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i charger 106

Have decided to get my first hobby charger, and have decided this one is for me. The i charger 106.
Have a few questions on what I need though. I have tried to watch youtube on it, but my browser keeps freezing up after 3-4 minutes.
I presume I need a power source, which can be a 12 volt power supply, or a 12 volt car battery? Does the unit come with cables to attach to a battery or power supply?
Do I need to buy a battery holder and cables to hook up to charger, or does it come with everything?
Anything else I need?
Thanks in advance.

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http://www.jun-si.com/UploadFiles/iC106B+_en.pdf

Listed in this link are the things you will need and what comes with it.

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I took my old PSU and made it into a perfect power supply.

 

Works like a dream.

 

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Icon wrote:
Have decided to get my first hobby charger, and have decided this one is for me. The i charger 106.
Have a few questions on what I need though. I have tried to watch youtube on it, but my browser keeps freezing up after 3-4 minutes.
I presume I need a power source, which can be a 12 volt power supply, or a 12 volt car battery? Does the unit come with cables to attach to a battery or power supply?
Yes, it will run from a 12v supply or a car battery. It will come with cables to supply it power.

Icon wrote:
Do I need to buy a battery holder and cables to hook up to charger, or does it come with everything?
Anything else I need?
Thanks in advance.
It will come with some output cables but you will need to find a way to attach the cables to the cells to be charged. Magnets are a convenient and often used method. Others choose to build a charging cradle to hold the cells, or just butcher an existing charger to work with your RC charger. Smile
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If you’re not going to push hundreds of watts out of the charger, you can power it up using a wall wart or a laptop power supply.

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I have the iCharger and for most of my needs I use a PSU from a dead Samsung TFT monitor (14V, 3A) plugged straight into the charger. I can even charge a 14400mah battery pack with it (12X18650s) at 5A but if you want faster charging then a bigger PSU is needed.

I intend to mod an old 750Watt PC PSU as well and although they are not the cleanest possible power source, for this purpose and intend they are more than fine. It's not that the ones on sale in RC shops are any better and they are not LAB grade either.

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Icon, what do you need/want the icharger for?

Maybe he just like to own one, mind you!

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Mainly it’s just a want, so I can have something to do when I’m bored. And I thinking checking the capacity of my batteries would be great so I can keep them matched.
A lot of the things talked about here are a little over my head, so I need to lean more, and this is a small start.

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kreisler wrote:

Icon, what do you need/want the icharger for?

only for charging a couple of round cells?

 

or also for balance charging lipo packs (RC hobby)?


This is good question.

A hobby charger has many advantages such as multiple chemistry support, data logging and good control of the charge rate for charging 10440 to 32650 cells. I mostly use mine to balance charge the cells for my multi-cell lights. Most probably don’t need or want to check the capacity of store bought cells, but if you like to harvest them from laptop or tool packs, then capacity testing is quite useful. Now that better quality cradle chargers are becoming available there are more options. But previously, using an RC charger was just about the only way to get a decent CC/CV charge profile.