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Old 08-22-2006, 07:21 AM
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Default 6V Charger?

I'm ready to make the jump to a 6V system in my gassers... question is, what is the consensus on 6V chargers? Which one do I get? I'm looking at some of the 2000+ mah Ni-Mh batts.

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Old 08-22-2006, 02:10 PM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

Are you talking about a 6.0 volt battery pack that needs to be charged on your gassers ? If so, charge them like you normally would. The charger I'm using is Aces Dual meter Dual Charger. Charges -I believe up to 250 milliamps in increments of 5.

I'm using a 6.0 volt 1200 Nimh battery pack in my gasser (ryobi 31) and it works fine.

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Old 08-22-2006, 08:27 PM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

I've got an Ace Super Smart Charge that I use on all my other packs, but the switch on it says it only goes to 2000 mah capacity. Is it ok to use for a 6V pack? If I use it, I suppose it would just take longer to charge a 2500 mah pack. I take it that the charging voltage for the batteries isn't as critical as I thought it might be.
Old 08-23-2006, 08:31 AM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

Charge it like you would any other battery pack. If you have a 2500 mah pack and the charger you're using only goes to 2000 capacity for battery packs. it would take longer to charge then.

The rule is to charge at 1/10 battery mah for 14-16 hrs? might take longer if not charging at 1/10.

Can anyone else help here. would it take longer to charge 6.0 volts as compared to 4.8 volts if the packs were of the same mah ?

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Old 08-23-2006, 08:23 PM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

ok, i still don't have an answer... does the charger have to put out 6 volts? or can I use the same charger I use for my standard 4.8 batterys?

anybody know?
thanks!
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Old 08-24-2006, 08:24 AM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

You have two things that are going to change on your setup: You're raising the voltage and going to a much higher capacity. I'm guessing that your 4.8 volt charger is one of those Futaba wall warts that is either 50 or 100 ma charge rate. When you combine your lower voltage and low charge rate on that 6 volt 2000 mah pack, it will take a long time to charge. I have used those wall warts on my 1950 mah NoBS 6 volt NiMh packs but I had to charge for over 40 hours (1950/50 = 39 hours. Then add 10 hours for the form charge and reduced voltage). I have another Futaba wall wart that is 100 ma charge rate at 4.8 volts and works a little better (1950/100 = 19.5 hours). I use this one for form charging and it does charge the pack to full capacity. It just takes a long time.

So you are best to get a good charger that will do 6 volt and 2000 mah. I use the Accucycle Elite and it works great. Also get yourself a wall wart that is able to do 6 volt packs and has a 200ma charge rate. NoBS sells them for about $20. I never got one and wish I did. NiMh packs need a good form charge to work the best (a couple form charges is even better). Check out NoBS packs, they are top notch. It's all I use these days.



ORIGINAL: mcmike

ok, i still don't have an answer... does the charger have to put out 6 volts? or can I use the same charger I use for my standard 4.8 batterys?

anybody know?
thanks!
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:10 PM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

you need a charger that can charge a 5 cell pack. if you are using a charger that is designed for 4.8 volts (4 cell pack) it wont work with 5 cell pack.
Old 08-24-2006, 03:22 PM
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you need a charger that can charge a 5 cell pack. if you are using a charger that is designed for 4.8 volts (4 cell pack) it wont work with 5 cell pack.
that's what I wanted to know! ok.. looks like it's off to buy more stuff!

thanks!
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:34 AM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

So...what you're saying there ARE chargers designed for 4 vs.5 cell packs, not based on mah charging capacity ?

If so, I guess I too better go out and buy me one of them 5 cell chargers. Because the 5 cell pack that I've been charging with my Ace Dual meter variable charger for the last 2 years has not been working properly-either that, or my digital voltmeter is giving me wrong reading that it is being charged to capacity.
Old 08-25-2006, 09:20 AM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

there are many chargers designed for 4 cell or 8 cell batteries, but not for 1 cell, 2 cell, 3cell, 5 cell, 6 cell, 7 cell, 9 cell etc. etc. get it ?. the accucycle is one of those chargers. i happen to have a charger that will charge 1-12 cells. dont bother buying a 5 cell charger ,your charger will charge 1-10 cells.(if i looked up the right one )
Old 08-25-2006, 09:22 AM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

After doing some checking, the charger that I have, and Ace Super Smart Charger" says it will do 3 to 6 cell receiver packs, so it looks like i'm ok....

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Old 08-25-2006, 09:48 AM
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sounds good to me
Old 08-25-2006, 12:45 PM
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Default RE: 6V Charger?

Thanks laryboy. That too is what I meant.

The Ace DMVC can charge packs from 1-10 batteries. It depends on the charger one has to its capabilities.

Cary
Old 08-27-2006, 10:38 PM
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Mustangman, I'm sure you were already aware of this but just in case you aren't. I just fried one side of my trusty old Ace dmvc charger by accidently reversing the charge leads. I plugged it in reversed and went to take a shower. When I returned 15 minutes later my garage smelled like burning circuit board![&o] Now I am the proud owner of a smvc (single metered vari-charger). Luckily there was no damage to my transmitter! My bad!

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