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Old 12-22-2006, 01:21 AM
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[link=http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXLTW4&P=ML]MRC Super Brain 989[/link]
I have been doing the research into buying a new charger. Of course my head is spinning with all the different charges out there. I had to build an Excel Spreadsheet with all the features of all the different chargers. In the end the MRC Super Brain 989 won on features alone. It pretty much does it all. I am amazed at what it can do. It even comes with a 10A power supply and the temperature sensor. With all of that said, I don't want to make a mistake. What looks good on paper may end up sucking donkey balls in reality. [sm=wink_smile.gif]

Is this a good charger ???

Is MRC (Model Rectifier Corporation) a good brand?

Any and all comments are appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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Old 12-22-2006, 03:07 AM
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Default RE: MRC Super Brain 989

Mine is on it's way and I will let you'all know. Your right , it sure does look good on paper.
Old 12-22-2006, 07:16 AM
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I will be interested to see whether this charger lives up to its hype. MRC has had some "issues" in the past. Initially, I thought this might be a pretty good charger for the money but was quite disappointed when I couldn't get any real information about some of the specifications. There was a thread on the charger a little while ago...

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_49...tm.htm#4980814

I decided that I would wait to see how they work out - perhaps the information will be forthcoming once there are some users out there. Let us know how it works for you. At the very least, I would like to know what the charger's capacity is (in maximum watt output). I could not find this basic information by asking or even by reading the manual on-line.

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Old 12-22-2006, 11:40 AM
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Default RE: MRC Super Brain 989

i bought one just after thanksgiving, I've used it on rx packs, tx packs, my starter box, and glow plug ignitors..

it works great on all battery types, inlcuding Li-Poly

Instead of just saying it's great, here are a few things I've come across with it:
1. I like the temp sensor and it's function..
2. It hasn't been able to 'read' my Gel Cell battery (lead acid).. it's supposed to..
3. adjustable charge rate.. so if you need a charged pack quickly, you can charge at 3C if you need it.
4. The external power supply is great for other things too.. although I found that the Power supply function INSIDE the 989 gives more flexability.


I would recommend it.. although only if it's a deal.. I paid 129US for mine, the ICE was the only thing nearly comparable.
Old 12-22-2006, 05:29 PM
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Wow, you got a good deal anyways.
Old 12-22-2006, 07:12 PM
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Default RE: MRC Super Brain 989

I have had mine since late September. I don't have any Lipo's but I have charged all the rest including lead acid and gell cells. It worked great on all of them. It can charge up to 25 cells so you could charge up to 4 six cell packs in series (24 batteries) at once to keep your EMaxx or Supervee charged up. It is also good for battery capacity's up to 19,999 mah so it should be good for some time yet. I have only had Dynamite chargers before so maybe I'm too easily impressed. I like it though.[8D]
Old 12-23-2006, 09:51 AM
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Just ordered the 989 today !!!

Thanks for info


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Old 12-26-2006, 12:07 AM
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I'm thinking of getting the Brain 989 but i can't find a site that tells you what accesories it comes with.
Im just trying to find out all the adaptors it comes with.
Could someone please tell me what adaptors are included with the charger?
I can make deans connectors if i have to i just want to know what it comes with.

Also, would i need to buy this if I want it to balence the li-po pack(2cell 7.4v 800mah) that comes with the Blade CX2
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXMGS7&P=M

Thanks for your help.
Im going to the hobby shop tommorrow so I think im going to order it anyway.
Just want to know if these to items will work together.
Old 12-26-2006, 04:56 PM
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Default RE: MRC Super Brain 989

Mine just came in today and it comes with a standard tamiya lead and an alligator clamps lead. I'm pretty impressed so far with the power supply and the charger as well. Just done some voltage and power tests at 39 volts max and 106 watts max. So far there a lot of things that "I like" about it.
Old 12-26-2006, 10:34 PM
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Default RE: MRC Super Brain 989

I just picked up one of these chargers today. I haven't really had a chance to use it yet, but it really seems to have a lot of functionality.

For those of you in the San Francisco bay area, Sheldon's Hobbies is having a 40% off moving sale, and they still have a lot of the 989's in stock. I got mine for about $95 after tax.
Old 12-27-2006, 01:20 AM
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I just ordered my Brain 989 from my lhs.
It was 125 plus tax.
Old 12-29-2006, 03:38 AM
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Default RE: MRC Super Brain 989

I got my Brain 989 charger.
Works great, it charges every battery I have.
The ac adaptor it comes with makes things a lot easier
It even brought one of my ni-cad packs back to life.
It takes like 10-20 minutes to get the programming thing down but its worth it.

The only thing i had to do was make a deans adaptor so i could use the Grear Planes Equinox li-po balencer.

You get what you pay for
Old 12-29-2006, 08:27 AM
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ORIGINAL: TheFinalCut

I got my Brain 989 charger.
Works great, it charges every battery I have.
The ac adaptor it comes with makes things a lot easier
It even brought one of my ni-cad packs back to life.
It takes like 10-20 minutes to get the programming thing down but its worth it.

The only thing i had to do was make a deans adaptor so i could use the Grear Planes Equinox li-po balencer.

You get what you pay for

Does it require a Li-Po balancer? I was hoping the SB 989 would have the balancer built in.
Old 12-29-2006, 11:20 AM
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No balancer in the brain.

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