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1A, 2A, or 3A Charging?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by baker745, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. baker745

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    Hey All-
    I am new to the world of Lipo batteries. I have always heard that slower is better for charging batteries. Is this true with the lipos or is that an old hold-over from lead/acid battery days of old? I am not worried about charging time, just which is better for the batteries.

    Thanks for your help and advice.
     
  2. ElGuano

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    Yep, it's still good to charge slowly. For your Phantom charger on a standard battery, use 2A (which is a bit less than 1C). IIRC on the stock charger 3A is a useless setting that doesn't actually deliver the stated rate.
     
  3. OI Photography

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    I remember reading the same, but can't find the reference now. Something about capping out at 2.2A or 2.5 maybe.

    baker745, here's a great primer on LiPo's: http://www.rchelicopterfun.com/rc-lipo-batteries.html
     
  4. baker745

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    Thanks guys. Thanks Ol Photography for the link to the article. I learned a lot!
    JIm
     
  5. Gizmo3000

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    with my Phantom batteries, I'd always do 1A, unless I'm in a bit of a rush, then I'll do 2A.