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E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

Old 03-16-2005, 02:29 PM
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Default E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

I am looking at some inexpensive field chargers for lipo and am narrowing it down between an E-flite Celectra and a Thunder Power 425 charger. Any comments? I just purchased a Astroflight lithium charger but would prefer a less expensive charger for field use.

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Old 03-16-2005, 08:13 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

I just bought one yesterday, along with my first Li-Poly battery. It seems to be taking a while to charge, but I'm not sure my 12V power source is up to full power. The first time I charged it, I used a 12V 300mA power supply (stuck the PS in the freezer to keep it from overheating). I now have an automotive jump starter battery. Thats not fully charged, yet, and I am charging it at the same time I have the Li-Po battery charging. Anyone have any experience to let me know how long it should take a 3 cell, 1500mA Li-po to charge at 1.5A?
Old 03-16-2005, 08:26 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

It just finished charging. I didn't time it exactly, but it seemed to be an hour or less.

It seems to be a pretty nice charger, with lots of safety features. You can choose the number of cells, 1, 2, or 3 (It comes in two versions, 2 or 3 cell max), and you choose the charge rate, 250mA, 500mA, 1A, 1.5A, or 2 A.

It just finished charging, and the battery doesn't even seem warm.

I think I did mention, the Celectra does need a separate power supply.
Old 03-16-2005, 08:56 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

Thanks for the info on the Celectra. A 1500 mah lipo charged at 1.5 amp should be 1 hour

The charge rate is 1c , for example a 1000 mah charged at 1 amp should be an hour, likewise if you charged the 1500 lipo at .5c or 750 ma it would take 2 hours. Every lipo I have owned states a max charge rate of 1c c= capacity.

I use a Radio Shack 10 amp power supply so I have the necessary supply.

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Old 03-16-2005, 09:04 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

" I use a Radio Shack 10 amp power supply so I have the necessary supply."

The Radio Shack store I went to didn't have a 10 amp supply. The most it had was 3 amps.
But I like the aotomotive jump start battery. I can take it to the field with me, AND I have it in case I need it for my car.
Old 03-17-2005, 12:39 AM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

I recently purchased the celectra for all my smaller 3D packs (Kokam 3s and 2s 2000's)
so far it has performed well. It is very compact, and very easy to use. I would certainly recommend
it if you are planning on staying in the smaller capacity packs.

If you plan to get into larger capacity packs over 2A, it may be prudent to purchase a charger
that is capable. I also have 2 Triton chargers that I use to charge my larger Kokam packs.

When I fly I like to take 3-4 planes to the field, that translates to a quite a number of packs!
With all 3 chargers running, I can have 3 packs charged in about one hour.


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Old 03-17-2005, 10:12 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

I'm using a Radio Shack #22-507 3 amp 13.8 volt power supply ($41.95) with a celectra charger seems to work fine so far. The 13.8 volts matchs the output of a car battery which the Celectra might use as a power sourch in the field.
Old 03-28-2005, 05:23 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

yup radio shack 3 amp here also, no probs cept i now need more planes and bats
Old 03-30-2005, 01:00 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

I've used the Celectra for about three months now. Have it hooked up to a lawn tractor battery. So far it's worked flawlessly. Charges my batteries and hasn't burned down my house. What more could I want?
Old 03-30-2005, 04:09 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

Thanks for all the info, I ended up buying a Duratrax Ice charger because of the advanced features.
Old 03-30-2005, 07:46 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

e flight works great on 1500mh battery on my yak no problems using battery from box that i use on gas planes. this battery was 17$ plus charger 9$ plan on purchasing rechargeable box at local toolsale this weekend withh air comp. 29$ just booster start for car 10$ hope it works to provide charge for lii-poly chargers
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

can anyone tell me can i use two chargers off the same 12V batt at the same time?????
thank todd
Old 01-14-2007, 04:29 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite Celectra lipo charger, anyone using?

I had a question about this charger. With the Blade CX and CP, can you charge both batteries with this charger without any modifications to the batteries? I'm only familiar with using the chargers that come with the batteries so I don't know what kind of setup is necessary for the 2 and 3 cell LiPo's of the Blade series.

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