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SKYRC Ultimate 1000W ChargerHow many times have you been at the track and wished you could control your battery charger from your cell phone? Now you can with the SKYRC Ultimate 1000W. With the optional Wi-Fi module, the Ultimate 1000W can be controlled by both Apple and Android devices, helping to make it easy to use.

Like its name implies the Ultimate 1000W it is no slouch for power at a maximum charge rate of 40 amps. The Ultimate 1000W can charge up to 8S LiPO and can discharge at up to 8 amps. The Ultimate 1000W also has a LiHV setting, this allows you to charge the new generation of LiHV batteries up to 4.35 volts per cell.

The part number is #SK-100069, you can expect a street price around $170, and you can hit up This Link for more details.

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Graupner Ultra Duo Plus 80 ChargerFor all you high power charging enthusiasts, Graupner has a 1000 watt Ultra Duo Plus 80 battery charger. You can charge at up to 20 amps per channel with this beast, and it charges a maximum cell count of 7S LiPO. A high contrast 128 x 64 LCD display with backlighting makes it easy to read, while 20 memory pre-sets make it easy to use.

The part number is #6480, they are street priced at $189, and they are available right now. For more details hit up This Link.

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Team Orion Advantage IQ-4XNew from Team Orion is a four port single cell charger. The IQ-4X charges everything from single cell AAs to your favorite micro quad pack. Some of its features include-

* 6 watts of charge power per port
* Large LCD display
* 5 volt/1 amp USB port
* Charge, discharge, refresh, break-in, and cycle modes
* Charges NiMH, NiCd, LiPo and LiFe
* Comes with Ultra Micro LiPo and Mini-Z LiFe connectors

The part number is #ORI30252 and you can get full details at This Link over on Team Orion’s website.

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Orion Advantage Touch V2 Charger
The folks over at Team Orion have announced a new charger, the Advantage Touch V2. Featuring a touch screen, the Advantage Touch V2 is an AC/DC charger that can charge a wide variety of different cell chemistries.

* Charges NiMH, NiCd, LiPo, LiFe, LiIon and Pb
* Updatable firmware
* Advanced cell balancing w/ 4-in-1 balance board
* Touch sensitive 3” 400 x 240 color TFT-LCD display
* Charge current- .1 to 7 amps
* Includes TRX, Deans, Tamiya, alligator, EC3, BEC and Futaba charge leads

The part number is #ORI30258 and you can hit up This Link for complete details over on Orion’s website.

Why not Smile, it is Friday after all!

Dynamite Prophet Sport Duo
The new Prophet Sport Duo from Dynamite is an affordable two channel battery charger. The latest in the Prophet series of chargers can charge at up to 6 amps (50 watts) on each of its channels and has a maximum cell count of 6S.

* Rugged and compact design
* Includes banana to EC3 adapters
* Adjustable current 0.1A-6.0A
* 5 year warranty
* JST-XH balance connector
* AlphaNumeric display
* AC only input power

The part number for the Dynamite Prophet Sport Duo is #DYNC2020 and it has a street price of $99.

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There comes a point in every new hobbyists life when they make the switch from Ni-MH batteries over to Lithium Polymers. It’s an obvious progression, LiPos typically yield more performance for the buck.

The crew over at Horizon Hobby have a couple of affordable products for those looking to make the LiPo switch. Horizon offers a Dynamite Prophet Sport LiPo charger and a Dynamite Reaction 2S 7.4V 30C 5000mAh LiPo battery. We’ve been testing the two for over a month now, today we’ll be sharing what we found out.

The Prophet Sport Lipo charger (part number #DYNC2005) is an AC only charger with a maximum charge rate of 3 amps. It is very affordable with a street price of just $29 and works on 2 and 3S LiPo packs. It doesn’t do Ni-MH or any other chemistry, but we found it did a nice job charging Lithium Polymers. The Prophet was exceptionally easy to use, just press the button to set the charge rate, then hold the button to start the charge. The Prophet does all its charging through the balance leads, which worked well for us, but wished it came with a longer AC cord.

On the battery side of things, the Reaction 2S 30C 5000 (part number #DYN9005EC w/EC3 connector) comes in at a $49 price point. We primarily used it in our review Vaterra Hälix and in an ECX Torment, and found that it powered both quite well. It had plenty of power on tap and never got too hot or puffed. We normally charged it on the Prophet Sport Lipo, but because it is capable of a 3C (15 amp) charge rate we used a Hyperion 720 on it a few times when we were in a big hurry. We found no ill effects from the fast charging and consider it to be a solid pack.

Overall- We found the two Dynamite items to make a great set. They worked well together and would be a good way to make the switch over to LiPo. We also liked their warranties, 1 year on the Reaction pack and 5 years on the Prophet charger. If you are in need of some new LiPo gear we can recommend both of these products to you.

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Team Orion Advantage Touch Duo Charger
The Team Orion Advantage Touch Duo is the first touch screen two channel charger that you can buy. It is also AC/DC, so you can use wall power at your house or charge off your car battery while at the local bash spot. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Max charge rate 10 amps per channel
* 4″ color touch screen
* Comes with charger stand for better view angle
* Internal 200 watt power supply
* Charges Li-Po, Li-Fe, Li-Ion, Ni-MH, Ni-Cd, & PB batteries
* Max cell count 6S Lipo on each channel
* Universal balancing boards included

The part number for the Orion Advantage Touch Duo is #ORI30237 and it has a street price of $249.

