Originally Posted by capturefx
Hi everyone, i just bought a duratrax ice charger and realized after the fact that is not capable of balancing a lipo battery???? does anyone know a good model external balancer unit that will work with the ice charger.. i feel like a dummy right now for not checking if its got a built in balancer, i herd that its such a good charger so i just kinda bought it.
please any info will be greatly appreciated
Good thing is that you probably don't really need a balancer with a 1, 2, or 3 cell LiPo Battery. The batteries just don't get out of balance that easy, that is unless one has a bad connection or is going bad.
You can borrow or use someone else's balancer about every 2-3 months, and watch the numbers as it charges/discharges, and you will see that the cells are almost always within .02 volts of each other.
Over the years, I've put my LiPo's on balancers and have not yet ever found any of mine to be out of balance by more than .02 volts. My experiences are with SMC, Orion, and MaxAmps LiPo's.
Just 1-month ago, a local racer brought his 3-year old Orion 4800mAh 15C battery to me to balance, as he had never done it. To my surprise, this 3-year old pack was .01 volt out of balance. IMO, this does not even warrant the need for a balancer.
Save your money and enjoy running your LiPo battery.