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Title: Recommendations for a charger please?
Post by: bosun on August 10, 2008, 08:10:13 AM
Hy Guys,
 I have various batteries that need to be charged, they range from 6 volt ..7.2..8.4...9.6.. to 12 volt, , is there a charger on the market that is switchable for different voltages. Any help on this would be apreciated.
Many Thanks
Bosun
Title: Re: Chargers
Post by: barriew on August 10, 2008, 10:00:48 AM
Are they all the same type i.e NiCd, NiMh or SLA? If they are all NiCd or NiMh then yes you can get one charger. If the 6v is a an SLA then it will need a different charger.

Look at either Model Power or Component Shop for suitable ones.

Barrie
Title: Re: Chargers
Post by: DickyD on August 10, 2008, 11:08:03 AM
If your batteries are NiCd or NiMh then one charger will do all. Check out  Component Shop.

http://www.component-shop.co.uk/html/radio_control1.html

As Barrie says, SLA need a seperate charger.

http://www.component-shop.co.uk/html/lead_acid.html

 O0
Title: Re: Chargers
Post by: bosun on August 10, 2008, 12:24:18 PM
Barrie/Dickie
Many Thanks,  Component Shop looks just the job for what I need O0

Bosun
Title: Re: Chargers
Post by: Mankster on August 10, 2008, 12:46:46 PM
Or you can get one that does everything, including Lipos if you ever go down that route.
http://alshobbies.com/shop/lookupstock.php?pc=5355&Desc=
Title: Re: Chargers
Post by: Martin [Admin] on August 10, 2008, 01:17:17 PM
I got one of those too, best charger I've ever had, (I run it from a "fixed" PC PSU).


(http://www.modelpower.co.uk/acatalog/Xpeak_3_200.jpg)
http://www.modelpower.co.uk/acatalog/Chargers.htm (http://www.modelpower.co.uk/acatalog/Chargers.htm)

X Peak 3 Plus Charger / Discharger
 
Voltage Required: 11v to 15v
Charge Range : 3 - 12v Charger & Discharger ,
Cell Range: 1 to 14 cells Ni-Cad,NiMH,
2-12v (1-6 cells) Lead Acid
1-5 Cells Lithium-Ion & Li Poly
Charge Current: Adjustable from 0.1-5 ampere in 100mA steps,
Discharge Current: Adjustable from 10-500mA.
Delta peak charging cut off,program changes from charging-discharging and vica versa , constant charging current for lead acid and lithium ion , 2 rows 16 letter LCD display micro processor controled charging and discharging system 

Title: Recommendations for a charger please?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on October 14, 2009, 11:58:28 AM
 Recommendations for a charger please?

My "Smart" charger ... isn't so smart any more, it won't cycle batteries any more so I don't even trust it to straight charge them.

I only want to spend 40-50 quid on another one, any recommendations please?

( Must do NiCd, NiMH  and lead-acid)
Title: Re: Recommendations for a charger please?
Post by: HS93 (RIP) on October 14, 2009, 12:01:39 PM
 Recommendations for a charger please?

My "Smart" charger ... isn't so smart any more, it won't cycle batteries any more so I don't even trust it to straight charge them.

I only want to spend 40-50 quid on another one, any recommendations please?

( Must do NiCd, NiMH  and lead-acid)

Is that the charger like the one that smoked on hear recently that you said you had had no problems with ??

Peter :-X
Title: Re: Recommendations for a charger please?
Post by: HS93 (RIP) on October 14, 2009, 12:06:53 PM
I have one in the range with a power supply and it has been ok up to now plus it can go back if there is a problem..


http://www.puffinmodels.com/category.php?dept=225      Ultramat 12 Battery Charger




http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/graupner-6412-67.html


Peter
Title: Re: Recommendations for a charger please?
Post by: Mark47 on October 14, 2009, 12:15:27 PM
 Recommendations for a charger please?

My "Smart" charger ... isn't so smart any more, it won't cycle batteries any more so I don't even trust it to straight charge them.

I only want to spend 40-50 quid on another one, any recommendations please?

( Must do NiCd, NiMH  and lead-acid)

I went with this for NiCd and NiMH

http://www.component-shop.co.uk/  Third charger down at 13.49 in charger section. Does mean you need a seperate lead acid charger, but you should be able to get one around the same price.
Title: Re: Recommendations for a charger please?
Post by: Mark47 on October 14, 2009, 12:17:00 PM
Oh well someone got in there first as I was typing.
Title: Re: Recommendations for a charger please?
Post by: nick_75au on October 15, 2009, 01:03:37 AM
Ive just brought an Icharger 208b from Hobbyking its $169 us so a little out of your budget, there is a 106b which is $109 ore there are a number of other smart chargers there like this
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=7028&Product_Name=Turnigy_Accucel-6_50W_5A_Balancer/Charger
charges Nicad Nimh 2-20volt lead acid as well as all the lithium chemistries
$37 US
shipping to the antipodes takes only about 10 days

Their price on the lipos has killed Nixx in my and a few others opinion over here. I just got  3 cell 5000 mah (10 cell nixx) for $30US and 4 cell 14.8 (2 6 cell nixx equivalent) for $40 US  did a trial on the booster motor of a Moonraker, the lipo half charged smoked the fully charged nimh stick packs 
sorry wandered off topic a little just a very happy customer of this company

Nick
Title: Re: Recommendations for a charger please?
Post by: tomo55 on March 13, 2010, 01:39:55 PM
Have a look at the Sigma 2 EQ ,its not expensive and does the lot.easy to use try model shop leeds.
You can buy a set of multi plug leads to save having to but them individually,or make your own.
Chris