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Imax rc x200 battery charger
One of the newest entries into the battery charger wars is from IMAXRC. Their new charger, the X200, features a high quality touch screen and balance charge capabilities. Some of the other features and specifications include-

* 4.3″ inch Touch Screen TFT display
* iM.OS system
* 32 bit processor
* Multiple language interface
* IBP adapter board- for Deans, Tamiya, EC3, and other connectors
* USB Port
* Supports 6 different types of battery chemistry
* Up to 6S Lithium
* Max charge rate 10 amps
* DC Only

We have not received any pricing or availability information (or even if it will make it to the states) on the X200 yet, but will update when we do. Till then you can get more information at the official IMAXRC Website.

Haven’t read our battery charger shootout yet? Check it out HERE.

Open Hobby Zenith Battery Lipo ChargerIt seems everywhere you look now days is some type of uber new battery charger and the new Open Hobby Zenith is no exception. The Zenith has two channels of output and has a handy touch screen for your convenience. The Zenith also sports a small footprint to ensure there is plenty of room left on your pit table to wrench on. Not much more information has been released to the public on this one, but expect to see more soon on the Official Open Hobby Website.

Have you checked out our battery charger shootout? If not, you can view it HERE.

Progressive RC 500 watt the surface sidekick battery charger combo
Are you the type of basher that likes to keep all your charging gear in a handy to transport case? If so the crew over at Progressive RC sell charging stations with a case. Each combo case comes with a power supply, battery charger, and everything needed for doing some serious charging. Pictured above is their Surface Sidekick, a 500 watt set-up capable of charging 3S packs at up to 30 amps. Some of the other specs and features include-

* Charger- 1 iCharger 306B
* Power Supply- 1 PRC 500
* Balance Board- JST-XH & ThunderPower
* Comes with two 50mm fans with grills
* Charge current range: 0.05-30.0A
* Discharge current range: 0.05-30.0A
* Maximum discharge power capacity: 80W
* Maximum regenerative discharge: 1000W
* Current drain for balancing: <500mA
* Balance accuracy: <10mV
* LiPo/LiIo/LiFe: 1-6 series (up to 12S LiFe in non-balanced mode)
* NiCd/NiMH battery cell count: 1-25 series
* Pb battery cell count: 1-18 series (2-36V)
* Battery setup memories: 10
* Comes with intelligent temperature control
* PC Connectivity: USB port
* Warranty: 1 year

The Progressive RC charging set-up pictured above has a street price of $375 and you can get more information right HERE.

Have you read our battery charger shoot-out? If not, check it out HERE.

MaxAmps Updated 12 Volt
MaxAmps are not only makers of fine batteries but they also have high output DC power supplies. Recently the MaxAmps crew updated their power supply line-up by adding front grills, putting on fresh wraps, and making small internal changes. The 12 volt model shown above is good for 47 amps of output and costs right at $80. For complete specs click HERE.

Want to read our review of the MaxAmps 24 volt power supply? Click HERE.

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The Duratrax¬†Onyx LiPo bargain continues with expanded 25C LiPo pack options. Now offered with Deans¬ģ Ultra Plugs¬ģ, new configurations include

  • DTXC1830 Onyx LiPo 3S 11.1V 1300mAh Soft Case w/Deans Ultra Plug
  • DTXC1836 Onyx LiPo 2S 7.4V 2000mAh 25C Soft Case w/Deans Ultra Plg New
  • DTXC1868 Onyx LiPo 3S 11.1V 4000mAh 25C Soft Case w/Deans Ulra Plg
  • DTXC1878 Onyx LiPo 3S 11.1V 6400mAh 25C Soft Case w/Deans Ulta Plg
  • DTXC1882 Onyx LiPo 2S 7.4V 8000mAh 25C Soft Case w/Deans Ultra Plg

Full lineup available on the Duratrax website.

 

For the racer looking for ROAR approved 1/10 and 1/8 scale packs or the  basher looking for a higher discharge and the protection of a hard case LiPo, these TrakPower LiPos are what you are looking for. New configurations include

  • TKPC0265 LiPo 2S 7.4V 4400mAh 50C Hard Case w/4mm Bullet
  • TKPC0455 LiPo 6S 22.2V 3400mAh 60C Hard Case w/Deans Ultra Plug
  • TKPC0460 LiPo 1S 3.7V 6400mAh 70C Hard Case w/4mm Bullet
  • TKPC0465 LiPo 2S 7.4V 6800mAh 70C Hard Case w/Deans Ultra Plug
  • TKPC0485 LiPo 4S 14.8V 6800mAh 70C Hard Case w/Deans Ultra Plug

Visit the TrakPower website for more info on all their products.

