Many electric RC enthusiasts fly small indoor models that use 1 cell lipo batteries.
Many electric RC enthusiasts fly small indoor models that use 1 cell lipo batteries.These 1 cell batteries are usually charged with simple multi port chargers that come with ready to fly and bind and fly RC planes and helicopters. Although these simple chargers do the job, they don’t support features such as displaying cell voltage and selecting the charge rate. Using the Common Sense RC Micro-6 charging adapter, you can charge up to 6 of these micro batteries at a time using your existing computer charger / discharger / cycler.
The Micro-6 charging adapter works by connecting 6 batteries at a time in parallel. Charging is still done using a 1 cell battery setting, but the charging rate can be increased by a factor of the number of batteries you’re charging. Here’s how to use the Micro-6 charging adapter with any typical computerized lipo charger:
- Select the 1 cell lipo charge mode.
- Ensure that all the micro batteries you are charging are at roughly the same charge state.
- Plug the batteries and the Micro-6 charging adapter into your computerized charger, ensuring you follow the correct polarity.
- Charge at the rate you would usually charge a single 1 cell lipo of a given capacity, times the number of batteries that you are charging. For example, if you typically charge a 1 cell 100 mAh lipo at 2C (.2 Amps), 6 of them would be charged at a rate of 1.2 Amps.
You can discharge batteries following the same procedure, just make sure to select the right discharge rate. A good rule to remember is that multiple batteries wired in parallel act as a single larger battery at the same voltage. When charging 6 1 cell 100 mAh batteries in parallel, you would use the same settings as when charging a 1 cell 600 mAh lipo.
A note about balancing: charging cells in parallel won’t keep the voltage in each cell the same. This is why it is important to start parallel charges with the voltage in each cell approximately the same, to ensure that no cell gets overcharged. A good technique would be to store your micro 1 cell lipo batteries at about a 50% charge (3.8 volts), then charge them all at once before you want to go flying using the Micro-6 charging adapter. You can then fly the batteries to your speed controller’s low voltage cutoff and charge them all together again.
Using the Micro 6 Cell charging adapter, you can use your existing computer chargers and equipment with 1 cell batteries. When done properly, charging in parallel makes battery maintenance and charging simple and efficient. Update your micro models with the Micro-6 adapter today!
Hacker Brushless Motors has released a new upgrade for their popular A50-16S, updating the motor to version 2. This new brushless motor features the same performance specifications as its predecessor, but with several design improvements:
- A shorter can design, allowing the use of shorter standoffs for mounting which allows for more flexibility in choosing cowlings and mounting positions
- An integrated cooling fan, which replaces the removable on found in V1 series motors. This modification has reduced the weight of the motor by 50 grams.
- The front bearing has been removed, which reduces weight and increases the overall mechanical efficiency of the motor.
- Backwards compatibility with the V1 motors. With the exception of the shorter standoffs, the A50-14S-V2 is a drop-in replacement for its predecessor. Electrical specifications remain the same, only the physical characteristics of the motor have changed.
Specifications for the new V2 motor are:
- Motor Type: Brushless, Outrunner
- Weight: 345g (12.16 oz)
- Power: 1700 Watts
- RPM/Volt (KV): 378
- Continuous Current: 45A
- Burst Current: 70A
You can learn more about the new Hacker A50-16S-V2 brushless motor by visiting its product page. Upgrade your models to the newer, more efficient version today!
Common Sense RC has recently released a new low cost 50 watt multi charger with a built in power supply. The ACDC-6s balance charger is an elegant and low cost replacement for a complicated mess of wall-wart or specific chargers, and a hard working addition to your existing chargers and field equipment. If you fly electric RC planes, you can use the ACDC-6s charger to keep all your expensive lithium polymer batteries in top working condition. If you fly glow or gasoline RC planes, the ACDC-6s comes ready with a set of leads for charging glow drivers and receiver packs using servo-style leads. Whether it’s a well needed update to an old charging system, or an economical addition to an electric RC enthusiast’s equipment, the new ACDC-6s is an excellent low cost addition to any RC setup.
Built in AC Power Supply
Many low cost multi chargers require an external power supply to work. Power supplies that can deliver 50 to 100 watts typically cost anywhere from 20 to 50 dollars, which adds to the cost of your charging setup. The Common Sense ACDC-6s avoids this problem by including its own, built in 12 volt power supply. This means that it can be used right out of the box on standard AC power, cutting costs and saving you money. The built in power supply is high quality, and can deliver the full 50 watts that the ACDC-6s requires.
