tanktruck88 said:Has anyone had any experience with this? There is a guy that I race with that has one? He really likes it. It is a bit pricey though. Any thoughts or comments?
Sent mine back also ,,,, I personnally think you'll get better equalization with a Battery Doctor or a Novak SE with the Hold function on. :thumbsup:Mayhem said:The 1st blue faced unit I got failed after 19 battery's just equalizing after I dumped them on the T-35, not even full cycles. Trinity did promptly send the new updated unit free of charge. One quick phone call and it was out the door that day. I decided to sell the new unit for a couple of reasons.
1- it takes too long to complete a cycle. i'd need 4 units to do what I needed to do in a timely fashion. It takes this long to discharge because they need to pulse the discharge, with pauses in between to prevent the unit from burning up.
2- I definetely dont want to train my packs to take 2 hours to discharge. Even Trinity says its best to cycle them once on a T-35 or something again before the pack is run right in the instructions. I also suspect it would raise the IR's doing this repeatedly.
3-If I wanted to pulse my packs I could do it on the charge cycle on a charger, in a fraction of the time. I suspect the charge cycle is where you really want to pulse, I could be wrong.
It holds heat in the cells, for a long time during discharge. Not the hot ticket for todays NiMh cells I suspect.
It is a great little unit for weeding out bad cells and could act as a low buck matcher if you trusted its numbers, I found a lack of repeatability on cells.
It does a great job at equalizing packs though, which is it main purpose. I ended up dumping to 4.00V on my T-35 then setting the packs in the DPD before I ran them again, but it just took too long when I was in a rush and I thought I noticed a slight drop in performance so I bailed on mine. Not a bad little gadget for the money but I finally bought a charger that did all that stuff in a fraction of the time. Hope this helps.
Are you sure it stopped discharging? Or it just changed the way it discharged the rest of the cells?NCFRC said:Sent mine back also ,,,, I personnally think you'll get better equalization with a Battery Doctor or a Novak SE with the Hold function on. :thumbsup:
My DPD stopped discharging when the first cell hit its cut off point,,,,Thats not true equalizing in my mind.
I've owned a DPD , Integy 0-30 ,a Novak SE , a Trinity D90 , and a Tekin Battery Doctor, and after using them all , I M O O , use the tekin and take battery out when lights go out and your fine. Our 4200's after a years use still IR @ 5.9 for a 4 cell pack . :thumbsup:RCMits said:i guess ill stick with the trusty method of discharging with my t30, and then equalizing on a smart tray... tried and true method... unless i shell out for a better system like the muchmore or something...