Review: iSDT URUAV PD60 LiPo Charger

Looking for a portable charger for travelling, with USB Type-C interface and takes 5V as input power? Check out the iSDT URUAV PD60 LiPo charger! It takes up to 20V as input so you can power it with 4S LiPo too.

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Where to Buy

Only available at BG at the moment: https://oscarliang.com/product-pecf

The iSDT URUAV PD60 LiPo charger comes with no accessories, only the charger.

Specs of PD60 Charger

  • Input voltage: DC 5V-20V
  • Output voltage: DC 1.0V-20V
  • Max Input Current: 3A
  • Max Output Current 6A
  • Max Output Power 60W
  • Supported Battery Types: LiFe, LiHV, LiPo, NIMH (1-12S)
  • Supported Cell Count: 1S, 2S, 3S, 4S
  • Support Quick-Charge: PD2.0/3.0 and QC 2.0/3.0
  • Dimension: 56x85x21mm
  • Weight: 87g

Why You Might Want to Get it

The PD60 is a sweet little charger for travelling. It’s extremely portable and probably one of the most light weight LiPo chargers out there.

Input Power Connector is USB-C (Type C) connector. It also acts as the data port for firmware update (by connecting charger to computer).

Output is XT60 and 5-pin balance connector.

You can charge battery using a powerbank as power supply.

Operation cannot be simpler.

Press the left button to select charging current: 1A, 2A, 3A and 6A. Long press it to change battery type: LiPo, LiHv, LiFe and NiMH.

Press the right button to start or stop charging. The display is relatively simple: charging status and completion percentage.

The PD60 charger has a beeper and it gives warning about abnormal voltage and incorrect cell count settings. However it doesn’t seem to remind users when LiPo is fully charged.

What Power Supply To Use

The iSDT URUAV PD60 LiPo charger is a very handy tool to take with you when travelling light. But with an old power bank, it’s quite slow at charging LiPo’s.

The charging speed hugely depends on the power source. If you are using a wall charger, or an old powerbank, the fact is that it’s probably going to be quite slow regardless what charging current you select.

The power sources mentioned above typically have a maximum output current of around 2A to 3A at 5V, which is about 10W to 15W. Therefore you are not using this charger to its full potential (60W).

This doesn’t matter if you are charging in the hotel room preparing for tomorrow’s flight (it’s not safe and i don’t recommend doing it though). If you are using this charger in the field, and want to charge as fast as possible, you should get a PSU or powerbank with “PD3.0” Quick Charge feature. With this feature they can supply power at 5V, up to 20V at 3A, resulting a maximum output power of 60W.

Get Powerbank with PD3.0 here: https://amzn.to/3g1nu2K

But these are not cheap, and I think it makes a lot of sense to just get a big 4S LiPo. You can use an LiPo battery as input (up to 4S) using an XT60 to USB-C adapter like this https://oscarliang.com/product-h79m

Conclusion

The iSDT URUAV PD60 LiPo charger is not for everyone, it’s designed for travellers who prefer to have USB-C interface, and the possibility of using 5V – 20V DC as power supply.

If you are just starting out, take a look at the Q6 Nano, it’s one of the cheapest chargers in my recommendations. Similar price range to the PD60, but more powerful with more features.

If you are looking for an upgrade, check out the Q6 Plus/Pro, which is my daily driver at the moment.

Limitations

Well, it’s a simple and minimalist charger.

  • It doesn’t have discharge mode (you can’t discharge LiPo batteries with it
  • And It doesn’t have storage mode (you can charge batteries to storage voltage, e.g 3.85V/cell)
  • Doesn’t display charging current so you have no idea how fast it’s charging regardless the current selection

If these are the feature you care about, the PD60 might not be for you. However you can get a separate discharge if you want.

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