Lets say you are just getting your first Lipo batteries and need a charger. You can go high-end and spend a couple hundred bucks, but maybe you just need something basic for small heli or quad packs.
Atomik RC has a new Lipo charger for those of you looking for something simple that won’t break the bank. Atomik’s 6081 2-3S Lipo charger does cell balancing and charges at .8 amp.
The part number is #0681, the street price is only $25, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information.
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When you need to charge big battery packs at a high rate, you have to have a beefy power supply, and needless to say we charge a lot of battery packs around the BigSquidRC offices. A few weeks ago the folks over at Racers Edge sent us their new PRIME 30 Amp Power Supply to check out (read- abuse), here is what we found out.
The PRIME 30 worked great for us. We continually used a pair of Hyperion 720iNet3 chargers on it, charging a pair of MaxAmps 2S 6500mAh Lipo packs each at 20 amps (336 watts total), and it didn’t overheat or go into protection mode. The PRIME is rated for 540 watts, so we weren’t even close to pushing it hard.
The voltage is adjustable via a knob on the top of the power supply from 12-18 volts DC. The display is backlit, making it easy to read in dark areas, and it shows how much current is being pulled.
The PRIME comes with a pair of USB outputs which come in mighty handy when charging your cell phone.
The PRIME 30 is stiffly regulated, we only measured a .1 drop in output voltage when drawing over 300 watts.
Perhaps the best thing about the PRIME 30 is its fan. The fan only comes on when needed, and even when it kicks on it is one of the quieter units on the market.
After a few weeks of abuse the PRIME 30 is still working like new for us, we highly recommend you try one out if you are in the market for a new power supply. The part number is #RCEPS30, it has a street price of $129, and you can get more information at This Link.
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PRIME 30 Power Supply Gallery 1
PRIME 30 Power Supply Gallery 2
The king of the heavyweight chargers, the iCharger 4010, now has a little brother, the 308 Duo. While the 308 might not put up the big numbers the 4010 does, it is no lightweight at 30 amps per channel or 50 amps mono. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* Max cell count: 8S Lipo, 25 NiMH
* Max charge power: 1300 watts mono or 800 per channel
* Max discharge power: 120 watts mono or 80 per channel
* Includes USB charge port
* DC input: 10-30V
* Dimensions: 171 x 118 x 59 mm
The iCharger 308 Duo has a street price of $269 and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information.
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Is your tailgate covered with a small army of battery chargers on the weekend? Do you like to charge your battery packs at high rates? If you answered “yes” to one or both, Racers Edge has announced their new PRIME 30 amp switching power supply. With 540 watts of power it can help you handle all your charging duties.
Some of the features and specifications for the Racers Edge PRIME 30 include-
* Dual output ports
* Two USB charging ports
* Backlit LCD screen
* 12-18V DC Output
* 30 amp output current
* Comes with cooling fan
* Size: 218 x 139 x 59.5
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THE Hitec X1 Touch AC/DC Battery Charger Review
We learned several months ago during our iMax X200 review that adding a touch screen to a battery charger can be a good thing. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at one of Hitec’s newest products, the X1 Touch AC/DC Charger. It features a big color touch screen and pumps out 7 amps of power on both AC and DC. Let’s find out what it’s like using one shall we? Hit the “Read More” button to read the scoop…
THE Traxxas EZ-Peak 4 Amp Charger Review
This week we are taking a closer look at the Traxxas EZ-Peak 4 amp AC NiMH Charger. The EZ-Peak is aimed right at normal bashers who use NiMH packs but are looking for a good, fast charge. Is it any good? Let’s find out…
THE Traxxas EZ-Peak NiMH/NiCd 5 Amp AC/DC Charger Review
So you just bought a new RTR and it came with a battery and a wall charger. Wall chargers are notoriously slow and you would much rather be out driving than waiting around for the battery to charge. To get you back on track quicker Traxxas has a new charger called the EZ-Peak 5 Amp. How well does it work? Is it worth the cash? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…
How many times have you been out in the boonies bashing or on a trail drive far from any source of AC or DC power and your cell phone needed to be charged? It happens to us all the time. Gens Ace has a new Power Bank USB Portable Charger to keep your cell phone or tablet going on those long days away from civilization. Measuring in at 120 x 75 x 24 mm and packing over 10,000 mah of Gens Ace Lipo power, the Power Bank is easy to pack around and has plenty of juice to keep all your devices fully charged. It has two USB outputs, both are 5 volts DC but one is good for 1 amp while the other can do 2 amps.
