NiMH / LiPo Fast Charger
owner’s manual
Thank you for purchasing the Traxxas EZ-Peak Live™ charger. This charger features exclusive Traxxas
innovations that make charging batteries easier and safer than ever. If you have any questions or concerns
about your charger, please contact our customer support team for fast, friendly answers and solutions.
WARNING! CAUTION! DANGER!
FIRE
HAZARD! CHARGING AND DISCHARGING BATTERIES HAS
THE POTENTIAL FOR FIRE, EXPLOSION, SERIOUS INJURY, AND PROPERTY
DAMAGE IF NOT PERFORMED PER THE INSTRUCTIONS. BEFORE USE, READ AND FOLLOW
ALL MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS, WARNINGS, AND PRECAUTIONS. NEVER ALLOW
CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 14 TO CHARGE OR USE LIPO BATTERIES WITHOUT THE
SUPERVISION OF A RESPONSIBLE, KNOWLEDGEABLE ADULT.
Important warnings for users of Lithium Polymer
• Never charge LiPo battery packs in series or parallel.
(LiPo) batteries:
Charging packs in series or parallel may result in
Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are significantly
improper charger cell recognition and an improper
more volatile than other rechargeable batteries.
charging rate that may lead to overcharging, cell
• ONLY use a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) balance charger
imbalance, cell damage, and fire.
with a balance adapter port to charge LiPo batteries. • ALWAYS inspect your LiPo batteries carefully before
Never use NiMH or NiCad-type chargers or charge
charging. Look for any loose leads or connectors,
modes to charge LiPo batteries. DO NOT charge with
damaged wire insulation, damaged cell packaging,
a NiMH-only charger. The use of a NiMH or NiCad
impact damage, fluid leaks, swelling (a sign of
charger or charge mode will damage the batteries
internal damage), cell deformity, missing labels, or
and may cause fire and personal injury.
any other damage or irregularity. 2 • EZ-PEAK LIVE
WARNING! CAUTION! DANGER! (continued)
FIRE HAZARD!
If any of these conditions (see page 2) are observed,
do not charge or use the battery pack. Follow the
disposal instructions included with your battery to
properly and safely dispose of the battery. • Do not store or charge LiPo batteries with or
around other batteries or battery packs of any type,
including other LiPos.
• Store and transport your LiPo batteries in a cool
dry place. Do not store in direct sunlight. Do not
allow the storage temperature to exceed 140°F or
60°C such as in the trunk of a car or the cells may be
damaged and create a fire risk.
• Do NOT disassemble LiPo batteries or cells.
• Do NOT attempt to build your own LiPo battery
pack from loose cells.
Charging and handling precautions for all battery
types:
• ALWAYS proceed with caution and use good
common sense at all times.
• Charge only NiMH packs or 2S–4S LiPo battery packs.
• This appliance is not intended for use by persons
(including children) with reduced physical, sensory
or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and
knowledge, unless they have been given supervision
or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a
person responsible for their safety. Children require
adult supervision while using this charger.
• DO NOT let any exposed battery contacts or wires
touch each other. This will cause the battery to
short circuit and create the risk of fire.
• While charging, ALWAYS place the battery in a
fire retardant/fire proof container and on a nonflammable surface such as concrete.
• DO NOT operate the charger inside of an
automobile.
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WARNING! CAUTION! DANGER! (continued)
FIRE
HAZARD!
• DO NOT operate the charger in a cluttered space, or
place objects on top of the charger or battery.
• NEVER charge batteries on wood, cloth, carpet or on
• If any battery or battery cell is damaged in any way,
any other flammable material.
do NOT charge, discharge, or use the battery.
• ALWAYS charge batteries in a well-ventilated area. • Keep a Class D fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire.
