Sunday, June 1, 2014

Venom Medion LiPO Charger and PS350 Power Supply Review

Hello Everyone! Recently, I purchased the Venom Medion LiPO Charger and PS350 Power Supply combo, Part#: K0019. I wanted to share my experience an thoughts about this product. First off, the charger comes in very premium packaging, and the contents inside certainly do not disappoint.

Here is a shot of the charger after pulling it out of the packaging. I must note that the anodized red aluminum casing and all the accessories that accompany it all have a premium feel and look. 

After un-packaging everything, I plugged in the charger and started to play around with the different settings and features. The charger comes jammed packed with all sorts of charging options. You can cycle your batteries, prepare them for storage, balance them, and much more. 

After playing with the charger for a while, I noticed that the button on the power supply had stopped functioning properly. To be honest, I was  bummed that the Power Supply had such a flaw, but I will say that it did perform flawlessly otherwise. I quickly contacted Venom and I was promptly sent a replacement Power Supply. The customer service was top notch! My confidence in Venom products was strengthened and I am more than happy to further invest in their products. As many enthusiasts know, batteries and chargers are a huge investment and knowing that the company fully backs up their products is a very good feeling. 

My first test of the charger was conducted at the JBRL OC/RC race. With 200+ entries, the track was a cacophony and the perfect place to test the speakers that are built into the charger. The speakers had plenty of power and I was able to pump up the jams and enjoy my music despite all the ambient noise. 

In addition to looking awesome and playing my tunes, I wanted to figure out if the charger provided any noticeable advantage over my old charger.

Here is a shot of both chargers, side by side. Using the same Venom 3800 60c shorty pack, I first charged it with old charger. 

When the charge was complete I took note of the battery voltage. After charging was completed, I ran the battery until the car shut off. I would not recommend running your RC vehicles until the battery runs out, but for the sake of this test, I ran the battery dry. I noticed a lot of power and a good amount of punch when running. As I got closer to the end of the battery, I noticed that the power and punch had diminished a bit. 

I was able to run 47 laps, with my fastest lap being a 23.38. I was practicing running the fastest laps I possibly could. 

After I was done with the first test, I recharged the Battery using my Venom Medion  charger and again I took note of the final battery voltage. As you may see, there is a .05v difference in the charge. I then ran the battery again until it was completely dry. I noticed right away that the battery had more punch and more power off the line. I will mention that the increase in punch and power was not a massive one, but it was a perceivable difference. I also noticed that the power and punch of the battery did not diminish as much as I reached the end of the run. In other words, the charge from the Medion charger had slightly better performance than my old charger. 

Looking at the run, it can be seen that I got another 47 laps, but my fast lap was 22.98, which was .4 seconds faster than the first test. I know that the average lap time is what is most important for racing, but for this test, I wanted to focus on the fast lap. 

In conclusion, I am very happy with my upgraded charger. With the good looks, good jams, amazing customer service, numerous charging options and the slight increase in battery performance, the Medion charger was a great purchase! I give the Venom Medion LiPO Charger and PS350 Power Supply combo an overall rating of 9/10 and I would highly recommend this product to a friend. I did not get to test many of the other functionalities that the Medion charger offers, but I am sure that the other functions will perform brilliantly. 

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Venom powered Pro-Line vehicles and the KLA logo at the track.

                                                                  -Matthew Garcia  

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