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Jan 28, 2017, 08:25 PM
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Recommend a basic lipo charger


Ok, so I am in the market for a new lipo balance charger. I had a cheap B3 2/3s charger but I gave it to a friend of mine when I sold him my first quadcopter. My budget is roughly $30 give or take a little bit. I was looking at the Imax B6 as I can get it from the BangGood US warehouse for $19 and the PS for $12. But then I found the Imax B6AC/B6AC+ (both clones) for roughly the same price. Now, I can go a little higher on price but not too much as I would like to also pick up a 4S battery for testing. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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Jan 28, 2017, 08:34 PM
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What are your batteries?
If your budget is 30, not much in terms of choices..

Beware clones. You don't want to play around when charging packs. Those can overcharge or not balance correctly resulting in fire.

Maybe invest a little more in good charger? You don't buy those every month..
Jan 28, 2017, 08:40 PM
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What are your batteries?
If your budget is 30, not much in terms of choices..

Beware clones. You don't want to play around when charging packs. Those can overcharge or not balance correctly resulting in fire.

Maybe invest a little more in good charger? You don't buy those every month..
Right now all I have are 2 Gens Ace 2200mah 3S batteries.
Jan 28, 2017, 08:54 PM
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30 bucks seriously limits the available choices. Most of the 50W chargers like the B6 are very similar, they're decent if you only want to charge one battery at a time.

If you want to save money, look at a thrift store for a 12-16V laptop charger type power brick, you can get them around here for 99c sometimes. Xbox 360 power supplies also work well for low to medium power chargers and they can be had fairly cheaply. Any of these are going to be better quality than a $12 new power supply.
Jan 28, 2017, 08:59 PM
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30 bucks seriously limits the available choices. Most of the 50W chargers like the B6 are very similar, they're decent if you only want to charge one battery at a time.

If you want to save money, look at a thrift store for a 12-16V laptop charger type power brick, you can get them around here for 99c sometimes. Xbox 360 power supplies also work well for low to medium power chargers and they can be had fairly cheaply. Any of these are going to be better quality than a $12 new power supply.
I happen to have a Halo 3 edition xbox 360 that I keep for collectors sake. How would I use the power supply from that?
Jan 29, 2017, 01:31 AM
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Well you probably don't want to use the one from your own xbox, using it involves cutting the end off the cable and installing a connector to mate with your charger. Lots of orphaned power supplies out there from dead xboxes.
Jan 29, 2017, 11:15 AM
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KM,
What are the Watt and V ratings for that xbox charger? I see some are as high as 150W 12V.

James has a good idea about the Thrift store chargers.
Jan 29, 2017, 01:53 PM
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Well you probably don't want to use the one from your own xbox, using it involves cutting the end off the cable and installing a connector to mate with your charger. Lots of orphaned power supplies out there from dead xboxes.
What about an authentic SkyRC iMAX B6AC v2? Found one on auction for $21 plus shipping. Theres also a 690AC Pro balance charger: http://www.rcjuice.com/690ac-pro-ac-...e-charger.html.
Jan 29, 2017, 02:45 PM
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KagedMayhem are you in the USA so we can recommend the correct power supply and plug.
here is my recommendations for you but a tad more cost and it will be worth it in the long run.
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...0-240v-ac.html
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/smart-charger-500w.html
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...e-charger.html
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbykin...cessories.html
Jan 29, 2017, 03:10 PM
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KagedMayhem are you in the USA so we can recommend the correct power supply and plug.
here is my recommendations for you but a tad more cost and it will be worth it in the long run.
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...0-240v-ac.html
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/smart-charger-500w.html
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...e-charger.html
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbykin...cessories.html
Yes, I am in the states. Now, I dont mind buying a cheap budget charger for now, and a better, high output one down the line when I have more batteries. But for now something cheap/basic is fine as I am ok with charging one battery at a time as I can really only fly on saturdays and sundays. I did happen upon an Authentic SkyRC iMAX B6AC v2 for $27 shipped (if I win the auction) which would suit my needs for now. I'm just wondering if the authentic SkyRC chargers are reliable
Jan 29, 2017, 06:02 PM
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Doing the math based on the batteries most people use for quadcopters, which is what I am buying this for, wouldnt the B6AC v2 be fine? Its a 50w charger. With my current batteries being 3s 2200mah, to do a 1C charge that would be 27.72 watts. 2c would be 55.44. Now, the B6AC v2 wont be able to charge at 2C, but the 690AC Pro I linked earlier is a 90w charger and is a little cheaper than the B6AC v2. Would that be better? And the biggest battery I would go is probably a 4s 1800mah, requiring 30.24w to charge at 1C
Jan 29, 2017, 06:13 PM
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KM we and me are adding higher watt power supplys and chargers because we all thought the same as you thinking I don't need more then a small charger and then bam we out grew it and had to buy again costing us more. just food for thought is all
Jan 29, 2017, 06:29 PM
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KM we and me are adding higher watt power supplys and chargers because we all thought the same as you thinking I don't need more then a small charger and then bam we out grew it and had to buy again costing us more. just food for thought is all
That I can understand. If I could afford something bigger I would do that. But for right now I'm limited to a max of $40 to spend on a charger. The reason I said $30 is because I also need a new buzzer for my flight controller and I can't seem to find one under $7. Would the 90w charger be the better purchase for now?
Jan 29, 2017, 07:05 PM
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a 90 watt charger would be better as long as the power supply will deliver that much power to the charger .
Jan 29, 2017, 08:52 PM
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a 90 watt charger would be better as long as the power supply will deliver that much power to the charger .
I am currently winning the auction for $35 shipped for the SkyRC iMax B6AC V2. I have time to ask the seller to retract the bid and go with the 690AC Pro but the issue I have is there are no reviews on the 690AC Pro anywhere


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