• REMOVE flammable items and combustible
• BEFORE you charge, ALWAYS confirm that the
materials from the charging area.
charger settings exactly match the type (chemistry),
• DO NOT leave the charger and battery unattended
specification, and configuration of the battery to be
while charging, discharging, or any time that the
charged.
charger is ON with a battery connected. If there
• DO NOT exceed the battery manufacturer’s maximum
are any signs of a malfunction or in the event of an
recommended charge rate.
emergency, unplug the charger from the power
• DO NOT disassemble, crush, short circuit, or expose
source and disconnect the battery from the charger.
the batteries or cells to flame or any other source of
• Remote monitoring via the EZ-Peak Live App is not a
ignition.
substitute for being present to watch over and tend
• If a battery gets hot to the touch during the charging
to batteries being charged. Batteries being charged
process, disconnect the battery from the charger and
should always be visible and monitored in person in
discontinue charging immediately.
case there is an unexpected problem that requires
•
ALWAYS
unplug the charger and disconnect the
immediate attention.
battery when not in use.
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WARNING! CAUTION! DANGER! (continued)
FIRE
HAZARD!
• Never attempt to charge more batteries than the
charger was designed to charge.
• DO NOT disassemble the charger.
• REMOVE the battery from your model or device
before charging.
• DO NOT expose the charger to water or moisture.
• ALWAYS store battery packs safely out of the reach
of children and pets.
• If the charger power cord is damaged, it must be
replaced by Traxxas in order to avoid a hazard.
• DO NOT charge batteries under ANY of the
following conditions:
- Batteries that are hot to the touch.
- Batteries that are not expressly stated by the
manufacturer to be suitable to accept the power
output (voltage and amperage) the charger
delivers during the charging process.
- Batteries that are damaged or defective in any way.
Examples of damage or defects include, but are not limited to, batteries with dented cells,
damaged or frayed wires, loose connections, fluid leaks, corrosion, plugged vents, swelling, cell deformity, impact damage, melted
components, or any other signs of damage.
- Battery packs that have been altered from original
manufacturer configuration.
- Non-rechargeable batteries (explosion hazard).
- Batteries that have missing or unreadable labels,
preventing you from properly identifying the
battery type and specifications.
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Updating Firmware
Your EZ-Peak Live charger has the ability to receive firmware updates that can add new features and
capabilities. Firmware updates are performed via the EZ-Peak Live App (see Traxxas EZ-Peak Live Application
on page 15). Visit Traxxas.com for the latest firmware updates and instructions for how to install them on
your charger.
Know your connectors
Balance Connector
Integrated
Balance Wires
First Generation Traxxas
High-Current Connector
LiPo Balance Connector
(without iD)
Traxxas High-Current
Connector with iD
Traxxas High-Current
Connector (4S) with iD and
integrated balance wires
WARNING: FIRE HAZARD!
If you have a battery that is labeled as or appears to be a LiPo but it does not have a balance
connector, do not attempt to charge the battery.
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Know your Batteries
The EZ-Peak Live is able to charge two different types (chemistries) of batteries: NiMH and LiPo. Batteries are normally clearly labeled, but they can also be visually identified as a confirmation step.
NiMH Battery
LiPo Battery
Balance Wires
Traxxas High-Current
Connector with iD
Battery Type
iD Logo
NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride)
batteries are constructed using
6, 7, or 8 round battery cells that
are soldered together and and
wrapped with heat shrink material.
NiMH batteries do not have a separate balance wire.
WARNING: FIRE HAZARD!
Do not attempt to charge any battery that
has a missing or unreadable label that
prevents you from properly identifying
the battery type and specifications.
Traxxas High-Current
Connector with iD
Battery Type
iD Logo
LiPo (Lithium Polymer) batteries
are made from stacks of flat
rectangular cells so the battery
pack is rectangular, blocky, and has
square corners. LiPo batteries also
have balance connectors. For older Traxxas batteries
with first generation High-Current Connectors, the
balance connector and the multi-colored balance
wires are separate. For Traxxas iD batteries, the
balance wires are integrated into the iD High-Current
Connector (see Know your connectors on page 6).
