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Old 03-14-2009, 07:24 PM
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Default Battery Cycler - Hobbico Accu-Cycle or Great Planes ElectriFly Triton2?

Due to life in general, I've not flown for almost a year but will be getting back to the field this summer. I've turned on a few of my planes and my Tx to run them down and charge them now and again but I'd like to get a proper battery cycler to condition my packs when I won't get to the field often enough to cycle them with regular use. Curious if either of these would be better for this use?

Great Planes ElectriFly Triton2 DC Computer Charger
Hobbico Accu-Cycle Elite Battery Cycler

Looks like they both have an optional temp probe as well.

Appreciate any input!

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Old 03-14-2009, 10:17 PM
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Default RE: Battery Cycler - Hobbico Accu-Cycle or Great Planes ElectriFly Triton2?

The chargers you mention have very little discharge power. What you should consider is the West Mountain Radio CBA-II.
http://www.rcaccessory.com/index.asp...ROD&ProdID=422
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The chargers you mention have very little discharge power. What you should consider is the West Mountain Radio CBA-II.
http://www.rcaccessory.com/index.asp...ROD&ProdID=422
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Default RE: Battery Cycler - Hobbico Accu-Cycle or Great Planes ElectriFly Triton2?

somegeek: What size and type of batteries do you have (now and expect to have in the future)?
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Default RE: Battery Cycler - Hobbico Accu-Cycle or Great Planes ElectriFly Triton2?

Mostly NiMh and NiCd Rx and Tx packs now - 150mAh to 1600mAh. A few 3s1p 1700mAh lipo packs and a few 3000mAh NiMh car packs. This cycler would be primarily for my Rx and Tx packs.

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Default RE: Battery Cycler - Hobbico Accu-Cycle or Great Planes ElectriFly Triton2?

Doin a bit more diggin - any thoughts on this model?

DuraTrax IntelliPeak ICE DC Competition Charger
- Discharge current: 0.1-10.0A adjustable
- Trickle charge current: 0-500mA

Nice display as well.

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Default RE: Battery Cycler - Hobbico Accu-Cycle or Great Planes ElectriFly Triton2?

I have been using the Accu_Cycle Elite for a couple of years. TX and RX, nicads and nimh in the range (voltage and mah) you have. I have also used it with 2 cell 1000 mah Lipos. It works as advertised. The ten memory function is very useful.

Don't know about the others.

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Old 03-16-2009, 08:35 AM
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Default RE: Battery Cycler - Hobbico Accu-Cycle or Great Planes ElectriFly Triton2?

Somegeek,
I have a Triton and love it.
However, for the same price as the one you showed they have the EQ AC/DC Charger.
This will charge and balance up to 6 LiPo, LiIon, LiFe batteries.
It also has a built in AC power supply.
Look it over.
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