THE Hitec X1 Pro Battery Charger Review
The latest battery charger from Hitec is the X1 Pro. As its name suggests, it is a professional level charger that is tiny in size and comes at an affordable price point. Can it hang with the best chargers on the planet? Is it easy to use? Is it worth the cash? Click the “Read More” tab to find out how performed in the field and on our test bench.
When cruising the pits at a bash event we see a lot of Duratrax Onyx chargers, and for good reason, they are a great bang-for-the-buck. The newest addition to the Duratrax charger line-up is the Onyx 225. The 225 is an affordable AC/DC charger that is capable of charging Ni-MH, LiPo, NiCd, LiFe, and Li-ion batteries. We’ll be posting more details on the 225 in the near future.
The part number is #DTXP4225, it is street priced at $59, and they slotted for an October release date. Click Here to get information on the entire line-up of Onyx battery chargers.
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The Duratrax Onyx line of battery chargers are quite popular among the bashing community- they work well and are priced right. The latest Duratrax charger to hit the market is the Onyx 110.
The Onyx 110 is a simple NiCd and NiMH charger that can be powered by 12 volts DC or off 110 volts AC. Batteries can be charged at 1, 2 or 4 amps, and it can charge packs ranging from 4 cells to 8.
The part number for the 110 is #DTXP4191, it is street priced at $24, and you can Click Right Here to get full details over on Duratrax’s website.
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Is your pit bag so full it is about to explode? Muchmore Racing can help you save some room with their Cell Master Double Accel. Muchmore says their Double Accel is the “world’s smallest 2-port charger” and it measures in at 5.1 x 4.5 x 1.9″. You can charge up to a 6S LiPo pack with the Muchmore and it has a maximum charge rate of 10 amps per port.
The Cell Master Double Accel is available now and you can hit up This Link for complete details over on the Muchmore website.
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If you have been looking for a handy little charger at an affordable price point, take a look at the new Duratrax Li-24. The Li-24 is designed for light charging duties on most popular Lithium based packs and should be super easy to use.
* Made for 2 to 4S LiPo & LiFe batteries
* Max charge rate is 3 amps
* Features charge status LED and balance status for each cell
* Connectors are gold plated
* 200mA balance current
* Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.6″
The part number is #DTXP4621, it is street priced at just $24, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for complete details on the Duratrax website.
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The latest battery charger from Hitec is called the X1 Pro Multi-Charger. The Hitec X1 Pro is designed to be teamed up with their new 17 amp power supply called the E Power Box 17A. The tandem is available in 3 different colors- red, silver, and black, and both are expected to ship in July. Some of the specifications on the X1 Pro charger include-
* Charges up to 6S Lipo and 15 cell NiMH
* 11-18V DC input voltage
* Max charge rate 16 amps (180w)
* Max discharge rate 8 amps (30w)
* 16 characters × 2-stage LCD screen
* Built in balancer
* Quiet high performance fan
Some specs on the E Power Box 17A power supply include-
* 17A available current
* Output voltage: 13.8V DC
* USB Output: 5V 2.1A
* Active PFC Design
* Nine LEDs to indicate power output
* Comes with smart cooling fan
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Hitec Charger Gallery
With loads of chargers under the $80 price point, how does one make a dent in the market? By putting out a solid charger and having it seen on places like BigSquidRC of course. The crew over at Racers Edge shot us their EZ80 Multi-Chemistry Battery Charger to try, here is what we found out.
The EZ80 uses a menu that is reminiscent of a number of other chargers on the market, thus it was easy for most of our testers to use. Testers that were not familiar with the menu found it easy to learn, except for one, Iron Mike, who did have to glance at the manual one time to figure out how to properly set the charger for his battery pack.
We used the charger on a number of different packs, but mainly on 2S and 4S Racers Edge LiPOs and an ECX 7 cell Ni-MH RTR pack. We found the quality of the charger was good. All the LiPo packs we charged felt like they had good power after being charged on the EZ80, and the Ni-MH didn’t false peak and had good power after a charge.
With a street price of just over $60, the EZ80 charges a wide variety of cell chemistries and has an easy to read screen. It’s also AC/DC, so you can use it at the house or use the 12 volt battery in your full size car to power it at the local bash spot. Its maximum charge rate is 6 amps, which is on point for a charger in this price range. The EZ80 can charge up to a 6S LiPO pack, something not all chargers in its price range can do, and it comes with a bunch of different connectors, making it easy to charge just about anything without having to solder up an adapter.
