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Old 01-29-2009, 02:50 AM
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Default Turnigy Accucel-8 Best Charger For the $$

Turnigy Accucel-8 150W 7A Balancer/Charger



Hands down the best charger available for the $$$, Look at all of the charge leads that come with this great charger for $79.95.... Start counting all of the charge plugs that come with this unit. Other chargers may charge as much as $10.00 per lead.
I agree with all about this Best Charger For a Buck
Factory Spec:The Accucel-8150 is a Lipoly/LiFe battery charging workhorse. Capable of handling up to 8S, 7A or a maximum of 150W charging current plus balancing and discharging packs.
The Accucell has various programming and charging modes. It will accept and safely charge NiCd,Lilo, Lipo, LiFe, Pb batteries.

Spec.
Operating voltage range: 11.0~18.0Volt
Circuit power: max. 150W
Charge current range: 0.1~7.0A
Discharge current range: 0.1~5.0A
NiCd/NiMH battery cell count: 1~27 cells
Lithium bettery cell count: 1~8 Series
Pb battery voltage: 2 to 36V
Weight: 625g
Dimensions: 170X125X35mm

*Kit includes temp sensor!
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...ads/manual.pdf
This charger has a JST-XH charge plug, which makes it compatible with Zippy, HXT, Loong Max and any pack with a JST adapter.
Need to charge 2 Lipo's at the same time ? This charger can and will charge any 2 packs of batteries as long as the batteries are twins (same exact Battery, make, size, and capacity.)
I am not a professional lab, Shop or manufacture or any think like that, just a end user like most of us here. I also am only sharing some of the test and options we tried to complete the ability too charge a duplicate set of Lipo batteries as one larger battery and also have the cells not only charge but work in the balance mode and recognize the 2 packs as one........ This gives you the ability to see each separate cell as a individual, and also as part of one lipo pack with this Accucell charger.

WARNING, This is my personal experiance. I have nor will I take any reasponability in what happens in your test. I am only sharing what happened for me. I am not a pro at this nor do I claim to be any thing other than just a plane flyer like the most of us here. I am also not a technical !-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> technical writer, please take the info as a whole.

Charging 1-4 cells as 2-8 with automatic balance operations

After some simple testing with the basic set up and use of the Turnigy accucell 8 charger that was delivered about a week ago.(My Buddy and I, as wll as Mr Sparky throwing a bit of a hissey fit now and than)We became pretty confident about our ability with this charger coming out of the box. Works really nice at every thing we tried, nice. I also have a Hyperion $169.00 charger, seems that the Turnigy acucell-8 charger does every think the Hyperion, OK little more detail more on the Hyperion charger............. Now look at the price, yikes wow Very Nice. We did all of regular testing and more. GREAT Like many users out there we wanted to experment with this charger to charge 2 pack as one. Yeah yeah, thats the easy part. Split the batteries with a parelle connector, Nice and easy........ 2 battery packs charged. We wanted more, we all are aware of what happens to us when we get greedy. Now we wanted the balancer to work along with the splitter. We needed some balance connectors - Hardest thing to do now-a-days. Sure we had to find some balance taps, just like every one else. We wound up buying a little more than we needed to be sure. Hobby King also has a GT charger brand splitter, Twin pack charge lead (2 x 3S)6S .
This was our way of finding a dual 3S to a 6S conversion, (do not use 4S packs) also we had a 3 way deans parallel splitter. All of this seemed easy and natural enough for our test.

