| Butting in, I too am interested in getting a good charger. I had
| settled on the Triton until I read the threads about the way they
| treated people who accidently damaged their Triton within the
| warranty period - ie charge a them a $100 to replace it when I would
| have thought they could forego profit on replacement and perhaps
| only charge $50 or so. (as street price is around $120 then around
| $100 or a bit less is the wholesale price)
I'm not sure how big of a deal that would be to me. Instead, I'd try
not to damage it :)
I got one of the very first Tritons produced. I had it for 15 months
before I got any LiPo packs, and discovered that it couldn't charge
them more than 10% -- it's voltage readings were wrong when charging
LiPos, so it cut off way too early. NiMH and NiCd batteries were
fine, but LiPos and Pb batteries were not. Very strange.
I sent it in, even though it was out of warranty. They fixed it for free.
(It may have just been a matter of calibration, I don't know.)
I now have two Tritons. They have their quirks, but for the money,
they seemed to be the best for my needs. I'd happily buy another,
though if I needed another charger I might consider the ICE by
DuraTrax. It's limited to 10 NiCd/NiMH cells or 4 LiPo cells, but
beyond that it looks like the Triton on steroids.
| So now I am looking at the SuperBrain instead - they can charge more
| than one set of cells at a time, and seem a pretty good buy. Are
| they any good tho?
There's several SuperBrain chargers. I guess you're talking about the
959? It only goes up to 8 cells, which is probably fine for most R/C
car users, though lots of planes use larger packs than that.
As suggested, you can charge two packs on the Triton at once if you
make a harness to put them in series. Works best if the pack's are
the same and are both discharged by the same amount -- if not, you'll
need to peak charge them individually after charging them together,
but that should be relatively quick. I don't suggest doing this
(charging two packs in series at once) if you don't understand the
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