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Hitec X4 Charger
Hitec has an affordable new charger for all you micro enthusiasts. The Hitec X4 can charge four packs at once and is made to charge the packs found in your micro quad or heli. Some of its specifications and features include-

* AC/DC input power
* Four charge ports
* Each port has four popular battery connectors
* Audible alarm
* Multiple safety features
* Dimensions: 5.2″ x 3.9″ x 2.0″
* Charge current: .1 to 1.0 amp

The part number is #44212 and it has a street price of $49, hit up This Link for more information.

Check out This Link for more Hitec news right here on BigSquidRC.

Dynamite Prophet Sport Charger
For all you guys looking for an affordable battery charger, Dynamite has just announced three new units for their product line-up.

The Dynamite Prophet Sport Plus is an AC/DC charger that can charge up to 5 amps. Rated for up to 6S Lipo it has a part number of #DYNC2010 and a street price of $49.

The Prophet Sport Lipo is an AC charger made just for Lipo. It can charge up to 3 amps and up to a 3S Lipo cell count. It has a part number of #DYNC2005 and a street price of $29.

The third charger Dynamite has just announced is the Prophet Sport NiMH. The Sport NiMH can charge up to an 8 cell NiMH pack and has a maximum charge rate of 4 amps. The part number of the Sport NiMH is #DYNC2000 and it has a street price of $29.

Click Here for more Dynamite news on BigSquidRC.

traxxas_ez_peak

Traxxas has two new EZ-Peak Chargers coming soon. The 5 amp charger comes with a USB port for charging stuff like the DR-1 and QR-1 quad and heli batteries as well as a receiver battery port for 4-5 cell receiver packs. It also comes with a Traxxas connector for doing all the NiCad and NiMH packs. It can use AC or DC power and will cost around $90 when it hits the stores. For all those people who don’t plan on making the jump to LiPO this is a good way to get your batteries charged faster than the stock chargers that came with your vehicles.

traxxas_ez_peak4The other Traxxas charger is a most cost effective 4 amp version without all the bells and whistles, but will only cost you about $55 and still get your NiMH batteries charged faster than the stock charger.

Looking for more Traxxas news? Check out THIS LINK.

Dynamite Passport Duo 400W Dual AC/DC Charger
Editor Brian does not like lugging around a 12 volt power supply when he hits the local bash spot, he prefers to use a battery charger that has one already built in. Brian isn’t the only one, many people prefer the convenience of an AC/DC charger. Dynamite announced today one of the most powerful AC/DC chargers to hit the market, the Passport Duo 400W Dual Charger. It has an internal 500 watt power supply, and you can charge two separate batteries at up to 200 watts each. Some of the other features and specifications include-

* Charges up to 6 cell LiPo/LiFe /Li-Ion
* Charges up to 15 cell NiMH/NiCD
* Up to 10 amp charge current per side
* Interal AC power supply saves space
* 100-240V AC (50/60Hz) or 11-18V DC input voltage
* Detachable AC power cord
* 200W charge power per output
* 25W discharge power per output
* Short circuit, over-current, and reverse polarity protection
* Low input voltage protection
* Over temperature protection
* Battery storage mode
* Includes 2 insulated Banana to EC3™ battery adapter cables
* Includes 2 JST-XH balance adapter boards
* Optional high-current DC power cord available (DYN4012)
* Full charge current available even when using internal power supply
* USB power options

Street price is $270 and they should be available later this month. For more information hit THIS link for the official Dynamite website.

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Duratrax Onyx 150 Charger
The crew over at Duratrax have announced a new addition to their popular line-up of Onyx battery chargers, the Onyx 150. Some highlights of the new Duratrax charger are-

Simple to use
1-3S Lipo
Balance charging
AC/DC
Custom cc/cv profiles
Fan cooled
Audible alert

Street price is only $55 and they are available right now. HERE is the link you want for complete information.

Have you read the BigSquidRC Onyx 245 dual charger review? If not check it out right HERE.

origin charger

New from the Radient RC folks is a entry level charger called the Origin. It’s a one button, NiMH/NiCd charger that is meant to keep it as easy as possible. It can handle 1-8 cells and charge from 1 to 4 amps.

Radient chargers can be found on the Hobby Town Website.

We have reviewed several Radient chargers in the past, click HERE to check them out.

Hyperion 730iNet3
Do you have large Lipo batteries? Are your Lipo’s capable of high charge rates? Are you late everywhere you go and have a minimal amount of time to charge your packs? If you meet any (or all) of those requirements here’s some great news for you, Hyperion has a charger capable of a 30 amp charge rate (up to 550 watts) called the 730iNet3. These beastly chargers sell for around $190 here in the states and you can find complete info HERE.

Want to find out how another Hyperion product stacked up in our last charger shootout? Click HERE.

