In this article we will reveal the best LiPo battery chargers recommended by many mini quad pilots and racers. These Lipo chargers excel at reliability, ease to use, power and features.
Portability is another factor that is unique and important to mini quad hobbyists. It’s possible to go through a dozen of packs in a session, having a charger available in the field can be handy.
It’s important that you do your research first on LiPo battery, chargers and power supply before making your purchase. Here are some good reads:
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- iSDT Q6 Plus 300W
- iSDT SC-608 150W
- iSDT D2 200W 2-Channel
The iSDT charger series is no doubt by far the most popular LiPo chargers in our multirotor group. iSDT has 3 popular options of different power levels that cover most people’s need. The modern colour display interface is very easy to use and it’s been very reliable for me personally. It’s very impressive in terms of power, value, the compactness and light weight these chargers are .
All 3 chargers are portable and make great field charging solutions. However these chargers are relatively new to the market, so make sure you flash the latest firmware for bug fixes and new features. Here is how to flash firmware on a iSDT charger.
One downside to these chargers is the lack of built-in PSU. You will need to purchase a separate power supply for them, such as this one: http://bit.ly/2sewwpC
I got a cheap light weight laptop PSU on eBay (100W) that I can use on the bench as well as to take with me when travelling. There are lots of options available thanks to the wide input voltage. You can modify the PSU output to a XT60 connector like this.
The D2 is basically 2 chargers integrated into 1, and it allows you to charge 2 different batteries at the same time, or handle 2 parallel boards at once. It also has a built-in PSU so you can plug this straight into the wall.
Update (Aug 2017) – The SC608 and SC620 have been discontinued. They are still being sold, but there is no more firmware update. But for me it’s still worth considering.
|Max Charging Current||8A||14A||20A||20Ax2|
|Built-in PSU||No, DC 9V-32V||No, DC 7V-32V||No, DC 9V-30V||Yes|
SkyRC iMAX B6 Mini
A simple budget charger. The B6 Mini is the upgrade of the good old B6 which was one of the most popular beginner chargers back in the days. There are fake B6 and B6 mini chargers going around in the market, make sure to use our links to avoid these low quality clones.
|Max Charging Current||6A|
|Built-in PSU||No, DC 11V-18V|
The main feature of the SkyRC Q200 charger is the quad-channel (output) capability which is basically equivalent to having 4 independent changers. That means you can charge 4 different or same batteries simultaneously! This is great for those who run through many packs at once, or aren’t sure about parallel charging yet still allows you to charge multiple packs. Or if you have batteries of different cell counts, you can charge them at the same time too.
It has a built-in PSU as well as allowing DC input which means it can be used as a field charging station. Though this charger is a bit on the heavy side, weighs in at 1.3Kg.
You can even hook this charger up to your computer or your smart phone to control the charger and monitor the progress of your charging.
|Max Power||2x100W, 2x50W (4 channels)|
|Max Charging Current||10A, 10A, 5A, 5A (each channel)|
|Built-in PSU||Yes, DC 11V-18V|
Bonus – Turnigy Reaktor 300W
I know, this is the 6th charger in this list, but it’s recommended by so many people we can’t afford not to mention it. :)
The Reaktor 300W has built-in AC power supply, as well as supporting DC input. It’s a bit on the bulky side, but it’s definitely one of the most reliable LiPo chargers out there.
We recently reviewed the Charsoon Antimatter 300W, which we believe is just the rebrand of the Reaktor.
|Max Charging Current||20A|
|Built-in PSU||Yes, DC 10V-28V|
Hope you find these suggestions useful. We will continue to look for good LiPo chargers and keep this list up to date. Please leave us a comment if you have any questions.
Source: our survey on Facebook regarding lipo chargers.