We have a align 500 copter that uses the 2- 3S battery packs as suggested by Align. We were pretty used to the idea of saddle pack batteries. (my old experience with off road racing R/C-10s helped a bit.)The charger was set to charge a 6S battery, amps changed automatically with the battery choice to 22.1 amps. We had good connections and checked by scrolling the menu. We found that the the charger was only reading a 5C set up, we spent a bit of time at this point. This was the fist time Mr. Sparky jumped in with a bright flash at all around the test site; and with that was what we thought could be the end of a new 2008 Forerunner. Some very lighting fast reactions to Mr. Sparky brief terror rein saved the day. Although he killed a battery pack and melted the balance taps. Poor taps all melted and burnt, oh well we lost a $20.00 pack........ A dead pack could we resurrect life back into this poor disfigurement this Lipo pack has faced. Let see if the years of watching movies of Young Frankenstein has helped at all. With nothing to lose, to try a repair. The wires were burnt out; well better description is burned off. Cut off all of the shrink and solder new tap and wires to the sorry looking pack. After some very close operational skills we found we did breath life back into this reborn $20.00 battery. After careful testing we were again able to test the battery and charge as a 3S successfully; Great Caesar Ghosts Itís Alive Again.<p>BACK TO CHARGING EXPERIENCE<br>Late night thought thoughtís......... A 3S battery pack is wired in series to give a 11.1 volt, charging two batteries we were trying was as 2 3S batteries in a parallel mode. Now that will work for all yes, but the charger has the option of seeing individual volts on each cell (remember back, we only got a 5C rate vs the 6S we wanted) OK new adapters, charge not in parallel but in series.<p><img src=http://www2.gpmd.com/imagem/g/mgpmm3143.jpg<br> This is a deans series connector.<br>This is available from Tower Hobby with a part number of LXNKY9 Great Planes Series Deans U 2 to 1 Adapter at a cost of $8.99.


This was a complete different concept, Charger Experiment Starting all over again. Seems that this time may be a winner. Plugged the batteries in to the deans series splitter to the charger lead..... Great so far. Plugged the balance wires in to the GT charger splitter. (Available from Hobby City) Balance wire were plugged into the 6S plug of the Align charger. No power as of yet into the charger. Carefully connect the Red to positive connection of a battery or Power supply. Last connection ready, OK WOW, nothing blew up. Looking very positive now. Reset charger to a 6S charge, scroll the menu, until we hit the battery cell by cell report. We had done it, Wow great feeling, yes all as it should be................ Good luck with your test, see if you can repeat.
***** DANGER **** READ THIS. My buddy charged a few more sets over the weekend with great success. Than that awful guy Mr. Sparky jumped in and tried to foul up all that was found by all our good experiments. One more battery pack lost...... OK OK, repaired again as before. Life is good, what happened to fry this? Track down the problem tic tic tic. Found it, like so many of us hobbyist we spend have of the night playing with our hobbies, we all do it. We all get tired.... brain fade, seems my partner set up 6 sets of batteries of 2 packs to a set. Major FART. He mixed the charge plugs with the balance plugs from the other battery, Poof. We now have a way of marking each battery to tell apart, we have been using nail polish. This works great, hold up very well and is cheap, all left sets are marked with red polish to insure proper connector placement in respective charge plugs. MAKE SURE YOU PLUG THE CORRECT BATTERY WITH BALANCE PLUG, DO NOT CROSS.



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Old 03-16-2009, 01:22 PM
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i have a turigy 8 cell charger when i try to charge 2 6cell 15c 4000 ma battery packs -connection break -keeps poping up even though ive checked each cell in both packs ,and they all check ok .i think im following directions . does any one have experience that can help .thanks -salmtran
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:10 PM
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Default Perhaps not the best charger...

I also thought it was the best bang/buck charger but on Saturday it stopped charging one of my packs part way through and now all I can get is "Connection Break" after the "Checking Battery" has been on for 10sec or so. Tried different leads, different cell types, I can't get anything to start the charge cycle.

I'll see how much it costs to post back. I think It'll be worth it as it is only 3 months old and hardly used.

I also had 3 out of 7 Turnigy micro servos of no use with appalling resolution (8 total steps end to end) and rubbish centering. The other 4 were not great and having flown them this weekend they will be retired as well.

I used to love Turnigy stuff and had it earmarked as a quality Chinese brand. Now I'm not so sure...
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by salmtran View Post
i have a turigy 8 cell charger when i try to charge 2 6cell 15c 4000 ma battery packs -connection break -keeps poping up even though ive checked each cell in both packs ,and they all check ok .i think im following directions . does any one have experience that can help .thanks -salmtran
Try This, First only use the main charger in to your battery plugs. DO NOT Touch the balance plugs. Make sure by pressing the mode button, you choose the correct battery style LIPO, Choose Charge only (not balanced charge) Charging at no more than 1 amp, max for a 4000 battery should be a total of 4 amps, also check your choice of cells. 6S will be the correct choice.
Press and hold the start button, the charger will ask if all is ok and press the start again. Should do what you need.

problems get back to me as a pm.

