Includes a fused charge cable with bare wire ends and an SPA board with the connecting balance cable. Make use of FMA's free Charge Control Software to configure the PL8 to your heart's content, safe in the knowledge that the charger's built-in safeguards won't let you put a foot wrong.
|Input Voltage||10 - 32V DC|
|Memories||25 user presets|
|Current Drain (Balancing)||1000mA|
|Discharge Current Range||10mA - 40A|
|Temperature Control (Intel.)||Yes|
|LiPo/LiIo/LiFe||1 - 8 series|
|Charge Power (Max)||1344W (when input voltage >26V; 612W at 12V)|
|Discharge (Max)||100W / 10A|
|Regenerative Discharge (Max)||1344W / 40A|
|Cell Count (NiCd/NiMh)||1 - 21 series|
|Pb Battery Cell Count||3 - 12 series|
|PC Connectivity||Servo serial data output port|
|Charge Current Range||10mA - 40A|
I already have a Powerlab 8 but my other brand Charger was accidentally blown and I needed a replacement fast! I love the Powerlab 8 as I also use the Bump Controller so I can quickly set charging with each battery and can connect the replacement charger as node 2. Yours was the last available charger in stock so I quickly ordered it. Thanks for the quick service!
Excellent product, quick shipping, best price, what's not to love? Seriously this is a great charger. A real workhorse. Amazing reliability. This is my second PL8 the first is about 10 years old! I have been running that one charging parallel at 40 amps on 24v supply the whole time. FWIW I upgraded the software on my old one at one point and and due to a bad connection in my power supply (totally my fault) I had to have it serviced once. So its upgradeable and FMA can service it if needed. These are the best at what they do, period.
this is my 2nd PL8 and I think it is the best charger out there, I use them with the bump controller and I can charge many batteries at the same time. Progressive RC makes the purchase easy and delivery is fast,
Due to Family being in town and Hurricane Michael brushing our area, I was not able to try out the Power Lab 8 until now. So far the unit works great and gives a lot of information. Just learning how to process all of what it is telling you will be a learning curve. Not a big one but more than most chargers give you. One thing I noticed as soon as I fired up the unit was the firmware is V3 and not V2. This is not Progressive's fault but FMS only has the manual for the V2 firmware and nothing on the V3 firmware. I don't think there are a lot of differences but this needs to be addressed. The unit appears to be well made and sturdy. One problem I have is the power input is an EC5 connector, which is non-standard for EVERY power supply unit on the market. WHY? I had to build a custom cable just to power the unit up. If they want this type of input, please supply the adapter for the available power supplies that use banana jacks for connections.
I originally purchased the FMA PowerLab 8 v2 a couple of weeks ago. It arrive timely and package well. Unfortunately, the unit was defective. I called the very next business day to request an RMA. I spoke to a gentlemen named Chad. While on the phone Chad researched my order in a minute or two and responded back "you should receive a confirmation email in 30 minutes." True to his word I did. I (having my doubts) called back to ask what the next step was, and I was informed by Chad that the unit had already been scheduled to ship along with the RMA. This was quite a surprise considering most people selling electronics want you to return the item first so it can be tested, and inspected prior to them sending you the new unit. This was a GREAT customer experience. The new unit arrived in 3 days, and I was at the airfield that next weekend. New unit works well. Thank you ProgressiveRC for a positive experience. And, thank you Chad for making it painless. I will be a customer for life. Looking forward to my next purchase....