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Old 11-02-2022, 08:05 AM
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As the story often goes , when youíre looking for something is when you canít find it. Finally got my rc cars repaired at LF HOBBIES in Kearney Nj ( great guys) and come home to grab my charger which was resting on the table for months only to not find it anywhere in sight. My wife and family have no clue where it has walked to. Now Iím looking for a dual or quad charger descent priced that you guys recommend for the rc car hobby. Lipo batteries. My charger was from about 10 years ago so Iím curious to see Whats changed since then if anything. My hitec needed a balance board plug in , is that still in effect now. Look forward to all the suggestions.
Old 11-02-2022, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Lucianpoppy
As the story often goes , when youíre looking for something is when you canít find it. Finally got my rc cars repaired at LF HOBBIES in Kearney Nj ( great guys) and come home to grab my charger which was resting on the table for months only to not find it anywhere in sight. My wife and family have no clue where it has walked to. Now Iím looking for a dual or quad charger descent priced that you guys recommend for the rc car hobby. Lipo batteries. My charger was from about 10 years ago so Iím curious to see Whats changed since then if anything. My hitec needed a balance board plug in , is that still in effect now. Look forward to all the suggestions.
The iCharger 308Duo is a 2 channel (2 chargers in 1 case) that uses 24v DC input and will charge any pack between 1S and 8S.
You'll get a bunch more recommendations, and they are all going to be pretty good. But, I like the iChargers and I've been using them for years.

Yes, you still need balancers boards to charge multiple packs in series (most paraboards will handle 6 packs at a time).
If you are charging in parallel, then you could get 4 or 6 packs being charged simultaneously
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Old 12-03-2022, 06:34 AM
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I am not a Spektrum flyer but I find the 2100 duel to be a fine charger. ac power just use a balance board for non Spektrum batteries. Good up to 6s. This charger can also be updated to gen 2 but I still have not done that yet
Old 12-15-2022, 10:01 PM
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Traxxas dual balance charger
Old 12-20-2022, 06:49 PM
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If you want to get into the hobby seriously the icharger duo models are the high end top dog of the charger options. So worth the money. I had a hitec 4x and it was ok but they're made by sky rc. It didnt charge all that well either. It would puff packs all the time. So i sold it. So glad i did. I got a icharger 308 duo. No more puffy packs and it charges in 1/4 of the time. It is capable of 30A. If the battery can take it that is. Ive seen some say they can handle a 8c charge. That means 8 times its mah rating. For example if its a 5000mah battery this charger can charge it at 40A if it could. (5.0 x 8) but It maxes at 30A. So basically charge a 5000mah battery in probably 2- 3 mins. Im guessing, but it will be pretty quick.



The drawback is it must be used with a power supply that can feed it the amps. But you.can get server power supply's on ebay for $20 or less. More than enough power for the icharger 308 duo. You will need to solder power leads to it and a jumper wire to turn it on. But thats simple stuff. If you buy one many places sell them in a wrap with a power lead already attached but they usually sell for $100. Quite the markup.

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Old 12-23-2022, 10:14 AM
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I use a Duo 410 and 308, but now X12ís and a X8 dual as well being a lot more compact. If you use server power supplies you need to be aware of ichargerís one major fault. If youíre running 24v or 36v supplies and lose one, it will blows all your fets. Not super fun to fix. I had 3 HPís in series and lost one dropping the voltage to 24v from 36 while charging.
Old 12-23-2022, 09:12 PM
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I've been using a sky rc imax b6ac for years and for its price you could get two or three of them. If I were buying new I'd probably go with a Hota d6 Pro, it's a dual charger that accepts ac or dc power. After seeing the recommendations above for the icharger duo I'll probably review that as well.
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Originally Posted by ticedoff8
The iCharger 308Duo is a 2 channel (2 chargers in 1 case) that uses 24v DC input and will charge any pack between 1S and 8S.
You'll get a bunch more recommendations, and they are all going to be pretty good. But, I like the iChargers and I've been using them for years.

Yes, you still need balancers boards to charge multiple packs in series (most paraboards will handle 6 packs at a time).
If you are charging in parallel, then you could get 4 or 6 packs being charged simultaneously
Then you have to find a 24VDC power supply? So much for an inexpensive charger.

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