I'm not an R/C racer. A friend pointed me in this direction. He recalled that I am still using a Victor Engineering battery analyzer and said there was this fairly long discussion on the poor old thing.
I have a Super2 that has served me well since the early 1990's. I saved mine from the junk bin when we changed to PC-controlled analyzers that can be programmed with graphical curves, as opposed to a keypad and a two-line LCD screen.
For Lithium based batteries, I just set my current to the max I want delivered, and the voltage to the point where I want it cut-off and it will automatically taper off the current as it approaches the voltage limit.
That's not as good as a programmed curve, but it suffices.
Can anyone else with a Victor set their unit to operate like that?
I do see some differences from the few photos of the Victors I see posted. Mine does not have the 'Motor' jacks and had a card glued over the current chart on the left side of the keypad. That fell off long ago, but it was stuck there because that chart is useless with my unit. The firmware does allow one to set it by the number of cells, but has the option to set it by voltage and current instead.
When I power mine on, it puts up a greeting where it says it's a "Victor Engineering Industrial Battery Analyzer". Nothing on the screen or in the manual mentions R/C racing, so I have the feeling that my firmware is somewhat different.
Of course, we were designing 2-way radios and cell phones and such with these and bought them as programmable battery analyzers for that purpose why back when. I used to have on the order of two dozen of these, but only saved one from the junk pile when that time came in the late 1990's.
I wish I could find a set of schematics for the version with the motor jacks to compare with what I have so I'd know for sure if the firmware loaded in my version would be compatible with the hardware in what everyone else has.
I have a feeling that there is more different than just the firmware and not populating the motor jacks, though.....
In fact, I always wondered what the empty holes in the case labelled 'Motor' were for. It's obvious that there is a hardware difference as there is a small daughter board stuck over the main board under where the motor jacks would have passed through.
I see now where these units were originally designed for the R/C racing crowd and then modified for use on other batteries. Hence the 'motor' label without jacks.
As far as Victor ever coming back, I doubt it. They wound up being bypassed by several other outfits long ago. Now, those outfits themselves have also been bypassed and are also gone.
If I look for Victor Engineering these days, I see where this outfit, Vencon, is using the old Victor name to direct you to their website. That's kind of cheesy, even if it looks like it's a decent enough unit.
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