Prophet Plus LCD Manual

PROPHET PLUS™ LCD
AC/DC–Powered Peak Prediction Charger
for 4- to7-cell Ni-Cd and Ni-MH Battery packs
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
©2010 Horizon Hobby, Inc.
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, IL 61822
USA
Dynamite® products are distributed exclusively by Horizon Hobby, Inc.
www.dynamiterc.com
Revised 12/09
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NOTICE
All instructions, warranties and other collateral documents are subject to change at the sole discretion of
Horizon Hobby, Inc. For up-to-date product literature, visit
www.horizonhobby.com/ProdInfo/Files/dyn4033-manual.pdf.
Meaning of Special Language
The following terms are used throughout the product literature to indicate various levels of potential harm
when operating this charger:
NOTICE: Procedures, which if not properly followed, create a possibility of physical property damage AND
a small or null possibility of injury.
CAUTION: Procedures, which if not properly followed, create the probability of physical property damage
AND a possibility of serious injury.
WARNING: Procedures, which if not properly followed, create the likely probability of physical property
damage AND may lead to a dangerous condition or cause death or serious injury to the user,
OR procedures, which if not followed, create the high probability of superficial injury.
WARNING
Read the ENTIRE instruction manual to become familiar with the features of the charger before operating.
Never leave the charger unattended during use. Failure to operate the charger can cause damage to the
charger, battery, personal property or cause serious injury.
Safety WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Failure to exercise caution while using this product and comply with the following warnings could result in
product malfunction, electrical issues, excessive heat, FIRE, and ultimately injury and property damage.
• Read all safety precautions and literature prior to use of this product.
• Never leave the battery and charger unattended during use.
• Never attempt to dismantle the charger.
• Never attach your charger to both an AC and DC power source at the same time.
• Never connect the charger to an automobile 12V battery while the vehicle is running.
• Always use only rechargeable batteries. This charger cannot charge batteries such as “heavy duty,”
“Alkaline battery,” or “Mercury battery.”
• Always connect the positive red lead (+) and negative black lead (-) terminals of the battery to the
charger terminals correctly.
• Always disconnect the battery after charging, and let the charger cool between charges.
• Always inspect the battery before charging.
• Always terminate all processes and contact Horizon Hobby if the product malfunctions.
• Always keep batteries and charger away from any material that could be affected by heat (such as
ceramic and tile), as they can get hot.
• Always monitor the area, use a fire alarm and have a fire extinguisher available at all times.
• Always ensure program settings are correct to prevent battery damage or fire.
• Always make sure you know the specifications of the battery to be charged or discharged to ensure it
meets the requirements of this charger. If the program is set up incorrectly, the battery and charger
may be damaged. Improper settings can cause the battery to become overcharged potentially leading
to fire or explosion.
• Always connect the charge cable to the charger first, then connect the battery to avoid short circuit
between the charge leads. Reverse the sequence when disconnecting.
• Never connect more than one battery pack to this charger at a time.
• Always ensure DC input is 12V.
• Always constantly monitor the temperature of the battery pack while charging.
• Always end the charging process if the charger or battery becomes hot to the touch or starts to change
form (swell) during the charge process.
This is a sophisticated hobby product and NOT a toy. It must be operated with caution and common
sense and requires some basic mechanical ability. Failure to operate this Product in a safe and
responsible manner could result in injury or damage to the product or other property. This
product is not intended for use by children without direct adult supervision. This manual contains
instructions for safety, operation and maintenance. It is essential to read and follow all the
instructions and warnings in the manual, prior to assembly, setup or use, in order to operate
correctly and avoid damage or injury.
• Never reverse the positive and negative terminals. Wrong connection will damage the battery and may
cause damage to the charger.
• Never allow minors to charge battery packs without adult supervision.
• Never drop charger or batteries.
• Never attempt to charge dead or damaged batteries.
• Never attempt to charge a battery pack containing different types of batteries.
• Never charge a battery if the cable has been pinched or shorted.
• Never allow batteries or battery packs to come into contact with moisture at any time.
• Never charge batteries in extremely hot or cold places (recommended between 50–80º F) or place in
direct sunlight.
• Never connect the input jack (DC input) to AC power.
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Features
DC Power
If you power the charger by using DC power, connect the red (positive) end of the alligator clips to the red
terminal of the DC power source and the black (negative) end of the alligator clips to the black terminal of
the DC power source. WARNING: Always make sure that you follow proper polarities at all times or electrical shock will occur.
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Charging 6/7-Cell Ni-Cd or Ni-MH Car Packs
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Fail-Safe
If the power source has been interrupted or drops below a usable voltage level, the Prophet Plus™ automatically goes into a Fail-Safe mode to let you know that the battery has not been fully charged. In this
mode, the charge status LED flashes ”RED” and the beeper sounds, indicating the loss of proper source
power. To reset, disconnect the battery being charged and reconnect a fully charged power source of 12–14
volts DC or AC power.
