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Old 11-17-2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default Moving up in charger - HELP!

I'm a little surprised but searching this forum for my answer comes up empty.

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I've got a little cash on hand from hitting a football pool this week, (Thank you Steelers)

Currently I use a Superbrain 959 charger and I think it's time to move up.

What do you think is the best TRACK charger to be had for less than $200?

1) Size and weight are important considerations. I don't want to be lugging a T35 to the track.

2) I'd also like something that can discharge (prefer 20A)

3) AC/DC would be best but I'd accept a DC only choice if it's truly the best option.

Is something like the Integy 16x7v6 a good size to haul? The specs look nice but I don't know how big/heavy it is. PitBull? Something from Novak?

What is in your pit box and how do you like it?
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Old 11-17-2004, 01:37 PM   #2
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I have a Tekin BC112C I take to the track and have no complaints with it.It is ac/dc in one unit and fairly compact.The integy you mentioned is about the same size and a very popular one but I have no first hand experience with it.
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Old 11-17-2004, 01:50 PM   #3
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LRP's Pulsar 2 is a very versatile charger. It charges, discharges, does motor run-in, among others. All for $170 listed price I think. Novak Millenium Pro is good too but I don't believe they make it anymore.
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I have to throw another vote for the LRP charger but you should add an Integy Indi Reactor discharger to the mix. The LRP has a low discharge rate and who wants to tie up their charger with discharging, unless you have a programmable cycler with a high discharge rate?

Of course a power supply will be in order. Novak N-Power and the various custom jobs you see advertised here on RCTech. I, myself, grabbed a cheap Cosel 12-14V 13Amp PS from a guy on eBay who has them listed all the time. Built it into my pit box and put banana jacks on the outside.
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Old 11-18-2004, 10:46 AM   #5
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The Novak Millennium Pro is a great charger. They still make it. Check out All-Star Hobbies. They have some really good deals on chargers.

http://www.allstarhobbies.com/home.php?cat=304
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Old 11-20-2004, 09:56 PM   #6
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www.magmarc.com

magma APS 3 in 1 charger/dyno/motor break in

its only 200$ i dink
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Old 11-22-2004, 01:25 AM   #7
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Default Re: Moving up in charger - HELP!

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I'm a little surprised but searching this forum for my answer comes up empty.

So....

I've got a little cash on hand from hitting a football pool this week, (Thank you Steelers)

Currently I use a Superbrain 959 charger and I think it's time to move up.

What do you think is the best TRACK charger to be had for less than $200?

1) Size and weight are important considerations. I don't want to be lugging a T35 to the track.

2) I'd also like something that can discharge (prefer 20A)

3) AC/DC would be best but I'd accept a DC only choice if it's truly the best option.

Is something like the Integy 16x7v6 a good size to haul? The specs look nice but I don't know how big/heavy it is. PitBull? Something from Novak?

What is in your pit box and how do you like it?
Duratrax is also about to release a new charger called "ICE" that can charge Cd/Mh/Li/Pb, break in motor..... full of features for US$129. I don't know how good/reliable this charger is. More info from anyone will be great!
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Old 11-22-2004, 01:40 AM   #8
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ide be leaning towards a novak milleniem/lrp pulsar 2/eagle cdc ver6.0/t35 etc. etc.

i have a pulsar and can say its the best charger ever
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I use the Integy 16x5 I'm very happy with it.
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Duratrax is also about to release a new charger called "ICE" that can charge Cd/Mh/Li/Pb, break in motor..... full of features for US$129. I don't know how good/reliable this charger is. More info from anyone will be great!
Yes, I agree with this... On a pure dollars per feature basis this charger looks awesome! But the Duratrax name doesn't really scream quality to me. I don't really know much about them.

Here's the short list...

LRP 2
Integy 16x5v6
Duratrax ICE

The LRP seems to be the racer's choice... but I'm not sure that I know WHY.
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Most chargers i see at the track are the lrp comps. i have one and have no complaints, you can break in a motor, run your lathe, even run a 12 v soldering iron through it if you have to. I ve had mine for about a year, and have been more than satisfied with it. And if your lookin at it for racing, or for just a better charger, its the way to go. Excellent charge, and you will notive the deifference over your current charger for sure. The only other charger i would buy would be the compettion electronics 35 gfx, but its about 5 bills for one of those bad boys...
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