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Old 07-25-2022, 12:04 PM
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Hi All,

Can Spektrum Smart batteries be charged on ISDT / normal Lipo chargers or MUST it be a Spektrum Smart charger?

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Old 07-25-2022, 12:38 PM
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Depends.

Gen1 Smart packs have a balance lead and can be charged conventionally.

Gen2 or G2 smart batteries have no balance lead and must be charged with a Smart charger.

If you're buying from Horizon you're most likely going to get G2, if you're buying old stock from a hobby shop or online retailer you need to be sure that what you're buying isn't G2 if you want to use a regular charger.
I have 24v icharger 308 and I love it, but i was sold on the S2200 smart charger once i tried it.

Edit for clarification: You can charge G2 smart batteries without a Smart charger (nobody is getting shafted) but you can't BALANCE charge them. It didn't occur to me to mention this because most people balance charge big lipos.

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Old 07-26-2022, 04:10 AM
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Originally Posted by BarracudaHockey View Post
Depends.

Gen1 Smart packs have a balance lead and can be charged conventionally.

Gen2 or G2 smart batteries have no balance lead and must be charged with a Smart charger.

If you're buying from Horizon you're most likely going to get G2, if you're buying old stock from a hobby shop or online retailer you need to be sure that what you're buying isn't G2 if you want to use a regular charger.
I have 24v icharger 308 and I love it, but i was sold on the S2200 smart charger once i tried it
Seriously? I don't use the balance leads anyway so why can't this work? Horizon finding another way to shaft buyers?
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You charge Lipos without balancing?
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Originally Posted by BarracudaHockey View Post
You charge Lipos without balancing?
Not every time, no. I also don't run my batteries down to near the low voltage point. I'm not the kind of person who spends his entire time at the field flying - being social with the other fliers is important to me. I do occasionally use the balance lead, but I stay away from Horizon Hobby batteries, even most other Horizon items, so I won't ever see this issue.

Horizon lost me as a customer when they bought up the field and raised their profit level.
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Default smarat charges and LiPo and Li ion

my smart charger is marked for Li Pol but my smart batteries are Li ion. Does it make any difference?
Old 08-01-2022, 07:03 AM
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Probably not, if you have a spektrum smart charger and smart battery it detects the chemistry when you plug the battery in and activates the appropriate type and charge rate based on that information.

What battery do you have? I wasn't aware there were lithium Ion smart packs
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The smart battery is a 2200 ma 50c.
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I dont think they make any LiIon batteries, they have Life and Lipo in Smart packs.

Either way, if its a smart pack from Spektrum the charger will pick up the battery info and set the proper charge regime automatically
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Li ion battery
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Fascinating!

My money is on that being a misprinted label. Here's what i come up with running that part number on Horizon's web site.

https://www.horizonhobby.com/product...PMX224S50.html
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Li Ion is not noted for high discharge rate. The same thought had occurred to me.

Thanks for the research
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