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Old Oct 21, 2011, 09:14 AM
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Introducing the ALL NEW Cellpro PowerLab 6 (EC5 version) Charger

Cellpro PowerLab 6, Multi-Chemistry, 1000W Battery Workstation





Part Number: LC06S40A-EC5-MC

POWER

Welcome to PowerLab 6, the second offering in the amazing Cellpro PowerLab series from FMA Direct and Revolectrix. Built on the same framework as the original Cellpro PowerLab 8, this latest Battery Workstation provides a virtually identical feature-set as the original. Capable of charging, discharging, monitoring, or performing multiple cycles on any current or future battery chemistry at alarming speed, PL6 is optimized to balance the need for high power, high current operations against the need for small size and affordability. The PowerLab 6 consumes some 23% less volume (size) than the original PowerLab 8. In keeping with the PowerLab philosophy, at $0.16 per WATT, it blows the lid off the competition and represents unprecedented VALUE. But power is only one part of the equation. Read the information, and talk to people who own a PowerLab and they'll tell you why and how it out-paces any other brand on the market in terms of it's rich feature-set, ease of operation, as well as it's expandability. You will be hard pressed to find a more stream-lined user interface, or more capable, native, and free P.C. software. Add to these facts, the industry's first, well-conceived plan to support safe parallel charging of virtually any number of same-cell-count packs all at once, and you will realize that the investment in PL6 has paid for itself many times over. You no longer need more batteries. You need a battery workstation that can charge, discharge, cycle or monitor many packs faster than you can fly them to depletion!

The Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation directly supports all Cellpro Revolectrix battery packs by using the PowerLab basic adapter (available separately). Revolectrix also sells adapters separately to interface with various manufacturer's batteries, including the ALL NEW safe parallel adapters which can be daisy-chained to allow simultaneous, safe parallel charge of multiple packs. Click here to view the Adapters page. Click here to view a pictorial diagram of Cellpro battery standard wiring conventions. PowerLab 6 uses the same adapters as PowerLab 8. If you already own PowerLab 8 adapters, you are set.

More on the PowerLab Philosophy:

Power is important, but means little without other key features of SAFETY, RELIABILITY, FLEXIBILITY, and INTUITIVE OPERATION; the key elements that are painstakingly crafted into the Cellpro product line. The competition will come along with powerful chargers after we lead, but they will have trouble harnessing this power.

From the massive, over-sized heat sink, to the large cooling fan...From the 40A, 1000W (@ 30VDC/40A input) synchronous charging circuitry, to the 1000W capable "regenerative discharge" capability (see details below)...

Everything about this all-inclusive battery management system screams EXCESSIVE.

SAFETY

Do not be scared off by the claims of this advertisement by thinking this is too much charger for you. This may be the safest, simplest charger you will ever use. That's because it's a Cellpro, and being a Cellpro, that means you can not make a mistake when you use it. It simply will not let you. The charger will never let you charge a LiPo by selecting the wrong cell count. It knows how many cells are connected by monitoring charge voltage on each cell in the pack individually. It performs an entire series of tests to make sure the battery is hooked up correctly to the charger before it ever even starts to charge, checking for valid voltages on each cell, reverse polarity conditions, reversed node wiring to name a few. It constantly monitors the total pack voltage and compares that to the sum of the individual cells. It can not and will not ever charge a single lithium cell above the proper end-of-charge voltage, and because it is a Cellpro, it assures you of the most accurate, laboratory quality readings at all times. Every single Cellpro charger is factory calibrated using custom test equipment developed by the engineering team at FMA in the United States. Furthermore, if a pack has been over-discharged, it will automatically enter low-voltage restore mode. It will reduce charge voltage during cold weather to extend battery life; all parameters associated with this feature can be adjusted by the customer. Even though batteries in general, and especially lithium batteries, represent a volatile potential, the PowerLab 6 reduces the risks associated with maintaining any size battery, any chemistry by magnitudes over other brands. Safety has always been at the forefront of all FMA charger designs. PowerLab 6 represents the next phase in the evolution of safety.

RELIABILITY

Take top-notch components capable of handling all of the stresses associated with super-high power, high voltage operation; things like an over-sized heat sink, extra-heavy 12AWG input wire (now terminating in an EC-5 female pin connector), a large cooling fan and a gigantic sendust core toroid inductor to handle higher input current and combine these with stable firmware/software that is thoroughly tested in-house and with outside beta testing, and what you get is a new standard in reliability. We don't like getting chargers back from the field for any reason. That's why we've gone the extra mile on the PowerLab series.

FLEXIBILITY

No, the new Cellpro PowerLab 6 is not just another charger on the block. In fact, it is not just another charger at all. It is an all-encompassing battery management and analysis tool. It is compact, powerful, and easy to use. Combining this kind of performance with the ability to autonomously cycle batteries, graphing all aspects of charge and discharge at the cell level (using the free Charge Control Software) and over multiple cycles provides you with key information about any chemistry battery you might have. As well it will tell you the quality of your battery by monitoring and graphing internal resistance at the cell level; more accurately and faster than ever. It will maximize the health of your batteries and it will quite possibly re-juvinate batteries you thought were beyond rapair. It will do all of this faster and more accurately than other chargers by means of the industry's highest (and adjustable) power balancing current available. After all, what good is 40A of potential charger current if you back it up with spindly balance current? But most importantly, through the type of data the PL6 can provide, it will tell you if you are safe to fly with your battery.

