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|MULTI-FUNCTION RC BATTERY CHARGER, VERSATILE POWER OPTIONS!||Published: 24/03/10|
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So you purchased that fine RC airplane car, boat, helicopter or whatever with LiPo batteries. What about the RC battery charger? Batteries can only last so long and replacements are costly. RC hobbyists like me, who own a variety of RC vehicles, are constantly required to recharge multiple types of RC batteries. To make this a productive and safe endeavor a quality RC multi function battery charger can be one of the most important items in our pool of accessories. Just think we spend a lot of money buying RC batteries and battery packs, so it is reasonable to expect that we will do our best to take care of them with proper charging for higher performance and a longer life span. After all, when we are ready to go, battery power should not be our major concern. RC battery chargers are often taken for granted and most new comers will buy the charger recommended by a friend or sales person without doing any homework. This will cause them to purchase a charger that does not meet their needs and leave out some important features that are available on today’s robust multi function chargers. Purchasing a quality multi function charger is an investment for years of enjoyment and fun with your RC hobby vehicles, so don’t take it for granted. LiPo and various forms of lithium chemistry such as LiFe, and lithium ion, are very popular so good lithium battery charging & balancing support will make or break a good multi function charger. The first considerations when buying your multi function charger is how much power it can deliver and maximum cell count it will support. Most good RC multi function battery chargers support at least 6S LiPo cell counts and up to 15 or more NiCad, NIMH celled packs.
For the last year or so, I have used the Venom Pro charger/w/Power Supply and found it to be a great asset for charging all of my RC batteries. They have been a bit hard to find but a few are available now. Here are a few notes on this quality charger that has a very reasonable price tag.
It is available in both DC and AC/DC power configurations (very important) so there are no limitations. This machine can handle charging, discharging, balancing (LiPO/LiON/LiFE cells), cycling and more!
If you have multiple kinds of RC vehicles and other battery charging needs, the Pro Charger is able to service multiple types of batteries.
This multi function Pro Charger as a stand alone charger can handles five different kinds of batteries; NiCD, NiMH, LiPO, LiON/LiFE ,Lead Acid batteries and a whopping one to fifteen cells for NiCD and NiMH batteries.
This charging system allows users to define charge rates from 0.1 amps to 5.0 amps depending on what they need and also allows the user to create up to ten different charger profiles with a USB PC connection.
That’s my take. Check out a RC multi function charger and keep your RC vehicles batteries powered and ready for your next big RC adventure! Zoooooooom!
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