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Old 02-10-2006, 11:08 PM   #1
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one charger for everything ?

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I've been looking around at chargers online and the ice intellipeak charger looks to be the best but I'm not sure it can charge 2 batteries or more simultaneously.

Is there a charger that charges every kind of pack on the market and can charge atleast 2 or 3 at the same time whether they are the same or not ?

I want to be able to cycle multiple packs of different types simultaneously.
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Old 02-11-2006, 12:40 AM   #2
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Hobbico Quick Field Charger Mk II I've had mine ofr three years, its given great service.

It's affordable and it works, there's more expensive chargers out there that will charge at higher amperage settings but thry only do one pack at a time. An example of this is the Multiplex MULTICharger Peak Charger DC I've had one of these as well but it got wet one day during a cloudburst, and that let the smoke out......

Check out Great Hobbies web site, there's a few more choices but I have no personal experience with them yet.

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Either the Hobbico filed charger MKII or the Hobbico Elite. They both will do two packs at the same time, Lixx Nixx. Limited to 3 cell Lixx and 10 cell Nixx. If you get the Elite you will also have the benefit of the cycler in it and smart set charge rate. You can know what your packs actually have for capacity and also know that you are not overcharging them with too much current if you use the smartsets.

I recommend the Elite. Does everything and is compact. It is the same size as the MKII so you can bring it with you and also use it as a field charger.

If you do not need a cycler then the absolute best bang for the buck is the MKII.
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Old 02-20-2006, 02:18 AM   #4
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Could someone tell me why I might need a cycler as opposed to just a charger ?

I think a charger would be fine and If I setup a lightbulb to discharge my packs would I really need a cycler ?

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The advantage to a cycler, is it only will discharge a pack down to a cut-off voltage. I have the accucycle elite, it charges and discharges nimh, nicad, lipo, and lion. As the lixx batteries don't like to be overdischarged, this is ideal. It will only take it down to 3.1 V/cell, whereas a bulb could take it right down to 0, causing battery failure, and puffing. The charger will cycle the nixx packs up to 5 times in a row, and tells me how much capacity it has when it's done.

I used to just "cycle" my batteries in a plane. I would often forget about it, and end up running the battery until it was totally flat. This is not good for them.

The cycler just makes the whole process so much more safer and allows me to cycle me nicads without having to babysit them.

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[quote="kriskonway"]I think a charger would be fine and If I setup a lightbulb to discharge my packs would I really need a cycler ?[quote]

No, unless you are prepared to sit there and watch the light bulb.

A light bulb with a relay is a whole different kettle of fish, when the voltage goes down the relay can release your batteries so that they don't over-discharge or reverse polarity. I recomend this for RC car type packs only though, not transmitter, receiver, or LiPo packs.
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