Street price for the Gens Ace Power Bank is $59 and they are available right now. Hit up THIS LINK for more information over on the Gens Ace website.
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Gens Ace Power Bank Gallery
First posted HERE back in April, Hitec has now released full information on their new X1 Touch Charger.
Touch screen battery chargers are hot right now, they are just so easy and fun to use. The X1 Touch comes with a 3.2″ high resolution touch screen to make your life easier. For power, there are 55 watts on tap making for a maximum charge rate of 7 amps. The X1 has a built in power supply, charges all the popular cell chemistry’s, and has an internal balance circuit to keep your packs in tip-top shape.
The part number for the new X1 Touch is #44177 and it has a street price of $109. Hit up THIS LINK to head over to the official Hitec website.
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Hitec X1 Touch Charger Gallery
Venom Group is introducing a new battery charger and a power supply for the summer bash season.
The new Venom Pro Charger 2 comes with an internal power supply and is capable of charging at up to 6 amps. Some of its other features include- can charge up to 6S Lipo, on-board balance block, fan cooled, five memory profiles, and comes with 9 of the most popular charge leads. The part number is #677, the street price is $69, and it is expect to hit hobby shop shelves in mid-May.
Also new from Venom is their PS 600 Power Supply. This is a dual output unit that is constructed out of stamped steel. For power, the PS 600 is good for up to 40 amps (600 watts max) and it has an adjustable output of zero to twenty volts. A backlit LED screen makes it easy to read while a fan helps it to keep its cool. The part number is #0673, the street price is $199, and it has an expected release date of late May.
For more information on all of the fine products from Venom Group hit up THIS LINK.
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Racers Edge has just announced a big new 4 port battery charger, the PRIME CUBE200. This is part of their PRIME series, and as such comes with a very nice aluminum carry case.
The CUBE200 is a DC only charger and can charge at up to 6 amps on each of its 4 ports. If you race a lot of classes, or simply bring a half dozen cars to the local bash spot, one 4 port charger goes a long ways towards saving space while still keeping all your packs charged.
The Racers Edge CUBE200 can charge up to a 6S Lithium pack and has a maximum discharge rate of 1 amp. It also comes with a blue backlit LCD display, a 5v 1 amp USB output, and a 5 year warranty.
Looking for more information on battery chargers? If so, check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
The Hitec crew was in full force at the Weak Signals 2013 Expo. Hitec is known for their excellent quality servo’s and had their entire line on display. From their blue cased waterproof servo’s to their new red cased Castle powered servo’s, they have a servo for every application.
In addition to servo’s, Hitec was showing off their latest transmitters and battery chargers. The new Hitec Aurora 9X transmitter features ultra fast response and 9 channels for use on your airplane. For chargers, the new Hitec X1 Touch was on display. The new X1 has a touch screen, charges all popular chemistries, and can charge at up to 7 amps.
For more information on all of the fine products from Hitec HERE is the link to their website, for more Hitec news right here on BigSquidRC check out THIS link.
Hitec Booth Weak Signals 2013 Gallery 1
Hitec Booth Weak Signals 2013 Gallery 2
One of the latest products from the crew over at A Main Hobbies is their EcoPower Electron 610 Battery Charger. The new 610 is said to be a very versatile and affordable charger for all your different types of batteries.
Some of the primary features of the EcoPower include- AC/DC, charge rates up to 10 amps, and charges Lipo, LiFe, and NiMH. The 610 is a 200 watt charger that can charge up to 6S Lipo or 18 cell NiMH.
Part number for the Electron 610 is #ECP-1002 and it has a street price of $99. HERE is the link that takes you directly to the Electron 610 on A Main’s website.
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