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Want to step up the performance of your RC wave racer? Aquacraft gives you some new GrimRacer Speed lipos tested and approved by world champion Mike “Grimracer” Zaborowski to do just that. Featuring 10-gauge wire and Deans Ultra Plugs, these batteries are equipped to handle super-high current rates. They are available in 2S and 4S packs and range from $60-$150 depending on the mAh rating and should be available in early April.

These would be the perfect pack for the Motley Crew Brushless FE Catamaran I mentioned earlier. I bet they would make it To Fast For Love! Okay, that’s my last M√∂tl3y Cr√ľ3 reference, I promise. Head on over to Aquacraft to check out these new lipos!

Looking for some new high performance juice packs for your ride? TrakPower has you covered with their new Performance Lipo batteries! The 50C lipo is available in a 2S 6200mAh configuration for around $100. The 60C lipos are available in a 2S or 4S 5600mAh setup at around $100 and $180 respectively.

These bad boys should be available by late May. Check out TrakPower for more info!

It looks like the guys over at MaxAmps have released yet another ridiculously awesome battery for all you 10th scale bashers out there. The new 100C Super Sport 5250mah 7.4v Bullet lipo pack features a 3-year 300 cycle guarantee, a true 100C rating, and is capable of charging at 5C. The hard case pack should give you about 30 minutes of runtime and 40+ MPH speeds in most brushless setups. Best of all, these packs can be had at a special introductory price of only $89.99!

Blaze on over to MaxAmps and check ‘em out!

LiPo Battery charger shootout That’s right, it’s finally here! It was a long time coming, but I think it was worth the wait! If you have been looking to pick up a new charger, you are going to want to read this! While the shootout is not made up of complete reviews of each charger, we did our best to touch on the features we thought were most important. We will probably have complete reviews of each charger in the near future. For those interested, the chargers we tested were the Team Checkpoint TC1030 Pro Charger, Duratrax Onyx 230, FMA Direct CellPro 10S, Venom Pro Charger Plus, Hyperion 720i, and the Hyperion 615i DUO3! Click Here to read the whole story!

Team Orion Digital BalancerGot LiPos? Got a LiPo charger? Don’t have a balancer? Check this new Digital Balancer from Team Orion. ¬†It’s a small module that will auto balance your LiPo and LiFe¬†packs from 1-6S (wait… 1S lipos need to be balanced?).¬† The digital display will tell you the voltage of each cell independently and total pack voltage.¬† You can use the Digital Balancer to balance your cells after you charge them or while they’re charging.¬† It’s a simple plug-n-play solution.

No word on availability or price, but “soon” and “not a lot” are probably acceptable, the product number is ORI30136. Keep an eye on Team Orion’s web site for more info.

sony ene bio engine Takara Tomy sony ene bio engine Takara Tomy

Ok, sign me up! We recently talked about concept RC vehicles, well here’s one! It’s from a company called Takara Tomy and they are using the new Sony Bio-Battery technology to create the ENE Pocket RC vehicle! It’s a ‘green’ rc vehicle that runs on liquids! The higher in sugar content, the more power it has! Basically, you use a dropper to put a sugary liquid in the top, and it converts that energy to run the vehicle! It’s still in the early protype stages, but it’s pretty cool! My guess is your gonna need some serious super Red Bull to run a monster truck! LOL. Here’s a video of it in action!

I want one! Someone hurry up and get these into production!

I believe Cubby mentioned it a few days ago. We are starting to receive some new Li-Po battery packs for our first ever battery shoot out! I’m really excited about this! We hope to be able to answer a lot of those questions/emails we get all the time like, What LiPo battery is the best in my rc vehicle? or What LiPo will last the longest on a brushless setup?
It should be pretty interesting. There are a LOT of great battery companies out there to choose from!
It looks like we are already getting packs in from Thunder Power RC, CORE, Speed Passion, Scooter Motor Works, and True RC, so we are off to a good start! More details coming soon!

racers edge lipo NOW ROAR APPROVED!

Lighter than Ni-Mh with much better run times and performance, Racers Edge releases 2 new 5000 Mah 25c 2S1P LiPo packs available with either a Dean’s or a Traxxas connector. These packs use the same balancing connection as Align or Electrifly chargers! As always, be sure to use a voltage cut-off if your ESC doesn’t have one and ONLY A CHARGER SPECIFICALLY FOR Li-Poly cells!

Stop by Racers Edge or your local shop and pick one up!