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Old 07-11-2022, 08:47 PM
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Looking to invest in a better charger/discharger setup. Right now I have a ultra power up200 duoMy biggest batteries SMC X2 4S 9700MAH. I have 2s-6s lipos and a 2s lifeLooking for quicker efficient charging I've never had a discharger but definitely need oneLooking to spend around $300-$400

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Old 07-11-2022, 10:27 PM
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Good place to buy the 406 Duo (great charger!)...https://teameamotorsports.com/collec...ts/icharge-406
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icharger dx8 is probably a safer bet than older 406, 308. Every penny spent is worthy on any icharger
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Originally Posted by lexusbest View Post
icharger dx8 is probably a safer bet than older 406, 308. Every penny spent is worthy on any icharger
Any reason why you'd pick the DX8? It's smaller, but has lower charge and discharge rates than the 406.
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Originally Posted by gigaplex View Post
Any reason why you'd pick the DX8? It's smaller, but has lower charge and discharge rates than the 406.
Cause newer is always better, right?
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+1 for the 406, it's a great charger, more info here in helping you make your selection:
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Originally Posted by gigaplex View Post
Any reason why you'd pick the DX8? It's smaller, but has lower charge and discharge rates than the 406.
The 406 charges up to 70A in synchronous mode, which is not much more than the dx8. Has a lower discharge rate, true, but has a stronger balance port and much stronger usb port. Updated firmware and less weight. I don't think they would come out with an outdated product. My choice would be the dx8
I currently have a 308
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Originally Posted by lexusbest View Post
The 406 charges up to 70A in synchronous mode, which is not much more than the dx8. Has a lower discharge rate, true, but has a stronger balance port and much stronger usb port. Updated firmware and less weight. I don't think they would come out with an outdated product. My choice would be the dx8
I currently have a 308
The balance port on the 406 already has a high enough current, you'd only need more if you've got horribly mismatched cells. Not sure the USB port is much of a selling point. I'd pick the higher discharge rate over the smaller size. Where I race we're only allowed to use the chargers built in discharger, no external dischargers or resistor banks are allowed.
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I've updated my comparison between the 406 and DX8 and it's really comparing apples to oranges


It really comes down to whether or not 30A is sufficient or if you want to charge at 40A or 50A bridged and things get dicey with how to calculate the CPW which is important to me in deciding which charger makes a better buy:



For a true 2 port charger then the CPW for the 406 makes a better buy for what I would be using the charger for in my case.
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Thanks for all the info I'm a order the 406. Any recommendations on a power supply to go with.
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Originally Posted by dropndestroy213 View Post
Thanks for all the info I'm a order the 406. Any recommendations on a power supply to go with.
If you can solder wires to a motor, then you can convert any 12V supply yourself, very simple instructions here:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...0#post43199655
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Itís interesting that folks recommend a high end charger, but when the topic of power supplies comes up the answer is used converted server rack units. 300$ charger, 40$ power supply. They work but is it a matching pair?
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I think the chargery 1200 is a solid choice, still small portable but with capability to run 24volts as well. Itís a couple bucks more though.
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Originally Posted by ballardrc View Post
Itís interesting that folks recommend a high end charger, but when the topic of power supplies comes up the answer is used converted server rack units. 300$ charger, 40$ power supply. They work but is it a matching pair?
Server PSUs are high end. There's not a lot of actually good quality 12V PSUs designed specifically for RC. Most of the ones sold by RC companies are actually still server PSUs that have been converted and wrapped.
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Originally Posted by ballardrc View Post
Itís interesting that folks recommend a high end charger, but when the topic of power supplies comes up the answer is used converted server rack units. 300$ charger, 40$ power supply. They work but is it a matching pair?
Yes, as stated these server PSU's are high end stuff, problem is that most of these cheap to get stuff are refurbished ones and not always in perfect condition.

But what do you mean about a matching pair? The PSU only has to provide the needs. If you lets say only gonna charge 350mAh LiPo batteries of your parkflyer then a 1A wall adapter will work.
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