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Old 02-08-2007, 04:45 PM   #1
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i would like some input on these two charges the indi 16x908 and 16x8v6 both have features i like but one discharges more then the other
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Old 02-08-2007, 05:02 PM   #2
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I can comment on the 16X8, I did have at one time. 1st, even though I never had a problem with mine, it is way overpriced for what you get. 2nd, no memory slots. At frst I thought it was ok, but it gets old having to change settings every time for a different battery. 3rd, no fan control, mine ran all the time, even at start up. 4th, ya 30amp disscharge looks impressive, but who actually uses 30? I sold it and picked up 2 Ice chargers and have been much happier. I charge my transmitter batt, glow igniter, RX packs, different lipo's for my planes, lipo and NiMh for my cars, Nicads in my Tamiya tanks. Its only about $120, has 10 memory slots, will charge every battery under the sun, well worth the money IMHO.
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I had the 16x8v6 and now have the 16x908, my feedback:
both do nicd/nimh/lipo, motor break in, charge, discharge

a couple of differences:
16x8v6: ac/dc, 30 amp discharge, motor rpm sensor
16x908: dc only, 20 amp discharge (and about 2 inches longer)

important differences:
16x908:
1) 10 battery profile memory (very VERY important if you charge different battery types)
2) magnetic temp sensor (much easier to attach to battery)
3) much better screen with graphs and more data
4) 4 step charge vs 3 step in 16x8v6 (not that important)
5) better battery cycling functions (not that important), and internal resistance (maybe important)

The 16x908 is basically a duratrax ice charger (even the screen graphics are the same, I am sure the same company makes both of them) with the following updates:
1) magnetic temp sensor
2) backlit screen
3) 20 amp discharge
4) better motor functions, and can handle more motor amps

Are these 4 things worth $80 to you? ($129 vs $209 before coupons) if so, then the 16x908 will work great for you.

If it were me, and I was paying retail, between the 2 integy's, I would definately get the 16x908.

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Old 02-08-2007, 06:48 PM   #4
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bill thanks for that now between the ice or 908 money isn't an isue thanks for the input
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what Bill said...

my previous charger was the 16x5v6b..that was a good charger
now upgraded to the 16x908 with the optional battery warmer/cooler setup...
awesome charger.... even without using the cooler cells do not get hat compared with the 16x5v6

Tower has a $30.00 discount code right now.. get the charger and the warmer/cooler is practically free.
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If money isn't an issue, the 908 is a little more versatile because it can discharge at 20 amps. Other than that and the backlight, the ice and the 908 are exactly the same (again, I think the same company makes them both because the menus in both are almost the same.)

The cooling tray for the 908 is neat, but it is $40, so 908 + cooling tray = $250 = 2 ice chargers (before coupons).

The 908 is also a little bigger (mainly because of the heatsink and fans for the 20 amp discharge.)

All in all, I think 2 ice chargers is a better deal.
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You can also get an ice with a orion 3200 Lipo for that price, In a few years it will probably be lipo's anyway so discharge amperage is mute, unless your track is one of those holding out till the bitter end. If you have to have backlite, there $15 off of ebay, takes about 15-20min to install.
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thanks for the input i think i'm going to get the ice
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Good choice. I have 2 ICE and a 16x8v6. The ICE has worked flawlessly. The 16x8v6 however seems to be broken again. And I very mildly use it just to charge a batter before I go practice.

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