Single Channel i.e. only one pack at at
Chemistries supported: Ni-Cad, Ni-MH, Lead Acid, Li-poly, Li-Ion
Charge current 0.1 to 7.0 Amps or 90 Watts whichever is lower
Discharge current 0.1 to 3.0 Amps or 20 Watts whichever is lower.
The LCD is a 16 character by 2 line
type which works in a multilevel menu scheme. This minimizes the
display cost thus lowering the final price of the charger, but at the
price of hiding information making it harder to use the charger.
There are some key concepts that once you get (not by RTFM) then it's
not too bad.
Five Battery Types (NOT Four!)
The first thing to understand is that there are 5 battery types: (1)
Memory, (2) NCad, (3) Ni-MH, (4) Li-Po/-Ion and (5) Lead Acid.
The Memory battery type is indexed and has 10 possible values.
There is no seperate factory set of values just the 10 channels.
These come from the factory setup, but once you change them there's not
way to get them back other than manually programming. Each time
you press the BATT TYPE
key the charger takes on the personality associated with that battery
chemistry. For example any setting you do in the (1) Memory
battery type, say like setting it to Ni-MH and setting the charge and
discharge currents, will have no effect on the (3) Ni-MH battery
type. This caused me a lot of confusion when first using the
For each battery type you can define things like pack nominal voltage,
charge and discharge currents. In the top Memory battery
screen the only thing that can be changed is the index number (1 to
10). The pack voltage and capacity are changed in lower menus
which are accessed with the knob. You can press the BATT TYPE
key when in any of the Battery Type menus and it will take you to the
top menu in the next highest numbered battery type. Type
(5) [my numbers, not Triton2] Lead Acid goes to (1) Memory. Since
it's just a button you can only go in one direction round and round the
list. Note that for each index into the memory the pack voltage
and capacity is displayed to remind you what is in that index.
The (1) Memory battery type does not have any action keys, just things
that define a battery pack. So if you are in any of the (1)
Memory battery type screens and press and hold down the knob nothing
The Triton2 stores any parameter change when the knob is pressed
causing that parameter to stop blinking. If you power down the
Triton2 right after that knob press and power it back up the change
will be remembered.
When in the (1) Memory battery type menu and you press the MENU CHANGE
key the Triton does two things. First it jumps to that action
battery type that matches the current Memory battery index you have
selected. Say you have selected a Memory battery type that's a
Ni-MH. The next screen will be the top screen for (3)
Ni-MH. Then all the parameters that were in that battery type
will be erased and replaced by whatever was defined in the memory
battery type. This can be confusing if you don't realize that
selecting a memory overwrites the non memory battery type. Note
there's a subtle difference in how the memory screens are labeled and
the action screens. The memory screens have inputs saying "charge
current" or "discharge current" and the action screens have inputs like
:NiCd Charge" or "NiCd discharge".
On any of the action screens you can press and hold the knob to start
that action. The action might be to charge, discharge,
cycle starting with charge or cycle starting with discharge. The
next screen will be a Working Screen.
On any of the action screens you can press MENU to get to the setup
screen associated with that chemistry. The setup parameters
are different for each of the four chemistries (battery types (2)
Each of the four action battery types has setup parameters associated
with it. These parameters are related to the charging or
discharging of that chemistry more than they are with the pack
configuration and so are not part of the memory settings.
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|Pk delay min
|max chg mAh
Each setup parameter in the table is independently memorized. The
factory default sound is set to 1 for each chemistry. It might be
better to use a different sound for each chemistry so if you were
not paying attention you would get a warning of a mistake.
From any setup parameter screen when you press the MENU key you go back
to the action screen that you used to get to the setup menus.
For example if you were doing a "NiMH discharge then charge" and
pressed the MENU key you would go to the top screen in the next
chemistry group, i.e. the Sound parameter in the NiMH chemistry
group. After changing the safety timer you could press menu and
go back to the "NiMH discharge then charge" screen. This is
inconsistent with the way the other menus work. For example in
the Battery Type menus if you are on the NiMH discharge current page
and press the BATT TYPE key you are sent to the top of the next menu or
the LiPo charge screen, not the LiPo discharge current screen.
Note that when the Triton2 is working you can not access the setup
This is a design defect that hopefully
will get fixed in a newer version. For example at a minimum
you should be able to see the setup parameters while the Triton2 is
working and even better change the settings while it's working.
It could be a problem if you need the NiMH max charge or top-off
charge. If you stop the charge to view the setup setup parameters
and restart the max charge mAh will have no meaning. The same for
the top-off charge.
The screen changes from the static action screen to the "Battery Check"
screen where the Triton2 checks to see if a battery is connected and
that it's not an primary battery that should not be charged. In a
few seconds it goes to a working screen that displays:
If you see this screen the charger is working.
Note the Triton2 has a 20 Watt power
limit. For example when I'm discharging a pack of 20 Ni-MH
SC cells and the discharge current is set to 3 Amps on the working
screen the current might be 0.7A when the pack voltage is 27.14V.
This is because the Triton2 measures the pack voltage and adjusts the
current so that the power is kept under 20 Watts (i.e. 0.7A * 27.14V =
18.9W, if 0.8A & 27.14V the power would be 21.7W).
just press MENU MENU
Sometimes it might take two presses depending on which screen you may
have navigated to. On the first working screen described above
just one press will shut down the charger.
Operation Time Working Screen
Turing the knob when in the top working screen displays the time in
hours minutes and seconds. You can go back and forth between
these two screens with the knob.
Detail Working Screens
While the charger is working you can press the BATT TYPE
key to see details on the
The screens then are accessed by rotating the knob:
- Input Voltage and Output Voltage
- Peak and Avg discharge voltage
- charge / discharge mAh for each cycle
- Battery temperature (requires optional temperature sensor)
This menu does not wrap.
To return to the main working screen press MENU
only one time. You might see a battery temperature higher than
you expected and want to stop while watching this screen so to stop
press MENU MENU
After the action has finished you're supposed to be able to access the
detail screens by pressing <MENU><BATT TYPE> at the same
time. Sometimes this works for me and sometimes it does
not. When it does work and you have been doing cycling you can
press the knob on the page that shows the cycle # then rotate the knob
to see the Charge and Discharge mAh for each cycle. This is very
good info to see. If the battery is leveling off then it has been
reformed or if it keeps gaining capacity then it needs more cycles.