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Old 04-26-2006, 08:04 AM   #571
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So for the SLCC, we can use in practice
If the clubs allow them then yes you can use them in practice, but they are not race legal in any UK Nationals yet.
Also controlled practice (if used) may only give you a race length run.
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Old 04-26-2006, 10:08 AM   #572
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Many racers use them for practice and club races anyway !
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:55 AM   #573
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Can anyone tell me how to balance these LiPo pack on an ICE charger?
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:39 PM   #574
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I don't know if you can balance them with the ICE. I read an advertisement that said: "tests have shown that balancing is not needed for the platinum li-po". of course, this goes against everything I have ever heard about li-po packs... so I really am not sure.

what I would like to know (in addition to the above inquiry about pack balancing) is has anyone tried charging one of these packs with an MRC Super Brain 977 pro series twin charger? that is what I have. and it has been perfect so far with my "regular" packs.
They say that it is designed to charge Ni-Cad, Ni-Mh, 12v lead-acid,
Li-Ion, and Li-Po (up to 3 cell). seeing as I wouldn't want to put myself in an unsure situation, I just want to know if anyone has used this charger for Li-Po. I know that it says it can and will, but I just want to know what other people think of it as a Li-Po charger.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:56 PM   #575
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Team Orion recommends the Advantage, Duratrax ICE, Kokam , and FMA Scorpion (w/Platinum adapter).

We have received reports of problems with other charger brands.
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:20 PM   #576
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Really? what kind of "problems"? the "it would be better to use a different charger" problems, or "OMG! it's gonna BLOW!" problems?!
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:47 PM   #577
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I have the "Prolux Digi-Charge 104" charger/discharger
AC 230v (230/240v for UK)
DC 11v-18v
Does:
NiCd 1-10 cells
NiMh 1-10 cells
LiPo 1-4 cells
Lead Acid 2v 6v 12v
Charge rates 0.5A to 5.0A (max 4.0A for LiPo)

It charged the LiPo with the correct readings dropping slowly to 0.5A then cuts off once the 8.4v limit was reached.
Not yet got the F103GT built (got a cold bug) so I have not run the battery which was charged Friday last (took 1h45m from new).
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:57 PM   #578
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i have used my ICE for this
but i now use a prodigy II charger by ripmax cost £65.00 (uk)
5 amp max
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li-ion

tell the charger 4800 capacity it charge`s @ 4.8 a till the volts start rising then adjust`s it self

you need not any fancy chargers for this baby
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Old 04-26-2006, 02:20 PM   #579
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you need not any fancy chargers for this baby
True
Mine also does the RX pack on the nitro car, and the NiMh packs in the starter box, all this for £90.
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Can anyone tell me how to balance these LiPo pack on an ICE charger?
To balance a lipo pack you need access to both leads on each cell in the pack. The Platinum has 4 cells, in 2S2P configuration. I am not sure if you can access all the leads.
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The LiPo has a port on the bottom side for "Balancing"... but is very small port.
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Then if you have a connector to fit the port you should be able to balance it with any charger, one cell at a time.
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Or you could buy a balancer, thunder power sells one. You should be able to get a balancer at any shop that sells lots of planes/helis.
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Old 04-27-2006, 12:49 AM   #584
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You should get the Team Orion balancer and they also have the little balancing plugs on www.teamorion-avionics.com !
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:52 AM   #585
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I think the easiest way would be to balance them with the new Avionics charger using the 2mm balancing port.
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