C Li-Po # EFLB32003S

I don't need an expensive charger for just 3 batteries. I was going to charge the batteries before I go flying. ( not at the field )

Thanks for any help! "
Mar 14, 2017, 08:02 AM
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Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-SKYRC.../dp/B00ND7J38C will get you by. Fairly inexpensive and stable.

-Dave
Mar 14, 2017, 08:36 AM
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Thanks Dave!

Do you have any suggestions for batteries?
Mar 14, 2017, 08:39 AM
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what you need is from only a charger that will do the job.. not a top dollar one .. from a ac 50 watt to a larger .. figure your needs in the future a basic 50 watt 4 button like a b6ac will work
Mar 14, 2017, 08:53 AM
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Thanks Dave!

Do you have any suggestions for batteries?
These would work: https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...b32003s30.html
Mar 14, 2017, 02:20 PM
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AC powered chargers almost all suck, they're nothing more than a DC charger with a cheap power supply grafted on. I've never understood why people worry so much about having a separate power brick. It's a nice convenience feature and the cost is lower.
Mar 14, 2017, 05:36 PM
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I recommend the Hitec RDX1 charger, it is AC/DC powered so you can use it at home and out at the field, and has 60 watts of charging ability so you can charge your Apprentice packs in under an hour. Plus it has a more sleek upright case design which takes up less workbench space, and is very user friendly:

http://hitecrcd.com/products/charger...arger-/product
Mar 14, 2017, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for all of the comments guys. Now I know what I'm looking for...all I have to do now is decide which one I want.
Mar 15, 2017, 10:20 AM
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Beware advice on buying a charger for your current and foreseeable needs. Many of us started out with a modest charger and RC system and upgraded over time as our interest in the hobby grows. Many chargers are able to charge up to 6S (6-cell) lipo packs from a built-in AC power supply or connected to a separate power supply or 12 volt car battery. The cost of a charger plus a separate power supply may exceed $200. A charger with built in power supply will also cost around $200. If money is not a problem, you may want to buy one of the popular name brand high capacity chargers plus a separate high capacity power supply and charge multiple packs using parallel charging boards. Read the specs and features carefully as well as warranty and repair info before buying. Some must have the best, others not so much.
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Beware advice on buying a charger for your current and foreseeable needs. Many of us started out with a modest charger and RC system and upgraded over time as our interest in the hobby grows. Many chargers are able to charge up to 6S (6-cell) lipo packs from a built-in AC power supply or connected to a separate power supply or 12 volt car battery. The cost of a charger plus a separate power supply may exceed $200. A charger with built in power supply will also cost around $200. If money is not a problem, you may want to buy one of the popular name brand high capacity chargers plus a separate high capacity power supply and charge multiple packs using parallel charging boards. Read the specs and features carefully as well as warranty and repair info before buying. Some must have the best, others not so much.
Yup
Buy cheap, buy cheap buy cheap.

Buy quality, buy once.

This charger will handle your requirements for many years.
http://www.usastore.revolectrix.com/...sion/GT500_208

Or for more $$$$, the Cellpro PL6 unit.

Power supplies are readily available, either refurbished, or brand new.
Refurbished:
http://feathermerchantrc.com/

Brand new 24 Volt, 25 Amp, 600 Watt, with 2 year warranty: (I've had mine for years, absolutely trouble free)
http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/sto...0001_295902_-1
Mar 15, 2017, 05:48 PM
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You'll want more than 60W to charge the battery in an apprentice. A 60W charger won't even do 2C, which is very slow by modern standards. If you have a charger that can supply enough current to charge multiple batteries at once and/or 4C charge current you can spend a lot more time flying instead of sitting around waiting for batteries to charge.
Mar 15, 2017, 06:42 PM
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James_S .........what charger do you recommend ? and how many watts?
Mar 16, 2017, 03:50 PM
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jp123,

I have a 4-port AC/DC charger with four independent charging ports that can charge different capacity lipo packs up to 6-cell (6S) . Each port is limited to 80 watts max. It has balance charge storage charge, discharge , and variable charge rates for lipos and will charge NiMh and lead acid batteries. Mine has no internal resistance per cell read out, and no connectivity to my PC. It cost over $200 including four balance charging boards. I use 4S 3000mah and 2200mah packs, 4S 4500mah packs, and lots of 3S 2200mah packs (21 packs total )and can charge all of them in a couple of hours the night before a flying session while working on model build and repair projects.

This capability is enough for my modest needs. It would probably not be enough if I were fast charging high cell count/capacity lipos at the field for large helicopters, large drones or large EDF jet models. Look at EV-Peak and Hitec, etc. AC/DC chargers. BTW, if you upgrade in future, it's good to have an old charger as back-up for when your main charger/power supply is in for service.
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