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Old 12-03-2006, 01:20 AM   #1366
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I'm kinda bummed here. I just picked up 2 Mark Rheinard Cellmasters. When I hooked them up the display on one of them went haywire. A quick disconnect and reconnect and the display seems fine but then I charge the first battery on each and the status LED on the same one flickered periodically and eventually went out. What to do?
If you can still see the LCD, you can first try the factory reset. If it doesn't even work at all, I would just send it in for repair, I'm sure its still under warranty.
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Old 12-04-2006, 07:06 PM   #1367
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I am hoping someone here can help me....

I just bought 2 new packs (4 cell), IB4200 WC's.

I used my CellMaster to charge my packs with the delta settings mentioned in this thread, without any luck. I also use the MM heat sink

The only way I can get close to a full 4200 mAh's is if I turn up the delta peak.

Here is my most recent charge info.

Amps - 6.0amp
Delta - 50
Fan start at 50c
Pack Temp cut off at 49c

These settings resulted with a charge of 4401mAh's which stopped due to DeltaPeak. The temp at cut off was 35.4c and climbed to 37.4c

Can some one let me know why I have to have the delta peak so high? Is this normal? Any lower DP results in less then 4200mAh's

Help is appreciated
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Old 12-04-2006, 10:30 PM   #1368
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How are you discharging the pack? Also what is the ambient temp. You should not need a fan or the heat sink in the winter.
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:06 AM   #1369
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discharging on my CTX-D Pulse 30amp
ambient temp is 65-68F
btw... the heat sink fans do not come on
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:24 AM   #1370
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do you equalize the bats at 5A linear before charging?
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:07 AM   #1371
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no, just discharged them

everyones help is appreciated
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:22 AM   #1372
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no, just discharged them

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You need to equalize your cells at 5A linear to .9V prior to charging. As soon as they all hit .9, throw the pack on your charger.
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Old 12-05-2006, 11:47 AM   #1373
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at what delta peak?
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:21 PM   #1374
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There is no need to use a heatsink at ambient temps in the 60's. All you are doing is supercooling your cells, causing them to lose power. I won't even think about using mine until the ambient temp is in the 80's.
I suppose that using the heatsink when in lower temps could potentially cause the batts to last longer, but IB4200 cells seem durable enough already to withstand being lukewarm . You just don't want the IB cells to be overheated during charge.

Battery temps should be reaching the 45-50 deg C range as they peak on the charger. Check out our article here:

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mAH readings during charge can be deceiving with IB cells. I had old 3300's that could take 4400 during charge. IB cells seem to almost charge quicker as a general rule...their lower resistance may be what is contributing to their high run-time compared to previous cells. Also, we do not equalize IB's as low as we did GP's. It was actually common for some batches of good 3800's to only take 3700 during charge, even if they were equalized to .6 beforehand.

Don't place too much emphasis on the amount of mAH the batteries take during charge. It is just not a consistent reference. The big thing is that the batteries both get a full charge and get up to temperature.
It was doubtful those 3300's I had (that took 4400mAH) would make full run-time in mod. My old 4200's (that take only 4300mAH or so), however, sometimes have over a minute left after a mod race.

5A equalizing before charging can effectively make your pack take more mAH during charge...it can make a difference of up to 400mAH with 4200's in my experience.
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at what delta peak?
06 @ 6 amps for 4200WC cells on linear mode
when i am done a heat of racing i dump my packs on my ctx-d on pulse discharge then i put some charge on the about 600 mah for the next weekend . i dont know what you guys are doing but my bateries never go over 39 degries after a fresh charge and i always get 4400 plus mah .
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ok.....
just tried the delta peak & .06 after Pulse discharging and Linear discharge to .9

numbers are as follows
4353 mAh
temp 40c
charge stopped due to peak

any suggestions or are these good?
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That all looks good to me. 4300+ in is pretty typical of what I have been seeing with my 4200 batteries.
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ok.....
just tried the delta peak & .06 after Pulse discharging and Linear discharge to .9

numbers are as follows
4353 mAh
temp 40c
charge stopped due to peak

any suggestions or are these good?
yeah man thats really good thats pretty typical numbers if youre not going to run that pack now cool it off and pulse discharge it .that mode discharges at 30 amps and it basically simulates a normal run and the pack should not heat up it should get just a little warm hope it helps .
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:42 PM   #1379
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temperature is really arbitary.

on a hot day in summer, the starting temp is already 35 deg+

on a cold they start off at 15deg.

really delta peak should be set as low as possible. once the voltages drop, the cells are fully charged, there is no need to charge further.
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Warmer cells discharge harder. I have felt it. It is not night and day but the packs do feel punchier when warm. I agree though. You should not be working to get the batteries hot. Too hot and you can damage them. This is why I think with these new cells a temp probe is so important in case you delta peak is set too high.
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