Here are the best LiPo chargers that I would recommend to FPV drone pilots. There are single channel chargers that are used with parallel charging boards, as well as multi-channel chargers that can charge different batteries simultaneously.
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:
Some people worry about parallel charging, in which case you probably want to get a “dual channel” or even “four-channel” charger, otherwise charging battery one by one can be pretty slow.
If you don’t mind using a parallel charging board, you can charge multiple batteries simultaneously with a single port charger. But make sure you read up on how to do parallel charging safely first.
HOTA D6 Pro 650W Dual-Output AC/DC
- Banggood: https://oscarliang.com/product-gj71
- RDQ: https://oscarliang.com/product-xyjj
- Amazon: https://amzn.to/31lFuAd
The HOTA D6 Pro Dual AC/DC charger is a very well balanced charger for the bench and can be most people’s primary charger.
It has dual output channels, which is basically equivalent to having two independent changers, so you can charge two different voltage or types of batteries at the same time. If you have two parallel boards (with 6 outputs), then you could easily charge 12 batteries at a time.
It has built in AC power supply so you don’t have to invest in an external power supply right off the bat. But it only gives you 100W per channel, you can use a more powerful external power supply (650W or higher) through the DC input if you want use it to its maximum potential. This is basically like a more powerful version of the iSDT 608AC. 800W or 1000W Server PSU are pretty cheap on eBay, only around $30 :)
iSDT Q8 500W
- GetFPV – https://oscarliang.com/product-3ut2
- Banggood – https://oscarliang.com/product-n2rb
- RDQ – https://oscarliang.com/product-39co
- Amazon – https://amzn.to/2NCHbFY
The ISDT Q8 (full review) is an extremely portable and powerful charger. At 500W, it’s capable of charging up to 13 (4S 1500mAh) batteries at the same time under an hour using parallel charging. The specs of this charger is just outstanding at this price point.
The main downsides however, are that it’s only a single port charger and can’t be powered by AC (DC only).
iSDT 608AC 200W AC/DC
- Banggood: http://bit.ly/isdt-608ac
- Amazon: https://amzn.to/38YgRuY
- GetFPV: http://bit.ly/2Sf4Hax
- RaceDayQuad: http://bit.ly/390muJ1
Getting a power supply is too complicated? Check out the iSDT 608AC (Full Review).
It’s a basic charger that comes with a detachable power supply that plugs into the wall. Power is not as high as the other iSDT chargers with AC, at only 60W, but it’s enough for someone who is just starting or doesn’t fly a lot. As you progress and want to charge more batteries, you can get a better power supply and get the full 200W power.
iSDT D2 200W Two-Channel AC
Product page: http://bit.ly/2yq4tlg.
The ISDT D2 is a popular indoor charger for FPV. It has built-in power supply, and dual-channel output, 200w each. It even comes with a USB output to charge your cameras and phones, as well as 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 Q8 so it’s 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 essentially.
ToolkitRC M6D 500W Two-Channel
- Bnaggood: https://oscarliang.com/product-igur
- Amazon: https://amzn.to/34eyhEp
- GetFPV: https://oscarliang.com/product-qsh5
- RDQ: https://oscarliang.com/product-d1ji
At $65 you get a for 500W and 25A charging current, which is a pretty sweet deal. The specs of the ToolkitRC M6D (review) is actually quite similar to the iSDT Q8, but the M6D has dual channels as well as a 5V output to charge your phone and GoPro on the go.
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
- Jan 2021 – Updated products