Dear friends! I rarely write articles and publications do. No, I'm not lazy, just always want to talk only about the good. Or, if there are some wonderful events that one can not tell. Every addictive RC technology enthusiast probably once in his life faced with the problem of choosing a battery charger for a variety of power sources. It happened with the author of this article. Stepping on the long road towards a large helicopter piloting a matter of choice charger is particularly acute. I have a rich experience of cooperation with different suppliers, from cheap clones and copies up to famous brands. I had four or five different chargers, including one of the last - it Revolectrix Powerlab. I've already talked about this before. But then the charger is not restricted. Regularly I need some spare parts, various accessories, tools and so on. In the end, we have to deal with dozens of different online stores, online suppliers, and sometimes with manufacturers directly. Over the past year I have accumulated rich experience of cooperation with almost all existing today, trading platforms and manufacturers. And this experience is, unfortunately, not always ended happily. The required equipment is sometimes out of stock. Sometimes to learn about it after paying for a long time to deal with the problem of money back. Sometimes, even if something is in stock, but you get your goods or damaged, or bad quality, if any, comes a completely different product. Sometimes you pay for your purchase, and do not send it, or forget to send, and no feedback, no one answers the questions. Many problems had to be addressed to guarantee situations. In most cases, the seller requests to send back the defective product. In principle, it is not a problem, but if the device overall, has a lot of weight - reliable transfer back is good money, sometimes comparable to the cost of some alternative and new product. Or there is absolutely no possibility of waiting three or four months to replace. All this I am to that recently with my Powerlab disaster struck! I did not expect that such a high-quality battery charger can bring! I was shocked to see that Powerlab not included. For this trouble waiting for me and others - an application for registration of a guarantee, collect documents confirming the purchase, photo and video shooting faults and other evidence of warranty cases. It is clear that any manufacturer has always sought to protect their own interests first, and then the interests of the consumer, and is usually for an additional fee. Recalling his experience in dealing with similar problems, to be honest, I'm not really counting on the guarantee. Between me and Revolectrix great distance, the ocean! Yes Powerlab and return back to the examination was not possible. And I had to turn on Revolectrix with a request to find a solution to my problem. We corresponded for a long time, exchanging files. And, you know, I'll tell you what, until recently, I had no hope for an acceptable solution to the warranty case. And guess what, a few days later correspondence with colleagues from Revolectrix I unexpectedly received the approval of a replacement under warranty! Of course, this required to return the defective Powerlab ... Unfortunately, I had to refuse the return and I was ready to receive a counter-waiver replacement. After a while I got a note from Cindy Marks ... A miracle happened! Cindy promised to replace with a new Powerlab without returning faulty! It is difficult to put into words how I was glad! A few days later I got the track. What particularly impressed, Cindy says - had further to go to the post office and to understand why the track is not monitored! Two weeks later I got a brand new Powerlab shipping to my door! This is the remarkable story that happened to me over the last year. This story inspires faith in what still is the world really worthy and reliable partner. But, alas, such as Revolectrix very little! I would like to warmly thank the leadership Revolectrix, personally, Cindy and her colleagues for their warranty support is really perfect! This service is well worth it! Even so sad episode as failure Powerlab, thanks to the excellent support completely overshadowed Revolectrix reputation as a reliable partner and manufacturer of high-quality chargers. On the contrary, Revolectrix significantly rose in my eyes - the company is really focused on the customer and does not hide behind loud brand! Bravo! This is the case when I unequivocally and strongly recommend Revolectrix to solve all your problems of quality charging. Believe me, it's a decent guys who will never abandon its buyer without proper attention and support! Personally, I'm happy, do not you?
Thank Revolectrix! Thank you Cindy!
- After having a couple of the inexpensive charger fail, I appreciate the power, speed, and solid feel. Already found a failing cell in a pack, with increased IR in that cell. The pack had seem to run a little short, but cell voltage was normal. Probably saved a repair, making the expense worthwhile.
- I really like my PowerLab8 units...had them paired up but found that I get more versatility with them as stand alone units as I am charging lots of different chemistry...A123's rx packs, 5S and 6S Lipos, Nicads in my fueling station, LiFe in my transmitter, ect. I need to find an adaptor for my Shori LiFe fieldbox battery. Awesome charger...haven't seen a better one yet...and ProgressiveRC is second to no one for great customer service.
- The Powerlab 8 is the best charger made for my needs. Coupled with a 24vPS, I can quickly and easily parallel charge 6, 5S, 2700 mAh batteries. Discharging and storage charging are a snap when I return from the field with unused packs. A great investment for anyone in the hobby.
This the 2sd unit, to have two stations attached together, like a real powerfull station and IT DOES THE JOB, perfectly !
One of my old batteries APEX Plus 6.000 - 6S had one bad cell and PL8-V2 unit recovery it !!! I am very happy with the purchase.
- Thank you very much. Good service.
I bought a Power Lab 8 with parallel board and in 30 days it did not work. I contacted FMA USA and they wanted $125 + shipping to fix it. It did not seem right that it would cost 70% the price of the new charger to fix it. The FMA USA representative was extremely hostile. I have never experienced that type of customer service or product support. Personally my advice would be check out the iCharger 308 Duo.
ProgressiveRC Comment: We make every effort to provide the highest level of support at ProgressiveRC and apologize that the manufacturer's level of support did not meet the customer's expectations.
- Really fast delivery, well packed, all in working condition.
- Awesome charger. Definitely more than I currently need, but that is why I ordered it. I can definitely grow into this charger and will not have to buy another one for a very long time.
- great charger got it quick
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