Cubby

Chargers

I’ve recently gotten back into rc, matter of fact just bought a losi lst xxl. I ran across your website and have pretty well been hooked as you guys seems to cover everything from racing to bashing. Love your site and I find myself with a question that I feel is best directed to you. Which charger should I buy? I need one that will charge them all, lipo, nimh, etc… and would like one that can do up to a 6S lipo/w balancing, and discharging/storage abilities. Planning on getting a MT4-G3 soon, plus I got my wife a Stampede for a starter truck, and I still need to get at least 3 more trucks so my kids will all have one. I’d also like your opinion on LiPo brands, right now I’m looking at GensAce as they seem to be great for the money. Do you have a recommendation on Lipo brands?

Sincerely,

Matthew D.

oh and the charger needs to be able to run on AC and DC power sources!

Cubby- What’s up Matt, thanks for shooting us an email.

What charger should you buy? I am a big fan of Hyperion chargers. They aren’t cheap, but they are beefy and will fulfill all your charging, balancing and storage requirements. However… if the charger you want must be AC/DC don’t expect very fast charge rates, especially on high cell counts. You see, on AC chargers the manufactures cram small (read crappy) DC power supply into the chargers case, severely limiting its charging potential. Yes, AC chargers are handy as you don’t have to pack around a separate power supply, but if you plan on charging big (greater than 4000 mah) 6S packs their charge times are going to be awfullyyyyy slow for ya.

With that being said… the charger I would recommend to you is the Hyperion EOS0720iNet3 AC/DC charger. Its does up to 7S Lipo, balances your packs, has a storage mode, and charges at up to 90 watts on AC power (about 3 amps on 6S and 10 amps on 2S). If you are in this hobby to stay don’t skimp on your battery charger or transmitter.

In regards to how good Gens Ace are- take a look at our Lipo Battery Shootout 4 that just went up, they took the win over 6 other brands.


Cubby,
Three weeks ago I got a new Aftershock. I think maybe its running hot it runs between 290 and 350 degrees. I am worried that it might be running too hot temp. Should I use a cooler plug or less nitro? What do you think?
Conan

Cubby- As far as I am concerned the hotter the better in regards to nitro engines. The faster you burn that nitro engine out the faster you’ll convert over to electric.

But seriously…. from my very limited knowledge of nitro, most big blocks like being run under 250 degrees. If you are getting temps over that you’ll need to run it richer, which means more smoke and less power. If all else fails smash it with a hammer, that’s what I did. Oh the joys of nitro…

That’s it for this week, submit your questions, pictures, and various other nonsense to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

We covered this guy at iHobby 2011 but we now have the official press release for Thunder Power RC’s new UBER TP1430C Multi-Chemistry Charger! With 1000 watts of total power, this bad boy can charge 1-14S LiPo, LiIon and LiFe (A123) batteries, as well as 1-40 cell NiCd and NiMH along with 6-48V Pb (lead-acid) batteries. A 2-14S LiPo balancer is built in, and the included board is already setup for JST-XH balance connectors. The charger is compact, USB-capable for firmware upgrades, and did I forget to mention capable of producing 30 AMP charge rates! Yeah, I said UBER. Of course, this charger is backed by Thunder Power RC’s 2-year warranty. It should be available around December, for around $200.

Make sure you head over to Thunder Power RC for more info!

Hitec isn’t the only company at IHobby that has a new ultra mega super charger. Thunder Power RC is introing their new TP1430C charger. It’s a 1000(!) watt charger that is capable of charging appropriate LiPos at up to 30 amps! It’s not just LiPos though, this thing is a multi chemistry charger, so you can charge all your NiMHs, NiCds, LiFes, and more. They are looking at having this out around the beginning of the new year. Keep an eye on the Thunder Power website for more info.

hitec x4 plus charger

Wow, this is something we could use around here with all the batteries we seem to go through! New from Hitec is the X4 AC Plus four channel multi-charger with AC Power supply.

It has four-pourt computer controlled capability with a built in 22 amp power supply. Each port can handle up to a 6S Lipo pack or 15 NiCd/NiMH cells. It also have four balancing ports, twin fans, and the option to attach it to a 12-volt car battery or 11-15 volt (20 amp) DC power supply.

With everyone running electric these days these will probably sell well. Look for them to hit around $219.

Make sure to stop by the Hitec web site for more servo options and info.

Duratrax has a new charger offering with their Onyx 245 AC/DC Dual Charger. It handles all different types of batteries, has lipo charging ports, and can charge from the wall or the track. It comes with both Traxxas and Deans Ultra plugs, can charge batteries of different chemistries, and can balance up to 3S. I personally HATE waiting to drive while batteries charge, so having two charging at once is sweet!

I can’t seem to find this on the Duratrax website yet, but check it out anyways :)

Kershaw Designs has collected too much stuff over the last couple years and they’re tired of tripping over it every time they walk in the door.  Well their frustration is your gain, they’ve taken a ton of that stuff and started putting it up on eBay to get rid of it as quickly as possible.  Right now, at this very moment, one of their Grenadier 1/5 scale electric buggy rollers (no electronics) is up on eBay and bidding for it is at just about $300.  That would be an incredible deal.  But that’s not the only thing you’ll find as they are also selling off brushless motors, battery chargers, electronic speed controls and more, with the additional promise of adding more new stuff every day until they’re done.

Hit up the Kershaw Designs eBay store for all the details