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Old 03-28-2009, 08:31 PM
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thanks roadking i took the charger to a more experience rcer and he tryed exactley what you recomended and it still wont charge [connection break] i finally sent it back last monday .ill let you know what the problem was if they tell me.thanks again for your reply.salmtran
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by salmtran View Post
thanks roadking i took the charger to a more experience rcer and he tryed exactley what you recomended and it still wont charge [connection break] i finally sent it back last monday .ill let you know what the problem was if they tell me.thanks again for your reply.salmtran
HC is very good with some items and it does depend on who you get to speak with in customer support. I had advised them of a smaller version of your charger the 6 cell unit. I ordered for a fellow club member, it never worked at all. I was asked to shoot a pict of being all hooked up to a power supply and showing in the pict that the charger never turned on.
A new unit was shipped that day, I was left with the old. I pulled the unit apart and found some bad solder joints. Repaired, added a external fuse. Works great, Club used in a give a way.

Let me know if all works out.

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Old 03-28-2009, 09:27 PM
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I have two of the Accucel-6 chargers. After a day, both fans were noisy, then a few days later both stopped working.
Has anyone replaced theirs yet? Any suggestions for a cheap fan source? I might try to oil them, but I've tried that with computer fans before, and the fix doesn't last long.
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Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk View Post
I have two of the Accucel-6 chargers. After a day, both fans were noisy, then a few days later both stopped working.
Has anyone replaced theirs yet? Any suggestions for a cheap fan source? I might try to oil them, but I've tried that with computer fans before, and the fix doesn't last long.
Hey Sparrowhawk, Wow to have 2 fans go bad on 2 chargers. Is sombody trying to send you a message or something. The neighbors looking to Get You.
Yes these fans can be replaced with computer fans, but there is of course many replacements available. Fist remember these units are sold on a price point, and do not always have the best quality items used. I also believe that a larger external fan can also help. I use these as a fan to blow on a charger case. Try Frys electronics. Use a quality fan, the larger the fans bearings in the fan mount. Most of these small fans have no bearings at all, only bushings. There are many computer product stores all over the net.
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I saw in the HC reviews for this charger that it was a problem, so I expected it. The charger doesn't warm up much at all when charging anyway (50 watts?), so I'll leave the fan off. It's great to be able to charge 4 3S batteries at a time with 2 $38 chargers!

I also have a Triton 2 (fan still works!), which I could use for discharging when necessary.

Thanks for the help, Dave
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I think its a kick also. With the economy being so terrible, newbies need a place to turn to that does not cost an arm, a leg and half of the next new born.
So many guys have been doing this for so many years they have the great equipment. Some times when a newbie starts, I think that they need to be aware that there are alternatives to spending the big bucks . The big buck options are certainly in the best option, at the same time we have to remember how costly a hobby can be.

Just look at our own classified sections, people all over are selling item due to there need of cash. We just need to understand not as many people are as lucky as we.

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Old 08-17-2010, 10:42 PM
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Default Power Supply ??

I'm new in the hobby and have ordered a 8150 charger....but does not have a power supply. But I have an old Vista XXR that I used to power my Marine VHF radio from my home.

Does anyone know how much this unit delivers?

Thanks!!
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I'm new in the hobby and have ordered a 8150 charger....but does not have a power supply. But I have an old Vista XXR that I used to power my Marine VHF radio from my home.

Does anyone know how much this unit delivers?

Thanks!!
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Power supply ref: http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=234274


IMHO, the CellPro4 Gold is a far better value (bang for the buck) than the Turnigy.
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Thanks for the help, But........
......I've already ordered the 8150....
.....And my Vista is the XX-R ( two x's )...I think it's 20 Amps.

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I just received my 8150. I made Connectors to charge all my batteries.
I've only been charging Nimh batteries with it so far just trying to get accustomed to the interface.
I just bought my first Lipos and don't want to burn anything down yet.

Not sure it is a problem yet but I feel like the batteries are getting over charged.

What should the settings be for discharging and charging a 9.6v 1000mah Nimh battery?
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Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk View Post
I have two of the Accucel-6 chargers. After a day, both fans were noisy, then a few days later both stopped working.
Has anyone replaced theirs yet? Any suggestions for a cheap fan source? I might try to oil them, but I've tried that with computer fans before, and the fix doesn't last long.
Being noisy seems to be a given on these chargers. And, as you have discovered, some people are having problems with the fans failing.

Personally, as a person who hasn't had any problems with theirs, I think the Accucel-6 wins the bang for buck contest. Due to simplicity I tend to use it before I use my other MUCH more expensive chargers.


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