Originally Posted by Dave H
I thought a trickle charge & top off charge on nimh race batts was not recommended? SMC and others I thought?
Yes, there is no reason to use the trickle and top off charge on nimh batteries.
Now to lipo, I have been using the ice charger to charge lipo batteries for 2 years now. I have never had a single problem with any lipo that I have owned, that is not quite right, I did have a problem with the align 20c pack that came with my T-rex, but everyone did, and that was while in use, not charging. The reason some may find swelling during a charge with lipo, is because the pack is out of balance, leading to one cell having a higher voltage than the other. Believe it or not, lipo cells still need to be balanced, so long as you have a balanced pack you can charge it to 100%. And I have put packs straight on the charger that came off the track at 150 degrees F. I balance my cells before going to the track every time. You would be surprised that after only 3-4 charges on a lipo, how far out of balance they can get, although I have found that some manufactures stay closer in balance than others. Regardless, they all will at some point need to be balanced, and if I were to buy a used pack, that is the first thing I would do.