Sky Charger B6AC

 

Today I received my new batteries and charger for my gun. I have been running NiMh batteries since I started playing because they offered better life and better charge/discharge cycles.

When LiPos came out I was didn’t jump on that wagon because they were costly and there were rumors of them catching fire during charging or discharging cycles, but it was mostly the cost. AirsoftGI had batteries and chargers around $70 for each when NiMhs were closer to 30.

I recently got into RC hobby and that’s when I learned that  LiPos are cheap and just as safe as NiMhs if they are used properly. So lets get into this shall we.

I ordered this from HobbyPartz.com for $60. Great site and fast service. The charger is capable of charging LiIon, LiPo, LiFe, NiMh, NiCd, and Pb batteris and up to 6 cells for Lithium batteries. As you can see in the above picture you can see that it comes with quite a few connectors, although they are mostly for RC use, even comes with a glow plug cable.

The unit is all metal and has plenty of vents to help keep down heat buildup.

Sky Charger B6AC

Instead of having a single lead from the charger that you have to make adapter cables for, this charger uses banana connectors to connect the charge lead to the unit. You can pick up these connectors to make your own charge leads from any hobby shop or radio shack. As you can see from this image it has a built in LiPo balance up to 6 cells.

 

Sky Charger B6AC

It gets power from a AC source or it comes with clamps so you can power it from a car battery, this was a selling feature for me because there have been a few times out in the field that I have needed to recharge my batteries.

It has a great backlit screen, and a easy to navigate and use menu system. I was shocked to find that for all battery types it has a discharge that can be set to a specific voltage per cell.
Sky Charger B6AC

This was a neat feature if you’re a information addict like me. It comes with a USB kit so that you can monitor in real time from your PC alot of information you cant read on the LCD screen, such as charger temp. You can also get a graph that shows you the stats of the charge, if there was a voltage drop or spike during the charge that might indicate potential damage to the cell.
Sky Charger B6AC

Also came with a temp sensor for on the battery, but this is more of a pain than anything else since it has an odd shape. You shouldn’t be cooking your battery if you’re charging at the right rate.

Conclusion
This charger does what a charger should do and so much more. For $60 this has alot of features. The fact that it will charge all my batteries, can be powered on a DC battery, and I don’t have to make a adapter to go from one plug to my dean, which creates resistance, are all major selling points. I am very happy with this purchase. Time will only tell on the long run, but reading other reviews and comments on this product I think it will stand the test.

Umarex Licensed USP

 

Just did my annual airsoft order. Reviews incoming. First up, Umarex Licensed H&K USP.

Specs: (from ASGI website)

Capacity: 16 rounds

FPS :360

ORDERING

I ordered this gun from Airsoft GI on Feb 27th for $45. I received it on March 3rd. I love the speed that ASGI processes and ships their orders. Along with this order was a custom gun but that is another review 🙂

PACKAGING

The gun was in a formed clam shell package. And the boxed it was shipped in was packed well. Once again Airsoft GI has shown they care.

FIRST IMPRESSION

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This gun feels nice. I think it has to do with my palm size but it feels good to hold. The exterior is made of plastic but doesn’t feel cheap. The sights aren’t adjustable but have white dots, which helps with aiming.  Safety clicks into place very well. I’m more used to a Beretta’s mag release so this one might take a while to get used to. Empty, the mag drops out of the gun pretty good. I do have the option to add attachments to the front of the frame. The gun fires in dual action so the trigger pull is pretty long. There is a fake hammer that moves when you fire. Gives it a neat look I guess.

INTERNALS

There is not a whole lot to report on this as there are not many moving parts. All the moving parts are metal. The package says that there is a hop up. It is not adjustable!

