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Old 04-09-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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hey guys just wonder if anyone can give me any input as to which charger is a better deal the lrp pulsar competition charger for 50 or a Novak Millennium Pro for 55 little help I'm new to rc but loving it so far... p.s thanks to everyone at this site you guys are all very helpful
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If you haven't invested into batteries yet then I would look to go w/ lipo & a lipo ready charger. If you go w/ nimh then I would go w/ the pulsar.
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if I go lipo I have to get new esc new motor I just don't have the $ right now .....
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also why would you go pulsar ?
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This is one area where you should think about the future. You will have your charger for a very long time and if you think you may eventually run lipo batteries, which you more than likely will over time, invest in a charger that can also charge lipo batteries. This way you will only have to buy one charger once. The up front cost will be a little more, but it is still cheaper than buying a cheap one now and a more expensive one later.

I would have to vote on the Duratrac ICE charger. It is priced well and is very flexible on what it charges.
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You can use lipo batteries in anything. The only true difference is the ammount of power a lipo battery can hold in MAH and the difference in weight.
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Old 04-09-2008, 09:42 PM   #7
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pick up a used mrc 989 w/ ps for $70, a lipo, & a low voltage cutoff for like $20. If you want to spend less then $140 or so then I would go w/ the pulsar because it is more programmable then the novak charger.
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is 50 shipped a good price for the pulsar or is it to much ?
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I was looking at a 977 but I read some bad things about the 960 and some problems their are have with lipos what do you guys think of the 977 I like it because it comes with the power supply and it will charge 2 at once ....
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Pulsar 3 is an awesome charger--so is the Checkpoint TC1030 (just don't discharge at high amps with it) If you are just going to be running Lipos though, there are quite a few really good lipo only chargers to choose from for around the same price or less.

I wouldn't get an old Pulsar or any old charger that can't do Lipos. If you stick around in the hobby you will want lipos at some point.
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with lipos does the same mah as with nimh last longer?
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the pulsar 3 looks great but I wanted to stay around 100 because after you though shipping on it's getting to high for me ... anyone have the 977 and what do you think?
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if you go lipo dont forget to look at the hyperion http://www.maxamps.com/EOS0606i-AC-DC.htm
i got mine three weeks ago for 140 at my local hobby shop it charges all batterys out there and has built in balancer and built in power supply and charges bith my lipos and my nimh batts great, in my opinion this is the best charger on the market for the money
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DO NOT USE MRC CHARGERS ON LIPO BATTERIES!!!!

Most lipo makers outright say not to use their chargers. The don't work exactly how they should.

The Checkpoint charger is a great charger but a little spendy. A great alternative is the ICE. If you want the LRP charger, go for it. Just make sure it will do LiPo whether you're ready for it or not.

BTW, why do you think you need a new motor and speed control just to run Lipo? Fully charged you're actually running lower voltages.
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if I go lipo I have to get new esc new motor I just don't have the $ right now .....
As said above, this is incorrect. You do not need a different motor and esc. You should get a lipo cutoff, for an esc that does not have one, but those are fairly cheap.
Also, as said above again, even if you don't want lipos now, you will in the future. That said, buy a charger that will charge lipo, or you will be buying another charger and a non lipo charger will have very little resale value.
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