RCU Review: Venom's Pro charger Plus


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    Contributed by: Matthew LeMay | Published: May 2012 | Views: 9543 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Easy balance lipo charger
    Charger Reviews
    Review by: Matt LeMay

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    Matt LeMay




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




    Pro Charger Plus



    Specs

    Weight: 21.1 oz (598.2 g)
    Dimensions: 164 x 120 x 45 mm
    Charge Current: 0.1-7.0A
    NiCD/NiMH Cell Count: 1-27 Cell
    LiPO/LiFe/Li-ION: 1-8 Series
    Pb Battery Voltage: 2-36V




    Required
    • Lipo battery to charge



    Hits

    Misses


    Many features

    Includes 8 different style connectors

    10 Battery memory

    AC/DC connections

    Leads reversed on Traxxas plug


    Features:

    Venom Easy Charger
    Venom Box
    Power supply

    Included:

    Venom's Pro charger Plus includes several different charging leads as well as some other goodies.

    • Tamiya
    • EC3
    • Deans style
    • Glow plug connector
    • Small connector for charging receiver batteries
    • JST adapter
    • Alligator clips (for lead acid batteries)
    • Push in adapter lead
    • Temp sensor probe
    • Cell balance block
    • USB PC Link
    • CD ROM program disc (to keep track of charging rates on the computer)

    Power Supply: External

    The power supply is Model # ADP-150BB B

    Input: 100-240V-1.8A 50-60Hz
    Output: 12V 12.5A

    The external power supply plugs into the charger with a standard 3-prong monitor plug and plugs into the wall with a standard 2-prong plug.

    The Charger:

    The charger is also equipped with permanent DC battery clips for use with DC power sources such as a car battery.

    An on/off switch is located on the side of the charger near the power inputs. The other end of the charger contains the output connections as well as the balance ports.

    To the right of the cooling fan is an LCD screen with two lines of information is located on top of the charger above four buttons.

    • Battery Type/Stop
    • Decrease
    • Increase
    • Start/Enter

    Easy lipo charger
    easy charger
    easy charger
    power cord
    venom booklet
    venom charge lead





    Testing:

    Using the Pro Charger Plus:

    The pro charger plus provided plenty of power and fairly easy use, though its complexity may confuse you initially. I mainly used the charger on two types of batteries, LiPo and NiMH.

    You can alter or adjust almost all components of this charger like end voltage, capacity cutoff, safety timer, Temperature cutoff, Ext/Int temperatures, Input power, and cell balancing.

    There are many charge cycles including fast charge, balance charge, discharge, storage, and cycle. All have their uses and can be very handy.

    Using the USB PC Link allows you to see the actual charge progression and individual cell voltages. This is great for trouble shooting weak batteries or making sure new ones are charging correctly.

    The Charger has performed great and the USB PC Link is a great feature though I seldom use it. The charge lengths seem to be right on track with similar chargers and I like being able to charge my larger packs.





    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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