| I ended up (for now) just getting another 600mah battery, using the | stock charger.. | | but i'm now looking at doing the whole conditioner/quick charger type | setup.. there only appear to be 2 out there that are both a | conditioner and quickcharger: | |
You've been mislead by the nomenclature.
`Conditioner' generally just means that your charger can also discharge. There's a lot more than two chargers out there that can do it.
Having a charger that can discharge too is useful for measuring how much capacity your batteries have, so you can quantify how much `oomph' they still have. But it's not that important.
For example, if you don't need a discharger, this would work --
for only $30. If you do need a dishcarger, this would work nicely --
for $80, and it would also charge whatever batteries you're likely to get in the future. And there are many other possible choices.
| I see that the $129 unit will put out alot more amps.. anyone know | what the max amp. i should charge a 600mah battery (transmitter) | battery pack at?
TX (AA) packs probably shouldn't be charged at over 2C, so that works out to 1200 mA (1.2 amps.)
| I think the max on the less expensive charger maxes | out at 120mah..
That's not very quick. (and it's 120 mA, not 120 mAh.) And it looks like you read it right (except for mAh vs mA.)
| I think this is 5 hours if my math is right?
| know if getting the more expensive charger will allow me to charge up | at a quicker than 5 hour pace (on 600mah battery)?
It will, but there are a lot more options out there, cheaper ones too.
| I know that from flying zagi's (cant remember the exact values) but I | can charge the double size receiver battery packs in about 15 minutes | at something like 2.5 amps (but this is using a field charger and only | the receiver battery packs).
Double size? If it's AA NiCd, don't charge at over 2C, which means 30 minutes from empty to full. If it's AA NiMH, don't charge at over 1C. If they get hot, you're charging too fast. 15 minutes = 4C, and that's pretty fast for anything that's not sub-C sized.
| I really didnt notice many/any quick chargers out there that were just | quick chargers and not conditioners as well.
There's a few. I pointed out one. | These models above, I'm assuming I could use an invertor and charge | things in a vehicle if desired as well?
Actually, the ICE charger is a 12v charger. You'll need a PS to power it from 110v ...
| (though I guess unless travelling 5 hours, at least with the less | expensive unit, this isnt practical, for transmitter batteries | anyway).
You could charge in your car with the car parked. (If they're LiPos, it's best to do that with the battery outside of the car, but you're not doing LiPos yet.)