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Old 10-28-2001, 08:53 PM   #1
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Being on a budget and ever on the look out for a good deal (favorable reviews also help) I bought MRC's new SuperBrain 959 charger. Thing burned up on me today on the second use. RC Car said it seemed too good to be true, digital and adjustable, LCD readout, NiCad and NiMH capable and only $60 retail. They were right. I'm sending it back and will never buy an MRC product again.

Take it from me (please): buyer beware.
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Wow, Thats the first problem i have heard about it. We have only sold one to my knowledge, but i will let my boss know about this so he at least has a heads up. It does look like a good charger, and everything i have heard untill now has been all good.

What were you charging when it happened, and what rate?
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If I am not mistaken the MRC chargers have been selling like hotcakes at the local shop here.

Maybe you're like me and just got a bad unit. Seems like every electrical appliance I buy, be it for R/C or anything else, never works on the first try. I can't even count the number of TVs, stereos, computer parts and so on that I've bought and had fry on me. It sure takes the fun out of spending all my money on gadgets, that's for sure! haha
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Yeah, We got in about 4 of the new 959's. We have sold many of the SuperBrain 809's, and i accually have one myself although i don't use it anymore, it is a great charger. I am very suprised to hear that the 959 died.

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Trust me: don't ever be surprised when an electronic component of ANY sort dies. You're just setting yourself up to be hit square in the face with a depression grenade!
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I was charging 4-cell NiMH packs at 4.5 amps (rate recommended by the driver I bought the packs from).
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touch wood mine still work fine, i charges at 4.5A for nicds and 0.5A for AAA and AA batts and after 60 or so charges it still works fine, but it does get hot after one charge, don't charge 4-5 packs continuously as said in the instruction. and i got a fan to keep it cool.
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Trust me: don't ever be surprised when an electronic component of ANY sort dies. You're just setting yourself up to be hit square in the face with a depression grenade!
Yeah, My radio died.... Remember? <-- looks like i got hit in the face with a depression grenade
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futureal: Man did you hit the nail on the head. It does take all the fun out of buying stuff when you pay a bunch of money for something and it craps out on you.

I bought a Pyramid power supply back in the day and the switch wouldn't let me turn it on. RIGHT out of the box the thing didn't work! Wheres the quality control! They did replace it, but come on, how can you miss a switch that doesn't work?
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Coolrcdad: don't let this turn you agaist budget R/C equipment. Like futureal was saying, this can happen with any electrical component. I have a GM V12 that I have to send to be repaired because the brakes have kind of disappeared. That isn't a budget speedo, yet it too is subject to failure. At the same time I have a Tekin BC110L peak charger, that cost $65 when I bought it new. That was in 1996, and I have done ALL my charging on it since then! Never a single problem from it, EVER!

So as you can see, its not the price that determines quality.

What does........


.........Hell I don't know.........but its definitely NOT the price!
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It seems I have to give MRC a second chance because the online retailer I bought it from won't take back opened, used merchandise. I called MRC and they will replace it. I just hope the next one is better.

However, I do think MRC needs to build in a fan.

You guys are right; price isn't always a factor. I have two old and (at the time) inexpensive Astroflight digital chargers for my NiCads that still work fine and have been my only chargers until I bought the MRC. They get warm but don't overheat. Best buys of all of my RC stuff so far. Both my Novak Cyclones broke after a year and both were returned for rebuilt units.

Shi* happens.
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Yeah, nomatter how carefully they watch the electronics.. something can poof... I'll post a little bit more when i get back into the lab... bell just wrang

EDIT - Alright.... I'm back... anyways... I had a servo that went bad in its first run.. i think the motor blew out.... and since it is just a HS-303 i took it as a loss...no biggie... I've had other things happen before too... as you said.. $#&@ happens..
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I don't seem to have a problem with electronics...You guys must be cursed! Had a aservo go out, really nice one, but it had been used for a season. Lathe didn't work though, but that's Trinity
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In reality, we dont get what we pay for !!
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rationality and RC don't mix
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