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Old 12-14-2004, 05:44 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend an affordable Lipo Charger that uses either both AC/DC or just AC. The only one I've seen so far is the Hobbico Mk II
(1- 3S Lipo). I've got my eye on the Apache 2500 Lipo Charger, it's cheap, but it is DC only...

I already own a Pirahna Peak-Detect for my Nicd's and Nimh, and would prefer not to buy another charger that does all three types of batteries.

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 12-14-2004, 06:17 PM   #2
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I have the Triton charger (not cheep) and is DC only but a friend of mine made me 12v power supply from an old computer power supply case! (cheep)

Considering a cheep power supply, you could buy any charger you want and use it off the AC current via the power supply unit so as not to limit you to only a select few chargers.

Just an idea I thought you might like to consider.
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Old 12-14-2004, 09:55 PM   #3
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I went with the Hobbico MKII field charger and recycled an old computer power supply to get the 12v DC needed. It works great!

Besides, any old wall transformer from an old radio or other electronics device which gives between 600 mAh and 1.5 mAh at 12 volts will work too.

Don't go out and buy a power supply. Look around your house. I can almost guarantee you will find something suitable. It is right under your nose. (computer speaker adapter, laptop power supply, video camera power supply/charger, old radio/CD player power supply, cordless drill charger power supply, old nintendo/sega power supply ...). Just read the label on the wall transformer unit. Cut the wires to remove the plug. crimp on some new plug ends of your choice. Voila! (you might want to make sure it isn't plugged into the wall jack before you cut the end off )
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Old 12-14-2004, 10:23 PM   #4
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Thanks guys,

I never even knew you could do something like this.... You learn stuff every day!

My dad's an electrician, so I guess he'd be the perfect guy to ask heh! I'l have him rig me up something neat!!

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Old 12-15-2004, 03:27 PM   #5
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The new Accu-Cycle Elite from Hobbico is both AC and DC, a handy thing, plus you can charge two (even different) batteries at the same time. It has the settings for Li-Po's. Good luck, Dzl
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:45 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.

Can you tell me if this will work? I found the "Battery Tender" that I clip onto my motorcycle battery during the off-season. It keeps a trickle charge on the battery, and says it is 750 maH 12V DC Output. That's the highest amperage i could find in the house. The Apachee says it needs between 14-15V for 3S Lipos? Do I need more than 12V from this battery tender? or should I run down to Radio Shack and pick up something there!?

Am I missing something??!!

Sorry for my ignorance. I have practically no experience or knowledge in the area of electronics.
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