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Old 04-02-2012, 05:58 PM   #21
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Re: Charger recommendation for A123?

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Hey Jim,

Duralite offers their A123's with an internal balancer or EXB (external balance). You have the internal. 2 of my 6 packs that went south were internal, the other 4 were external.

Yes, certain models of the cell pro charge through the balance tabs. There's a video on the Fromeco site regarding charging of A123's and although they don't name chargers, they state that they have tested most and they are definately not all equal. Even some of the expensive high end chargers are crap at charging A123's

They do go so far to say that Cell pro is an excellent one.

I didn't bother to get one yet as I went out and replaced my A123's with lipo's and my 1010c's seem to charge li-po's just fine.

I'm going to have a look at Toledo and see what I can find. I know ICARE is there and they carry Shulze. Anything German is good!


Yeah I didn't buy any more Duralite after that happened. I have more luck building my own or buying them from Electro Dynamics as they come with a balance plug. I use their/HobbyKing ballancer/checker or the TP210. my cells, so far have stayed within 0./01v of each other so I think that is pretty good.

It looks like I will be stuck in Halifax right during Toledo so I can't make the trip. If you can checkout what icare has and let me know your thoughts, it would be appriciated.

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Old 04-02-2012, 11:03 PM   #22
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Re: Charger recommendation for A123?

I head to check my own set up and here are the findings;
Thunder Power 1010c may KILL your A123 packs within few charges!!!
Depending on the software revision it may have the max voltage set to high.
Max. save charging voltage is 3.6V per cell (as per manufacture - A123 Systems).
From my experience charging at that voltage and current rates up to 4C did not cause any damage in 3 years.
Now going to 3.65V(which is forced in one of the TP1010 software revisions) may cause serious damage. Charger will allow momentary voltage fluctuation and cross the 3.7V dead zone several times during the charge cycle. (Usually towards the end of the cycle.)
Here comes the good part
.... or more affordable HK unit ($44) does an excellent job handling the receiver packs and YES YOU GUESSED IT itís set to 3.6V per cell max.
What Iím trying to say here is that we need to pick a correct tool for the job. Will the Accucell-8150 charge your big 8cell Lipo packs? Give it a try but Iíve to warn you, Eric is still working on putting the smoke back to not one but 3 of those units.
I hope this info helps you a bit. Iíll be at the Mississauga field early Saturday and Iíll have both chargers on hand.
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