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Know your Charger
Charge
Status
H
A. Start/Stop Button
B. LiPo Charge Mode Select
C. App Live LED
D. Charge Status LED
Charge
Progress
E
C
G
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D
B
A
F
E Charge Progress LEDs
F. Charger Output Port (Traxxas High-Current Connector)
G. 2S/3S/4S LiPo Balance Ports (pull to remove cover)
H. Bluetooth® Button
Charger Specifications
AC Input Power
100-240V, 50-60Hz, 1.5A
Charger Output
100W, 4-19V
Traxxas iD Battery Type
Capacity
EZ-Peak Live™ Maximum Charge Rate
1200-1800mAh
3000-4200mAh
4300-5000mAh
3000-4200mAh
4300-5000mAh
3000-4200mAh
4300-5000mAh
2A
4A
5A
4A
5A
4A
5A
2-cell LiPo, 7.4v
6000-10000mAh
12A
3-cell LiPo,11.1v
4-cell LiPo, 14.8v
4500-8400mAh
3400-6700mAh
9A
6.7A
6-cell NiMH
7-cell NiMH
8-cell NiMH
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Charging Traxxas iD NiMH Batteries
1.Plug the charger into an AC wall outlet, and
then connect the NiMH battery as shown
The charger will recognize the iD battery
and show you the charge settings.
NiMH with iD
2. Verify the charge settings
Confirm that the red NiMH LED is lit
for the connected NiMH battery. The
Start button will light blue indicating
that an iD battery is connected and
ready to charge.
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Battery Type
Start
3. Charging
Press and hold the Start button for 2
seconds. The charger will play a tone
and the green progress LED will flash,
indicating that charging has started.
The red charge progress LEDs will light
as the battery charges. Press the Start
button at any time to stop charging.
The charger will play a tone, indicating
that charging has been canceled.
4. Charge cycle complete
The charger will play a “charge complete”
tone to indicate charging is complete. The
alert tone will play 3 times and stop.
Charging
(flashing)
Charge Cycle Progress
Charging Complete
(solid)
The EZ-Peak Live will trickle charge your
NiMH battery at a minimum of 100mA for
12 hours after the charge cycle is complete.
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Charging Traxxas iD LiPo Batteries
1. Plug the charger into an AC wall outlet, and
then connect the LiPo battery as shown
The charger will recognize the iD battery
and show you the charge settings.
LiPo with iD
2. Verify the charge settings
Confirm that the green LiPo LED is lit for
the connected LiPo battery. The Start
button will light blue indicating that an
iD battery is connected and ready to charge.
Battery Type
Charge Mode
(the default is
Balance)
Start
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3. Select LiPo charging mode
The default LiPo charge setting is Balance Charge. You can change the LiPo charge setting, if desired.
Storage Charge
Makes it easy to charge or discharge the battery to the proper storage
voltage. Use this mode whenever the battery will be stored unused for
more than 7 days.
Fast Charge
Fast charges your battery without balancing your cells. Stops charging
when the battery is fully charged or when the first cell reaches peak
voltage. Depending on the battery, this may reduce the charge time by a few minutes.
WARNING: FIRE HAZARD!
The fast charge LiPo setting is for occasional use only. LiPo
batteries that become severely out of balance over time can
create a hazard if one or more cells are discharged below
the recommended safe voltage during use. See additional
warnings and precautions in the beginning of this manual.
Balance Charge (recommended)
Always balance charge your LiPo batteries for maximum capacity,
voltage, and battery life. This is the default setting for Traxxas iD
batteries. The EZ-Peak Live performs a balance charge quickly and
efficiently.
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4. Charging
Press and hold the Start button for 2
seconds. The charger will play a tone
and the green progress LED will flash,
indicating that charging has started.
The red charge progress LEDs will light
as the battery charges. Press the Start
button at any time to stop charging.
The charger will play a tone, indicating
that charging has been canceled.
5. Charge cycle complete
The charger will play a “charge complete”
tone to indicate charging is complete.
The alert tone will play 3 times and stop.
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Charging
(flashing)
Charge Cycle Progress
Charging Complete
(solid)
Traxxas EZ-Peak Live Application
The EZ-Peak Live App installs on your Apple® iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, or Android™ device
and links to your charger via built-in Bluetooth®. The EZ-Peak Live App (available in the Apple
App Store℠ or on Google Play™) gives you access to additional features, such as a high-definition
graphical user interface, remote monitoring and alerts for up to 4 chargers, detailed live charging
information, and access to full manual controls (see Advanced Mode on page 18). Remote monitoring via the
EZ-Peak Live App is not a substitute for being present to watch over and tend to batteries being charged. Please see the warning about this on page 17.
Linking the App to the Charger
1. Plug the charger into an AC wall outlet. Open the EZ-Peak Live
App on your mobile device.
