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Old 10-10-2006, 09:38 PM   #1
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Looking for a charger looked at just about every add I could find ranging from $20 plus to ludicrous.I want a charger that will charge ni-cads and nmhi.Not into lipos I have really narrowed it down to this one Hobbico multi charge HCAP1000 Says it will recharge just about any rechargeable battery avaiable Does any one have one if so any comments I have a Hobbico accu cycler but keep getting wonky readings on the same batteries .One time they discharge at 250 mah next time at 980
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:05 PM   #3
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I have seen this listing .Can buy a new one for less ,shipping might be a little more ,Was really trying to get info on the charger itself ,like how well does it work etc.
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The Triton would be your best bet although a few dollars more.
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The Hobbico multi charge HCAP1000 is just a dumb constant current charger. You must time the charge cycle yourself so that you do not overcharge the battery. This is difficult to do as you have no idea what the capacity of the battery was to begin with. There is no sensing circuit in this charger at all. You must be very carefull when using something like this. If you forget about a battery on charge you could have a battery melt down if left on to long.

This will not discharge a battery at all either.

What capacity of batteries are you using and how many batteries do you need to charge at one time? How much are you prepaired to spend?
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:21 AM   #6
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Its the same old cheap.. get cheap

Personally a good investement would be something like the Triaton

but like I want to buy cheap..your going to get cheap

120.00 for a good charge is worth it

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I'll second the Triton....Great charger
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Old 10-11-2006, 11:06 AM   #8
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After 20 odd years in the Hobby I bought my first fast / field charger this year. I can truthfully say it was one of my best purchases in those 20 years.

It will charge both rec. & transmitter batteries or 2 - rec batteries at one time. Here is the best thing - you do not need to set anything. Somehow this chargerer knows what is plugged in. It has replaced all my other chargers and now I do most of my charging on the way to or at the field.

Yes it is expensive. I bought the whole 9 yards, charger, adapters and 12 volt transformer. Total cost about $300.00 Cdn. at my door. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
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I've collected various chargers but I seem to be getting the most use out of my Hobbico Field Charger MK II for field charging and my Triton for home use/cycling.

Interesting to note that my Accu-Cycle has developed similar sckizophrenic type behaviour.... I just don't trust it anymore.
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Hobbico charger

I have one and use it regularly.

I have it set at the 50 mah rate,
no problems with it except for the time I dropped it

just like the wall warts, you just have to be aware of what you're charging
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