RCU Review: Venom Racing Easy Balance Lipo Charger


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    Contributed by: Matthew LeMay | Published: August 2011 | Views: 15798 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Easy balance lipo charger
    Charger Reviews
    Review by: Matt LeMay

    Author

    Matt LeMay



    Contacts
    Venom Racing
    Phone: 1-800-705-0620
    Fax: 208-712-3053
    Website:
    www.venom-group.com


    Easy Balance Lipo Charger


    Specs
    Name: Easy Balance AC LIPO Charger
    List Price: $49.99 at time of review
    Length: 4.01 in (102 mm)
    Width: 2.44 in (62 mm)
    Height: 1.39 in (34 mm)
    Charge Rate: 0.1-4.5 amps
    Cells: 2-4 cell Lipo
    Balance Connectors: JST XH
    Circuit Power: 40 watts



    Required

    Lipo battery to charge

    Hits

    Very easy to use

    Misses

    Comes with one style battery connector

    Features

    Venom Easy Charger
    Easy Balance LiPO Charger
    Venom Box
    Packaging
    Power supply
    Power Supply

    Included:

    Venom's Easy Balance LiPO Charger is complete with 12v power supply, power chord, charge lead, and instruction booklet. All is packaged neatly inside a reusable cardboard box.

    Power Supply:

    The power supply is Model # PS1205-5 and has an input rating of 100-240V ~ 1.2A 50/60Hz. The included power cord is fitted with a U.S. standard 3-prong grounded receptacle plug. The power supply has an output rating of 12 V & 5A.

    The power supply plugs into the charger with a standard coaxial DC power plug and an LED lights up when plugged in.

    The Charger:

    The side of the charger contains three separate balance ports as well as positive and negative charge lead plugs.

    The balance ports are for 2-cell, 3-cell, and 4-cell Lipo battery packs. This charger can balance a single pack ranging from 2-4 cells.

    A red adjustment knob is located on the top of the charger allowing you to control the charge output in ".5" increments ranging from 0.1-4.5.

    A silver start/stop button and four LEDs are also located on top the Easy Balance Charger. Each of the LEDs represents a battery cell from 1-4.

     

    Easy lipo charger
    Compact Construction
    easy charger
    Adjustment Knob
    easy charger
    Balance and Charge Jacks
    power cord
    Power Cord
    venom booklet
    Instruction Booklet
    venom charge lead
    Charge Lead




    Testing

    Using the Easy Balance LiPO Charger:

    The name says it all. The Easy Balance LiPO Charger is one of the easiest chargers to use while still providing some user control. The red dial on top allows quick and easy charge rate adjustments while the LEDs confirm the number of cells connected.

    Venom recommends charging at a rate of "1c". This means if you have a 4000 mah battery, charge it at 4 amps. A 3200 mah battery would be charged at 3.2 amps. This is a good rule of thumb to follow and seems to work well.

    The LED lights blink when you plug in a battery pack to a charger. The number of blinking lights directly coincides with the number of cells the battery pack contains.

    A single tone sounds when the start button is pressed and the LEDs go solid.

    When the battery is completely charged, the charger will sound an alert tone.

    The charge time for a 2s 3200Mah LiPO set at 3.5 amps was 59 minutes. I checked the LiPO with a meter and it was indeed a full charge.

    The Easy Balance LiPO Charger from Venom is an excellent charger for beginners and makes a perfect second charger for racers.





    Credits

    Venom Group International
    United States of America
    14028 N. Ohio Street
    Rathdrum, Idaho 83858

    Email: customerservice@venom-group.com

    Phone: 1-800-705-0620
    Fax: 208-712-3053
    Website: www.venom-group.com


     

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