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Old 04-28-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default Need help finding a good charger/balancer

I've been crawling around the forums for awhile and finally decided my step into 3D will be with Twisted Hobbies Edge 540. Since I am stepping up from 1C batteries I need to step up my charger/balancer.
What is a good charger/balancer for the recommended batteries (2S-3S 450mah 25C-30C)?
Where is a good place to buy?
Should I be looking for a charger that I can grow with (I want to eventually move up to larger planes some day).
I'm sure I can go to my lhs but I know they aren't always the least expensive. I like to shop around.

Also where are the best places to buy batteries?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-28-2012, 10:57 AM   #2
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What's your budget?
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:07 AM   #3
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In my opinion. Your batteries would love this charger.

http://epbuddy.com/index.php?main_pa...roducts_id=221
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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In my opinion. Your batteries would love this charger.

http://epbuddy.com/index.php?main_pa...roducts_id=221
I agree with the CellPro chargers! Great features, easy to use, and reasonable prices.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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What's your budget?
I honestly don't know my budget because I don't know where prices start. Maybe a range of prices would help me better answer that question.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
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In my opinion. Your batteries would love this charger.

http://epbuddy.com/index.php?main_pa...roducts_id=221
I'm new to this world. The only chargers I'm familiar with are the ones that came with prior micro planes. I noticed this one says it's a 4S charger, does that mean it will charge between 1S-4S batteries? What about balancing?
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:29 PM   #7
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I'm using one of these:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s..._Charger_.html

Good charger!
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:35 PM   #8
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Just beware the Cellpro 4S Gold is Lithium only. The Cellpro Multi4 does all batt types.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:12 PM   #9
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Good point Joe!

I think he mentions Li-Po's but, as his only charger I think a multi chemistry charger would be better.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #10
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Any other responses? Yes, I'm looking for li-po chargers.
What about batteries? Who's got great deals/good batteries?
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:23 PM   #11
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Been using these...... http://www.hobbypartz.com/thac6smbachw.html .......seems like a steal to me......your mileage may vary.....
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:23 PM   #12
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I love my Hitec X4-Eighty. The X4-Plus is great too if you prefer AC/DC. Check them out on towerhobbies.com
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Hobbypartz.com has great deals on batteries and much faster shipping and better customer support than hobby(customers-not-so)king.com.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:09 PM   #14
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I love my Hitec X4-Eighty. The X4-Plus is great too if you prefer AC/DC. Check them out on towerhobbies.com

I am no pro but this is what I have and I think it is the stuff. it will take care of what you have now and what you will have in the future . I have a box of old chargers but I wish I woud have bought it first.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:50 PM   #15
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I purchased a HobbyKing Turnigy charger and from day one the screen type or print would turn on and off, I put up with it for approx. one year. I then purchased a Thunder AC6 from HobbyPartz, awesome small charger, never an issue and can be used at the field with a 12v battery or plugged into 110v AC. You need to check this same charger out at Xheli it sells for $5 less and Xheli is also a very reputable dealer who has excellent service and response time to order completion.
The AC6 will work excellently for what you need now, however, for a small additional investment
you can get the Thunder AC680 which is an 80 watt charger and allows you a little growth room
if you upsize your battery packs. I also have the AC680, purchased it because of the excellent operation of the AC6, it also has never missed a single beat, perfect.
My real recommendation is don't go so cheap that you have to replace or upgrade in what you see your needs may be in the next two years.
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