I recently picked up a brand new still shrunk wrapped Reedy Quasar Pro AC/DC charger and after charging about eight 6-cell battery packs the darn thing died. The LCD crapped out and left me high and dry at a race.
Now I have to pack it up and ship it off to Associated for warranty repair/replacement. I have emailed Associated for instructions on where to ship it to but they never reply. What's with that anyway?
Has anyone else had issues with this charger? It was extremely expensive and I have to say I am very disappointed.
I had two crap out on me. One crapped out right before the 2nd round of qualifying at the Cleveland Champs this past year.
The charger appears to be very sensitive to the power supply being properly grounded. When I used the chargers with my Integy power supplies I had no problems. As soon I as put them on my Rivergate power supplies is when I fried both of them (the 2nd was the replacement).
I then grounded the power supply better and now I do not have any problems.
The only problems that I've had with mine is that on several times the main fuse blew for no reason. This only happened when I hooked up partially charged NiMh 6 cell packs. I increased the fuse rating from 7 to 10 amps and the problem went away. 10 amps should be sufficient protection against shorting the leads.
I've had mine for about 8 months... it works good, but I'm sure there are others out there that can do more. (Greatly considering getting an LRP one.) Only thing I don't like about the Quasar is when it finishes charging... everybody in the pits seems to look your way due to the irritating noise it makes... sounds like a bird "in pain" all the time!
Well I have the Integy 16x7 and I have heard that the Quasar Pro and Indi are basically the same b/c they are made from the same company and I think it wuz Eagle . But my fan on the charger just died out and when I got a new one for free b/c Integy was nice enough to send me a new one but when I put that on it doesn't shut off. So now I only use one fan and have to be carefull that it doen't get too hot. I am hoping to get a new charger b/c I am really not into this charger
I can get a Quasar Pro from my LHS for about $175 and the Integy 16x7 AC/DC for about $145. Are they really the same charger basically? I don't mind spending $30 extra if the Reedy is better. I also noticed that Integy has 5 year warranty on their charger. I am getting back into racing after being out for a year or so. Thanks for the input.