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herman
2010.11.04, 04:22 AM
did some comparison between

Thunder AC6 Smart Balance LiPo/Nimh Charger/Discharger w/ AC Adapter for 1-6 Lipo/ 1-15 Nimh w/ PC Analysis Software (http://www.nitroplanes.com/thac6smbalic.html)

http://site.hobbypartz.com/Thunder-AC6-Charger-Power-01.jpg
http://site.hobbypartz.com/Thunder-AC6-Charger-Power-02.jpg
http://site.hobbypartz.com/Thunder-AC6-Charger-Power-03.jpg
http://site.hobbypartz.com/Thunder-AC6-Charger-Power-04.jpg
http://site.hobbypartz.com/Thunder-AC6-Charger-Power-05.jpg

and

PN Racing S6 NiMH/NiCd/LiPo/LiFe Multi Balance Charger (http://www.rckenon.com/public_html/shop2/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4311)

looks like the only difference is that the thunder ac6 can take ac/dc...

anybody try this charger out?

herman
2010.11.04, 04:25 AM
more pics of the thunder...
http://site.hobbypartz.com/Thunder-AC6-Charger-Power-06.jpg

pn charger...
http://www.pnracing.us/productsphotos/5000S6-cable_1.jpg
http://www.pnracing.us/productsphotos/5000S6-l_1.jpg
http://www.pnracing.us/productsphotos/5000S6-r_1.jpg

arch2b
2010.11.04, 02:59 PM
very interested... i don't like having to cart around a power supply.

benmlee
2010.11.04, 04:49 PM
I used both of them. Here is my opinion:
If all you need is one charger, then the Thunder AC6 with build in power supply is handy. I bring it to the dirt track for my kid.

However, if you use more than one charger, then the PN is the way to go. The Thunder AC6 takes up too much desk space. PN is small and compact. You can line them up side by side without taking up too much space. The AC6 is just big enough to be a pain to lug to the track. I like to travel light.

The separate buttons on the PN charger have a much better quality feel to them. The membrane button on the Thunder AC6 feels flimsy. Those membrane typically crack after a period of time. Althougth neither has given me any trouble.

Power supply is actually not that big of a deal. A surplus lap top power supply is plenty enough for these AAA cells. They are usually 4-5 amps. So you can charge 4 packs at once. Get them on ebay for less than $10 if you don't already have several lying around the house. One plug at the track lets you run several chargers.

In practice, I much prefer several small chargers with one power supply than several large chargers each with their own cord. Is just more tidy.

Rooster29
2010.11.04, 04:50 PM
I have the Thunder AC6 charger. I use it for my 1/10 scale stuff. I have charged both Lipo and NIMH and haven't had one problem with it. I have used it for about 15 to 20 charges. I can tell you this much, I haven't seen anything else as cheap as this charger. I would buy it again.

arch2b
2010.11.04, 04:56 PM
good point on the size. i need for everything to fit into my one box. i did not perceive the ac6 to be much bigger than the pn charger in the pictures provided.

i currently have a pc power supply setup in an old pit box to supply power to chargers, fans, speakers, etc. it's just proved to bulky to drag around.

another question, what about the r246 charger? also, there appears to be any number of chargers similar if not the same as the pn charger. i'm sure they are all made by a small number of manufacturers.

herman
2010.11.05, 12:23 AM
benmlee thanks for all the info... really appreciate it...

as arch pointed out, i too didn't perceive the ac6 to be much bigger than the pn charger... from the site i got the following dimensions of the ac6 140*95*28mm

i couldn't get the dimensions of the pn charger...
but i saw a similar charger also made by thunder (without the ac)
Thunder T6 Smart 5-in-1 Balance Charger/Discharger for 1-6 Cell Lipo/Lilo/LiFe + 1-15 Cell Nimh/NiCD (http://www.hobbypartz.com/tht6smbach16.html)
http://site.xheli.com/T6-Charger.jpg
http://site.xheli.com/T6-Charger-1.jpg
http://site.xheli.com/T6-Charger-2.jpg
http://site.xheli.com/T6-Charger-3.jpg

and dimensions also state: 140*95*28mm
so i guess there's a typo somewhere...

maybe you can post a pic of the pn and thunder ac6 together? pretty please with sugar on top...

after reading the functions of both pn and thunder
i'm beginning to think that it's the same charger, just packaged a bit differently...

benmlee
2010.11.05, 10:33 PM
Here is the comparison.

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=30787&stc=1&d=1289014374


The AC6 is basically the PN one plus a laptop type power supply. If you have more than one charger, then is like getting 2 PN charger and 2 laptop power supply. Is a little irritating to carry around and take up valuable desk space.
You would feel silly if you have three AC6 sitting side by side. Just my $.02

herman
2010.11.06, 08:36 AM
ah... kinda get what you mean... thanks for the pics... i guess it's ok if you have one charger... but if you got two...

another newbie question... how do you hook up one laptop power supply to two chargers? or would you need another laptop power supply for the second charger....

also has anybody used these chargers on the dnano batts?

pedrocamp
2010.11.06, 09:09 AM
I have used a Turnigy Accucel-8, which is basically the same thing with a bit higher discharge capacity, with my dNano batts, worked great. The Thunder and PN should work just as well...

benmlee
2010.11.07, 12:18 AM
ah... kinda get what you mean... thanks for the pics... i guess it's ok if you have one charger... but if you got two...

another newbie question... how do you hook up one laptop power supply to two chargers? or would you need another laptop power supply for the second charger....

also has anybody used these chargers on the dnano batts?

You can run several chargers at once. For these chargers, I charge at 2.2A with 5mV/cell peak. That was what Phil recommended. For some reason, these two charger can charge at that fast rate. Probably because it stops charging for a brief moment every so often during charging. The Duratrax Ice charger would have overheated the battery at that rate.
Anyway, 4AAA cells is 4.8V charging at 2.2A is about 14W of power assuming 75% efficiency.
If you get something like item#180439463654 on ebay, it puts out 15V at 5A. That is 75W. You should be able to run 5 chargers at once. Be sure your power supply is between 11-18V. Saw some are 19V.

To connect 2 or more chargers together, just strip the power supply wire and connect them in parallel. Get some dean connector or banana jack at radio shack for quick disconnect.