Duratrax’s line of chargers is 10 strong, so there’s something for everyone— from the super-simple Onyx 110 for basic NiMH charging to the top-of-the-line, multi-chemistry Onyx 260 tested
here. The 260 shares its case and dual-charging
capabilities with the Onyx 255, but instead of
using physical buttons to click through menus
and set values via a dot display, the 260 gets a
3.2-inch color touchscreen. Leads and balancing boards are included to charge two packs
simultaneously via Molex (aka Tamiya plugs)
or Hobbico Star plugs (which can also be used
with Deans and T-style plugs). That covers a lot
of batteries, but I do wish Duratrax included a
pair of Traxxas leads as well—or included them
instead of the Molex leads. After all, anyone in
the market for a charger as sophisticated as
the Onyx 260 is probably using something
other than Molex plugs. Also missing is LiHV
charging capability, which is a nonissue if you
don’t have the new higher-voltage packs.
As for all the other batteries used in RC
cars, trucks, boats, and transmitters, the
Onyx 260 is ready to get them juiced up.
Using the Onyx 260
I found it easy to jump right into using the
charger before cracking open the instructions,
although I did read the manual to make sure
that I didn’t miss any features. The supplied
Duratrax Onyx 260
Dual tOuch charger
Affordable, full-featured dual charging
with touchscreen convenience
The Onyx 260 doesn’t take up a lot
of bench space, and the angled screen is
easy to view.
Charge progress is displayed numerically as well as graphically.