Thoughts On: ISDT Battery Chargers

Episode: 002 – Smart Charging

Thoughts On is our series that encompasses both a review and our personal opinions and thoughts of a certain product related to the r/c drone hobby. This instalment of Thoughts On is focused on battery chargers, spotlighting the ISDT SC-608 smart charger. Any sort of feedback allows us to improve content, you can help by liking, commenting and subscribing…Thanks for watching!


First thoughts about Chargers at Patriots on Sunday


CitySlicker electric motorcycle: First Ride First Thoughts

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The gear I use for my videos:
Camera – Nikon D5300:
Lens – Tamron 18mm – 270mm:
Thermal camera for iPhone/Android:
Drone for “follow me” filming:
Camera for invisible selfie stick shots:

Here are some of the products I use:
Bafang BBS01 kit:
Bafang BBS02 kit:
Bafang BBSHD kit:
250W complete e-bike kit:
500W complete e-bike kit:
1,000W complete e-bike kit:
36V 13Ah Hailong (shark) battery:
48V 15 Ah triangle battery:
52V 17.5 Ah triangle battery:
All ebike batteries:
All 18650 cells:
Xiaomi QiCycle:
500 Wh folding e-bike:
Weird suspension folding e-bike:
Segway ES2 scooter (AliExpress):
Segway ES2 scooter (Gearbest):
Xiaomi M365 scooter:
100W Flexible solar panel:
100W Folding solar panel:
Cycle Analyst:

The parts that I use for building batteries:
18650 cells:
18650 positive insulating washer:
Nickel strip:
Spot welder:
Silicone wire:
Black 18650 cell spacers:
Vruzend cell spacers:
Large heat shrink tubing:
Small heat shrink tubing:
Foam sheet for protecting battery:
Kapton tape:

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Test Ride Music: Kevin Macleod – Basic Implosion
Intro/Outro Music: Always – DJ Quads


Dead Starbucks charger and devious thoughts.

The harsh life of a Starbucks USB charger. This one has clearly had one of its sockets mashed and an attempted repair that would be pointless unless it used swappable modules.
Note that it wasn’t really practical to explore this further due to it being in an airport after security, so tools would have been an issue. (And indeed someone with a big beard tampering with fitments.)
This did make me ponder if anything malicious could be incorporated into a charging socket like this. It would require that the phone’s charging port was capable of accepting something like a rubber ducky for a phone. (Pretends it’s a keyboard so it can run scripts without permission.) On further investigation it appears that some phones are vulnerable to that type of device.
The other very evil thing you could do is use a diode and resistor arrangement to charge a capacitor across the USB output to peak mains voltage or more to blow peoples phones up when they plugged them in to charge. Like a USB killer that works with any USB device.
It does make you wonder if the ideal charging lead for travel is perhaps one with the data pins isolated and a voltage protection device incorporated. Perhaps McDonalds has the right idea with their table mounted inductive charging coils.

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The Viking Battery Charger and Maintainer – My Initial Thoughts Reuploaded

I was clearing out remnant clips from the PC and accidentally deleted the wrong video. I had to re upload…that hurt! LOL

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La Crosse Technology BC-700 Alpha Power Battery Charger AA AAA review and thoughts

Battery charger for 4 rechargeable NiMH and NiCad AA and AAA batteries; with 4 modes: charge, discharge, refresh, and test
With individual compartment for each battery with own LCD display and mode selection for multitasking
Operates on 100-240-volt AC input for international use; 3 charging rate options of 200 mA, 500 mA, and 700 mA
Detects overheating for safety; not for use with any other batteries other than those specified
Measures 5 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches high; limited 1-year warranty