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Duratrax Li-24 2S-4S Balancing Charger
So you’ve just jumped into Lipo batteries but don’t want to break the bank on a dedicated charger. Duratrax has you covered with their new Li-24 2S-4S Balancing Charger. Like the name states you can charge 2, 3, or 4S packs with the Li-24 and it has a maximum charge rate of 3 amps. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Built in power supply for AC use
* CC/CV charging
* Comes with Deans Ultra Plug connector
* Charge status LED
* Balancing status for each cell
* LiPo/LiFe switch
* Balance Current: 200mA
* Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.6 inch

The Duratrax Li-24 has a part number of #DTXP4620, a street price of only $25, and you should expect to start seeing them hit hobby shops in late November.

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THE Traxxas EZ-Peak 4 Amp Charger Review

Traxxas EZ-Peak 4 amp nimh 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…

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THE Traxxas EZ-Peak NiMH/NiCd 5 Amp AC/DC Charger Review

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…

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Hitec X1-200 Touch Screen Battery Charger
Hitec has just announced their latest touch screen charger, the X1-200. The X1-200 is a 200 watt DC only battery charger that comes with a large 3.2″ LCD touch screen. Some of the other key features include-

* Up to 12 amp charge rate
* Includes universal balancing board
* Charges NiCd, NiMH, LiFe, LiPo, Lead Acid and Li-Ion

Hitec X1-200 Touch Battery ChargerThe part number for the X1-200 is #44209 while it has a street price of $119. For more information hit THIS LINK to head over to the Hitec website.

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Cubby

Hoping you guys can keep me from going insane! I bought a used Castle esc with a 4 pole motor yesterday. I tested it shortly inside last night and it worked. Today I turn it on, and the esc don’t beep, and I have no throttle. Only a red light on the esc. Does not change with throttle. I triple checked my connections, and switched channels on my receiver to make sure both channels worked. Im soo frustrated. I have a fully charged lipo, I also tested with a fully charged nimh. What could be my problem? :(
Jason K

Cubby- Hey ya Jason, thanks for your question via our Facebook page, shoot me or Brian an email and we’ll totally hook ya up with a BSRC sticker pack. So…. you bought a used Castle system, it worked when you got it, now it doesn’t do a dern thing. From the information you’ve provided it sounds like the speedo isn’t seeing your receiver. Make sure your receiver is bound to your transmitter and all the settings on your transmitter are in accordance with what Castle recommends. Still doesn’t work? Try it with another transmitter/receiver that you know are working properly. Still doesn’t work after that? Give the guys at Castle a call or shoot’em an email, they are known for having some of the best customer service in the biz. Shoot us an email with when you get it figured out, heck send us some pics too. We always dig seeing what kind of rigs you guys are running.


Dead Battery
I need some help! I have a Zippy lipo that all of sudden doesn’t charge when I plug it into my charger. It’s like the charger can’t see that it is there at all. I store the pack just like all my others at 3.8 volts per cell and I have only used it a couple dozen times, probably less. I am baffled, please help.

Jonathan E.

Cubby- Yo hey Jon, thanks for the email and shoot us your snail mail so Brian can send ya out a big ole’ sticker pack.
So… you have a battery that isn’t showing up on your charger and you don’t know what to do. You are so lucky I’m here to save the day.
Step 1- There are only two options here, either the battery is bad or your charger is. The first step is to determine which one is the guilty party. Thankfully this is super easy to find out, grab a different pack and see if it charges. If it does
charge than it’s safe to assume your charger is fine. If it doesn’t charge the second pack try one more different pack. If it still isn’t charging then it’s time for a new charger. Problem solved hurray.

Step 2- Let’s say that your charger isn’t seeing your Zippy but it charged another pack successfully. For step 2 you’ll need a volt meter. If you are a hobbyist you need one of these, heck, you need one for life in general. If you don’t have one they are cheap and easy to buy at your local Wally World, automotive store, or Rad Shack. Volt meters run from $5
to over $500. For hobby use a $20 unit will work just fine, just make sure it reads DC up to 20 volts.

Step 3- Use your volt meter to see if there is any voltage at the Zippy’s battery connector. If there is voltage perhaps the connector is no longer making a good connection, solder on a new one and try charging again. If you aren’t seeing proper voltage at the connector, try reading the voltage at the wires right before the connector. If the voltage is good before the connector once again solder up a new connector and try charging.

Step 4- If there is still no voltage (or very low voltage) at the battery wires most likely the pack has gone bad. Typically it’s just one cell that gives up the ghost, and it’s not uncommon for Lipo packs to go bad, even when not in use. Using your handy dandy volt meter you can each cells voltage at the balance connector to see if one cell has indeed died.

Step 5- Should your pack be bad take it to your nearest recycling center. A quick Google search should yield your nearest location. Places like Best Buy, Rad Shack, and even some LHS’s are often recycling centers.

Step 6- If your pack was indeed bad you’ve now got a perfect excuse to buy a new one. Check out our Lipo shootouts and reviews for help selecting the perfect pack for your application.

Step 7- Thank me for the great answer by shipping one bottle of 2002′ Warhol Dom to the uber plush BSRC offices.
Step 8- You’re welcome.


That’s it for this week ya bunch of loons, shoot me what’s going in that head of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your email makes the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if yours is proclaimed as “letter of the month” you’ll win a free BSRC t-shirt. Oh ya, I’m picking a “letter of the month” next week, so get those emails in!
YOUR Cub Reporter

THE Radient Origin AC/DC Battery Charger Review

Radient Origin Battery Charger Review

Every day more and more people make the jump into the wonderful world of hobby grade rc’s. Most of these people end up walking out the hobby shop door with a RTR and low-end Ni-MH battery. New people to the hobby don’t really need some high-zoot uber charger, they need a charger that is easy to use with enough power to get the job done. Today we are taking a closer look at such a charger, the Radient Origin. Is the Origin easy for a noob to use? Can it stand up to the day-to-day beating of a basher? Most importantly, is it worth the cash? Read on and find out…

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