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Not sure if this is the right spot or if this is a more general lighting question but figured I get a better answer from the DIYers.

Can a charger for RC cars be used for charging light batteries?

I have an older Niterider system that was given to me but the charger was missing and was thinking about I have chargers for my old Cygo-lite and one that is somewhat adjustable for RC batteries.
Would it be possible to just make some jumpers for the various connections and use a charger I already have instead of having to buy another?
Whatcha all think?
 

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It depends on the charger; I have a 3 amp AC/DC charger that's capable of charging just about anything, from a single AAA, up to a high capacity NMHi 12 cell pack. I even (cautiously) charged a compact walkman Lion battery, and a car battery with it :)

The instructions that came with your chager will specify what its capable of. My charger, for instance gave specific details on how to charge each batter type.
 

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OverTheHill said:
Do you have any further details of each? i.e. battery type/size, charger make.
That'd help wouldn't it! See what happens when you type this stuff in the middle of the night after work :lol:

The Niterider system is a dual halogen (12/20watt) with an integrated taillight and switch that goes by your grip. Has a H2O bottle style battery, I think it's a 13.2v????:confused: Not 100% on that.
Then I have an old Cygolite single headlight setup with the charger but don't remember the voltage. I guess that making an adapter from the Cygolite plug to the NR plug would be the easiest if it puts out the right amount of juice.

The RC charger is a ProTech Supercharger AC/DC 702. It has a switch for 6 cell and 7cell RC batteries, as well as charge/discharge switch, an ampmeter in DC. It is a 15min car charger or plugs in the wall and also will trickle charge. Oh and since I got this used it doesn't have any instructions.

Hope that helps and Thanks guys!
 

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DSFA said:
That'd help wouldn't it! See what happens when you type this stuff in the middle of the night after work :lol:

The Niterider system is a dual halogen (12/20watt) with an integrated taillight and switch that goes by your grip. Has a H2O bottle style battery, I think it's a 13.2v????:confused: Not 100% on that.
Then I have an old Cygolite single headlight setup with the charger but don't remember the voltage. I guess that making an adapter from the Cygolite plug to the NR plug would be the easiest if it puts out the right amount of juice.

The RC charger is a ProTech Supercharger AC/DC 702. It has a switch for 6 cell and 7cell RC batteries, as well as charge/discharge switch, an ampmeter in DC. It is a 15min car charger or plugs in the wall and also will trickle charge. Oh and since I got this used it doesn't have any instructions.

Hope that helps and Thanks guys!
A quick trawl on the web with the information that you have given indicates to me that this set of kit is pretty obsolete and will probably not give you very good performance even if you could get it going.

The Pro Tech Supercharger is designed for NiCd batteries as far as I can tell and as you say is only for 6 or 7 cells. I'm pretty certain that this won't work with the NiteRider battery pack you have outlined.

I can't find anything specific about the NiteRider lights but from a quick scan of the references on their website, NiteRider have used a variety of battery packs over time including sealed lead acid, NiMH and latterly Li Ion. It might be worth contacting NiteRider direct and they should be able to tell you what lights they actually are and if you could get a charger for the battery pack.

Sorry I can't be of more help but if I come across anything else I will let you know.
 

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OTH, thank you for the replies and effort.

The NR system is a NiMH battery and they still have a charger, it just costs $85. Thats why I was thinking of alternate charger ideas. I'd love to get a new setup but don't have the dollars to be putting into it.
 

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OTH, thank you for the replies and effort.

The NR system is a NiMH battery and they still have a charger, it just costs $85. Thats why I was thinking of alternate charger ideas. I'd love to get a new setup but don't have the dollars to be putting into it.
In that case you might want to think about getting one of the RC hobby chargers like the Turnigy Accucel-6 (or similar) which will not only be able to handle your NiMH battery pack but also any LiIon or LiPo cells your might want to upgrade to in the future. I think they go for around $50 in the USA.

You can also get much cheaper NiCd/NiMH chargers if money is really tight, you just need to know the voltage of your pack but the "smart" version will handle a range of voltages and should sense that of your pack.

Hope that helps, best of luck.
 
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