I've been using a Hitec CG-335 for a couple of years now and like it.
However, it does not discharge and the minumum charge rate is 400maH.
So, I decided to spring for a Triton, since I had heard so many good
things about it.
Imagine my shock when I pulled out a couple of my charging cables that
I use with my CD-335 and found that they WOULD NOT FIT! ! !
Why in the heck did the 'expletive deleted' designers space the banana
jacks at 15mm, instead of the universal 3/4 inch. Most of my charging
cables will not fit the Triton because of that! It is VERY handy to
use 'double banana' plugs since both leads are plugged/unplugged
simultaneously. It would have been SO EASY for them to have set them
at 3/4" or 19mm.
Anyway, I wonder if Great Pains ( oooops, Planes ) would void my
warranty if I filed the holes into slots to move the jacks wider to
3/4" / 19mm ?????
I have a Triton and like it, but understand your consternation with the
spacing. I never knew there was a std. for spacing, but it certainly makes
sense. Wonder if it has to do with the country it was made in....
As far as looking at it first, that would be tough as most of us buy via the
net.... and some assumptions have to be made unless the tech notes
specifically mention such details.
btw, i've never gotten sophisticated enough to figure out where to buy the
blocks that hold the wires or however you do the block that plugs both wires
in at the same time... i just fumble around with the separate wires...... my
juryrigged set up is: Battery Tender charges field box 12v battery......
field box 12v bat powers triton, which charges plane or trx..... never have
figured out the charge/discharge thing yet.... maybe this winter.
Arne, CT, USA
Where in the world does 3/4 of an inch make a standard?
I lived in the belief that the world was metric as a standard, with some
exception of narrowminded people, but hey, the Triton might be targeted to
those markets, what do I know.....
The Triton is not unique.
Standards are rather arbitrary in lots of instances. In the electronic
industry 3/4 inch (19 mm) spacing seems to be a standard, but then in
looking at hobby chargers they seem to adapt whatever banana plug spacing
that suits them. Kind of like the polarity of charger/transmitter
connetions. Looking at the SuperNova, Robbe Infinity 2, Triton and Dymond
Super Turbo you will find that none of these are the same and not on 3/4
inch spacing. Electronic instruments, power supplies, and associated
equipment pretty well adhere to the 3/4 inch (19 mm) spacing.
I made an adapter this afternoon. I took 2 banana plugs, removed the
insulating shell, and soldered 2 separate banana jacks to them at the
3/4" spacing while plugged into the Triton 15mm spacing.
Here is a link to one source of dual banana plugs....
The other handy thing about the dual plug is NOT having to solder
wires into them. They have set screws in the base of each plug. All
that is necessary is to strip ~1/4" of the insulation off the wire,
insert it into the hole in the side of the plug, and tighten the set
screw. If you look carefully at the plug picture on All's website,
you can see the holes in the side near the metal of the plug. They
usually have the strain relief that you can see toward the right side
of the plug.
If research was not such a 'pain in the rear', we would probably find
that Simpson or Triplett along with Pomona established the 'standard'
in the USA.
That's why I said that some early DVM makers were trashed - they were
foreign mfgrs who did not use the 3/4" spacing that was the standard
for USA electronic equipment. I think this goes back to the early
20th century - I know that WWII US electronics used the 3/4".
You sure somebody didn't think it was your car? :) You may not want to send
a nasty gram to GP, when you wake up in the morning you may find the head of
your model airplane cut off and laying in your bed.
| Naw, the Triton is too good do that with it. I am going to send a
| 'nasty-gram' to Great Planes about it though. But that will be like
| making the police report my daughter had to make this morning -
| someone stuck a knife in the side of her LF tire. They will make a
| note of it, and make it part of their statistic files.
Dunno ... it would be a simple change, and would probably make more
people than just you happy. They just might do it!
Personally, I'd like to see an on/off switch on it too (which is why I
need to get off my ass and add one.) With my Astroflight charger, I'd
leave it on for days at a time (in my car) and all was fine, but the
Triton will turn the fan on if the car gets hot enough -- and so the
fan will come on and run all day.
| >> It would have been SO EASY for them to have set them
| >> at 3/4" or 19mm.
The probably just didn't think of it.
| >> Anyway, I wonder if Great Pains ( oooops, Planes ) would void my
| >> warranty if I filed the holes into slots to move the jacks wider to
| >> 3/4" / 19mm ?????
I'm sure it would technically void your warranty, but they might not
actually refuse a claim on those grounds. You just never know.
I used to be a victim of the dreaded "black/red where does it go"
syndrome,but now , after taking only a 30 days supply of Hud Knocker
capsules, I am finally free to choose for myself. Remember ,
"Hud Knockers", thats Duh spelled backwards. Don't settle for
No offense David , just couldn't resist.
We had an incident on the weekend where one of our club members was checking
out his new CAP. Just after takeoff, his aircraft "jerked" once or twice. He
thought that he was being shot down. It turned out that the voltage of one
of his battery packs, while under load (when four or five servos at once
were moving), was dropping way down, which was causing erratic control
I've been using the Triton for "basic" charging. I haven't gotten into the
heavy duty stuff with it yet. The manual isn't that great at explaining the
It's just Pure Dumb Luck(tm)... I have a Hitec CG340, and I'm pretty
sure the pin spacing is NOT 19mm. I'll measure and make sure.
You happened to pick the only charger on the market that has the plugs
spaced "properly" and got spoiled :)
Still, a simple thing like this shouldn't be grounds to bash a product
and/or condemn it in its entirety.
Well, I wasn't going to get into the fray, BUT I was under the
impression that the 3/4" "standard" was for test equipment ONLY.
I have a LOT of electronics here, including multiple power supplies with
banana/binding posts, and the only items that are on 3/4" centers are
the multimeters and function generators. I don't think I have ever even
taken notice before now, since we use loose plugs, not the dual types.
I agree that saying the Triton sucks (I have one by the way and love it)
just because he locked himself into his choice of plugs is ridiculous.
Never had any problems using the separate Red/Black plugs on anything.
My SWTPC variable power supply has the output jacks on 3/4".
I think the 'standard' is - if there are 2 jacks that will
simultaneously be used, then the spacing is 3/4".
And as I said elsewhere, the dual plugs are normally