I needed a cheap charger that is able to charge HvLi batteries. I found this smart charger delivers good amount of power, and has a very well designed user interface and features.
Unboxing the IMAX X150 Charger
I am not experienced enough with LiPo chargers to say which is the best, but I was well impressed with this X150 charger by the features it offers and how easy it is to use. I have been using the Turnigy Accurel-6 for over 2 years now, and it does what I need, but I have always wanted a more powerful charger, because with only 50W it simply takes too long to charge!
Further Reading: How too choose LiPo charger
It looks exactly like the popular X120 Hobbyking has been selling for months. They are probably the same battery charger but this one is more powerful. Also the X120 doesn’t have built-in power supply (PSU), the X150 does!
- X150 AC/DC Charger
- AC Input Cable
- DC Input Cable
- Output Cable
- Balance Cable & Board (PQ/HP type)
- Alligator Clip
- Touch Pen
- Instruction Manual
First of all there is the colour touch screen! Scrolling cross the menu with buttons could be tedious, with the touch screen you can almost instantly choose what you want.
It has integrated power supply built-in, so you don’t need to purchase this separately, saves lots of hassle thinking about the power rating etc.
The user interface is very friendly, very easy to pick up.
The manufacturer really put the colour screen in good use! I love the real time graph while you are charging. It shows you the battery voltage, charging current, charged capacity and temperature.
150W is very decent power for mini quad hobbyists like myself. With 150W, you should be able to parallel charge 3 x 4S 1500mah packs at 2C, or 6 x 4S 1500mah packs at 1C the same time. (3*3A*14.8=133.2W)
It has an USB charging output! Which can be used to charge your mobile devices and cameras with 5V, very handy.
It has 2 inputs, AC (normal wall plug) and DC (10V – 28V) which means you can even use it at the field with some generator or even just large LiPo packs to charge up smaller packs.
More on Sepc
Some more spec I copied from the box:
- Touch Screen Resolution: 3 inch, 400 x 240 pixel
- Operating voltage range: AC input 100V-240V, DC input 10V-28V
- Max Charging Power: DC 150W (Max 12A), AC 100W (Max 8A)
- Max Discharging Power: 10W (Max 3A)
- USB 5V charging output: 5V/2.1A
- HvLi/LiPo/LiFe battery count: 1~6 cells
- NiCd/NiMH battery count: 1~16 cells
- Pb battery voltage: 2 to 24V
- 94% efficiency
Only problem I found was probably the quality control. The unit I received seems to be faulty!! Doh!
It was working all fine when charging the first lipo, then on the second one, it started to behave funny. Whenever the charging power went over 50W, it activated the fan, and the charging current started to fluctuate, and at the same time the fan goes on and off as well. However if I charge with smaller current to keep the power under 50W, which will not trigger the fan to spin, it seems to be fine!
Anyway I am unsure about this issue and stopped using this charger further. Hopefully the shop can sort this out for me.
Update – 08 Sept 2016
Looks like I won’t be given a replacement, so I will look for a more reliable charger.