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Traxxas EZ-Peak 5 Amp NiMH-NiCd-USB Charger Review

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Traxxas has always been about Ready-To-Run (they even invented the term), and one of the best ways to get any RTR kicking up dirt or pounding pavment is by purchasing an efficient,  high quality and inexpensive peak charger. Unsurprisinly, Traxxas has delivered the goods–a charger that is all about you getting the best bang for your buck. The EZ-Peak 5amp charger makes charging typical RTR packs really easy and is very affordable.

Specifications

  • Price: $59
  • Part no.: 2937x
  • AC Input: 100-240v
  • DC Input: 12-18v
  • Battery Type: Ni-MH and NiCd (ONLY)
  • Max charge rate: 5 amps (50 watts max)
  • Charge rates: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 amps
  • Cell count: 4-8 cells
  • Power Supply: Internal
  • Connector: Traxxas Connector set included (with bullet connectors)
  • USB Port: 5V/1A
  • Size: 147 x 104 x 40mm
  • Weight: 340 grams

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FEATURES
The Traxxas EZ-Peak 5amp charger has four to eight cell capacity. In other terms, it can charge 4.8-9.6 volt NiCd and NiMH batteries–the kind that come with many Traxxas vehicles. It’s designed with an easy-to-operate two button setup and easy-to-read LED indicators ranging from  1-5 amps. Plus, there is a helpful state of charge status. The charging ports included are the industry standard universal female bullet terminals. There is also a built-in receiver plug port and  a 1-amp USB port for charging cell phones, music players and other USB equipped devices.

One feature that we really like is that the AC and DC power cords are removable. This makes storing and transporting the charger easier. Often–even on higher end chargers–the DC (12-volt clips) are not removable from the charger.

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Traxxas has a thirty day limited warranty beginning at date of purchase, but if you have issues with your charger, Traxxas will repair the unit for a flat rate of $30 (+ $5 for shipping). Details on terms and conditions of the expired warranty are available on Traxxas’ website. One thing is certain, they don’t want to leave you hanging and have always had great technical support for their products.

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PERFORMANCE & FINAL ASSESSMENT
Pushing the buttons was easy and while that’s something some might think as a goofy detail, I’m reminded of many previous budget chargers that lacked in such areas of quality. Once a button is selected, you’re greeted by a nice tone. The tones that tell you that your battery  is finished is nicely audible and easy to recognize. The charge status LEDs are a great feature. But what’s even better, and tops of this charger over much of its competition, is that the charge range from one to five amps is available on both AC and DC input. Something most other budget peak chargers can’t do.

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I love the USB port, and we are seeing more chargers in the industry come with one or more. This is great as tons of devices have USB interfaces and I think this feature will be standard on RC chargers in the near future. The Traxxas EZ-Peak 5amp comes with stock Traxxas style connector leads; that’s nice if you have Traxxas gear already. However, that does mean you’ll be buying new leads for the charger (they plug right in) if you use others such as Deans, Tamiya, Powerpole, etc. Remember, this charger is NiMH/NiCD ONLY and will not do LiPo. Any attempts to do so could result in serious damages and a fire. If you need a LiPo charger, see the Traxxas EZ-Peak PLUS.

The wall charger included with many RTR vehicles makes a far better paperweight than it does a charger. The do, of course, charge, but unless you have a lot patience, they’re pretty useless. That said, if you don’t have LiPo batteries yet, there is no need to spend money on a multifunction charger. Because Traxxas’ EZ-Peak 5amp charger is a good piece of equipment it’s worth keeping on your bench even if you do eventually upgrade to LiPo batteries and a LiPo charger.

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2 Comments

  1. Well Andrew lots of folks use it as a “top up” or other usb devices. I myself haven’t had to depend on this charger to charge my phone. But it really depends on what your current factory cell charger adapter charges at. Look at the output in DC volts and amps on the wall adapter and if its less than 1 amp, then yes technicly it would charge faster, but for quick pit table type application. Id still use my factory phone charger for everyday changing for ooptimization of battery life over your phone’s lifetime
    Hope this helps.

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