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Old 09-21-2016, 01:23 PM   #1
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Bought an E-Flite 2-3 Cell Balancing Charger, but no PS!!!


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I recently purchased a new charger for my Blade 350 QX, and after receiving it, it seems I forgot to order an adapter or some form of power supply. There are 2 alligator clips (red and black) on the back, that I am assuming is for a battery of some kind? If anyone can please help me out with this, or knows where i can get a power supply for a reasonable price, please let me know!!
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Re: Bought an E-Flite 2-3 Cell Balancing Charger, but no PS!!!

The red alligator clips are for hooking up your charger to a 12 volt battery. You need to get a power supply that converts 115 volt AC to 12 volts DC. If you look on Great Hobbies website, and search for power supply, you will see lots of different options. Same with Hobbyhobby.

If you have an old dead PC laying around, the power supply can be made to work very well with smaller batteries and chargers. Just google power supply for RC charging. You will find tons of links and videos. Just be advised, you are dealing with soldering, cutting wires, and generally reworking something that wasn't meant to charge our batteries. I used one for several years successfully.

You can also contact "gixerfan" here. He converts larger computer power supplies to work for RC use. His prices are very reasonable, and these things will power just about anything.

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Re: Bought an E-Flite 2-3 Cell Balancing Charger, but no PS!!!

Thank you very much for your quick response! After looking into the PC pwer supply conversion, I'm thinking i will either buy an adapter or go with one someone else has made (my soldering skills aren't as great as they used to be, lol) Thank you for the referral as well, I will definitely be sending "gixerfan" to see what he would charge for one.
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Re: Bought an E-Flite 2-3 Cell Balancing Charger, but no PS!!!

No problem, anytime. Have a look in the classifieds. There is always good stuff there, and gixerfan also advertises there.

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Re: Bought an E-Flite 2-3 Cell Balancing Charger, but no PS!!!

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I recently purchased a new charger for my Blade 350 QX, and after receiving it, it seems I forgot to order an adapter or some form of power supply. There are 2 alligator clips (red and black) on the back, that I am assuming is for a battery of some kind? If anyone can please help me out with this, or knows where i can get a power supply for a reasonable price, please let me know!!
What is the current and voltage requirement for the charger. sometimes it may also a watts/wattage and many time 12v wall transformers are adequate for small chargers. if you are not sure what is the model of charger you have there ?
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Re: Bought an E-Flite 2-3 Cell Balancing Charger, but no PS!!!

I use cheap 12 V Power Supply from Value Willage for my Hyperion charger. It takes about 5 dollars from me. Power limited with 80 Watts, but it is enough for my models.
Also you can take a look on auto chargers/boosters. But it is only my idea. I have the old one. It works perfect, 120 VAC in and protected 12 VDC out with 20 A max current.
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Re: Bought an E-Flite 2-3 Cell Balancing Charger, but no PS!!!

I also scope around thrift stores (Salvation army, Goodwill, Value village, etc) for old laptop power supplies. Toshiba laptop PS's are a favorite of mine. Sometimes I find a Toshiba laptop power supply that puts out 16V at 5A. PERFECT for your standard 50W charger!!

(Also beware some laptop PS are outputting 18.5V, and most standard 50W chargers only take as high as 18.0V input. So make sure you check the max voltage on your charger, and confirm what the PS outputs before you buy)
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