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.
The crew over at RB Products have added 2 new LiPos to their battery line-up. The new RB Energy packs are both rated at 6400mAh with 100C discharge rates. Both come with protective hard cases, while the 2S pack uses 4mm bullet connectors and the 4S pack comes with a Deans style T-plug.
The part number for the 4S model is #0240020, the 2S model has a part number of #0240019, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official RB website.
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The KO Propo EX-1 KIY is pretty trick right out of the box, but now KO has announced some new items to uber-it-out even more.
First up is a new 3D Drop Down Wheel Extension Unit. The new drop down is lighter than the previous version and helps reduce the distance between the trigger and the wheel. It has a part number of #10549.
A new Base Battery Stand is also available from KO Propo. The stylish new base makes it easy to mount a Lithium battery to the KIY for a change in weight balance and for longer runtimes. The part number is #10546.
To fit in the base is a new 2S 1550mAh Li-Fe battery. Using a Li-Fe pack in your transmitter is definitely the way to go, expect longer times between charging and a better weight distribution. To charge the pack KO has also announced a new battery charger. It is a fast charger with up to a 2 amp charge rate and features easy one button operation. The part number for the Li-Fe pack is #73018 and the part number for the charger is #51201.
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KO Propo KIY Options Gallery
Well, here is something we don’t do everyday, and unboxing VIDEO. On top of that, it’s a BATTERY unboxing video! Why in the world would we do that? Well, we aren’t going to spoil this one, you’ll need to watch and see for yourself. Dont’ worry.. it’s short.
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Square LiPo Packs are becoming more common in the 10th scale buggy scene and TrakPower has a new pack for that application. You see, square packs are advantageous because they have less connections than saddle packs and because they help provide optimal weight distribution. For power, the new TrakPower square LiPo features a 90C discharge rate and is rated at 5800mAh of capacity.
* Max Discharge Current- 504 amps
* Max Charge Rate- 1C
* Form factor- 69 x 25 x 93 mm
* Weight- 295 grams
* Uses 5mm bullets and a genuine Deans connector
The part number is #TKPC0626, it is street priced at $89, and This Is The Link you want to get more information.
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The fine folks over at Reedy have announced a versatile 2S LiPo for receiver pack and transmitter applications. Highlights include a 2C charge rate to keep charge times down and a JST-XH balance plug to work with a wide variety of chargers.
* Voltage- 7.4 (2S)
* Capacity- 2100mAh
* Size- 86.5 x 30.5 x 16.5mm
* Max. Charge Rate- 4.2A (2C)
* Weight- 88g
The part number is #315, it is street priced at $37, and they are available right now. Here is the link for full details over on Associated’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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THE Racers Edge Prime 7.4v 2S 100C 6500mAh LiPo Battery Review
With today’s high powered brushless systems a quality battery can make all the difference between having a really good day, or a really bad one. A good battery can not only make your truck faster and give longer runtimes, but can also supply enough current to help prevent cogging. Today we will be taking a very close look at one of the new 100C LiPo packs from Racers Edge. Does their 2S 6500mAh LiPo put out good power? Does it give long runtimes? Can it take the abuse of being bashed hard? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…
LiPo is still king of the battery hill and the latest lithium polymer from Reedy is their square footprint 2S 50C 5200mAh. The SQ packs have the same footprint as a saddle pack when placed next to each other, but are more efficient because of the reduced number of connections. The form factor of the SQ packs can also help optimize weight distribution in race buggies.
* Comes with durable hard case
* Uses 4mm sockets
* Size: 93 x 68.5 x 25.1mm
* Maximum charge rate: 2C
* Discharge: 50C continuous/100C burst
* Weight: 261g
The part number is #317, it is priced at $95, and you can expect them to hit shelves any time now. Click Here to get full details over on Team Associated’s 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
Team Orion has come up with a nifty way of answering the age old question, “Is that pack charged?”. With Orion’s new LED Voltage Control System all you have to do is press a button on the end of the pack to see if the pack is fully charged, empty, or partially charged. The Orion LED voltage system is fast, easy to use, and can’t get lost in your pit box like other voltage meters can.
Check out the video below to learn more and you can hit up This Link to visit the official Team Orion website.
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