2.Press the Bluetooth® Link button on the side of the charger. The blue LED will blink.
3. Within 10 seconds, tap the “Press Here to Connect” button in the app.
4. The Bluetooth® icon in the status bar will turn blue and the
blue Bluetooth® LED on the side of the charger will glow
solid.
5.The EZ-Peak Live charger and the EZ-Peak Live app are now
paired. The charger and app will automatically connect when
the charger is powered up and the app is running. The green App Live LED on the charger will glow solid green when the
paired charger is selected using the EZ-Peak Live App.
Note: The EZ-Peak Live App is updated frequently, and the actual screens may vary from the images shown.
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Charging Traxxas iD NiMH or LiPo Batteries
using the EZ-Peak Live App
When EZ-Peak Live is connected, you have the ability to configure
the charger remotely from the app or you can use the buttons on
the charger. EZ-Peak Live will not allow you to start the charging
process remotely via the app. It is important to verify visually at
the charger that the connected battery matches the charge mode
indicated on the face of charger. Once your charge settings are
visually confirmed by you, press and hold the Start button on the
charger for 2 seconds to begin charging. Once charging has started,
you can view charge progress and stop the charging process at
any time from the app. When the charge process is completed, the
EZ-Peak Live App will play the charge complete alert tone. These
alerts can be adjusted in the app settings. Follow the on-screen
prompts to move through the information screens provided in the
app. If you have questions, tap the Help button ? in the lower
right of the app display.
iD-Only Safety Lock
Connected Chargers (up to 4)
iD Battery Specifications
The EZ-Peak Live App contains a passcode-protected safety lock that limits the charger to iD-only operation,
even when connected to the app on another iOS® or Android™ device. This feature allows the charger to be
locked so that inexperienced users (such as children) do not have access to manual settings for the charger and
the risks associated with using manual settings (see Warnings on page 2).
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WARNING: FIRE HAZARD!
Never leave batteries unattended while charging. Remote monitoring via the EZ-Peak Live App
is not a substitute for being present to watch over and tend to batteries being charged. Batteries
being charged should always be visible and monitored in person in case there is an unexpected
problem that requires immediate attention.
Cell Voltage Checker
LiPo Charge Settings
Charge Status
Charging History
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WARNING! CAUTION! DANGER!
FIRE
HAZARD! IN ADVANCED MODE, THE USER SELECTS THE
BATTERY CHEMISTRY AND CHARGE MODE. THIS CREATES THE RISK OF FIRE
AND POSSIBLE INJURY TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS RESULTING FROM ACCIDENTALLY
CHOOSING TO CHARGE A LIPO BATTERY IN NIMH MODE. ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO SELECT
THE BATTERY TYPE THAT MATCHES THE CONNECTED BATTERY. ALSO, TO HELP PREVENT
ACCIDENTALLY SELECTING THE WRONG BATTERY TYPE, NEVER ATTEMPT TO CHARGE
LIPO BATTERIES WITH MISSING OR DAMAGED BALANCE CONNECTORS. IF YOU DO NOT
UNDERSTAND THE TERMINOLOGY USED IN THESE INSTRUCTIONS, KNOW WHAT TYPE OF
BATTERIES YOU HAVE, OR WHAT THIS WARNING MEANS, DO NOT USE ADVANCED
MODE; INSTEAD, CONTACT TRAXXAS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Advanced Mode
Advanced Mode allows you to choose and configure the charge settings for the charger. Advanced Mode
is needed for charging batteries that are not equipped with iD technology. It is not possible to manually
configure your charge settings without the Traxxas EZ-Peak Live App connected to the charger.
1. Open the EZ-Peak Live App on your mobile device; plug the charger into an AC wall outlet,
and then connect the battery as shown
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LiPo Only
Advanced Mode (manual settings)
Advanced Mode must be enabled by the user.
Follow the on-screen prompts in the EZ-Peak Live App.
NiMH battery
LiPo battery
with balance plug connected
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2. Use the EZ-Peak Live App to select the battery type,
charging mode, battery capacity, and charge rate.