If you have an existing 12 volt power supply for your other chargers and equipment, the ACDC-6s can use that as well! This charger features a built in 12 volt plug and alligator leads, so you can run it off of the 12 volt equipment that you already have. This is perfect for situations where you don’t have an AC power source available, like out at the flying field. Simply hook up the ACDC-6s to any 12 volt battery and you’re good to go.
Flexible power options at a low cost make the Common Sense RC ACDC-6s charger one of the best deals on the market.
Common Charging Leads Included
The ACDC-6s charger comes with a set of common charging leads, so you can start using it right out of the box without additional equipment. Packaged charging connectors include the:
- Standard Deans type
- JST style
- Female RC servo type (Futaba / JR / Spektrum and similar)
- Glow driver plug
- Alligator Leads (for charging a 12 or 24 volt sealed lead acid battery)
Using these charging leads, you can start charging all of your existing RC equipment right away, without the expense and hassle of ordering matching adapters for all your equipment.
Built in Li-Po Balancer
The Common Sense RC ACDC-6s features a built in balancer that can handle Lipo batteries with up to 6 cells. Besides eliminating the need to use a separate balance adapter while charging, the ACDC-6s can keep track of and display balance information such as the voltage of each cell while charging. This takes the guess work out of charging your batteries – if you suspect a pack has a balance problem, you can plug it into the ACDC-6s and check!
Fully Computer Controlled and Programmable
The ACDC-6s has advanced features that you normally only find included in higher echelon chargers such as the TP-610c. You are able to program all important functions such as LiPo battery discharge cutoff, NiMh delta V peak detection, and even safety parameters such as capacity cutoff and temperature sensing. You are also able to cycle batteries and display cycle information, which helps with pack maintenance and monitoring.
You can learn more about the Common Sense RC ACDC-6s charger on our website. Update your RC equipment with this hard working and economical charger today!
The following is a press release by Thunder Power RC.
LAS VEGAS, NV. May 11, 2011 – As a 3-Time IFMAR ISTC World Champion, Marc Rheinard has a never-ending passion for speed and racing. Known as one of the world’s best on-road touring car racers, Marc will bring over 15 years of RC racing experience to the Thunder Power RC Team. Marc has signed a multi-year agreement to represent Thunder Power RC by using, supporting and promoting products at races world-wide.
“I am looking forward to using Thunder Power RC batteries” states Marc Rheinard. “I have seen firsthand how the products have performed in the RC racing circuit over the past couple of years. Thunder Power RC continues to advance LiPo batteries and technology for the RC industry, I am excited to be a part of these advancements and the team.” Marc will represent the TPRC Team at all major International and US electric/LiPo events. Marc’s touring car will hit the pavement for the first time as part of the team at the 2011 Reedy Race of Champions. Thunder Power RC would like to welcome and thank Marc for his confidence in our team and products, and we are very proud to be the power behind his World Championship-level on-road racing skill set. We anticipate that Marc, along with our other team drivers, will continue to push the limits of electric power systems and help take LiPo battery performance to the next level!
About Thunder Power RC
Since 2003, Thunder Power RC has been the world-leader in the advancement of Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery power and charging solutions for a wide variety of RC, UAV/UAS and other applications. Continuing to set industry-leading standards in performance and reliability is why more pilots, drivers and professionals world-wide choose Thunder Power RC LiPo batteries over any other brand.
Hacker Brushless Motors has recently upgraded their popular A50-14S to version 2. This new brushless motor features the same performance specifications as its predecessor, but with several design improvements:
- A shorter can design, allowing the use of shorter standoffs for mounting
- An integrated cooling fan, replacing the removable on found in V1 motors. Integrating the fan ensures that the motor always gets proper cooling, without an added weight penalty.
- The front bearing has been removed, which reduces weight and increases the overall efficiency of the motor.
- Backwards compatibility with the V1 motors. With the exception of the shorter standoffs, the A50-14S-V2 is a drop-in replacement for its predecessor. Performance specifications remain the same, so the new V2 A50-14S brushless motor is suitable for use in the same models as the V1.
Specifications for the new V2 motor are:
- Motor Type: Brushless, Outrunner
- Weight: 345g (12.16 oz)
- Power: 1600 Watts
- RPM/Volt (KV): 425
- Continuous Current: 40A
- Burst Current: 55A
You can learn more about the new Hacker A50-14S-V2 brushless motor by visiting its product page. Upgrade your models to the newer, more efficient version today!
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