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Old 01-27-2009, 02:07 PM   #1
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Hi guys, can anyone tell me how the balancing works on a lipo battery with orion/banana plugs...

Its got this little hole right, but how does it work?! I'm a noob to Lipoo
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THE CENTER hole is connected inbetween the cells. and when it charges it will switch the polaritys to charge each cell seperately
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THE CENTER hole is connected inbetween the cells. and when it charges it will switch the polaritys to charge each cell seperately
So I'll still need a charger with a balancer then, right?
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I have the Onyx 230 charger and it does'nt have a balancing port, but I read on Orion's website you can balance each cell individually. so if you have a Orion 5000 put the + into the + hole and the - into the balancing port hole and set the charger for 1 cell and 2500mah. and when that's done put the - terminal in the - hole and the + terminal in the balancing port and charge the same way. I do this after every race just to balance and extend the life of the batteries, I've been racing with the same lipo packs since last July. Or just buy the Checkpoit balancer which will practically work with every lipo charger.
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So I'll still need a charger with a balancer then, right?
you could either do the following...

- get a lipo capable charger with built-in lipo balancer
- get a lipo capable charger with an external lipo balancer (eg. TrakPower V-Balancer)
- get a lipo capable charger without balancer and charge each cell individually via the +/- and balance ports on the charger as previously described

i would go with the 1st option, less hassle with less equipment to carry around and the cells always get balanced.. a cheap charger like the IMAX B5/6 or GT POWER v5/6 is perfectly fine for most if not all lipo packs available.

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