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
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…