SpeedEBikes wrote:The iChargers aren't just power supplies.
My point was that they are not some sort of magical device that when used properly will protect you from lipo failure.
I have owned and blown up just about every version of the icharger and its variants btw.
I would argue that they are just power supplies in how they charge - nothing sophisticated going on - nothing like what happens with lead or Ni.
That's why I advocate saving your money and charging with a simple power supply and manual balancer.
I am however not ready to point the finger at modern technology and say that we should go back to vacuum tubes.
Power supplies pop and that is that - any number of passive or active components in a regular power supply can fail causing meltdown.
How many opamps and comparators and PWM sources do you suppose are in a modern supply?
Being a firmware expert I have no firmware phobia - once programmed - they are just another active component as far as I am concerned.
No different than any integrated circuit on the board.
Software bugs are another issue.
I will bet my balls this was not a software issue.
I have personally seen crap solder joints on these units. Pop yours open and look.
I put my money on a heated up cold joint.