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  • 14/08/2016

    The Antimatter is an excellent charger that is based (identical to) the iCharger 106B+ and runs the same V 3.14 firmware. My charger arrived with perfect voltage and current calibration, which many chargers in this price range do not. It also has a wealth of features that are not present in any other chargers in this price class. Here are a few: Individual cell voltage calibration – As mentioned above, this feature allows the end-user to make fine adjustments to individual cell voltage calibration to ensure that your batteries are achieving full charge and are perfectly balanced upon charge completion. Regenerative discharge – Allows the charger to discharge at much higher power as is uses a large source battery (Pb, LiFe, Lipoly) as a load. Basically, the charger is working in reverse and transferring energy what is normally the output to the input voltage source. This results in much faster discharging and also produces far less heat internal to the charger. User-selectable termination voltage for LiXX chemistry – Allows the end-user to adjust termination voltage above or below the standard voltage to achieve full charge on older batteries by slightly increasing voltage, or to increase the number of useful cycles by lowering termination voltage. Internal resistance measurement – Measures individual cell internal resistance for lithium chemistry packs. This is an important feature and one that I use very frequently to monitor the health of my packs and to spot bad packs/cells before I commit them to an expensive model. Note: Some of the generic 4-button chargers now include this feature but many folks have reported that they’re poorly calibrated. User-selectable balance phase adjustment – Adjust time at which the balance circuitry becomes active during the charge cycle. Can be set to Always, CV phase, or Storage to permit the most efficient charge times based upon needs. Charge lead voltage drop compensation – With the balance lead connected, the charger will remain in CC (constant current) mode until the highest cell reaches 4.20 volts (when charging lipoly), and then switch to CV (constant voltage) mode. Conversely, generic 4-button chargers will switch to CV mode when the main output is 4.20 volts X cell count. This can shorten charge times quite dramatically, especially when charging at higher currents. To me, this feature is critical in any charger and I am challenged to recommend any charger that lacks it. Electric motor drive – Convenient break-in for brushed electric motors. Foam cut mode – Charger can be used as a power supply for a hot wire cutter. I highly recommend this charger.

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  • 11/08/2016

    My Full Review is in my blog here: My first impression is that the unit is well put together and is similar in form-factor to other units we've seen in the field. However there is a long list of features listed in the manual mainly promising easy of use and security I liked * Price is very affordable, especially for a beginner. * English manual written in good English. * Can be configure to charge HV LIPO * Built in balance board. Keeps things compact. * Automatic selection of LIPO cell count depending on which balance port is being used. * Fine-tuning of many parameters. For example you can control the minimum voltage to discharge a LIPO battery. As well many other parameters. * Ready to use charge cables provided for different kinds of connectors. I didn't like * By Default the volume for the key beeper is too loud for indoor use. One of the first things I did was to mute the key beeper. * Connecting the charger to a 12V battery using the alligator clips will produce a spark. Hopefully the electronics inside the charger will protect the charger from the sudden voltage surge. * Input voltage is limited to a maximum of 18V which means I cannot use a 24V heavy duty power supply I normally use on my other charger. * Selecting one of the 10 memory is a bit cumbersome and error prone. You must change the charger mode to "PROGRAM SELECT/Save Settings" or "PROGRAM SELECT/Load Settings" and then select the memory location you intend to save-to or load-from. A small card will have to kept as a reminder of what is saved on each memory location. Other chargers show battery settings associated with each memory location so you don't have to remember that save location 07 contains the settings to charge a 3S 2100mAh LIPO. * Saving saves a "battery set" which to me means that it will save the settings for charging a LIPO battery a PB battery a NiCD battery... all in one memory location. This is different from other chargers where a saved location is associated with one specific battery.

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