We used the EZ80 for several weeks and found it to be a solid charger, thus we can recommend it to you. To get more details simply click This Link over on the HRP Distributing website.
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Racers Edge EZ80 Gallery 1
Racers Edge EZ80 Gallery 2
Charging high cell count LiPo batteries at fast charge rates not only requires a good battery charger, but also a power supply with enough current to get the job done. Rated at 50 amps, the new ePowerbox 50A from Hitec is a beast indeed. Some of its features include-
* 15 to 30 volts DC output
* Good for up to 1200 Watts
* Two 5 volt USB ports
* One 50-Amp & three 10-Amp outputs
* Dual cooling fans
* Stated to be 89% efficient
* Size- 12.0 x 6.7 x 3.3 in
Part number for the Hitec 50A is #44213 and it will have a street price of $289.
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Our friends from Hobbico showed a new line-up of battery chargers at the Toy Fair in Germany a couple of weeks ago. The new line is called PulseTec and there were three different models on display.
The 2006D pictured above is a dual port charger capable of 100 watts of power per channel. PulseTec also has a touch screen model, the 906, which is capable of a 10 amp charge rate. Also on display was a more basic model, the 354. The 354 has a maximum charge rate of 3 amps and a maximum cell count of 4S LiPo. More information on the PulseTec line is coming soon, until then you can click This Link to visit the official Hobbico website.
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Some hobbyists charge a lot of batteries. If you have a lot of batteries to charge, but not many battery chargers, charging packs in parallel can be an option to get the job done. The folks over at Progressive RC have made a new video showcasing their Modular Parallel Charging Boards. The Progressive RC charge boards make it easy to daisy chain packs off of one charger.
To get more information on the Progressive RC charge boards check out the video below or simply click This Link to visit the Progressive RC website.
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Sometimes you just need serious power and the new Cellpro Dual PowerLab 8×2 from Revolectrix has 2688 watts of it. Huge raw power is one thing, but the Cellpro was also designed to be reliable, flexible, and to have intuitive operation. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* Max charge rate- 40A per channel
* Accurate four point internal resistance measurement of each cell
* 95W internal non-regenerative discharge capability
* Aluminum top panel, ABS body
* Over-sized internal heatsink
* 25 User Presets and 50 Library Presets per channel
* Automatic Low voltage restore for recovering damaged or overdischarged packs
* Cold weather mode reduces end-charge voltage
* Max cell count- 8S Lithium, 21S NiMH per channel
* Input voltage- 10-48VDC, input current- 1A to 40A per channel
* Regenerative discharge up to 40A
* Max output power per channel- 408W at 12VDC, 1344W at 39.53VDC
* 2 line, 16 character, backlit LCD display per channel
* Size- 10.24″ x 5.55″x 3.08″
* Two 50mm cooling fans
The part number for the PowerLab 8×2 is #LC08S40ADIC-MC, they have a street price of $350 and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information.
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SkyRC has a new charger made just for Micro Lipo batteries. The Quattro Micro Battery Charger has the ability to charge four 1S Lipo micro batteries at once with an adjustable charge rate of .1 to 1 amp, and it comes with four different connectors on top- Losi micro, Walkera, MX, and mCPX.
The part number is #SK-100079 and you can get more information by hitting This Link.
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SkyRC Quattro Micro Charger Gallery
Yesterday we posted the new Graupner touch screen transmitter, today we are posting their new Polaron series touch screen battery chargers.
There are four different chargers in the Polaron series and they are offered in several different colors. They stand up on your pit table, making them easy to see while taking up a minimal amount of space. The chargers in the Polaron series include-
* Polaron PRO (#S2003, $319) – Boasts 3″ color touch screen, charge rates up to 20 amps, can charge up to 14S Lipo, and has 20 x 2 memory.
* Polaron EX (#S2011, $279) – 3″ color touch screen, charge rates up to 20 amps, charges up to 7S Lipo, and has 20 x 2 battery memory.
* Polaron AC/DC (#S2002, $299) – 3″ color touch screen and has internal power supply for use off AC power or can be used with DC power supply (11-15 volts). Maximum charge rate is 7 amps and the maximum Lipo cell count is 7S.
* Polaron Sports (#S2004, $259) – 128 x 64 graphic touch display, maximum charge rate 7 amps on up to 7S Lipo packs.
We haven’t heard if these will hit our shores, but you can hit up the Graupner Website to see what other products they offer.
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Graupner/SJ Polaron Charger Gallery