Nicely designed and a joy to use, the H4
is my new go-to charger. A foil-embossed
logo changes color based on lighting
angles, and is showing green here.
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Long known for affordable, high- quality servos and radio systems, Hitec has also added a complete
line of chargers during the last several
years. With offerings suitable for
everyone from first-time modelers to
lifelong enthusiasts, Hitec is sure to have
a charger to suit your needs.
At the top of the list is the new H4
Four-Port Multi-Charger, targeted to the
prolific electric flier or anyone else who
wants to treat his or her batteries with
the respect they deserve. The H4 is not
just a charger—it is a professional grade,
battery management system tailored to
today’s RC hobbyist.
A Quick Look
The H4 is actually four balancing
chargers wrapped in a single durable
aluminum case. Each separate 120-watt
output channel is capable of charging
and discharging the six different battery
chemistries we commonly use with our
models: LiPo, Li-Ion, LiFe, NiCd, NiMH,
and lead acid. Additionally, each channel
has its own dedicated balancing port
to ensure maximum performance and
safety when using Lithium-based packs.
The H4 incorporates a large, variable
contrast LCD display surrounded by
four channel-selection buttons and six
buttons for programming and operation.
Along the sides are the connectors for
each output port. These include a pair
of bullet connectors for the main power
leads as well as a seven-pin balancing
connector and a port for optional
The left side also has a dedicated
port to update the H4’s firmware using
Hitec’s HPP- 22 programming interface.
The back of the case has two cooling
fans as well as the leads for connecting
to your DC power supply.
Bells and Whistles
Today’s market demands flexibility
and capability right out of the box, and
the H4 shines on both fronts. Before we
get to the included cables and adapters,
let’s first touch on two exciting features
of the H4.
Perhaps the biggest feature is the
incorporation of the Hitec Channel
Bridge. This allows you to combine
two adjacent charge ports in parallel,
doubling your current capacity to a
65 Model Aviation APRIL 2014