Originally posted by JohnA
Anybody got any thoughts on this?
From what I can gather, the ICS
is just another deep discharge (0.0V cutoff) tray. Some claim that discharging to 0V is good for NiCads, and it may well be, I don't have any data to support or refute it other than a basic knowledge that rechargable batteries really don't like being taken down that far, and that cell reversal is a definite possibility, as is permenant degredaton. As far as their claims about it being special in some way, I don't think it holds any water. Their only real claim is that they use aligator clips instead of spring contacts or thumbscrews to connect to the pack, thus making a supposedly better connection. I don't buy it.
NiMH cells really
don't like being taken down to 0V. You're much better off traying them down to 0.9/cell and then removing them, as the Team Fuku crew recommends. If you tray NiMHs down to 0V or dead short them, the damage will irrefutable and irreversable, offsetting any percieved benefit you may get.
In terms of what else is on their site, I'm also not impressed. They seem to have done a fair amount of legwork, but their implementation of their charger and their lack of meaningful specifications on the site still seems very garage-like to me. Maybe it's because I've worked on so many projects that turned out the same way, but I really don't see Pro-Trak as a contender against Integy, LRP, or Competition Electronics.
My very opinionated $0.02
My opinon of the Pro-Trak products is based entirely and only on the content of their web site.