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 to get your started:
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The ISDT Q6 is one of the most compact chargers for LiPo. It’s extremely portable and powerful enough to parallel charge multiple packs at once, thus great for field charging. It’s not uncommon to see FPV racers with multiple Q6 charging tons of batteries at the same time :)
The downsides are it’s only a single port charger and can’t be powered by AC but DC only.
I bought a cheap and light weight laptop PSU on eBay (100W) that I can use on the bench as well as to take with me when travelling. However your maximum charging power will be limited by the power of your PSU, so beware! There are lots of options available thanks to the wide input voltage. You can modify the PSU output to a XT60 connector like this.
iSDT T6 and T8
These are monstrous chargers in terms of power, I seriously doubt if anyone in the hobby would need these. Unless you are a pro racer who fly at least 8 to 12 hours a day.
Product Page for the T6: http://bit.ly/2AQ8nYd
The T6 is rated at 780W with a max charging current of 35A, that’s over twice as powerful as the Q6 Pro. The problem is you’d need a very beefy power supply to use it to its potential, for that it doesn’t feel like a very good portable charger to me. And itself weighs considerably heavier too.
Check out the T8: http://bit.ly/2RQT779
The T8 is designed to charge higher cell count batteries, up to 8S LiPo. It’s a 1000W rated charger with max charging current of 30A. Again, no built-in PSU so you would need a bulky power supply for it.
iSDT D2 200W 2-Channel
The ISDT D2 is one of the most popular indoor charger for FPV at the time of writing. It has dual channels of 200w each, USB output to charge your cameras and phones, and a beautiful color LCD screen. The two buttons and scroll wheel makes it really easy to use. The only drawback I find is the lack of DC input, and it’s considerably heavier than the Q6 so probably not ideal for field charging.
A two-channel charger allows you to charge two different batteries at the same time, or handle two parallel boards at once. It’s like having 2 separate chargers.
You can get the iSDT D2 from Banggood.
Why I recommend iSDT?
The iSDT chargers are no doubt by far the most popular/recommended LiPo chargers in the FPV hobby. The two models we recommend here should cover most people’s need. The modern colour display interface is very easy to use and it’s been reliable for me personally. It’s very impressive in terms of performance and value.
|Max Charging Current||14A||30A||35A||20Ax2|
|Input Voltage||7V – 32V||8V – 32V||12V – 42V||n/a|
Update (Aug 2017) – The SC608 and SC620 have been discontinued.
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|
Turnigy Reaktor 300W
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|
SkyRC E4Q 4-Channel LiPo Charger
Not a fan of Parallel Charging? Then you should check out the SkyRC E4Q! It’s a low cost 4-channel charger that can charge four batteries independently at the same time. Because of this, It’s also great for charging your goggle’s batteries.
It has a XT60 input port, and thanks to it’s compact form factor and light weight it’s great for field charging too.
|Max Power||4 x 50W|
|Max Charging Current||5A|
|Built-in PSU||No, 11V-26V|
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.
- July 2017 – article created
- July 2018 – Removed SC608, SC620 (discontinued), added SkyRC E4Q and iSDT D2
- Jan 2019 – Added iSDT T6 and T8