1. When power is supplied to the charger, the LCD will enter the self test
mode, counting from ”1111” to ”9999” then the charger will beep
indicating it is ready for operation.
2. C
onnect the battery to the charge lead. The charger will beep and the
LED will flash until you begin the fast charging process.
1. 110V AC power cord
7. Input and output fuse protection
2. 12V DC power cord with alligator clips
8. Tamiya-style output connector
3. Adjustable charge rates from 100mA–5000mA
(5 amps)
9. Includes receiver battery adapter
4. L ED and beeper indicate when charge is
complete
Additional Features
• Limited 3-year warranty
5. Adjust the current rate to match the battery type.
5. LCD display shows charge capacity, charge
current and battery voltage
• Advanced peak prediction circuitry
Note: C
harge sport packs and older batteries at lower rates (below 3
amps). Higher quality (matched) battery packs can be charged at
higher rates to shorten charge times. (See figure 1)
• Auto trickle charge (150mA)
6. Start/Stop fast charge button
CAUTION: Attempting to charge batteries different that those specified in this manual can result
in excessive heat and other related product malfunctions, which can lead to user injury
or property damage. Please contact Horizon Hobby or an authorized retailer with
compatibility questions.
Connecting the Input Power Source
This charger can be powered by connecting it to a 12V DC power source, such as a 12V sealed battery
(HAN102) or an automobile battery.
3. Push the Start button to begin the charge process.
4. Move the LCD selector switch to the ”ammeter” position.
6. When the battery pack has peaked, the charger will repeatedly beep, the LED will flash red and the
charger will automatically transition to trickle charge. The LCD will display ”Trickle.” (See figure 2)
Charging 4/5-Cell Ni-Cd or Ni-MH Receiver Packs
1. When power is supplied to the charger, the LCD will enter the self test
mode, counting from ”1111” to ”9999” then the charger will beep
indicating it is ready for operation.
CAUTION: Never connect the AC and DC input cords to an active power source at the same time. This
will void the warranty, cause product damage and possibly injure the user.
2. C
onnect the receiver battery adapter to the charger. For some batteries,
you may need to use the included charge lead adapter. (See figure 3)
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3. C
onnect the receiver battery to the charge lead. The LED will flash until you begin the fast
charging process.
NOTICE: Always consult 12V battery collateral materials or Horizon Hobby before using with sources
other than standard AC wall outlet.
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Figure 2
Once you have begun to charge the battery pack, the beeper will sound once and the LCD will display
”Fast.” The charge status LED will go from flashing to solid red.
CAUTION: If you choose to power your charger with an automobile battery, never do so with the
automobile running as fluctuation in power can cause product malfunction and possibly injury.
AC Power
To power the Prophet Plus Charger, connect the AC power cord into a standard 110V wall outlet.
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4. Push the Start button to begin the charge process. Move the LCD selector switch to the ammeter
position. Select a charge rate below 2 amps, depending on what receiver pack you are going to
charge. Charge 600mAh receiver packs at 1 amp or less, while higher capacity packs, such as
1000mAh, can be charged at 2 amps.
5. Once you have begun to charge the battery pack, the charge status LED will go from flashing to solid
red and the LCD will display ”fast.”
6. When the battery is fully charged, the charger will beep repeatedly, the LED will flash and the LCD will
display ”trickle” and drop to a safe 150mAh trickle charge current rate.
CAUTION: Never re-peak a warm battery as the overcharging can damage the products and
possibly the user.
WARNING: If at any time during the charge process the battery pack(s) become hot (over 140 ºF), unplug
the battery immediately and discontinue the charge process.
trickle charge
Once your batteries are fully charged, the charger will automatically enter into trickle charge. This feature
allows your batteries to stay fully charged until you are ready to use them again. Trickle charging also helps
”equalize” the battery voltage of the individual cells within a pack. This raises the total battery pack voltage
(power) and increases capacity (runtime). You will know that your charger has entered trickle charge when
you hear the charger beep and the LED continuously flashes.
Voltmeter
The voltmeter function allows you to monitor the charge voltage of the battery
to determine the battery’s charge state. The higher the battery’s average
voltage, the more power it can deliver. This is also a good indicator of how
well the battery cells are matched, which translates to longer runtimes. (See
figure 4)
Warranty Period
Exclusive Warranty- Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon) warranties that the Products purchased (the “Product”)
will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase by
the Purchaser.
5-Year Limited Warranty
Horizon reserves the right to change or modify this warranty without notice and disclaims all other
warranties, express or implied.
