How to choose an RC LiPo charger

TLDR – This article went on long than I planned.  If all you want is a short rule of thumb here is it –  You need 25W of charge power for each LiPo cell, for a 5amp charge rate.  One 2s = 50w, one 3s = 75w, two 3s at the same time (or one 6s) needs 150w, and if you want to charge 2 6s at the same time, plan on at least 300w.  Why 25w per cell, and why 5amp charge rates? Read on to find out!

So, you just got your first RTR RC car! It had everything you needed in the Box including a basic charger, but now three days later, you are sick of waiting all day to recharge the battery. Or maybe you bought an RTR that did not come with a charger, and now you are searching for that “just right charger” to go with your new RC. Either way, all the available choices can leave your head spinning, if you don’t know what is important.

In this article, I am going to look at some important factors to take into consideration when choosing a new charger. Primary, I will be addressing the New Guy, but if you have been in the hobby for a few years and are looking to upgrade your charging station, there will be some good info in here for you too. Also, I’ll take a quick look at a few Chargers on the market, to show in which situations they would be useful in real life.

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Dynamite Prophet Sport Quad AC/DC 4x100w charger

Dynamite Prophet Sport Quad 4 X 100W Charger

Dynamite’s Prophet Sport Quad is a durable and affordable AC/DC 4x100w charger that’s perfect all RC enthusiasts. The Dynamite Prophet Sport Quad AC/DC 4x100w charger allows you to charge up to 10 amps on all four output ports concurrently and can handle 1S to 6S LiPo/LiFe/LiIon batteries as well as 1-to 15-cell Ni-MH and NiCd batteries.

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Deal: Eneloop XX 2500mAh with charger

Sanyo Eneloop AA batteries with charger

Sanyo’s Eneloop are not like typical NiMH rechargeable batteries, Eneloop batteries feature a very slow discharge rate, in fact eneloop batteries typically maintain 75% of their charge over a years shelf life time and ship pre-charged. The Sanyo enelopp XX 2500mAh make for great batteries in radio transmitters as they offer good run time, store for long periods of time, and are rechargeable.

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Dynamite Passport UltraLite Battery Charger Review

Dynamite Passport UltraLite Charger

It doesn’t matter if you are into cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, electric or nitro – we all need a good charger on our workbench or pit table. With all the battery types out there NIMH, LiPo, LiFe, we need one that will charge them all and any charger that can do more than just charge is always a welcomed tool. After hearing the Local Hobby Shop, BigBlueHobbies, rave about the Dynamite Passport UltraLite I decided to get my hands on it and find out what all the fuss was about and how it really stacked up against my favorite charger, the Hyperion EOS 0606i.

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Duratrax Onyx 150 LiPo Charger

Duratrax Onyx 150 LiPo Charger

Duratrax has a new LiPo charger designed for the budget friendly modeler, the Duratrax Onyx 150. A built-in power supply makes it easy to take along. Once the Onyx 150 is plugged in, all the modeler needs to do is hook up a pack and set the charge rate. The Onyx 150 provides balanced charging for 1-3S LiPo packs. The Onyx 150 will start and stop automatically and also features a multi-color LED for reading charge status at a glance.

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