The EZ-Peak Live application has several methods to manually
input the charge settings for Traxxas batteries that are not
equipped with iD:
1. Manual configuration screen (shown right)
2. Manual configuration wizard (recommended)
The manual configuration wizard takes you through the setup
process by asking you questions about the battery you are
charging.
Follow the instructions in the app. Tap the Help button ? in the lower right of the app display for more detail.
Note that in Advanced Mode, once the charge settings are configured, the charge process cannot be started
from the app. Once the app sends these charge settings to the charger, the Start button will blink green
indicating that it is ready for you to verify the connected battery. Press and hold the Start button to begin the
charging process.
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Note: If the LiPo battery type is selected, a balance plug
connection is required by the charger and the EZ-Peak Live App
before displaying the LiPo charging options. Once the charger
detects a balance plug connection, the EZ-Peak Live App will
display the charging options and you can select your preferred
charging mode: Balance, Fast, or Storage Charge.
WARNING: FIRE HAZARD!
If the LiPo and NiMH LEDs alternately blink, then
the balance connector is either disconnected or
damaged. This creates the risk of fire or possible
injury to youself and others. DO NOT attempt to
charge this LiPo battery.
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3. Charging
Press and hold the Start button for 2
seconds. The charger will play a tone
and the green progress LED will flash,
indicating that charging has started.
The red charge progress LEDs will light
as the battery charges. Press the Start
button at any time to stop charging.
The charger will play a tone, indicating
that charging has been canceled.
4. Charge cycle complete
The charger will play a “charge complete”
tone to indicate charging is complete. The
alert tone will play 3 times and stop.
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Charging
(flashing)
Charge Cycle Progress
Charging Complete
(solid)
Charger Error Codes
.If the charger detects an error during the charge process, the charge status LEDs will flash an error code.
Error Code
Explanation
Solution
The detected battery
type does not match the
charger configuration.
a. Press the Battery iD Start/Stop button to return to charger configuration.
b. Verify that the battery matches the selected type (LiPo or NiMH).
c. Verify that the balance connector is plugged into the charger (if charging a non-iD LiPo
battery) or fully plugged into the charger (if charging an iD LiPo battery).
d. Inspect the battery for any signs of damage.
The battery or cell voltage
is too high or too low to
charge safely.
a. Verify that the balance connector is plugged into the charger (if charging a non-iD
LiPo battery).
b. Disconnect the battery and check its condition. Ensure it is within safe voltage levels.
c. Use the EZ-Peak Live App to verify charge settings.
The charge cycle
timed out without
reaching the target
battery voltage.
Disconnect the battery and check its condition.
The Traxxas battery iD
is detected but is not
readable by the charger
or the charger detected a
potential battery iD error.
Contact Traxxas Customer Support.
The internal charger
temperature is too high.
Power off the charger and allow it to cool before attempting to charge the battery again.
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Charger Error Codes (continued)
Error Code
Explanation
Solution
Balance connector is
either disconnected or
damaged.
Disconnect the battery. DO NOT attempt to charge this battery. Contact Traxxas Customer
Support.
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Warranty Information
Traxxas electronic components are warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period
of 30 days from the date of purchase. Limitations: Any and all warranty coverage does not cover replacement
of parts and components damaged by abuse, neglect, improper or unreasonable use, crash damage, water or
excessive moisture, chemical damage, improper or infrequent maintenance, accident, unauthorized alteration or
modification or items that are considered consumable. Traxxas will not pay for the cost of shipping or transportation
of a defective component to us. This warranty is limited to the charger only and does not cover batteries, vehicles
and other accessories used in conjunction with the charger.
Traxxas Lifetime Electronics Warranty
After the expiration date of the warranty period, Traxxas will repair electronic components for a flat rate. Please
visit Traxxas.com/support for a current schedule of warranty costs and fees. The covered repairs are limited to
non-mechanical components that have NOT been subjected to abuse, misuse, or neglect. Products damaged
by intentional abuse, misuse, or neglect may be subject to additional charges. Traxxas liability, in no case, shall
be greater than the actual purchase price of this product. For replacement, product must be returned in brand
new condition, with packaging and itemized sales receipt.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of
this Owner’s Manual and its contents; however, Traxxas cannot be held responsible for typographical or other
errors.
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The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Traxxas is under license. Other trademarks and trade
names are those of their respective owners.
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