As it is now winter I wanted to storage charge my LiPo batteries so I bought myself a multicharger with built-in balance functionality – the iMax B6 Multicharger. It is important to notice that you also need to buy a 12V AC adapter if you want to run it on AC. So that was what I did.
It is a neat little multicharger with a robust and good looking blue aluminum casing. It has the capability to handle 1-6 cells LiPo, Li-ion, LiFe, Pb and 1-15 cells NiMH/NiCd batteries. It also has an LCD display where you among other things can see the charging as it proceeds and the voltage in each LiPo cell.
The menus and options are handled via four buttons and it is quite easy to get the hang of how to control everything. One of the first things that I did was to turn off the hugely annoying beep sound whenever a buton was pressed (option located in a menu).
Together with the charger came a set of different connectors, e.g. 12V DC for power, banana to crocs etc. Since I am using 3,5mm goldplugs for my LiPo bateries I modified one of the cables to suit my purposes. Why you may ask did you need to do that? At least in the LiPo case you need to hook both the balance cable and the power cable to the charger since the charger is monitoring using the power cable.
Out of the box it is meant for 12V DC only so you will need to buy a 12V AC Adapter Power Supply.
I have found this charger suitable for my needs and I would by it again and recommend it to a friend. And yes, it is cheap so if you are under a budget this is a good choice for you. It is easy to use but, as always, a word of advice is to make sure that you really know what you are doing and that you are secure with all the functionality and battery types before you use the charger.
|Operation voltage range||DC 11-18V
AC to DC adaptor (DC11-18V/5S)
|Circuit power||Max charge power 50W
Max discharge power 5W
|Charge current range||0.1-5A|
|Discharge current range||0.1-1A|
|Current drain for balancing LiPo||300mAh/cell|
|LiPo/Li-ion cell count||1-6 cells|
|NiMH/NiCd cell count||1-15 cells|
|Pb battery voltage||2-20V|
Links on iMax B6 Multicharger:
- iMAX B6 Li-Po Charger Out of Box & Testing on YouTube by jthornley12
- Word of advice before buying this charger on rcgroups.com posted by jackyfu