As the title says, I'm looking to upgrade to a better charger. I have several now, and they each have their merits. I'll list what I like and don't like for each charger I currently have. I own and race many nitro and electric kits. I'm slowly beginning to run Lipo's in some of my kits, but with over 15 cars, it will be a while (if ever) before I only run just one battery technology. I'm looking for one charger that does it all...6 cell Nimh race packs, starter box stick packs, starter box 12v gel cells, nimh receiver packs, lipo micro packs, full size lipo race packs...you get the idea.
I have a Turbo 35 GFX. It has the ability to charge high enough to get the most out of NiMH packs. Great display and good interface. I like that it has a motor run in feature. CE is a great company to deal with, and it's cool that the software can be updated. It sucks that it's as big as a 1980's VCR and only has one output.
I have a MRC SuperBrain 969. This charger is nice and small. Charges NiMh and Lipo*, even at the same time (two packs at once). It also has a discharge function. Pretty good information (detailed charge rate, mah charge / discharge amount, etc) for a inexpensive charger. The buttons suck, and forget about making any changes or starting a second battery while it's charging one - it's SUPER slow. Also, max charge and discharge rates are too low for competition NiMH packs. MRC is a joke when it comes to customer service. *For those that are not familiar with this charger, MRC claimed it was Lipo capable upon it's initial release - IT WAS NOT. I sent mine back and it was updated to be Lipo compatible.
These are my primary chargers, but...and this is for the guys that have been around for a bit...I also have and use an AstroFlight 115D. I got this when nicad was the norm, and NiMH was the hot ticket
This charger is super simple and works great for 'basic' stuff like charging transmitters or glow igniters. The best part, the power supply is integrated. There is no display, only a few led's to indicate charge rates.
Even older, I have ancient Traxxas 3002. This charger is TINY, almost pocket size. I've retired this unit, as it's so old, the screen printing on the adjustments are worn off. But it was good 'back in the day' for those SCR packs
I currently do not have a lipo balancer. I don't know how many chargers include this function, but it would be an ideal feature to also have.
Programmable presets would be sweet...
Also, and I'm certain this sounds petty, but I hate charger that sound like a freaking video game. A chime or tone when it's done is fine, but I will not be 'that guy' at the track that makes everyone else grind their teeth while his charger is playing Atari tunes. I'm totally fine with disabling the sound on a otherwise perfect charger.
So, whatta all suggest?
Thanks in advance-