The iSDT Q6 LiPo charger has been my recommendation since the SC620 was discontinued. In this review I will explain the different options and why this is a great charger for LiPo battery.
The iSDT Q6 was designed to be the middle ground between the SC608 (100W) and the SC620 (500W). I “parallel charge” at least 4 to 6 LiPo batteries at once, so the SC608 isn’t powerful enough for my charging. But since they stopped making the SC620, there is no doubt I would go for the Q6.
Here is a tutorial on parallel charging LiPo batteries.
I really like the iSDT Q6 charger for its compact form factor and excellent portability, great option for field charging. Most importantly, it’s been serving me reliability for over a year now and that’s why it’s my LiPo charger recommendation :)
There are 3 models in the Q6 line up, all have the same spec except the ones in the table as shown below:
- Input Voltage DC 7-32V
- 2-cell to 6-cell LiPo battery support
- Supported battery Type: LiFe/ LiIon/ LiPo/ LiHv (1-6s)/ NiMH/ Cd (1- 16S)/ Pb (1- 12S)
- Discharge Current 0.1 – 3.0A
- 2.4″ 320×240 IPS LCD Display
- Dimension: 80x80x33.5mm
- Weight: 119g
|Q6 Lite||Q6 Pro||Q6 Plus|
Which Q6 LiPo Charger Should I Buy?
tltr: get the Q6 Pro or Plus if you have $10 to spare :) The Q6 Lite is perfectly fine, it just means your charging will be slower when you are doing a lot of them at the same time.
Between these options, the main difference is on the charging power and maximum current. For me it’s a simple decision as it comes down to how many batteries do you charge at once.
I normally parallel charge multiple batteries at the same time at 1C. The Q6 Lite (Rating: 200W or 8A) will allow me to charge five 4S 1500mAh packs at the same time. But if I want to charge them at 2C, then I can only charge 2 batteries at once. (8A / (2C x 1.5Ah) = 2.67)
The Q6 Pro and Plus have identical spec and price (last I checked), and the Pro supports BattGo technology while the Plus doesn’t. It’s not a very useful feature to have (yet), but it doesn’t hurt to have it.
With 300W power and up to 14A of charging current, you will be able to charge four 4S 1500mAh batteries at 2C at the same time. (14A / (2C x 1.5Ah) = 4.67)
What I like about the ISDT Q6 LiPo Charger
Possibly the smallest LiPo charger you can get for the amount of power you are getting, it’s extremely light weight and portable.
It’s really at an affordable price range. Other decent and trusted chargers are normally priced $100 or more.
You can power the Q6 with any battery with XT60 connector (7V to 32V) which makes it an ideal solution for charging in the field.
The “One key shuttle control” is easy to use, and the interface is user friendly. The charger also comes with multiple languages pre-installed (English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese).
You can update the Firmware for any bug fixes and improvement to make the best use of the product.
There is a light sensor next to the screen and it changes the brightness automatically for the users to best see the display clearly. The display is really bright and works well even under sunlight.
The Q6 Charger is great but not perfect…
Despite how much I like this charger, there are some imperfections I’d like to point out to you. But don’t worry, none of these is a deal breaker at all :)
You cannot power it with AC without a dedicated power supply (PSU), which you will need to purchase separately. For example this PSU: http://bit.ly/2PCTCNV
Here is a tutorial how to choose PSU for LiPo Charger.
You want to get some display protections because it’s vulnerable to scratches. In the worse cases they might affect the clarity of the screen. Get the screen protector here: http://bit.ly/2KeSRHZ
Yes you can update the firmware on these chargers, but you have to purchase the cable separately… I guess that’s how they make extra money from? Would have been nice if it was included. Buy the cable here: http://bit.ly/2Kg5QMZ | Or you can make it yourself as shown in this guide.
The control wheel is an outstanding feature as it makes menu navigation a lot more delightful. But at the same time it feels cheap and is a bit loose in the socket, I hope iSDT can improve on this in the future.