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Old 08-24-2004, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Futaba CDR5000 VS CEI GFX 35

Anyone have experience with both, please share your opinion. I'm looking more toward the Futaba because it's new, larger screen, and best of all it's small size compare to bulky T35. But on the other hand CEI is like the industrial standard.

From my limited research, the only thing that CDR5000 doesn't have compare to T35 is motor break-in, that I can live with.
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I just got a CDR-5000 yesterday and was in the same boat as you are now. It all came down to getting single cells information while charging and discharging. It was then between a CDR and Pro-trak, but decided to go with Futaba as it is more user friendly in my opinion and would probably get more support from it.

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Old 08-24-2004, 07:38 PM   #3
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I just got a CDR-5000 yesterday and was in the same boat as you are now. It all came down to getting single cells information while charging and discharging. It was then between a CDR and Pro-trak, but decided to go with Futaba as it is more user friendly in my opinion and would probably get more support from it.

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how does it read single cell info?
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Old 08-24-2004, 07:41 PM   #4
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I think there are clips for every battery bar, so it can monitor each cell.
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what information can you get for each cells. will it be enough to match packs with?
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Old 08-24-2004, 07:53 PM   #6
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You get voltage per cell during charge and discharge and the match percentage of the pack which is good.

Not sure if you can get IR and runtime per cell but you do get them per pack.

I am trying to buy loose cells and see if I can start matching my own pack.
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My CDR-5000 was broken just only used one month.
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My CDR-5000 was broken just only used one month.
What happen? Is it covered by warranty of some kind?
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Jasonchi,

I have had the gfx since it was released and I can tell you that it is a top notch charger. The futaba is just getting to everyone and it is a bit expensive if you ask me. I have a pro trak and a gfx and I love both. The pro trak to me is great it does a lot, for example it has single cell monitoring, it has temp charge capabilities, it has a discharge tray called the ICS (intensive care system), it can be hooked up to a computer and you can get graphs of your batteries performance, and it also has a motor run in mode with an optional stand.

The newer 30 amp version will be out and the ICS will be able to be hooked up to the charger and monitored, at this time with the 20 amp version the ics is a stand alone unit. If you haven't looked into the pro trak talk to crimson eagle, he's on the forum here and ask him questions he is the USA rep for Pro trak.

The cool thing about this charger it is upgradeable with ROM chips too.........

Danjoy25 made a comment about it being user friendly and he is right. I can tell you it takes some getting used to but it is well worth it.

Just a thought.......look into it and make a decision.....you can't go wrong with either charger they are all pretty good.

Crimson Eagle, correct any of my statement above if I explained something wrong.

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Also,
Doesn't the CDR5000 that is released in North America coming with capability to charge Li-Poly batteries?
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I just got a CDR-5000 yesterday and was in the same boat as you are now. It all came down to getting single cells information while charging and discharging. It was then between a CDR and Pro-trak, but decided to go with Futaba as it is more user friendly in my opinion and would probably get more support from it.

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I dont think you can find better support than from CE. They are centrally located in Illinois... well if you live in the USA. You can call and talk directly to the person who does the repair work if you have any questions. The turnaround for any repair or upgrade is very fast. I dont know what else you could ask for
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I dont think you can find better support than from CE. They are centrally located in Illinois... well if you live in the USA. You can call and talk directly to the person who does the repair work if you have any questions. The turnaround for any repair or upgrade is very fast. I dont know what else you could ask for
Sorry if I offended anyone. I forgot to mention CE does offer great support after reading everything in this forum, before making my decision on what charger to buy. I agree GFX, CDR and Pro-trac are all good chargers. It just all came down to the single cell info for me.
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My CDR-5000 was broken just only used one month.
It must just be a bad one, i dropped mine already and a few knocks and mine is still alive.
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Is there a website for this charger?
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