|Jan 19, 2012, 04:05 PM|
Hobby King ECO 6-10 Balance Charger Review
I was looking for my first balance charger to work with Li-Po packs and saw the Hobby King ECO 6-10 Balance Charger online HERE, so I purchased it. It is meant to run on DC power, so I also bought a 3 amp Radio Shack power supply to work the charger.
Notes from Hobby King:
It's a fairly small charger, at 5.6'' x 4.6'' x 1.6'' (L x W x H), and feels rugged and solid in your hand. It can charge batteries up to a 10 amp charge rate, which will also need a 10A power supply. I only had the capability to charge at 3A because of the power supply that I bought (3A also). The charger comes with XT60 plugs and adapters to JST, servo, and others. It also comes with alligator clips to attach to the charger's input leads so that it can attach easily to car batteries or something alike. My power supply had banana plugs as did the charger, so no alligator clips were needed.
Here's what's included in the package:
The charger is robust and has balance connector and other ports built right into the side of the unit. Wow, maybe I should dust this, looks really dusty in these photos!
These adapters are all included with the charger, and have XT60 connectors on the other ends of them.
I highly recommend that you buy a balance connector extension for the type of battery that you are charging (2S, 3S, 4S, 5S, or 6S) because it will be hard to plug the battery's balance plug in when it's also in a Li-Po sack or other protection device. XT60 connectors come standard, Deans plugs are not included.
Nice blue back lit screen!
-Back Lit Screen
-200 Watts (10A)
-LiPo/Fe/Ion, NiMH/CD, and PB Battery Charging
-Many Adapters Included + Alligator Clips
-Has Safety Features Like mAH and Temperature Cutoff
-Can Save Up to 10 Battery Settings (like model memory on radios)
-Balance Connectors Built-In to Unit
-Small, Compact, and Rugged Design
-The charger doesn't sit correctly on flat surfaces, like a chair with one leg shorter than the other. Very annoying when trying to press buttons and having the charger bump the table constantly.
-Manual is sometimes awkward to understand because it seems like it was directly translated from another language.
-Fan gets loud and annoying after a while.
-USB connection does NOT work!
I would recommend this charger to anyone looking for an inexpensive charger. At only about $30 USD, you can't go wrong with the myriad of batteries that you can charge and features that it has!
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