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Old 10-07-2007, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Question Regarding Chargers: GFX vx CheckPoint TC1030

Hi guys- sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum, but I think it belongs with Electrics obviously, and it'll be used for 1:12 and 1:10 on road, so here's my question:

I need to get a charger that charges, discharges, cycles/conditions & auo-cycles + breaks-in motors. The only ones that came to mind are obviously a GFX and then a checkpoint 1030. I like the checkpoint because it's less than half the cost of the GFX!

Can anyone suggest any alternative products to the above, the do what is listed above? I'm looking for a turn-key all-in-one solution, and I'd like to get the cheapest one possible that will still work great... Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:25 PM   #2
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IMHO for what your looking to do the GFX is best way to go. You can pick up a used one to save some $$$
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:09 AM   #3
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the gfx charges better
dont ask me how or why i just feel it works better.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:47 AM   #4
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Default but have you used the checkpoint??

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the gfx charges better
dont ask me how or why i just feel it works better.

have you actually used BOTH or is this just a guess???
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:02 AM   #5
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For charging NIMH cells the Competition electronics chargers charge the best of any charger I've used. Like the gentleman above I have no factual basis on this but my packs just ran better when I charged them on my Pitbull vs. my Duratrax Ice (same basic charger as Checkpoint). Now I have a checkpoint charger as well and it charges the same as the ICE. I now run exlusivly LIPO cells so I don't use my pitbull anymore. The good thing about CE is that you can upgrade them as you see fit. The kicker is if you plan to do all that with your GFX you will run into issues where you want to run in a motor and charge at the same time. If your just starting out get the checkpoint it will charge fine and you might not notice a difference anyway. If you get serious pick up a used GFX and then you have two very capable chargers.
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You could do what I did in that I had nothing but LRP Pulsar chargers before my GFX. I sold off two of them and kept my Pulsar two which now generally gets used for Lathe running or motor run in. I use the GFX to dump my packs and to charge them. I have not used the cycle feature in them yet. So I can't comment on that feature. So far I love this charger and if I get into Lipo ever I can send it in for an upgrade to charge them as well.
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They both do basically the same thing except the discharge of 30 on the checkpoint is pulsed and not linear - take a little longer to discharge a full pack but.. along with some other features.

I personally gave up my gfx for a duratrax ice which is what the checkpoint is based off with the backlighting and a couple updated items.

I would get a checkpoint based on the price, size and the functions.

You wont go wrong with either but with the checkpoint you would have a little $$$ left over to buy other parts or batteries. Heck I think you could buy 2 of them for the price of a new GFX.

I plan on picking a checkpoint up here shortly.

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