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    Post your charging setup

    When I was in the market for chargers I wanted to know the options so I will begin first

    Charger-Thunder t6 multi
    Power supply- green power 350w
    Lipo safe bag
    Cost is $130

    Last edited by ksb51rl; 01-03-2012 at 03:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe831 View Post
    Thunder AC6 + Lipo safe bag, cost ~$55

    I have a question I didn't really want to start a separate thread about. Why are the lipos we used so potentially dangerous? They have to be charged/ balanced in such a specific way, but tons of other electronics also use lithium batteries and don't have this?
    Well in phones they are 1 cell so they don't have to be balanced, and the charges are specifically for that battery so you can't change the amperage.

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    I have a pair of 80W Thunder chargers and just got a 200W Skycharger. I power them through a power box made with a deep cycle marine battery. It's a bit overkill for cars, but planes with all of 4-6min battery life need a lot of charging, and most of my packs can charge at 3-5C.

    Lipos take a bit more care in handling than other types, the flat cells are easily punctured and shorted if not protected, and the electrolyte is volatile and flammible. If the cells get under 3v they are permanently damaged, if they are charged over 4.2V they also can be damaged or heat up and build pressure in the case, exploding in a ball of fire if the electrolyte lights. if they short out they can also quickly overheat, swell, and blow up. Most chargers set properly with balance ports are safe, but if you don't balance, and choose the wrong cell count, or the charger fails, then the battery can release noxious smoke, or catch on fire. The best practice is to use a good charger, double check the settings, and don't leave it unattended.

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    thunder power tp610c acdc
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    FMA PowerLab 6 with a Dell 58amp converted server PSU for my bench. Its hooked up to a small laptop with an external 15" monitor so I can control and monitor all aspics of the charge process. Ill get pics of it this week.

    Dynamite Passport Ultra for my travel charger.

    I also have an iCharger 206B I use on my bench from time to time.
    Last edited by ksb51rl; 01-02-2012 at 09:48 PM.

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    Dynamite Passport Ultra Charger
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    Thunder AC6----$42.50
    5.56 NATO ammo can instead of lipo bag---$7 bucks at a gun show plus I can store all my packs and transport them safely in the ammo can.

    The looks I get carrying an ammo can to a race. Priceless.

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    FMA PowerLab 6 (6S, 40A, 1000W) connected via USB to a desktop PC and powered by either:
    two Dell AA23300 (12V, 44.5A, 534W) converted server PSUs in series for 24V and 1068W; or
    one Iota DLS-30 (14.2V, 30A, 426W) Power Converter/Battery Charger, depending on how quiet I require the charging to be.




    My beloved Duratrax ICE has finally been sold.
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    I have a Triton EQ2. served me well up till now, but i have a feeling swapping to Electrics only i will be upgrading at some point.
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    i brought a cheapie imax b6 the legit one, it goes alright
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    I have a Venom Pro Charger.

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    Hot Bodies Micro Charger.
    1, 2, or 4 amps.
    AC, or DC power
    Only 2 amps on AC though
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