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Old 06-23-2016, 10:34 PM
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Was just wondering what everyone is running charger-wise.

I'm looking for suggestions on a good charger maybe around 100$. more if its great but less if its great as well.

I've been out of rc'ing for a while, just wondering whats decent. Ihave nicads and nimh's now but am looking to take the leap on lipo's quick.would like a good charger, maybe one that charges 2 packs. I am not into racing but do mess around with buddies fairly serious.


thanks in advance..
Old 06-23-2016, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Ewadz3006 View Post
Was just wondering what everyone is running charger-wise.

I'm looking for suggestions on a good charger maybe around 100$. more if its great but less if its great as well.

I've been out of rc'ing for a while, just wondering whats decent. Ihave nicads and nimh's now but am looking to take the leap on lipo's quick.would like a good charger, maybe one that charges 2 packs. I am not into racing but do mess around with buddies fairly serious.


thanks in advance..
Plenty of great choices here in that price range.

What size batteries do you plan to use?

I have tried a few different chargers but my current favourites are the Reaktors - 250 Watt and 300 Watt versions.

This video is almost two years old and the charger is still going strong - (I have four in total now)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV3ujUzZims It also has a renerative discharge mode which is useful for discharging large capacity batteries fast.

You need a seperate power supply as the charger is DC input only but most of the good ones are the same.

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Old 06-24-2016, 04:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Rob2160 View Post
Plenty of great choices here in that price range.

What size batteries do you plan to use?
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I want to get a 1/8 scale buggy in the next few months. I'll probly get at least a 4s, miliamp I'm not sure. I'll have to check into prices. I wont get cheap batteries, but im not going to buy the latest and greatest either.

Right now I just have some cheap 3000ma nimh's. I just got back into the hobby and got some cheap packs to see if the cars I bought (at a auction) are in working order. I could get some better packs but I want to take the leap into lipos. Instead of buying good nimh's I'd rather start investing in lipos. But I want to get a charger first that will work for both.

A guy at a local hobby shop was showing me a onyx charger. Its a little cheaper BUt he said its a decent charger and he had one there charging a battery.
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You have to ask yourself if you want a separate power supply or not for your charging needs.
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I'm not against having a separate power supply. I'd rather not just for convenience, and added cost. I was looking at the turnigy's They have a reaktor 300w with a built in power supply.
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My buddy and I both got one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/UP120AC-12Amp...attery+charger
Built-in power supply does 120 Watts at up to 12 Amps PER PORT. Charge two batteries at a time. $100 at Amazon. Small footprint.
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If you're looking for Lipos, I strongly suggest you look here http://www.genstattu.com/
Excellent quality, reasonable prices. I've got Gens Ace packs that are 5 years old and still taking 4800mah.
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Originally Posted by Ewadz3006 View Post
...A guy at a local hobby shop was showing me a onyx charger. Its a little cheaper BUt he said its a decent charger and he had one there charging a battery.
Duratrax has great chargers. It's just that some of the models are old, and missing some key features that should have been built into them when using LiPo batteries.

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Originally Posted by EXT2Rob View Post
My buddy and I both got one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/UP120AC-12Amp...attery+charger
Built-in power supply does 120 Watts at up to 12 Amps PER PORT. Charge two batteries at a time. $100 at Amazon. Small footprint.
+1 on this one. It's been on my wishlist for when my knock-off chargers give up. There are sooo many re-branded chargers at on the market, I can't keep up with who is the original maker of them.

Do you want to see what a name does for a sticker price?...stay tuned.

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I know a member on here who won't like this....
$24.50

$49.99

Now I'm not suggesting these chargers for the OP. I'm just showing the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to re-branding in the RC hobby. I'm not picking on Venom, but they do have a lot of products that are made for them, and just slap their name on it. It's just the way it is in the manufacturing world. Everyone does it. I could be here all day showing examples of what changing the name on an item does to the price. I know, I do too much web surfing, but I'm the type of person who tries to get the most "bang for the buck".

Next up: One of the most beloved, and trusted brand names I have used in RC does it again.
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Old 06-25-2016, 08:17 AM
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EXT2Rob, this one is for you . I've been holding out on showing you this for quite some time now. So, without further ado Rob...
$100.40

$174.99

If it's good enough for Associated/Reedy, it's good enough for me .
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:50 AM
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Sweeeet. I do love me a good deal. 😀
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good info rustyus. this is exactly why i started this thread. I didn't even think of the markup factor.

Unfortunately this is what the world has come to. the quick buck. I'm also into car audio and its the same way. The inside of two amplifiers are nearly identical while one costs twice as much.
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I wouldn't be afraid to show up at a track with one of those chargers that Ext2Rob suggested. They IMO have great specs for a dual AC/DC charger. That's what I like. I don't like having to worry about separate power supplies.

I've been keeping up with EXT2Rob and his use of the charger. Those types of buttons are my only concern; not on any one particular charger...just in general. Many electronics use them. I've had $500 guitar effects processors' buttons fail me in a short amount of time, and my lowest of the lowest priced budget chargers, with those types of buttons, have been holding up to 6 years of use so far (knock on wood ).
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ended up getting a deal on a venom 160w duo. So far so good. fairly easy to use.
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I've had several different chargers with those blister buttons, no problems with any of them. Even my oldest off-brand 5 Amp charger I don't use anymore, just cuz the fan's gotten too noisy, the buttons still work fine. I've read that if those buttons are going to fail, they tend to do it within the warranty period! Between me an my buddy and four different chargers, all with blister buttons, none have had failures.

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