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Well, I've received those sanyo cells which I bought off ebay the other days, now I need a charger to charge them. Which ones are good? The main thing I need is to be able to charge at least 8 cells at once and is able to run it off the household powerpoint.


I can get the Novak Millenium Pro off ebay from US for quite a cheap price, but can it accept those AC to DC adaptors from Jaycar or DSE (plug straight into it??), if so, at what voltage/amp??


The other choice would be to purchase one locally, I went the hobbycoin the city the other day and was recommanded one of those SJChargeTronicchargers, which plugs straight into the powerpoint


http://www.master-instruments.com.au/browse/Model/ChargetronicAC_DC_Digital_Charger.html


Seems to be a good option, it has a loads of functions as well. I was told by the sales person that it has most of the function like the Novak charger.


But I dont think you can turn off tickle charge mode??


So I dont know, so far, these are the 2 choices that i've came up with, anyone can recomand anything else?
 

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NTC3,


How much are you actually looking to spend?


Regards,


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may i ask why you spending that much on a charger just for AA batts???



you can pick up a 4xaa charger for $25, buy two of them..im sure you got more than one spare powerpoint...lol


i bought a grandcell nimh nicad charger, $30 and it came with
2x2100nimhs, and 4x1800nicads...not a bad price..so i got 4x batts for
cam, 2 for remote for stereo, and 8xnimhs i bought of ebay for TX..
 

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For $200 you can get the MRC Superbrain 969 from Tower.


http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXEVC7&P=ML





FEATURES: AC/DC delta peak charger with patented MicroPeak Technology
Dual independent outputs for added versatility
Discharge function allows you to get the most out of your batteries
Large LCD screen shows: battery voltage, charge rate, peak threshold,
capacity, number of cells in pack, & elapsed time
Charges NiCd & NiMH batteries, Lithium, and Lead Acid
For 1-8 cells any capacity battery
Selectable charge rate with 0.1 amp increments
Selectable delta peak voltage thresholds in 5mV increments
Cooling fan keeps components cool for continuous charging
12-bit Analog-to-Digital converter greatly improves
measurement resolution
Digital Signal Processing filters out noise and improves
voltage accuracy
Standard battery connectors (TAM)
** Will charge 2 batteries at the same time **
INCLUDES: One 969 Pro Super Brain charging unit
One DC power converter, AC powered (wall powered)
One AC cord for converter
One DC cord w/alligator clips, for use with a 12V power source
One charge cord w/banana clips, to utilize Channel A charge jacks
One Instruction book

SPECS: 969 case size: 3.75" x 6" x 1.375" (96mm x 152mm x 35mm)
969 Channel A specs: Cell range: 1-8 cells
Charge rate: 0.20 to 4.5 amps
Discharge rate: 0.20 to 3.0 amps
969 Channel B specs: Cell range: 1-8 cells
Charge rate: 0.20 to 4.5 amps
No Discharge
DC Power Supply case size: 5" x 2.75" x 1.5" (127mm x 70mm x 38mm)
DC Power Supply specs: Input: 120-240V AC 50/60Hz
Output: 13.5V DC 5amp
LCD display size: .75" x 1.875" (19mm x 48mm)



It is an AC/DC unit, thatcomes with an AC Adapter that does 110-240VAC, so all you need is a PC power cord to plug it in the wall here in Oz.


I think you will find this has far more features that the other units you have looked at, including discharge, and you can charge 2 packs at once (at 2.5A each).


The unit is $98US + $40US shipping - so about $200 Aussie.


Jerrah has one and it is very impressive.


Regards,


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I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to technology,
and I would like to see those 2300mAH cells last for a while and perform at their best. So I guess thats why, $150 isnt that much when you are considering how much you'll be spending on the car, all the hopups and the fuels...etc, besides, a charger is like a once off thing anyway. So I guess spending a bit of money on it are worth it.
 

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thanx AUSRC, sounds like a good charger, I'll go check it out.


See if I can get it cheaper on Ebay. The dam high shipping cost are always
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man i know what id get if i had that




I think you will find this has far more features that the other units you have looked at, including discharge, and you can charge 2 packs at once (at 2.5A each).

Looks like the 969Pro is pretty much what I'm after in the charger, So I think I'll go ahead and get it. Thanx AUSRC
 

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NTC3 said:
I can get the Novak Millenium Pro off ebay from US for quite a cheap price, but can it accept those AC to DC adaptors from Jaycar or DSE (plug straight into it??), if so, at what voltage/amp??

MillPro can do up to 4-8 cells, at current of 500mA-7A.


Yes it will accept any good regulated DC powersupply that gives 12-15VDC, I use a solid GME unit made in Oz. Novak sells their own N-Power which is ideal; there's also the Novak Black Box but that's a bit low on juice - only 4A.


What voltage you need depends on how many cells you charge. (Usual rule is 0.5V above the peaking voltage of your pack.) 13.8V is great for 6cells; you'll need 15V for 8cells. Won't be able to use a carbattery for 8cells.


Max current again depends on what your settings are. Note that the ratings on powersupply units are "max/peak" and not for continuous draw - you may overheat the PSU or voltage regulation goes out the window.
 

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Thanx for the info zoomer, but I think i'll buy the MRC SuperBrain 969Pro instead, it comes with the AC/DC adaptor and all the functions that I want in a charger.
 

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i just bought a charger from the HS today






$175...it better be as good as it looks.. chargers everything in 15 mins!
 

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ok this is what it sais on box..


Peak Detection Auto Cut Off FET Quick Charger..


* Input Voltage- DC 12V (Available range 8-15v)


*Charging Current- 0.5~4.2A


*Pulsed trickle- 100~200mA


*No. of Ni-cad/ Nimh Cells- 1-12 cells


*Size- 133x90x40 mm


*Weight- 520g


heres a pic:


 

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can anyone that has brought an mrc super brain 969 from the states tell me if we only need a computer power cable to use our AC on the charger? I know it comes with an AC converter for the americans but how do we switch from 110V to 240V?


Also what do you guys think of the charger(those that own one
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thanks
 
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