And when we say flexible, we mean it. Simply by calling up the appropriate User Preset, it's EASY to go from charging or cycling something like 40AH, 6s worth of batteries at 40A continuous output in a little over 1 hour, to a 20mAh, 1s LiPo at 10mA.

So you don't have a 12v, 500W or a 30v, 1200W power supply lying around? Not many people do. With smart power management in the PL6, it's easy to limit the unit's input current to match what you do have. This innovative feature has been standard on Cellpro chargers for years but has been vastly expanded in the new PL6. It is now possible to create 2 unique and custom Input Power Source profiles. Using the CCS, begin with a template and adjust parameters to meet your needs. Or enter the appropriate parameters right at the charger. Then easily choose between "Battery" or "Power Supply" input each time (and one time) before you start to use the PL6. Now, thanks to the new 4 button, intuitive interface and high capacity microcontroller in the PowerLab 6, adjusting power limiting at the CCS or at the PL6 just got a whole lot easier.

But perhaps one of the coolest new features makes PL6 the "greenest" battery management system on the planet. Environmentally friendly, regenerative discharge capability of up to 1000W. Unlike traditional methods of discharge, which deplete the output battery's energy in the form of heat across a transistor, regenerative discharge takes most of that energy and puts it back into the input battery. In other words, when you discharge your LiPo for storage, you will be re-charging your Lead Acid input battery. The total amount of power that you can achieve is limited only by the amount of current that your input battery can accept, or 1000W, whichever is lower. Regenerative discharge is an optional feature. Turn it on when you need the highest power discharge. Turn it off and use standard internal discharge of up to 50W if you choose.

INTUITIVE OPERATION

The original Cellpro 4s introduced the whole idea of a super-safe, super-simple charger with power balancing built right into the charger. The Cellpro 10s expanded on this theme enabling customers to do two batteries simultaneously. It also introduced the concept of two-way P.C. communication opening up new doors into customization at the customer level, not just in terms of printing graphs, creating or modifying presets or charger settings, but in streamlined and 100% reliable firmware updates. Cellpro Multi4 took these concepts and extended them to multi-chemistry batteries and open architecture presets, fully customizable with some 80 adjustable parameters. Still, the chargers are easy to use and fool-proof. That's what we hear day after day from happy customers around the world. Sure, they are rich in features, but designed to be simple to use and simple to understand. Cellpro PowerLab is the epitome of the Cellpro philosophy. Its basic operation is patterned after the Multi4, so if you have one of those, you will instantly be familiar with the charger as well as the free Charge Control Software (CCS). But the unit sports a totally new 4 button interface for accessing information. Let's face it, with 4 buttons, it's just easier to use. You requested it. We gave it to you. When REVOLECTRIX says "Designed by You", that's what we mean.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 10:56 AM
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Wow!

Please tell me I can use this thing in expanded mode with my PL-8!
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 11:24 AM
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Can it charge in parallel?
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 11:26 AM
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Can it charge in parallel?
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Not only "Yes," but heck yes!
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 11:53 AM
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Think of this as being almost exactly like the PL8 except limited to 6 cells. There are other minor differences though like internal discharge power limit is less. It's a great charger if you don't need 8S support and works great with those 6S paraboards.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 12:28 PM
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You mention 30v 1200w psu, what is the max output at say 24volt input?
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 01:00 PM
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PL6 can not be used with PL8 in Primary / Expansion configuration.

See page 31 of PL6 maual.

http://www.fmadirect.com/support_docs/item_1350.pdf


PL6 does not support Node Only charging . This seems to be a area of disapointment for some with the CP10XP .


PL6 requires both the main power leads and balancing leads to be connected in order to use the Monitoring Mode. This likely is not an issue for most .

I only mentioned these items to point out that while the PL8 and PL6 are very similiar the PL6 is not just a 6S version of the PL8.

Charles
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 01:03 PM
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You mention 30v 1200w psu, what is the max output at say 24volt input?
How many Amps?

30V @ 40 amps. is 1200 watts from power source.

24V @ 40 A is 960 watts from power source.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 01:08 PM
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Ok, well that is fine, so max 40 amp input irrespective of voltage obviously within the limits.
At 24v assuming somewhere around 80% efficiency that will push around 750w max into 6s which is pretty much what I am after.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 01:43 PM
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FMA generally uses 85% efficiency in thier calculations. But in actual practice I see closer to 90% on my PL8. So that would be closer to 850 watts to the packs. Also methods are emerging that will allow you to slightly increase the voltage on some power server power supplies, getting you closer to that max 40 amp output.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 01:44 PM
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I was on the fence about the 10xp but this one was an easy decision for me.

PL6 pre-ordered!

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I'd like to see a few more pictures of this new unit. Fan(s), etc...
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 02:19 PM
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Well yes, I have not had the oppertunity to try those out to any great extent other than wiring up a spare psu with a fixed resistor and getting somewhere around 13.5 volts out of it.
Unfortuntely travelling till the end of the end.

But - I still like this, I wanted a second PL8 and this fits in perfectely as I only use 6s.
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Old Oct 21, 2011, 05:51 PM
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Decisions, Decisions, have been so close to pulling the trigger on a PL8 then they announce this one today... Can I wait a month?
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I'll help: buy the PL-8, it's great and has greater discharge capacity!

Cheers.
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