(a) This warranty is limited to the original Purchaser (“Purchaser”) and is not transferable. REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE PURCHASER. This
warranty covers only those Products purchased from an authorized Horizon dealer. Third party transactions
are not covered by this warranty. Proof of purchase is required for warranty claims. Further, Horizon reserves
the right to change or modify this warranty without notice and disclaims all other warranties, express or
implied. (b) Limitations- HORIZON MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT
NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE PRODUCT. THE
PURCHASER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THEY ALONE HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE PRODUCT WILL SUITABLY
MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PURCHASER’S INTENDED USE. (c) Purchaser Remedy- Horizon’s sole obligation hereunder shall be that Horizon will, at its option, (i) repair
or (ii) replace, any Product determined by Horizon to be defective. In the event of a defect, these are the
Purchaser’s exclusive remedies. Horizon reserves the right to inspect any and all equipment involved in a
warranty claim. Repair or replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon. This warranty does
not cover cosmetic damage or damage due to acts of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial
use, or modification of or to any part of the Product. This warranty does not cover damage due to improper
installation, operation, maintenance, or attempted repair by anyone other than Horizon. Return of any goods
by Purchaser must be approved in writing by Horizon before shipment.
Damage Limits
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mAh
The mAh (milli-Amp/hour) setting displays the amount of capacity the battery
pack has accepted during fast charge. This can help determine how long the
battery will operate your vehicle and reveal any problems with the battery
pack. A fully discharged battery pack should accept its rated capacity in mAh.
Partially charged batteries and battery packs with damaged cells or cells that
have developed memory will result in a lower mAh rating. (See figure 5)
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fuses
This charger is protected by a 7.5 Amp spade fuse and a 1 Amp glass fuse. If you need to replace a fuse,
your local hobby retailer should be able to supply one. You can also find replacement fuses at automotive
stores. Always replace your fuse with a new fuse of the same rating.
NOTICE: Always replace your fuses with the same fuse type/model as supplied by the manufacturer.
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Warranty
HORIZON SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF PROFITS
OR PRODUCTION OR COMMERCIAL LOSS IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE PRODUCT, WHETHER SUCH
CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, OR STRICT LIABILITY. Further, in no event shall
the liability of Horizon exceed the individual price of the Product on which liability is asserted. As Horizon
has no control over use, setup, final assembly, modification or misuse, no liability shall be assumed nor
accepted for any resulting damage or injury. By the act of use, setup or assembly, the user accepts all
resulting liability.
If you as the Purchaser or user are not prepared to accept the liability associated with the use of this
Product, you are advised to return this Product immediately in new and unused condition to the place of
purchase.
Law: These Terms are governed by Illinois law (without regard to conflict of law principals). Safety Precautions
This is a sophisticated hobby Product and not a toy. It must be operated with caution and common sense
and requires some basic mechanical ability. Failure to operate this Product in a safe and responsible manner could result in injury or damage to the Product or other property. This Product is not intended for use
by children without direct adult supervision. The Product manual contains instructions for safety, operation
and maintenance. It is essential to read and follow all the instructions and warnings in the manual, prior to
assembly, setup or use, in order to operate correctly and avoid damage or injury.
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Questions, Assistance, and Repairs
Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase cannot provide warranty support or repair. Once assembly,
setup or use of the Product has been started, you must contact Horizon directly. This will enable Horizon to
better answer your questions and service you in the event that you may need any assistance. For questions
or assistance, please direct your email to productsupport@horizonhobby.com or call 877.504.0233 toll free
to speak to a Product Support representative.
Inspection or Repairs
If this Product needs to be inspected or repaired, please call for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA).
Pack the Product securely using a shipping carton. Please note that original boxes may be included, but
are not designed to withstand the rigors of shipping without additional protection. Ship via a carrier that
provides tracking and insurance for lost or damaged parcels, as Horizon is not responsible for merchandise
until it arrives and is accepted at our facility. A Service Repair Request is available at www.horizonhobby.
com on the “Support” tab. If you do not have internet access, please include a letter with your complete
name, street address, email address and phone number where you can be reached during business days,
your RMA number, a list of the included items, method of payment for any non-warranty expenses and a
brief summary of the problem. Your original sales receipt must also be included for warranty consideration.
Be sure your name, address, and RMA number are clearly written on the outside of the shipping carton.
Warranty Inspection and Repairs
To receive warranty service, you must include your original sales receipt verifying the proof-of-purchase
date. Provided warranty conditions have been met, your Product will be repaired or replaced free of charge.
Repair or replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon Hobby. Non-Warranty Repairs Should your repair not be covered by warranty the repair will be completed and payment will be required
without notification or estimate of the expense unless the expense exceeds 50% of the retail purchase cost. By submitting the item for repair you are agreeing to payment of the repair without notification. Repair
estimates are available upon request. You must include this request with your repair. Non-warranty repair
estimates will be billed a minimum of ½ hour of labor. In addition you will be billed for return freight. Please
advise us of your preferred method of payment. Horizon accepts money orders and cashiers checks, as
well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. If you choose to pay by credit card, please
include your credit card number and expiration date. Any repair left unpaid or unclaimed after 90 days will
be considered abandoned and will be disposed of accordingly. Please note: non-warranty repair is only
available on electronics and model engines.
United States
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Service Center
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
USA
All other Products requiring warranty inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Product Support
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
USA
Please call 877-504-0233 or e-mail us at productsupport@horizonhobby.com with any questions
or concerns regarding this product or warranty.
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