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    • November 11, 2019 12:03 PM EST
    • I don't know if the Tenergy came with an owners manual, I suppose it did, probably written in Chinglish.  In the ten or so years that ive had this charger, my manual has migrated to the same place that houses all my 10mm sockets, and most of my 9/16 sockets, as well.  The push button screen is not that user friendly, either.  I can't find an on-line version.

       

      Can someone provide a path to the CHARGE-DISCHARGE screen?

       

      Thanks.

    • November 11, 2019 11:56 AM EST
    • Greg, if i used the auto feature of the charger, it would start sometimes at 5 amps, for a mostly depleted battery, then, as the battery "filled up," the amperage would reduce, approaching zero as "full," arrived.  If I had only run for an hour or so, the auto feature would start at 3 amps, or so.  

       

      My understanding of electricity is such that one of my Commanding Officers was not willing to trust me with a light switch.

       

      I probably misunderstood something here about slow charging being better than fast on auto, so selected 1.5 amps on manual.

    • November 10, 2019 8:17 PM EST
    • A full charge in that amount of time will really work the battery. That is assuming the battery is pretty low on charge, which was not stated.

       

      Charging a 5.2 amp hour battery in 15 to 20 minutes, if fully depleted would that a huge amount of current, surely over 1.5 amps. Clearly 5.2 amp hours of charge cannot be "filled" in 15 to 20 minutes at 1.5 amps. 5 amps for an hour, or roughly 3 to 4 times that in 15 to 20 minutes. So 15 to 20 amps is roughly what would be needed for that time period and battery capacity.

       

      Something is not right in this story. Perhaps the charger is terminating early, perhaps the battery is damaged. How long did it take when the battery was new to do a full charge, from empty?

       

      (note that the run time reported does indeed match the amount of charge a 1.5 amp system could create in a short time)

       

      Greg

       

       

    • November 10, 2019 8:10 PM EST
    • These 1.5A charge rates I'm noting are NOT correct for larger batteries and or cells in series-parallel battery configuration, such as 5400/6800mAh batteries. The manufacturer recommended charge rate foe ONE cell is 1.625 for the 3400mAh Sanyo/Panasonics @ maximum time interval of 4 hours. The Tenergy TLP3000 as mentioned above is adequate for a 4-cell battery only. Slow charging is NOT recommended for Li-Ion cells, less than 50% of the OEM recommendation is sloooow charging. The aforementioned larger batteries are comprised of TWO four cell batteries, simple math dictates a multiplier of two.

       

      Michael

    • November 10, 2019 2:47 PM EST
    • This probably won't help much Steve; just relaying my experience, so sorry if I'm a pest.

       

      I bought a USAT GP9 from a guy on Ebay. Opened it up and found that it comes with a Tenergy 14.8v 4400MaH battery pack. They replaced those with a 5200MaH pack five or six years ago. Anyway, I have a new Tenergy Universal Fast Smart TLP3000 1.5A Charger for Li-Ion battery packs (14.8V 4 cells). It has a built-in IC to cut off power automatically when the battery is fully charged. Green light comes on when it's ready. Takes only about 15 or 20 minutes to charge. After recharging the loco a few times, it shuts down after 1/2 hour of run time. So......I just ordered a new Airwire 14.8V 6800 mAh Li-Ion battery, and we'll see if that resolves the problem. Hopefully the charger isn't an issue. Film at 11.

       

    • November 10, 2019 12:03 PM EST
    • If you read the reviews on this charger, about 50% are 5 stars, and about 40% 1 or 2 stars, on Amazon.

       

      So, it seems that when it works, it works, but when it fails, it can have issues setting charging  voltage, etc.

       

      Interesting.

       

      Greg

    • November 10, 2019 11:28 AM EST
    • Michael, that's what I was thinking  too, that the charger should have balked at the mismatch of voltage, but it seemed happy.

       

      I'll give the CHARGE-DISCHARGE CYCLE a go.

       

      Thanks.

