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  • Good buy for the price

    posted by bugxo on 02/14/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Charges most types of batteries.
    Works OK if you understand what are you doing.
    Have external thermal sensor.
    Nice design.
    Ease to use (menu is OK, Buttons too).
    Has sound alarm

    Cons:

    Transistor is not thermally connected to case (discharging with more than 2A at 4V (8W) can overheat the transistor and destroy it.
    Voltage readings differ about 10% from real values.
    Not included balancing cables.
    Not included mains adapter.
    End Voltages for Pb are too high and don't know how to change them.
    Poor documentation, mostly for pinouts.

    Bottomline:

    If you want cheap and good charger, then buy it. At least you have to add thermal paste betwwen transistor and case, for better reliability use a screw. For use at home you will need mains adapter, which is not included (out 12-18V, 1-5A depending on charging current you will use)

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