Recharging the Estes Command control Launcher

Recharging the Estes Command control Launcher

Post by Icepic » Fri, 11 Apr 2003 13:20:04



Greetings,

I recently purchaced the Estes Command Control Launch Controller.  On the
box and in the instructions it makes references to being able to recharge
the batteries while they are still in the controller.  Since pulling the
batteries out of this beast provides to be a major effort in not ripping
the thing apart I would like to try to do this.  But unfortunally the
instructions make no reference to how this is done.  Has anyone used this
type of controller in this manner?

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Recharging the Estes Command control Launcher

Post by Joel Corwit » Fri, 11 Apr 2003 14:36:13


The units seem to have differences, but does yours have 2 jacks on the
bottom?

Joel. phx


Quote:
> Greetings,

> I recently purchaced the Estes Command Control Launch Controller.  On the
> box and in the instructions it makes references to being able to recharge
> the batteries while they are still in the controller.  Since pulling the
> batteries out of this beast provides to be a major effort in not ripping
> the thing apart I would like to try to do this.  But unfortunally the
> instructions make no reference to how this is done.  Has anyone used this
> type of controller in this manner?

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Recharging the Estes Command control Launcher

Post by Icepic » Sat, 12 Apr 2003 02:09:15


No, the one pictured on the box has jacks at the bottom but my jacks are
under where the wire spool clips on.  They look like pretty standard
jacks and are labeled Bat 1 Charge and Bat 2 Charge. Most jacks of this
type would have voltage and polarity labeled but these don't.  The
instructions also show it having two power clips and one ground clip,
where this unit only has one of each.

Over all I'm pleased with the performance of the launcher but the
documents leave something to be disired. I also noticed that Estes
doesn't have this puppy listed on thier website or in thier catalog.



Quote:
> The units seem to have differences, but does yours have 2 jacks on the
> bottom?

> Joel. phx

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Recharging the Estes Command control Launcher

Post by Fred Shect » Sat, 12 Apr 2003 03:17:10


This did not make it out, so I'm using Google to post it...)

Let's see if the work newsfeed will allow my response "out" (about
half of them never make
it out to the real world).

The batteries have the 'standard' r/c car Molex/Tamiya connectors and
the chargers sold
for the batteries have the mating connectors. Some folks have chargers
with connectors
that mate with the receptacles that you will see on the bottom of the
Command Control
controller. If you don't have one of those chargers, you can go to a
real electronics
store or if you don't have one of those nearby you can go to a Radio
Shack. There you will
find a Tamiya/Molex connector set and you can find the plug to mate
with the built in
receptacles on the CC. Then you just need to solder together an
adapter that will bridge
from your existing controller to the receptacles on the CC while
KEEPING THE POLARITY
CORRECT. That's why they have the warning about doing that.

I found that the plugs on Homedics brand heating/vibrating car seat
cushions fit
perfectly. I dissected one of these that had crapped-out and I
harvested the nichrome wire
from the heater and the wiring including the plug.

Good luck.

Quote:

> Greetings,

> I recently purchaced the Estes Command Control Launch Controller.  On the
> box and in the instructions it makes references to being able to recharge
> the batteries while they are still in the controller.  Since pulling the
> batteries out of this beast provides to be a major effort in not ripping
> the thing apart I would like to try to do this.  But unfortunally the
> instructions make no reference to how this is done.  Has anyone used this
> type of controller in this manner?

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Recharging the Estes Command control Launcher

Post by Rhhick » Sat, 12 Apr 2003 06:54:19


I'd gotten a used Command Control Launcher (with no instructions) & tried
plugging the charger into the two holes labeled "Battery 1 Charge & Battery 2
Charge" & didn't get much of a charge; maybe it was just what juice was already
in them. I thought I'd bought a dud. Then I removed the batteries & connected
the batteries up to the chargers & got a good charge. As you said, it's tight
fit & somewhat of an ordeal getting the batteries in & out, but they got a good
charge that way.  --  Richard "Tommy Higgs will be cooking chicken at this
weekend's launch" Hickok
 
 
 

Recharging the Estes Command control Launcher

Post by Joel Corwit » Sat, 12 Apr 2003 10:20:30


Well ok, that's what I ment by 'bottom'.  They don't have labels, but mine
has a + center.  You can carefully check with a voltmeter, but DON'T short
the probe aross the jack.  You could also pop it open and look at the wiring
inside.  I simply looked at the ratings on the battery charger and instead
of trying to adapt the plug, went to the thrift store and bought a simular
transformer with plug for $3.  On my last charge, one battery didn't take a
charge, so I pulled them out, but charged them while still connected to the
controller.  I think I have a loose connection.  You should still open the
case when charging because of heat buildup.

It's a great little unit, they really lack the documention and the
description on the box is misleading.  I run over 150' of wire at the end of
the 30' to get to the far pads.

Joel. phx


Quote:
> No, the one pictured on the box has jacks at the bottom but my jacks are
> under where the wire spool clips on.  They look like pretty standard
> jacks and are labeled Bat 1 Charge and Bat 2 Charge. Most jacks of this
> type would have voltage and polarity labeled but these don't.  The
> instructions also show it having two power clips and one ground clip,
> where this unit only has one of each.

> Over all I'm pleased with the performance of the launcher but the
> documents leave something to be disired. I also noticed that Estes
> doesn't have this puppy listed on thier website or in thier catalog.


> > The units seem to have differences, but does yours have 2 jacks on the
> > bottom?

> > Joel. phx