    • November 9, 2019 9:53 PM EST
    • Steve,

       

      The TB6AC charger is good charger. You should have been alerted to the mismatch of voltage(s)?

       

      Anyway, use the charger to analyze the battery with the CHRGE-DISHCHARGE-CYCLE program.

       

      Michael

    • November 9, 2019 9:23 PM EST
    • Greg, as I indicated, I simmered the battery at 1.5 amps, rather than use the quick cook, or auto feature of the Tenergy smart charger.  It takes probably 5 hours to fully charge the pack, and the charger will often time out if I run until the loco starts to slow down.  The battery pack did not get warm.  The battery is permanently installed, so I'll have to open the loco up tomorrow to chase there trons.

    • November 9, 2019 9:11 PM EST
    • Michael Glavin said:

      Steve,

       

      What Greg said would sure help understand what could have happened.... BUT these batteries are fitted with battery protection boards, right? Said board should have prevented anything derogatory from happening me thinks.

       

      Michael

      It's a good quality battery that I got from Jonathan Beliese, just before he retired, so it likely has those boards.  It didnt get hot, and did run the loco for an hour or so last summer.  It seemed to take a charge last week, but when I turned on the Airwire board, no chirp, no lights. 

       

      I guess the next step is to open up the USAT GP9, and chase down some trons, if there are any.

       

      I have the Tenergy TB6AC Dual Power Intelligent Digital Balance Charger.

    • November 9, 2019 6:11 PM EST
    • Steve,

       

      What Greg said would sure help understand what could have happened.... BUT these batteries are fitted with battery protection boards, right? Said board should have prevented anything derogatory from happening me thinks.

       

      Michael

    • November 9, 2019 6:03 PM EST
    • well, if you actually put 18v into it for some time, maybe.

       

      Missing information to give at least an intelligent response:

      • brand and model of charger, or if unknown, is the voltage and current manually set
      • how long on overvoltage
      • how warm did the batteries get
      • what is the current terminal voltage of the battery pack
      • did you try running it and see if it has approximately the same capacity (run time) as before?

       

      That is what I would ask were I to attempt an intelligent answer

       

      Best, Greg

    • November 11, 2019 11:11 AM EST
    • I don't know if the Tenergy came with an owners manual, I suppose it did, probably written in Chinglish.  In the ten or so years that ive had this charger, my manual has migrated to the same place that houses all my 10mm sockets, and most of my 9/16 sockets, as well.  The push button screen is not that user friendly, either.  I can't find an on-line version.

       

      Can someone provide a path to the CHARGE-DISCHARGE screen?

       

      Thanks.

    • November 10, 2019 8:00 PM EST
    • yup

    • November 10, 2019 1:30 PM EST
    • Yep, the forum has good days and bad days, sometimes it "queues up" your post action so long you figure it did not take, and click again, has happened to all of us one time or another.

       

      Greg

    • November 9, 2019 8:58 PM EST
    • Michael Glavin said:

      Double posted?

      Yes; and I replied to this one quite a bit earlier than Greg's post on the other one. Was hoping folks would ignore that one, but I guess it's asking to much for folks to pay attention.

    • November 9, 2019 8:58 PM EST
    • Michael Glavin said:

      Double posted?

      EDIT to delete double posted reply. Seems there are a few hiccoughs with the forum today.

    • November 9, 2019 6:15 PM EST
    • Double posted?

    • November 9, 2019 5:49 PM EST
    • Well, if it didn't catch fire you might be OK.  Use it and see what you get.  You might find it no longer takes a good charge, but you might get lucky and find it survived.

    • November 9, 2019 3:58 PM EST
    • I have a 14.4 volt 5.6 Amp LIon battery pack, with less than 20 charging cycles on it.

       

      I was charging a bunch of 18.6 v batteries in anticipation of the grandson visiting, and thoughtlessly charged this one at 18 v, 1.5 amps.  How badly did I FUBAR this 14.4v battery?