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Old 11-29-2012, 07:00 PM
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Default Charger for LiFEPO4?

The secondhand plane I bought - a 30% SBach 342 - came with LiFEPO4 batteries for the ignition and the receiver. The previous owner was nice enough to give me a basic charger.

I have a Hobbico Accu-Cycle Elite that does everything but (I use it for NiMHs in my other planes), so I'm faced with a decision - (1) stick with the basic charger, (2) replace the batteries with NiMHs and keep using the advanced charger, or (3) buy another charger that handles LiFEPO4 batteries.

I'm looking for opinions - and if you think (3) is the way to go, a recommendation for a charger would be great.

Cheers!
Old 11-29-2012, 08:55 PM
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Default RE: Charger for LiFEPO4?

What's wrong with the basic charger? A dedicated LiFe charger is cheap and it works as well as anything else.
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Default RE: Charger for LiFEPO4?

I believe it's the same basic chemistry as A123, You do want to balance charge them just like other Lithium packs

I have a Hyperion EOS 0606i ac/dc model, when it came out it has the Lifepo4 setting,, the newer ones just say A123 since it's the popular brand of that type,, same animal

I also have two Cellpro Multi4 chargers I use with my A123 and Lipo packs,, best out there for the money if you're just charging Rx packs and up to 4s IMO

Good luck
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I believe it's the same basic chemistry as A123, You do want to balance charge them just like other Lithium packs

I have a Hyperion EOS 0606i ac/dc model, when it came out it has the Lifepo4 setting,, the newer ones just say A123 since it's the popular brand of that type,, same animal

I also have two Cellpro Multi4 chargers I use with my A123 and Lipo packs,, best out there for the money if you're just charging Rx packs and up to 4s IMO

Good luck
As far as the charger is concerned they are the same animal, but as far as performance is concerned, the A123 batteries are way out ahead of other LIFE type batteries.

Greg

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