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Old 12-28-2008, 09:54 PM
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I dislike the MCX charger. So I did something about it. I threw it almost all of it away, after I stole the 2 pieces I needed to make an adapter so I can charge my mcx lipos off my regular charger.

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Basically I opened the MCX charger, unscrewed the 2 screws that holds the bare wires to the case. Then I cut the 2 wire leads. I then installed 2 power power connectors (Any connector will work fine) and plugged it into my charger.

Very simple. See my pics if you need to. I made an adapter to connect to the banna plugs I aready had.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Liquidity View Post
I dislike the MCX charger. So I did something about it. I threw it almost all of it away, after I stole the 2 pieces I needed to make an adapter so I can charge my mcx lipos off my regular charger.

Here are some pics.

Basically I opened the MCX charger, unscrewed the 2 screws that holds the bare wires to the case. Then I cut the 2 wire leads. I then installed 2 power power connectors (Any connector will work fine) and plugged it into my charger.

Very simple. See my pics if you need to. I made an adapter to connect to the banna plugs I aready had.

Bloody Brilliant. I actually planned something similar but I ordered the female of the 1S connector from Redrocket hobbies to do so.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:11 PM
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That is outstanding. Like GRU, I too ordered the female end, and planned on putting banana jacks on it. What settings are you charging your batts on that charger (which is the same as mine. Scary! LOL)?

Thanks Bryan!
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:12 PM
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I have 3 chargers. With a 4th one on order.

I charge the MCX lipos at 100mA. Or 0.10A for you unedumacated folk
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:14 PM
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Oh yeah... I figured it was worth stating this. Do NOT use servo plugs. The male servo ends are too thick and will stretch out your contacts on your battery and they will not work in the plane.
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Originally Posted by gfdengine204 View Post
That is outstanding. Like GRU, I too ordered the female end, and planned on putting banana jacks on it. What settings are you charging your batts on that charger (which is the same as mine. Scary! LOL)?

Thanks Bryan!

Yep still no word from Red Rocket on availability but hope springs eternal.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:40 PM
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Bryan,

Have you tried .3A? The E-Flite charger charges at that rate. It would cut your charge time down some.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:42 PM
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Nope I havent tried it. But I will.. I had no clue the mcx charger chargers at nearly 3C that is crazy
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Liquidity View Post
Nope I havent tried it. But I will.. I had no clue the mcx charger chargers at nearly 3C that is crazy
Well, IIRC, 1C is more important for multi-cell packs to ensure they stay closer in balance, not an issue with a 1S cell.

I may try .5A on one just to see, but when I start using my Accu-Cycle I'll charge them at .3A.
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Originally Posted by groundrushesup View Post
Bloody Brilliant. I actually planned something similar but I ordered the female of the 1S connector from Redrocket hobbies to do so.
where at?
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Originally Posted by rcproptester View Post
where at?
This should be the one.
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cool thanks!
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Originally Posted by rcproptester View Post
cool thanks!
No sir, I am not to be thanked, for it is the mighty power of Google that has saved the day.

And perhaps my fingers for the typing part.
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I should have googled it, but I am lazy. that is why I thanked you
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I decided to take matters into my own hands and hack up the stock charger for the female connector. Of course I did this the day before I got the female connector in the mail, but oh well, it works great.

I am charging the single cell I have right now (70mAh) at 3C (.21A) just to be on the safe side - I have put many many cycles through it. Now I'm just waiting for my Tenergy cells to arrive.

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Well, I got one of these.....perhaps I should tear open one of my chargers (I have two) and snag another connector......
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Hi Liquidity,

I am a recent convert to Anderson Power Poles (due to my complete ineptitude with a soldering iron) and I noticed in your pictures that you had used them too. Could you tell me whether you used the 15 or 30 AMP connectors?
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I think he uses either depending on the size battery
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:43 PM
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Sorry I have been out of this thread for awhile.

If you have the 15A connectors, use them. I didnt have any 15A on hand, so I used 30A connectors. The wire from the charger is very thin and would be better with the 15A
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Thanks for that, I took the plunge last night with my 30A connectors but used the 15A hole on the crimping tool just so it would crimp tighter and it seems to have worked well. I love powerpoles!!!!
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