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Old 01-09-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Charging Hobbico 1900 LiFe battery for 4PL

I have a Futaba 4PL with the Hobbico 1900 Mah battery shown here:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...P?I=LXZTJ6&P=8

I was wondering if I can charge it with my Hyperion charger I use for my car batteries or do I need something else?

I really don't want to spend the money on this charger just for it's Futaba plug:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...1p?&I=HCAM6375

I'm new to all this and don't know what to look for.

What do owners of this battery use to charge it? Is there a charge lead I can get to use with my Hyperion? Any other advice?

Thanks for your time.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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Just get a set of Banana clips and a Futaba Female charge lead and solder them up. You do not need to buy a new charger, just a new lead.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXL340&P=7

You should be able to go to your local hobby shop and have them make you one up or sell you the leads to make it yourself.
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Go to your lhs and buy a 6" servo extension - it'll have the female servo end you need and cut the other end off. Get a pair of banana plugs (lhs should have that too) and solder them appropriately observing polarity. If you can't solder, tell the lhs shop what you're doing and they should solder it for you.

Make sure your Hyperion charger has a Life charge mode as the voltage is different and life requires its own charge program.
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Thanks, both of you, for the advice.

Would this lead essentially be the same as making my own?

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...rce=google_ext

What rate should I charge at considering how small those wires are?

Thanks so much for your help.
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Yup that's what you need.

You should be able to charge at 1.9 amps and be fine with the small wire. If you want to be safe then go 1amp
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Has anyone found the mini futaba charge lead that plugs right into the radio to charge the batteries from the radio itself?
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Has anyone found the mini futaba charge lead that plugs right into the radio to charge the batteries from the radio itself?
Most radio companies recommend that You do not charge thru radio..as batteries fail go poof and so will ur radio
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Has anyone found the mini futaba charge lead that plugs right into the radio to charge the batteries from the radio itself?
My LHS ordered one for me. It was $8. You can't even get them online it's such a specialty item. As long as you use the Futaba cable listed in the manual, and set your 4PL to the LiFE setting, you can charge with it just fine.

It's slightly more convenient for me to be able to charge the radio standing upright rather than lying on it's side with the bottom open while sitting at a pit table at the track.

The thing is, I get a few months worth of usage out of one charge on the LiFe pack... so it's not really even an issue. Dunno if tracking one down would really be worth your time.
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I have a Futaba 4PL with the Hobbico 1900 Mah battery shown here:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...P?I=LXZTJ6&P=8

I was wondering if I can charge it with my Hyperion charger I use for my car batteries or do I need something else?

I really don't want to spend the money on this charger just for it's Futaba plug:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...1p?&I=HCAM6375

I'm new to all this and don't know what to look for.

What do owners of this battery use to charge it? Is there a charge lead I can get to use with my Hyperion? Any other advice?

Thanks for your time.
Make sure to put your charger in LiFe mode, not LiPo. On my quad charger, I just have port #1 always setup as LiFe for my radio and various receiver packs.
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