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Old 10-25-2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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With so many Lipo chargers out there which are the best to buy? I need a race worthy model with or without a balancing option. I was looking at the Racers Edge SC2000. Any comments on this or other models that might be better. I was told that the CE Turbo 35 is good. I run TC onroad.
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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Something like this will do as much or more for a lot less -

http://www.hobbypartz.com/thac6smbachw.html

Another that will do as much or more for a lot less -

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...lancer/Charger

Both have solid reputations, many have the Accucel-6 (I have one) and its a solid, full featured charger with a hard to beat price. You can go to a sporting goods store and buy a case if you need that. Comes with several diff connectors, but if you want a squid, you can get one from AMain.
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I would look for something that offers more than 5 amps of charge. You should charge at 1C, but it is nice to be able to go higher if you have a quick turn around between heats.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:12 PM   #4
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Swallow EQ is a nice piece of kit.
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thunder power 610! great solid charger and its small, i personally own a hyperion which is badass also. protek rc icharger is also great.
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Something like this will do as much or more for a lot less -

http://www.hobbypartz.com/thac6smbachw.html

Another that will do as much or more for a lot less -

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...lancer/Charger

Both have solid reputations, many have the Accucel-6 (I have one) and its a solid, full featured charger with a hard to beat price. You can go to a sporting goods store and buy a case if you need that. Comes with several diff connectors, but if you want a squid, you can get one from AMain.
+2 most are re-badged copies of these chargers!
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I am using my converted GFX with a Checkpoint balancer and I really like it. Yes it is some what bulky, but I already owned it and cost me about $70 to get it upgraded to charge lipos. I will continue to use it intil it dies.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:18 AM   #8
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Hey Duster
Thanks for the info on the Thunder AC6, looks like a great charger for the price. The video attached was a bonus as well. Thanks to everyone else for their opinions as well.
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I use an iMax B6AC charger for my sedan pack and the AC/DC feature means I don't need to carry around a power supply. For my smaller micro car packs I use an FMA Direct CellPro 4S charger.
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Been using the Accucel-6 for more than a year now and it has been great! I use it on my Helis too 3S and 6S.

I did not go wrong for a $34 charger. Using a 7Amp old laptop PSU too

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Hyperion DUO3 is the best. It's not cheap, but there's nothing better. It'll even let you overcharge now (with the latest firmware) if you think 8.44v is necessary. And they're about to release an update to the PC software that will allow you to control the charger from your laptop, along with watching all the pretty graphs about the state of your battery.

If you don't need the dual charging capabilities of the DUO3, you can get its less expensive single charger cousin the NET3.
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The hyperion have a good rep plus they are (as far as I know) the only chargers to have a "store" mode for maintaining your packs between meets.
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Other than the Hyperions, I like the Checkpoint 1030. It doesn't have the built in balancer but the adjustable charge rate, the high discharge rate, etc. If it had a built in balancer, it would be the perfect charger.

Well, balancer and LiFe cell capability.
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Isn't the Duratrax Ice the same as the checkpoint 1030? I was told the Duratrax model isn't that good for racing lipo packs?
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Isn't the Duratrax Ice the same as the checkpoint 1030? I was told the Duratrax model isn't that good for racing lipo packs?
Similar but the Checkpoint can charge up to 10 amps (ICE 8 amps), discharge up to 30 amps (Ice 10 amps), and backlit screen. Not sure why the ICE or Checkpoint chargers are not good for Lipos? The only thing you need to purchase is a external balancer.
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