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Old 03-23-2009, 06:58 PM   #1
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Im new to lipo batteries and will be getting 2 3s lipos maybe today if i can. I was going to go with the Team Orion 3S 1P 3200mAh 20C LiPO Graphite Edition with traxxas connectors, sense the batteries are for a Emaxx. And for a charger i was going to get the Hobbico Quick Field DC Charger MkII 12 Volt with a banana charge lead to a traxxas connector. I liked this set up for two reasons. Its not a ridiculously high price like others i like, and ive been told the orion lipos are pretty good and dont need to be balanced? Any input would be great.
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Im new to lipo batteries and will be getting 2 3s lipos maybe today if i can. I was going to go with the Team Orion 3S 1P 3200mAh 20C LiPO Graphite Edition with traxxas connectors, sense the batteries are for a Emaxx. And for a charger i was going to get the Hobbico Quick Field DC Charger MkII 12 Volt with a banana charge lead to a traxxas connector. I liked this set up for two reasons. Its not a ridiculously high price like others i like, and ive been told the orion lipos are pretty good and dont need to be balanced? Any input would be great.
You usually get what you pay for, buy quality and for what suits your needs (generally speaking) and though not as often as sub cell packs, lipos do need to be balanced on occasion.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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The one problem I see with that charger is that it has a max charge rate of 1A for lipos. That means it'll take 3 hours to charge just one 3200 lipo.

It's not necessary to balance lipos EVERY time, but it's a good idea to balance them regularly.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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Hi, I'm new to Lipos too, but I think every Lipos have to be balanced. It's better for a long lifetime ! I let other users answer you , but I recommend you to balance all your Lipos !
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What would you guys recommend for a good charger? I like the price of that charger and expect it to be mid quality.
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From what I understand if you charge at 1c you don't HAVE to balance and odds are you'll be ok. I would insist that you get an Astro Flight "Blinky", it's extremely cheap and the easiest to use. I would also urge you to invest in a good charger so you won't waste money upgrading later. I use the Team Checkpoint 1030 and I love it. It has more features than you're likely to use but if you like to cycle your NiMh's, it has a 30amp discharge which is extremely hard to find. I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for. Good luck!

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I have Duratrax ICE charger. You can charge NiCd,NiMH and lipos with it. I also bought Trakpower Lipo balancer to balance out my Lipo when charging them.
There is also, checkpoint lipo balancer that works just as good too.

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I've used Tekin, Novak, LRP, Competition Electronics, Losi, Astro Flight, and Duratrax chargers of last twenty years. With the older batteries, you really did get what you paid for. With Lipos, you can find some extremely great chargers for cheap. I personally use the X-Charger B6 and I bought two of them from RCmarket.hk.com for $36 each. You can't beat them as they will charge and balance all battery types. They don't have it listed on their website any longer, but I think the link below is the same charger repackaged. I've noticed that many manufacturers to include Losi, Much More, Core all have 4 button chargers that are very similar just like this one.

http://rcmarket.com.hk/product_info....oducts_id=5584

You'll need a 12 volt power supply to use this charger or you could use a car battery.

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You can buy a decent charger for less than 50 us, but I recommend hyperion charger such as EOS 0606i or 0610i. You can google for like chargers, but not all 150 us chargers are the same. Good thing about this charger and others in this quality is that you can check to capacity put back into your packs. You can maximize the usage and better care for your pack. You don't need to balance your pack every time, but you want to balance it. Reason for balancing multi-cell packs is to minimize the chance of draining one cell much more than others to the point of damaging the pack.

bottom line: you get what you paid for, but be certain of features and capabilities of what you want.
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i have the Triton jr charger and a balance pro balancer. great set up and pretty inexpensive. for the lipo batt go with SPC, great quality and prices.
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I have the DuraTrax Onyx 230 and a common sense balancer. They work great. It takes about 45 - 60 min to charge a 2cell 5000
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What would you guys recommend for a good charger? I like the price of that charger and expect it to be mid quality.
Hyperion 606, 610, or 720. You can't go wrong with any Hyperion. The 606 is an AC/DC charger.
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