Archive for September, 2009

ProPeak Cavalier Charger

September 28, 2009
New Cavalier Multi-Charger - VERY NICE

New Cavalier Multi-Charger - VERY NICE

Some of you may or may not have noticed that Hobby People sells the ProPeak Brand. I think a lot of you have considering how many Prodigy II chargers we’ve sold in the last couple of years. This was a great charger but it didn’t offer balancing.

ProPeak, a brand developed by Ripmax in the UK, has been working on an entirely new line of ProPeak battery chargers. The first one is this great, very versatile, easy to use, charger, the Cavalier. While not named for my wife’s Alma Mater (the Santiago Cavaliers), the charger’s name I think fits. The charger, in my opinion, is really best in class and has a lot to be Cavalier about.

I’ve been using one for a couple of months and it’s simply flawless.

Here’s what it does/what I like about it…

Charges from a 12V battery or power supply and works equally well with both.

Screen is REALLY easy to read, even in the Sun.

Charges every battery pack I’m using right now. Single cell Li-PO for my little Mini Spitfire, 4 cell 2500 for my Squall, the 2 5 cell 4000mAh batteries from my Super Fli, the 8 cell NiMH cells in my TX, the 4 cell nimh RX battery in my Super Fli, the 12V Lead Acid battery in my glow tote box,.. I could go on but you get the idea.

The balance taps in the side work with many of the Chinese cells used in many RTF products. The included balance adapter works with the current Impulse balance tap and other similar plugs such as the ones used on Thunder Power. There are other adaptors available aftermarket from ProPeak that will make it work with every balance tap type I could find.

The charger has an optional thermal sensor. So, if your battery gets too hot during charge, the charger shuts off.

Note that it has both balance and non-balance charge modes so if you don’t want to balance charge, you don’t have to. Non-Balance charging is faster when recharging at the field.

It’s a quality unit that simply works and isn’t that what you want in a charger?


Been Out Flying!

September 27, 2009

This last month has seen several prototypes flown for the first time. Successfully too!

First up is the Model Tech Super Fli. This plane is based on the Kraft Super Fli plans published by Model Airplane News. Designer Chris White has blown them up and modified the heck out of them to convert this unusual aircarft to modern airframe design with an 84″ span. We modified it further for use with electric. We’re running a KMS 5331/10 motor on a 10 cell lipo pack. ESC is a high voltage Castle 85. It took  a couple of flights to get it dialed in but we’re now flying it with great success on an 18×10 prop.

Model Tech Super Fli

Model Tech Super Fli

We also put the maiden voyage on the new Model Tech P-51B 91 size. This prototype ARF has a very unusual finish in that it’s painted flat over both paint and covering giving it a consistent finish usually not found in ARF aircraft. We’re flying it with an RDS8000 radio and a Magnum 91 Four Stroke. You can choose to install air retracts or run the gear fixed. What’s nice is that you can build it fixed and add retracts later .  We’ve now flown it several times and find it is simply a blast to fly. The 91 pulls it around GREAT.

Model Tech P-51B 91Size ARF

Model Tech P-51B 91Size ARF

Model Tech is poised to release approximately 6 new aircraft in 2010. From Scale to sport, they’ve got an aggressive new release schedule. The planes fly GREAT! I think you’re going to really like them!

p.s. THANKS to Mark Silzle for the great build on that P-51B and Russ Greaves for all the work on the Super Fli. Outstanding job building these prototype planes with no directions, no guidance, etc.