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Old 05-05-2007, 05:32 PM
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Default TRITON2 or ICE?

Ok, I have narrow it down to these two.

Can you guys give me your opinions on these?

-TRITON2
-ICE

Here in Panama, the ICE is 30 dolars cheaper than the Triton2.

Thanks.
Old 05-05-2007, 05:46 PM
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

Both charger are DC only. Both chargers have horror stories. If you want a AC/DC charger then look for a TEKIN 112C charger. This is only if you are going to charge NIMH ar NICAD 1-12 cells. I have 3 and they have never failed me yet.
Old 05-05-2007, 05:50 PM
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

Unfortunately, My LHS only has these two chargers... I don't live in the US.

I have to choose between these two.

AC or DC is fine with me.

Thanks.
Old 05-05-2007, 07:12 PM
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

Those two are so similar in features that the expected output voltage should determine which one to buy. If you are ever going to use over 11 cells then the choice is clear (Triton 2) If you will never use over 11 cells then the Ice is a better choice.
Old 05-05-2007, 08:16 PM
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

There are a few main differenes between the ICE and the Triton 2. The triton 2 can charge quite a few more cells, up to 24 NiMH, where the ICE is only 10. The triton 2 has a lot smaller display than the Ice, so you can see more stuff without scrolling. It also does graphical displays of charge and discharge information. The Ice can charge at 8 amps and the triton 2 is 7 amps, so not a big difference, but the Ice can discharge at 10A where the triton 2 is only 3 amps. The triton has a mode for charging lead acid batteries, where the Ice you have to use a function of another battery, like NiMH or lipo with the settings that work (so it's a jerry rig job). The Ice has a motor break in power supply that will run up to 10A @ 8v for a certain amount of time, it can also run other things too. The Ice comes with more features for competition racing. The triton 2 has a backlight, which some praise and some condem. The Ice does not have one, but you can buy a kit for them if you want to add it on.

I was a lot more impressed with the manual on the ICE than on the triton 2, and I am not charging any thing over 10 cells NiCD or NiMH, and only 3s lipo's and 12v lead acid batteries, all of which either charger can handle. All in all I liked the Ice better for it's big screen, higher discharge rate, the motor break in feature, and the better manual (to me that tells me more of where their intrests lie). I also really liked the fact that the Ice is basically a solid block of aluminum and is very durable. I don't own the triton 2, but from the pics I have seen of it taken apart, it is made alot of plastic.


http://duratrax.com/caraccys/dtxp4170.html

http://www.electrifly.com/chargers/gpmm3153.html

I believe somewhere I saw that someone had made the triton 2 able to do motor break in's as well... but I don't know the details on that, or how much info it would give you when it is doing it.

All in all they are very close chargers and both quite good for the amount they cost... basically just get the one that better matches your situation. =)
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Good info there mrasmm, Thanks!.
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

Too bad you don't have the option of getting the 989 by MRC. It is in the same class as T-2 and Ice.
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Good info there mrasmm, Thanks!.
yup, you're welcome =)
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

Going to my LHS to buy the ICE!.

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:20 AM
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

You will be very pleased with it. Just ask if you have any questions on it, remember it's got may features you do not need to use at first. Love the graph mode on older batteries.
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Wao!... I'm already pleased!.

One feature I find very useful is the Resistance meter... I'm always looking for low resistance packs but never knew how to measure it.
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Beware that you use the same gauge wire, connector and wire length equal or your data will not be of value. 50m ohms is low.
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

50 Ohms is low?, I was under the impression that 10 ohms was low.

I'm also wondering about the measure, it is not ohms but mili ohms right?, it should look something like 50,000 mili ohms?

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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

my lipo packs run between about 180 mohms and 240 mohms. The NiCD and NiMH packs I have charged with it are a bit older and run more like 400mohms. If I remember right there are 1000 mohms in 1 ohm. Obviously the lower the ohms the better =) Oh yeah and it is miliohms
Old 05-08-2007, 07:46 AM
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We should start a thread on batts tested … milli is .001 my good pack using just the proved alligator connector on good AA packs is in the 90 m to 120 milli ohm area. Spec for Sanyo HR3U is 25m @ 1kHZ test so times 4 is 100m ohm right on. Lowest so far is 50 milli ohm on single sub C this I believe is due to wire and connection resistance. In plane with 2 foot cable is up into 250 milli ohm area
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Default RE: TRITON2 or ICE?

My new 2700 MiMh Expert Electronics pack read 203 miliohms.

I guess that's good enough for now.

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