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Old 04-20-2013, 08:40 AM
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Hi guys, I am looking for a AC / DC Dual battery balance charger which will charge my Li Po 5000maH 6S 20C battery. I would also like to be able to simultaneously charge, discharge, and trickle charge my Ni MHi Tx (8 cell) and Rx (4 cell) batteries as well. Any suggestions?

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About a year ago, I purchased a Hobby People TAZR. It is multi-chemistry, very easy to use, does exactly what it says it will do, and has a great manual. Plus, I thought the price was great.

http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...dc-cycler.html
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I have two of these "4-button" 50watt do-all chargers and they work fine. I use them at the field and keep my higher priced charger at home.
http://www.valuehobby.com/power-syst...d-charger.html

They aren't as fast as the higher wattage(higher priced) chargers but they work .
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I need a charger too, any recommendation from one from modelsport or als hobbies?

RX & TX packs
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Buy a 200 wattx2 charger from HK and buy a 350 watt power supply to go with it.
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Has anyone tried these Turnigy ACCU Cell 6 or 8 chargers? How long do they last? Their price is definetely right, but are they reliable and do they do what they say they will do.

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Buy a 200 wattx2 charger from HK and buy a 350 watt power supply to go with it.
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DC, as above but build a supply.

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I was wondering the same thing? The price is great if I can find an inexpensive DC power supply.Anyone got one?
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Has anyone tried these Turnigy ACCU Cell 6 or 8 chargers? How long do they last? Their price is definetely right, but are they reliable and do they do what they say they will do.

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cut me some slack it was my first post on this forum!!!! see above!
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I use a modified play station 3 power supply, well 2 of them 24V 23A. £20 or there abouts for the pair including the plug and cable to join together, they already have 4mm banana sockets built in for output.
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Has anyone tried these Turnigy ACCU Cell 6 or 8 chargers? How long do they last? Their price is definetely right, but are they reliable and do they do what they say they will do.
Used these Ni-MH battery chargers. Provides maximum output of 2 amps, no need of voltage regulator. Does the intented job at best, had zero issues.

Some suggestions for batteries and chargers at:
http://www.onlybatteries.com/
http://www.mrpositive.co.nz

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I was wondering the same thing? The price is great if I can find an inexpensive DC power supply.Anyone got one?
Accucel chargers work well. HK also has cheap power supplies for these low powerchargers but you need to buy a 'mickey mouse' powercord off ebay or some such for a couple dollars.

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Hitec X4 Plus. Awesome charger.
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6s 5000 mah battery needs about 150 Watts. To charge at 1C. Ideally with over 24V supply.
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I use my 610c power thunder i have 4 of them patients earn 2 Thunder Power TP820CD
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Thanx for all of your responses everyone. Ok, I have been doing a lot of research about chargers and it looks like I am going to go with the Turnigy Mega 300w 8s Balance Charger/Discharger, from Hobby King. The price is right and it allow me to charge 2 batteries at the same time. However the charger requires a power supply of at least 30 amps. Any suggestions for a power supply for this charger? What are you guys using for power supplies?

Charger details:

Note: You will need a power supply exceeding 30Amps for bench top use!

Features:
• Dual power output 150Wx2 (300W total)
• Supports Li-XX, Ni-XX and PB batteries
• Store up to 10 battery settings
• Large cooling holes on the top edge of the case
• Dual temperature controlled cooling fans
• Wide input voltage range (11~18VDC)


Specs:
Charging Output: 2 x 150W (300w Total)
Input Voltage: 11~18v DC
Charge Current Range: 0.1~7.0A
Discharge Current: 0.1~5.0A
Discharge Power: 2x50watt
Balance Current Drain: 200mAh/cell
Li-XX Cell Count: 1~8s
Ni-XX Cell Count: 1~27cells
Pb Battery Voltage: 2~36v
Battery Setup Memories: 10
Intelligent Temp Control: Yes
Cooling: Dual Fan
Weight: 903g
Dimension: 188x136x58.5mm


Includes:
1 x JST-XH balance board
1 x Alligator clip charge lead
1 x Tamiya style charge lead
1 x Jr/Futaba Rx charge lead
1 x 4mm bullet connector pig tails (fit your own connectors)
1 x Power input alligator clip pair


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You can convert a 350 watt computer power supply or you can buy the 350 watt power supply from Hobby King or.........
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Has anyone tried these Turnigy ACCU Cell 6 or 8 chargers? How long do they last? Their price is definetely right, but are they reliable and do they do what they say they will do.

Thanx, Mark
Yes I tried the Accucel 6 and it worked fine but I wanted something with more grunt for my 6S Helis.

So I gave the 6 away to a friend and bought two accucel 8s and two of the 350watt power supplies.

Mine have both had moderate use for well over 2 years with no issues. The 350watt power supply is a bit noisy but that is just the fan keeping it cool.

I have the 240 Volt (for Australia) Version of this one - http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...00v_120v_.html

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It only needs 30A min because it has a low voltage input. That would give it it's most efficient performance.
You only need a supply that exceeds the batteries being charged at their rating.
Charging 8S you'll need a very high Amp rating power supply.
If it was capable of having a 24V input that would make it much better too work with.
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4*60, I was going to convert an old computer 350W PS until I read the label an it only put out 18A, when the charger requires a min of 30A.

Trax de Max, can you explain further? Do you mean the required PS current rating depends the batteries maH rating and its voltage? For instance, an 8S battery rated at 5000mah X 29.6 v = 148W. So to charge this battery, it will only require 5A and 148W? Can you elaborate.....

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most chargers that charge 8s, have input voltage of at least 30V and the charger boosts the voltage to higher than the 8s.
The less voltage the more the amps,
the supply will only give what is on the output side, 8s5000 is 168Watts with 12V supply that would be 14A+ 25% for losses to charge the 8s lipo at 5A and that supply would be working hard.
If it was 24V supply, the current halves to 7A + 25% to charge at 5A
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Most of the time I will be using 6s 4000maH batteries. Or I could use 2 4s batteries if I need to go to the 8s size for larger models. Do you think the 6s situation would be better?

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Most of the time I will be using 6s 4000maH batteries. Or I could use 2 4s batteries if I need to go to the 8s size for larger models. Do you think the 6s situation would be better?

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Personally I always think a single battery is neater than two smaller ones.. my Gaui 550 used two 3S batteries but I ended up swapping to a single 6S.. just easier to charge etc..

My Gaui X5 Heli uses 6S 4000Mah (40C) and I have only ever used the Accucel 8 to charge it..

It maxes out around 6.7amps and usually takes 35-40 minutes.. Never had an issue.. I'll make a video for you.

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Rob2160, what power supply are you using with the Accucel 8?

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Rob2160, what power supply are you using with the Accucel 8?

Thanx, Mark
This one.. http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...00v_120v_.html

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NctO0sq7e0[/youtube]


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