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Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)

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This is the Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation. The PowerLab 6 is 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 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. 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 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, 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, everything about this all-inclusive battery management system screams EXCESSIVE.

SAFETY
Do not be scared off 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 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, are potentially volatile, 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. Revolectrix doesnt like getting chargers back from the field for any reason, and they have gone the extra mile on the PowerLab series to prevent it.

FLEXIBILITY
The 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. 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 repair. 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 they say flexible, they 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 micro-controller 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 features that makes PL6 the "greenest" battery management system on the planet, is 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. 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. When REVOLECTRIX says "Designed by You", that's what they mean.

Major Features:
  • Selectable charge rates range 10mA to 40A
  • Continuous maximum output power rating, 1000W @ +30VDC input voltage, 408W @ +12VDC input voltage
  • Using +30VDC to +32VDC input, 1000W output will deliver full current rating (40A) over the full range of output voltage up to 25.2V
  • Industry's first "daisy-chainable" Safe Parallel adapters available to maximize available power potential. Safely connect virtually any number (2s-6s for any brand or 2s-8s Cellpro compatible) of equal cell count/capacity together in parallel; charge, discharge, cycle, or monitor on a single PowerLab 6 unit. Parallel adapters are not included as a part of the basic PowerLab 6 unit.
  • Smart power management allows customer to select between programmable input power sources. Using the Charge Control Software (CCS), choose from several templates to get you in the ballpark, then fine tune the settings. Available settings include power supply input current limit, input low voltage limit, regenerative discharge rate and voltage limit. PowerLab 6 stores 1 set-up for Power Supply and 1 set-up for Battery and asks for verification one time on start-up
  • PowerLab 6 does not support charging through balance wires only. For balanced charging, unit requires balance wires in combination with discharge wires (charge rate support up to 40A max)
  • Initiate charge, discharge, monitor, and multiple cycles at the PL6 or via remote control from the CCS. Graph all major operations when using CCS.
  • Open Architecture presets allow for customization of any User Preset including show/hide presets on unit, preset name editing, up to 100 parameters control how presets are displayed and charging/discharge/cycling parameters associated with particular batteries and/or charging strategies. Unit includes 25 user preset banks pre-loaded for most major battery type/chemistries, plus 50 library presets.
  • Environmentally friendly, industry first, 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.
  • PowerLab 6 is also equipped with a traditional, 50W internal discharge capability which is non-regenerative.
  • Large cooling fan
  • Massive over-sized internal heat sink
  • 12AWG silicon input power cable terminating in an EC-5 female pin connector. A plier clip assembly with EC-5 on one end and red/black plier clips on the other is available as an accessory item.
  • Massive sendust core toroid capable of 40A continuous input current requirement for maximum output specifications
Standard Features:
  • Supports native Cellpro batteries automatically with the PowerLab basic adapter (sold separately)
  • Adapters available for all popular R/C battery brands
  • 2 line, 16 character backlit LCD
  • Available opto-isolated PC interface and free Charge Control Software (CCS)
  • Intuitive 4 button user interface
  • Sleek and attractive high-impact ABS enclosure for maximum airflow efficiency
  • Sturdy Aluminum top panel with reliable, recessed tactile buttons
  • Quick "preset over-ride access" to common charging parameters like setting charge and discharge current and operational modes of charge / discharge / monitor / cycle(s)
  • Additional advanced options menu for adjusting in-depth charging parameters and global options at the unit
  • GUI PC software (CCS) allows access to 25 User Presets and 50 Library Presets stored in the unit or available in unlimited number on the P.C.
  • Free and reliable firmware updates for the life of the product using the CCS
  • Automatic Low voltage restore for recovering damaged or over-discharged packs
  • Programmable options allow speaker ON/OFF or volume, customized welcome screen, and much more
  • Cold weather mode reduces end-charge voltage; parameters adjustable by customer including ON/OFF, end-charge voltage offset reduction, and temperature
  • Multiple product cases can be interlocked
  • Expansion Channel mode whereby one PowerLab 6 Primary (Master) can control one or more Expansion Channel Units, send over preset information, control all aspects of charging and balancing. This feature is perfect for charging multiple packs of same chemistry using multiple devices such as split packs connected in series during operation all at unbelievable rates.
  • Auto charge mode available utilizing advanced fuel gauging technology
  • Customizable fuel table lookup values based on presets. Fuel tables can be created using a Fuel Table Wizard in the CCS and applied to individual battery brands by presets for improved accuracy
Specifications:
For Battery types: Lithium Polymer (1s to 6s balanced, 1s to 2s unbalanced), Lithium Ion (1s to 6s balanced, 1s to 2s unbalanced), Lithium Manganese (1s to 6s balanced, 1s to 2s unbalanced), A123 (LiFePO4) (1s to 6s balanced, 1s to 8s unbalanced), NiCd (1s to 19s), NiMH (1s to 19s), 6v, 12v, 24v Lead Acid batteries (Flooded, Gel, AGM, SLA)
Pack capacity: 20 mAh to 360Ah
Input voltage: 10-32VDC, reverse polarity protected
Input current: 1A to 40A, software limited
Power conversion: Synchronous DC/DC converter, supports multiple switcher frequencies of 31.25 kHz, 62.5 kHz, 125 kHz; user selectable by preset, 85% to 93% efficiency depending on output current
Output battery charge current: Adjustable range 10mA to 40A, limited by 40A input current*
Output battery discharge current: Internal discharge 10mA to 8A, 50W max Regenerative discharge 10mA to 40A, 1000W max**
Continuous max output power: 408W @ +12VDC input, 1000W @ +30VDC
Cell balancing: Resolution 78uV (16 bit) for 1s-8s Li or A123 (LiFePO4) balanced charging
Voltage calibration: Cell voltage measurements are factory calibrated to a standard traceable to NIST; calibration is to +/- 6 mV
Current calibration: Charge current is factory calibrated on a 4A standard; calibration is to +/- 1mA
Measurement accuracy:
Voltage resolution: 78uV (16 bit)
Voltage tolerance: +/- 6mV
Charge current: +/- 1%
Capacity added to pack: +/- 1%
Percent capacity (“Fuel”): +/- 5% (with accurate fuel table defined for battery being charged)
Serial data output: 19.2kbps, 8 bits, 1 start bit, 1 stop bit, no parity
Data integrity: Checksum, CRC checking
Cooling fans: Single, 13 CFM, 50mm diameter
Heat sink: Internal 120W aluminum, thin finned
Output battery connector: “Cellpro” compatible, JST PA series, 9 position
LCD: 2 line, 16 character, light grey/blue backlit
Size: 5.70x5.57x3.40"

