Best LiPo Battery Chargers for Mini Quad

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:

For other latest popular racing drone products, check out the “Top 5 Best” lists.


 

iSDT Q6

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.

See my Review for more detail. Product pages: Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon | RDQ

 

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.

SC608 Q6 SC620 D2
Price $50 $60 $70 $140
Max Power 150W 300W 500W 200Wx2
Max Charging Current 8A 14A 20A 20Ax2
Built-in PSU No, DC 9V-32V No, DC 7V-32V No, DC 9V-30V Yes
Weight 110g 119g 289g 510g

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.

Price $40
Max Power 60W
Max Charging Current 6A
Built-in PSU No, DC 11V-18V
Weight 233g

SkyRC Q200

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.

Price $238
Max Power 2x100W, 2x50W (4 channels)
Max Charging Current 10A, 10A, 5A, 5A (each channel)
Built-in PSU Yes, DC 11V-18V
Weight 1325g

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.

Price $128
Max Power 300W
Max Charging Current 20A
Built-in PSU Yes, DC 10V-28V
Weight 1000g

SkyRC E4Q 4-Channel LiPo Charger

Order from Banggood. See my review here.

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.

Price $55
Max Power 4 x 50W
Max Charging Current 5A
Built-in PSU No, 11V-26V
Weight 280g

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.

Edit History

  • July 2017 – article created
  • July 2018 – Removed SC620 (discontinued), added SkyRC E4Q and iSDT D2

19 thoughts on “Best LiPo Battery Chargers for Mini Quad

  1. Poul Rasmussen

    All the mentioned chargers need to have + and – connected. Damaged accus can be recovered with charging direct on balancerstick. Du you know any that don’t demand + and – connected?

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  2. liu jinlong

    Have you ever tried the HOTA D6 Pro, that’s a new product, and I think it is the perfect one for mini quads! It get two channel, with AC 200W in total or DC 325W/15A each channel.

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  3. Kellie Stapleton

    It’s now 6/18, would you still recommend the ISDT SC 608? If yes, also get the isdt Linker for firmware? I understand they are no longer updating, but can you and do I need to get the latest version?

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    1. Oscar Post author

      Yes still a solid charger :) But the Q6 is a better value charger for the similar price.
      And yea get the linker too, always good to keep it updated for bugs and improvements.

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  4. Paul

    Believe me in this market segment, chargers + power supplies are some of the LEAST reliable products you can buy. Buy from a trusted vendor so you know that you are covered.

    Icharger are known for their cell balancing accuracy.

    Hitec is mostly rebadged skyrc.

    ALWAYS power up your charger BEFORE connecting the battery to it.

    ALWAYS switch off PSU when done charging (and disconnect battery first)

    And so on and so on…

    Paul @ ewm

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  5. MrCookie

    I noticed you mentioned several battery chargers, but one thing joshua bardwell touches on, is cell balancing capability. Why isn’t that mentioned on any of these chargers?

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  6. Agustín

    Just a simple question. If I buy PSU 300W 12V may I charge a LIPO 4s to 6s with the iSDT Q6 Plus 300W?
    I am no really sure since this PSU can not provide the voltage required for more than 3s Lipo…

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  7. Chai

    I stilling like” Cellpro 10s” charger because it provide fast balancing.
    It’s balance by charge ,it’s not balance by discharge .

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  8. Prop

    Get a Junsi iCharger, for example, the 4010 Duo and forget the rest, most Lipo chargers are garbage compared to Junsi. The balancer in the Junsi is probably the best, at the moment, on the market. The items shown in the article in my opinion are only useful for charging children’s toys, but not really for expensive Lipo batteries. A Junsi costs more, but makes itself paid, in view of the life of the batteries.

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      1. Prop

        I see, you compare cheap stuff with High-end? I think you never use a good charger and know the difference, it¨s like driving a bicycle or a Maybach. And serious, Turnigy? C’mon…

    1. Oscar Post author

      It didn’t have many votes… I guess the reason is because it’s “too powerful” for most of us mini quad pilots. :)

      Reply

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