Could be wrong but I assume it's nothing but a piece of plastic to ensure you plug the metal tongs in to the right sockets in the right orientation.I wonder what the 3rd prong is on the battery? It has to be some sort of sense.....
3rd prong (top one) is double sided and is the data connection for the battery.
Charger supplied is actually a 4S lipo charger limited to 3.3 amps. Balance circuitry is contained within the battery.
Battery can be charged at any rate you like by any lipo charger set to 4S without using the balance function. People are using American 2 pin power leads with plug pins bent to suit the spacing of the battery socket terminals, and banana plugs at the other end to connect to their charger
Will this charge it faster than the factory charger?Personally, I dont charge at more than 1C, but once you use an aftermarket charger you are no longer limited to the 3.3 amps of the stock charger, that was my point, you have that control.
And yes, you need to turn this battery on before charging with an aftermarket charger.
That's what I just did, but I used XT60 connectors instead.Having male bananna plugs on the battery side of the cord creates the possibility of forgetting to unplug the solo battery from its cable first, and now you have two bare bannana connectors that will short faster than a flea fart. This happened to me a couple of times using the Fatshark battery charging connector (which has banannas). XT60 connectors are totally enclosed and are 95% of what I use for my normal charging, so the bannana plug-to-XT60 basically lives in the charger, so I connect my XT60-to-Solo cable to it, and thus avoid any risk of shorting.Why not cut the cord off your Solo charger and put male/female banana connectors on it so you can swap it back and forth?
Yeah, there is no reason to watch that thread.You are right about that rcg Solo owners thread, i cant believe the negativity there, i unsubscribed long ago.
Thanks- that's great info!I believe I was the first one to ever take a Solo Battery apart, and I also started designing an aftermarket case for 3rd party batteries, that you can be used on the Solo. Head over to the 3DR Solo Owners thread (or not, as it is one of the worst Owner threads on Earth, ha ha) and look in the first post. There are plenty of pictures posted of how the battery looks taken apart.
The battery charger that comes with the Solo is nothing but a Power Supply. Just like you have on your Laptop. 16.8V rated at 3.3 Amps. The battery has a charger and balancer build in, so all you have to do is supply power.
Take a look at the attached pictures. I just took some cable with banana plugs already installed on one end, and the other end was just tinned with solder. I then took some pliers and "flattened" the end with the solder... Now the cables fit nicely into the Solo battery.
Set you charger to LiPo, 4s 5200 mAh, 5.2A and turn balancing off. DONE. Now you Solo battery will charge way faster than when using the charger it comes with...
EDIT: The one pictures shows the "naked" cells of the Solo battery that I cracked open. On both pictures showing the charger, look on the right side of the display. Port 2. Once you see the voltage of the pack, and the second picture shows the settings of the charger...