FIRING

Loading the magazine.  This is my first real dislike. The CO2 cartridge goes in the mag, but in order to do this you will need a allen wrench. Most have a folding wing. Besides that loading BBs is pretty easy, it holds 16 rounds. I loaded .23 BBs and fired a few rounds. The BBs seemed to drop after about 20-30 feet. I dont know if its because of the BB weight or the hop-up is just not working well. I will try this with .20 later on. I didn’t get a chance to chrono the gun until the CO2 was pretty low. It was still shooting at 290fps with a .23 BB. I was able to hit a paper target on my fence (~20ft away) 7 out of 16 times. I hope a lighter BB will increase the range and accuracy of this gun. Although I still feel pretty good about spending the $45 on this.

CONCLUSION

Great sidearm for the price. How often do you use your sidearm? Is it really worth the cost of a AEG? This gun is $45, so it wont break your budget and it looks pretty good. I havent had the chance to use this gun in any real games but I feel good about my purchase.

Condor 36″ Gun Bag Review

Today I will be reviewing the Condor 36″ Gun Bag.

ORDERING

I ordered this bag from evike.com on March 16th for $50. I received it on the the 24th. Shipping of this item was delayed because of another item I ordered went on back order and they were waiting to ship until it arrived. Had to beg customer support to just ship the back order item separate.

PACKAGING

Came with a few other items in large brown shipping box.  This item and my vest were used as shipping material for my pistol and goggles that also came in the box. I have seen better ways to ship items but this isn’t even close to the worse I have seen things shipped.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

WOW! This thing only cost 50 bux? I would expect to pay alot more for something like this. Everything about it felt strong and high quality, from the zippers to the stitches.

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MAG M4 Midcap Review

Today my review is on the MAG 80 round mid cap magazine for the M16/M4.

ORDERING

I ordered this from evike.com on March 16th for $55.00 for a pack of 8. This was my alternate choice for King Arms Midcap.  I didn’t receive my order until March 31st. The day I ordered this it went out of stock, and when I went to email customer support they had already shipped it.

PACKAGING

I though this was worth mentioning. It came in a standard shipping box from UPS, no noticeable dings and dents to the box. Inside was another brown box that they came in. No markings or labels. This box was loose inside the shipping box and shook around. The “retail” box was also made from flimsy material and the top wasn’t taped down. Altogether the shipping could of been better….lots better.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

These mags have a grey-ish color to them. I really don’t mind that looks good with my gun. They are made from plastic, but it feels like a durable material. There are no noticeable dings and dents, which surprised me because of how they were shipped. I also noticed these has a bb follower so that you get every last one of your shots.

FEEDING/TESTING

Before I oiled these I was only able to fill 40 bbs into them before they bound up. Shot some silicone (recommend doing this to all types of mags) down the feeding tube and was able to plug 80 bbs into these guys. I wanted to check the feeding on these so put it in my gun. They fit my mag well really nice with no wobble and they slide out with a tug when I release them 5 stars for that. Fired off several rounds on single fire and fed great. Switched over to full and spent the whole mag with out missing a beat (13 rounds a second). Another 5 stars.

CONCLUSION

My shopping experience with evike this time around has made me rethink ordering from them ever again.  The lack of packaging for shipping has also added to this. That aside I am really happy with this purchase (although not my first choice for mags). Decent build quality and and good finish, on top of working well with my gun has left me with a 4 out of 5 star rating on this product.

JG M4-A1 (Enhanced) Review

(1)Real Steel History

The M4A1 carbine is a fully-automatic variant of the basic M4 carbine intended for special operations use. The M4A1 has a “S-1-F” (safe/semi-automatic/fully automatic) trigger group, while the M4 has a “S-1-3” (safe/semi-automatic/3-round burst) trigger group. The M4A1 is used by almost all U.S special operation units. The M4A1 is especially favored by counter-terrorist and special forces units for close quarters combat because of the carbine’s compactness and firepower. These features are also very useful in urban warfare. Although the M4 has less effective range than the longer M16, many military analysts consider engagement with a non-specialized small arm above a range of 300 meters (330 yd) to be unnecessary. It is effective at ranges of 150 meters (160 yd) or less and has a maximum effective range of about 500 to 600 meters (550–660 yd).

(2)Ordering

I ordered this gun from Airsoft GI.  Their shopping and checkout system is very simple to use.  I bought it for $155.

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