Dynamite Passport Ultra Force 220W Touch Battery Charger (6S/15A/220W)
The Dynamite Passport UltraForce is a touch screen, single channel charger, designed to charge larger capacity packs in a lot less time. It features 15A of charge power with 220W, a 2.1A USB charge port, and multi-chemistry capabilities for those NiCd's, NiMH's and Lead Acid cells.
This AC/DC battery charger features a fully functional touch screen user interface allowing novice, intermediate and experienced users to quickly charge their 1 to 6S, Lithium or Nickel Metal batteries.
- Powerful 15 Amp, 220W Charge Power
- Effective 5 Amp, 25W Discharge Power
- Charges Li-Po/Li-Fe/Li-Ion (1–6 cell), Ni-MH/Ni-Cd (1–15 cell) and Pb battery types
- 2.1A USB Charge Port
- Highly visible display, full function user interface
- Smart device charging port
Input: 100-240V AC or 11-18V DC
Charge Rate: 0.01-15.0A/220W
Input Connector: AC cord, detachable, North American plug; DC cord, detachable, alligator clips
Output Connector: Banana plug
Battery Type: LiIon/LiPo/LiFe/NiCd/NiMH/Pb
Charging Capability: 1–6S Li-Po/Li-Ion/Li-Fe; 1–15C Ni-Cd/Ni-MH; 2–20V Pb
Cooling Method: Fan
Voltmeter: Yes – On main LCD display
Amp Meter: Yes – On main LCD display
Length: 8.74 in (222mm)
Width: 6.89 in (175mm)
Height: 2.95 in (75mm)
Overload Protection: Yes
- JST_XH balance adapter
- Banana plug to EC3 battery connector
- AC power cord
- Banana to Deans insulated charge adapter: male
- Charger lead with receiver connector
- Temperature Sensor (DYN5033)
- DC Power Cord (DYNC1103)
- Bananas to Traxxas insulated charge adapter: male (DYNC0054)
This product was added to our catalog on March 29, 2016.
i called support and the agent was completely dismissive of this problem. he said he hadn't heard about it, it hasn't come up in meetings and that "people say a lot on the internet". he also said he has used his charger "hundreds" of times without noticing this issue. well, good for you. if you DID notice it, would you have to pay out of your own pocket to send it back so you could discover your own firmware issue that multiple customers are reporting?
it was fine before the update, it's now not fine. and you can't revert the firmware!
and now the item is discontinued. if it didn't get proper support whilst still an active SKU, we can most assuredly expect nothing better now that it's obsolete. what kind of process is this by Horizon? leave us hanging with a faulty item?
it also has a ridiculously noisy fan at low RPM that is grinding, but it quiets down at high RPM which is the mode it's in the majority of the time.
our hobby has become one of throwaway offshore items and the customer service behind it apparently isn't much better.)
This new charger however has remedied all of the faults of the old one. The balance cycle is substantially quicker, where now I can fully charge a battery at a 1c charge rate in about an hour or less, and if I balance charge at 15 amps, I can get a 7200mah lipo to its limit in a half hour or so coming from a storage charge. HUGE IMPROVEMENT. The touch interface is surprisingly responsive and can be used even if you have gloves on as it is not a capacitive touch screen. So you can use your finger, a stylus, a penny, whatever you have on hand.
The insulated banana plugs are very easy to connect and disconnect which for me is a huge plus. The supplied Dean's plug though resulted in a tight fight with my current dean's lipos (aa simple remedy though would be installing an official Dean's plug on the banana adapter). I hope this will loosen up over time as it is a little difficult for me to pull the dean's plugs apart after a charge cycle. Though my issue is that my hands are weakened from an illness, any healthy individual will probably not see the same issue I did. Weak hands, issue, healthy hands, no problem.
As far as ease of use, well it was so easy that I didn't even have to read the manual to start charging my first Lipo. It's just pretty self-explanatory as soon as you power it up. Just make sure you enter the correct parameters for your battery and off ya go.
And lastly, the fan. It is still loud, but not annoyingly loud like its older brother. I can easily have this sitting next to me on the work bench charging a battery and not be irritated by the noise it makes.
Overall this is an excellent charger and for the price it's hard to beat. I would definitely buy again and am even considering getting a 2nd one to stay permanently at home.)