The most advanced cylindrical cell charger on the market, the MC3000 is the best of both worlds - the accuracy, versatility and power of a hobby charger, tailored to a high quality battery tray for single cell cylinders. Able to charge any chemistry cell, the MC3000 offers a rich user interface that can be controlled directly from the charger, from a computer, or even from an app on your Android or iOS phone!
Independent charge cycles let you charge multiple sizes or even chemistries simultaneously. Pulling up a charge program from the 30 available user-defined preset slots is a matter of just a few clicks on the intuitive menu, or use one of the six standard operation modes: Charge, Discharge, Refresh/Analyze, Break-In, Cycle, and Storage.
Download the PC control software here.
- Input voltage: 11-18V DC
- Input current: 4A
- Charge current range: 0.05-3A
- Discharge current range: 0.05-2A
- Supported chemistries: Li-Ion, Li-Ion 4.35V, LiFe, NiMH, NiCd, NiZn, Eneloop
- Supported capacities: 100-50000mAh
- Wall Adapter: Included
- Weight: 600g
- Dimensions (LxWxD): 200x124x69mm
- Warranty: 1 year
|Input Voltage||10-30V DC|
After a few days of programming my MC3000 and charging some NiMH and Li-ion cells, I can report that this charger truly lives up to its reputation as the ultimate cylindrical cell charger. Using the Advanced Mode gives you control over almost every imaginable aspect of charging, and you can set quite a few safety features according to your needs and the cells you use.
It is also certainly true that it takes some time to read the instruction manual and the various online forum threads related to this charger, but doing the reading is necessary to be able to use the charger safely and effectively, and get the most out of it. I think some of the instructions in the manual could be a bit more clearly explained, but the one question I had after doing all the reading and experimenting with the settings was answered by the helpful members of the Budget Light Forum.
The hardware and firmware challenges experienced by earlier units have been adequately addressed by updates, it seems. Everything works well. The battery holder sliders seem solid and make easy contact with my flat-top, unprotected Li-ion cells. The default time cutoffs have been eliminated from the firmware, also.
I definitely made the right decision in buying my MC3000 from ProgressiveRC. They offered free shipping, and also offer warranty service in the event there are any problems during the warranty period. The charger arrived on the east coast within just a few days. I'm grateful that the product was boxed for shipping. In this day and age, it is unusual to find a company I feel I can trust to do a good job and provide superior products for a competitive price.
It's expensive, which is why I didn't give a max rating for value..
Nice charger, allows for very advanced charging parameters for all types of cylinder cells. Quality could be a little bit better (pressing buttons feels a little cheap), but hopefully will be okay with careful usage. This charger is the next best thing compared to a hobby charger and much, much more convenient for cylinder cells.
UI takes a little bit to learn, but okay after that, you can do what you need to do. This charger should be able to handle most of my battery needs into the future.
Previous chargers: Maha C9000. This charger is like a Maha C9000 on steroids!
ProgressiveRC, good service, shipped the next day after ordering. Packaging was adequate. So far, so good - been testing with D NiMh (7000mAH), AA Eneloops and LiOn (18650, 17670).
The most advanced round cell charger available. Very pleased with it. The shipping from from ProgressiveRC was very fast and flawless... as usual for them. Great service guys!
If you can spend $100 and want the best BUY THIS. If you do not need to charge Li batteries and want great instead of supper amazing get the Opus for $35.
This dream charger has amazing accuracy and is extremely versitile. If the settings are to complex for you, you can set it to DUMMY mode. It has 8 buttons (some chargers have 1 button), can be controled by a blutooth app, or hooked to a PC. App is not perfect- but it is an amazing tool. I can check on charger, view voltage graph, change opperations all with my phone anywhere in the house.
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To MC3000 App program team,
It is so amazing that there is an app for this charger! Thank you for that. There are some small changes that would make it better.
*GSV settings not transfered to app.
-When charger set to Fahrenheit in GSV, app will display temp as 78ﾟC. The correct number, however wrong symbole. Then when one trys to pick cut off temp in app that is still in Celsius.
*Break in mode got stuck at discharge.
-When trying to break in new 800 mAh AAA rechargable batteries the charger got the voltage down to 1V in 3 hours, however it droped the discharge current to .01/.00 and gets stuck- after sitting at 1V for 9 hours I gave up.
*Selection should be columns with different units.
-Time: Minutes coulmn & hours coulmn
-Current: Amps coulmn, milliAmps coulmn, C-rate coulmn
*Type input feild for options when programing. To set time cut to 16 hours a user has to scroll to 900. (e.g. User can type 16 under hours coulmn for 16 hours)
*Explinations- It would be good if when a user holds on a term a screen pops up and shows the deffinition and explains reccomended setting. A lot of this can be copy and pasted from the manual.
*Settings icon should let user change settings. PGM could be program.
I understand Discharge Cut Voltage and Discharge Current. However, what is Discharge Cut Current? I could not find this anywhere in the manual.
ProgressiveRC Comment: During discharge current tapers off as it approaches the set Discharge Cut Voltage, the current at which discharge terminates is the Discharge Cut Current.
This is the most flexible charger on the market for single cells. If you: have very small LiIon cells (like 10440) that require low charging currents for longevity, need to partially charge LiIon cells for storage, or need to test cells, this charger is one of *very* few that offer these features. It also supports high current for fast charging the largest cells. Whatever type of cell you're charging, this is the most precise charger available allowing you to maximize the capacity and longevity of the cells being charged. If you need to charge individual cells not multi-cell packs, and are looking for one charger that can do anything - this is it.
On the downside the user interface is a bit quirky and has steep learning curve compared to other chargers. So if you just need to charge large numbers of medium to large batteries this may not be the charger for you. The build quality is good but not great - it equals other good chargers but doesn't surpass them.