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Old 01-17-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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I am trying to figure out what charger to get as an upgrade. I currently have a Hobbico Quick Field Charger MKII, powered by a modded PC PSU (12v 12a), which was sufficient for charging my CX2 batteries and couple mcpX batteries.

I am about to have 8x MCPX (plus the 2 I have) batteries w/ 2xpara board and 4 msrX batteries with para board, so needless to say the 2x 1amp ports my charger has is going to fall short.

So thats 10x 1s 300mah, 4x 1s 160mah, and 5x 2s 800mah.

I will also be getting a 450 class come spring, so throw in 4x 3s 2200-2700mah and possibly a Savage Flux in the near future as well, adding 4x 2s 5000-7000mah to the mix.

I've been looking at the Hyperion DUO's and the Thunderpower 2 port, pricey but I hear good things about them. I would like something that is good quality and good to batteries, and be sufficient for later needs. I will keep my current charger as well for TX and other misc charging (could do some of the 1s')

Any suggestion about my soon to be mah predicament would be appreciated!

(Power Supply won't be an issue, can build a 40amp for around $40)
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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Jeff at Thunder Bolt RC has a good supply of charger's . I have the Hitec X-1 (AC / DC ) plus that i got from him . He has some that will do 2 -4 batteries at the same time. (a little pricey --- but you get what you pay for !!!

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Old 01-18-2012, 11:26 PM   #3
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Not sure how much you looking to spend but the hitec duo is a great charger dual port up to 6s lipo@10amp per channel. They sell for around $150. I have a hyperion duo and the hitec the hyperion is very accurate and it has a few extra features like pack ohms which helps to monitor pack health. It can also charge sync charge both channels which is great if you have anything you running two of the same packs in they always come off the charger 99% matched. Is that all worth $100more?
That depends on your needs. Given your packs you could charge multiple packs on each channel with the right harness. I have a bunch of series cable's works well .some guys parallel charge but I don't like to for various reasons.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:58 AM   #4
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If you are going to get into large packs for your helis (>4000mAh), then you are going to need a big charger. The new generation of lipos (Hyperion G3's, Thunderpower, etc) can be safely charged at up to 5C rates (10-15min charge times). You need a serious charging rig if you want to take advantage of this. Ideally something with 500W capacity or more.

I would look at the iCharger (aka Voltz) and FMA Revolectrix Powerlab offerings from EPBuddy:

Hyperion makes very good chargers as well.

There are several CDN vendors of these chargers. Check them out:


Note: SNHobbies has a sale on the Hyperion EOS1420i at $135:
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:54 AM   #5
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+1 for the iCharger from EPBuddy. I got a 3010B from them about 2 months ago. It was about $170 incl. shipping (ordered a 306B but they sent a 3010B!) & incl. a Paraboard. It arrived by USPS in 7 days. It works beautifully. I charge 3 x 4S 4000mah at maybe 1.5C (could do 5C if I wanted) & am done recharging after a typical flying session in 30 mins.

I have a 12V computer server power supply that will do 575 Watts & with that the iCharger will do 500 Watts. With a 24V power supply the iCharger will do 1000 Watts!

BTW - bought the power supply from Gizmodude on RCC for $45 & it has been flawless too. Highly recommended if he has any more.

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Old 01-20-2012, 12:12 AM   #6
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I ended up finding a NIB Hyperion eos 0720i super duo3 on ebay for a very good price. I hope it does me well. Thanks for the input everybody!
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I ended up finding a NIB Hyperion eos 0720i super duo3 on ebay for a very good price. I hope it does me well. Thanks for the input everybody!
It will for sure
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