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Old 02-06-2005, 01:50 AM   #1
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Post ProTrak 30amp vs. Fut. CDR-5000...

In the market for a high-end charger and these two are my finalists.
So anyone with experience and/or an helpful opinion, please post away. I know two people with the Futaba; both of them love 'em but one of them has his on E-bay 'cause he feels it's 'too sensitive' meaning you have to be super careful not to touch anything to the terminals while charging or it shuts off--FOR GOOD . He has been through two of them.
That's one drawback, the others that I see is that it doesn't have a motor run-in function or different charge modes (if you're into that sorta thing).
I got a buddy who also has the ProTrak 20amp and absolutely loves it.
The only two drawbacks I see to it is that the UK is a pretty far place to be dealing with and what's up with the upgraded software versions continuously ?
There's nothing else out there right now that catches my interest except the Indi G40 but it's not available yet.
So fellas, lay it on me- my pockets are itchin'
I'm leaning towards the ProTrak...

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crimson eagle is a protrak rep. and he's in northern california. As far as I know he can do the upgrades and servicing on all the protraks. I'm sure he'll chim in as soon as he see's this topic
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I don't know what you mean by saying "very touchy", usuaully if i charge batteries, i don't touch them, but even if i do, i don't have ANY problems with futaba... i never regret that i bought Futaba and will never ever sell it, maybe for the new integy which is coming sometime this year and will have all the futaba features, plus motor maintanance features, but we have to wait and see...

for me, futaba is awesome, works perfect. btw, i noticed one interesting thing, 1 day i was charging same gp 3300 almost brand new batteries with my friend with two different chargers, my futaba 5000 and carson (german producer) with same settings etc. when both batts finished, the one which was charged in futaba, was about 10 celcius degree colder.

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Having used pro trak for a long time, I like them for their reliability, ease of use, good back-up service (ive never had to use it). Can get upgrades easily which i find very useful as we always get new cells on the market you need a charger than can be upgraded for a little sum of money and not have to dump it just because it cant be upgraded. There are so many people in so many places that can actually fix these things and are associated with pro-trak so you know that people are'nt cowboys pretending to know how to fix them... So for me..Pro Trak all the way!!
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Most of the guys I know that have used both prefer the Pro-Trak.

The new Indi looks interesting also....
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Old 02-06-2005, 09:35 AM   #6
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Post Thanx guys...

for the input. I love Futaba but the extra $100 price tag over the ProTrak when it doesn't do some of the things that the ProTrak does, in a little way tics me off. I would still get it though; I guess you can't have one charger that does everything .

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talk to me guys ...

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I have been using the CDR for 6 months now and has never looked back. The best thing is you can charge a transmitter/receiver pack while charging your racing packs. They can be bought as cheap as $360 US from good Hongkong online shops. Some other high-end chargers might have motor run features but this is non-sense really as you can't use it while charging at the same time. If you want a high end charger, this is it............... If you want a motor run-in = get a CTX motor master.
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I have been using the CDR for 6 months now and has never looked back. The best thing is you can charge a transmitter/receiver pack while charging your racing packs. They can be bought as cheap as $360 US from good Hongkong online shops. Some other high-end chargers might have motor run features but this is non-sense really as you can't use it while charging at the same time. If you want a high end charger, this is it............... If you want a motor run-in = get a CTX motor master.
danjoy25, any online shops you can recommend?

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If you want a high end charger, this is it............... If you want a motor run-in = get a CTX motor master.
Hey that's how I do it too!....for me the CDR has been great.
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Hey that's how I do it too!....for me the CDR has been great.
So P2 how do you like the fact that it just uses a linear charge?

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So P2 how do you like the fact that it just uses a linear charge?

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JB, I think linear is the only way to charge NiMh packs.
In all honesty I've only had the charger for one raceday and it worked great. It was pretty simple to setup and operate. We'll see how well it holds up at the Snowbirds next week
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Old 02-06-2005, 09:58 PM   #13
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P2-
why do you think that? not trying to be cynical or anything, just trying to expand my knowledge base
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damn dude that's awesome, a $100 cheaper than over here; i wonder if there's any warranty/repair issues?

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i bought mine from rc-mushroom.com, but the price went up there,
you may try looking at www.precisionrc.com , www.rcmart.com, shopping.rcmodel.com.hk

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I need more replies guys; I really thought that making a decision/ comparison of this caliber would pick up a bit more heat

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