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Old 07-02-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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I know this has probably been a posted ump-teen times but... I'm looking for a 2-3 cell li-po charger (balancing) that is AC or AC/DC and not too much $ under $150.. I've posted this and not looked into previous posts, because it seems a new better (cheaper) charger comes out every 2 monthes.. I have used my Triton in the past but it doesn't balance..( I know I could get just a balancer but I want to get a "just for my li-po's chager"So my ? is what do you electric Guru's recommend?????
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Have a look at the FMA Cellpro 4. It is a balancing charger that you can purchase differant adapter plugs so that you can charge most any kind of Lithium cell. The charger is about $80.00 (US), and the adapters are about $10.00 (US). It is an excellant balancing charger.
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:36 AM   #3
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It depends.

First, whose lipos are you using? Most balancing chargers come with either the JST balance plug (big, white e.g. Common Sense, Venom, etc) or the TP plug (small, black, TP, FlightPower). You can get adapters to go from one to the other, but why bother with the extra expense if all your lipos use the same balance lead. All your lipos do have balance leads, right?

Second, how big are your packs? If you've got mostly small packs (<1200 mAh), then the Venom 2-3 cell balancer comes with a wall-wart and costs ~$35. The E-Flite Celectra isn't bad, but it's a DC charger.

If you need more amperage for bigger packs, the MRC "Brains" are pretty good. The 977 sells for about $150, but is a multi-charger, not just lipos.

Your problem is in looking for an AC charger. Most on the market don't come with a power supply, probably to keep the price-point down. But it's not hard to adapt a PC power supply to provide 5A 12v power. Or you can find 12-15V PS's at surplus stores... I got one for a satellite system for $10.
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:02 PM   #4
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I am also very confused????
There are soo many charger brands some with built in balancers and others without.

I am currently using a cheap lipo charger with a blinky balancer but will soon need to upgrade. Many people are using the Thunder Power 1010C and a Thunder Power balancer, but I just can't drop that much hay for that setup.
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How big are your packs? And do you expect to get bigger ones in the future?

There are a few balancing chargers that will handle up to 2000 mAh packs in a reasonable charging time, (an hour or so), but once you start looking at bigger packs (4s+) and larger capacities, you're going to have to drop some serious coin for a charger that will do them in an hour or two.

If you're going to stick with 3s packs, the Common Sense Balancing Charger isn't a bad choice. Maximum output is only 2 amps, so if you start going with larger capacity packs, like 3700 or 4200, it's going to take closer to 2 hours to charge them.

Other than that, it's a pretty decent rig for ~$100.
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There are a few good charger balancers out there but if you sticking to 4 cell and under keep your charger and use a V-balancer
there $57 , this place also has a few charger/balancers in stock as well.
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:21 PM   #7
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If you've got a Triton and a Blinky, you really don't need a dedicated lipo charger. You can plug the Blinky in while the lipo's charging - it'll do essentially the same job as a balancing charger.

The Triton may not charge as quickly as some of the newer lipo chargers, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Triton's charge profile is conservative, and while it takes a bit longer, will prolong your battery's life.

What is it about the Triton-Blinky combo you don't like?
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Old 08-10-2007, 07:35 AM   #8
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I agree, a lipo charger and blinky is all you really need. The blinky will balance while you charge, after the charge is complete and prior to the charge. At $26, great value for the money. I have four blinky's that I use with my Lipoly 4 charger so every battery is balanced on every charge. They are also a generic fit for many battery types and tap styles.

Another advantage is that they connect to the battery, not the charger. So lets say you purchased a charger/balancer combo then decided for some reason, down the road, you wanted a different charger ( perhaps a higher cell count or capacity ) now you run the risk of being stuck with an obsolete balancer that may or may not work with your new charger and will most likely require the purchase of another balancer. ( unless you stay with the same manufacturer ) Not the case with a blinky. I can balance my 3 cells on the Greatplanes Lipoly four and my 5 & 6 cells on my Hyperion charger, Blinky is not propriatory, therefore does not discriminate.

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Old 08-22-2007, 11:34 AM   #9
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Total Props: 0 - for the Cellpro bal;ancing charger, which is cheap and very effective. you do need a powersupply or a 12V battery to charge with though.
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:37 PM   #10
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The FMA Cellpro 4 is, for any money, the way to go (IMHO). Just buy the adaptors if you need them ($10.00) each. Absolute no brainer to use, and they'll do li-ion cells if you go that route. Plug in the battery, turn on the power-simple.
It's display will tell you everything you want to know. It charges my 3s 3300s to 12.62v faster than my Triton (12.48v), my 109 or my Electri-Fly (12.54v) It finishes fully balanced and fully charged, I bought 2 with adaptors for TP / PQ. CHEERS, BILL (if there's one drawback it's that it will only do one pack at a time)
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