Includes:
  • (1) Cellpro PowerLab 6 EC5-equipped Battery Workstation
  • (1) Red/black safety banana plug-to-bare wire cable
  • (1) FUIM3 PC USB Interface
  • (1) CP8S-GP/KO6S Standard JST-XH/EH Adapter
NOTE: * For safety reasons, available charger current may be limited for certain battery types and/or charging modes, e.g., non-balanced charge of Lithium batteries. ** Please check bullet number 9 in the section titled “Major Features” (Features tab) for a detailed description of Regenerative Discharge. All specifications and features listed above subject to change without notice.

This product was added to our catalog on March 20, 2012.

Carl V
Do yourselves a favor and invest in a high quality, powerful, and SAFE charger when you first get into the electric RC hobby. I started with an affordable $80, standalone 6-amp multi-chemistry charger. Add another $20 to that for an adapter so I could charge 2 LiPo packs at once. This charger was fine for my small 2,500 mAh 2S LiPo packs for my 1:16 Traxxas E-Revo, but it still took longer than I wanted to fully charge from the Low Voltage Cutoff point. I got into the 1:10 Short Course trucks and have two 8,200 mAh 2S LiPo packs that I use for bashing. Obviously, these are very large 2S packs and they can take a while to charge with a mediocre charger setup. The PL6 itself is very safe, has a lot of options for each preset, and has a built-in library of generic or base presets that you can tweak for your particular situation. I also bought a parallel charging board (make sure it'll do 40 amps and has the appropriate fuses!) to go with the charger. With the aforementioned combo, I can "fast charge" (all cells don't have to be exactly matched) two of my 8,200 mAh 2S LiPo packs from ~3.3 volts/cell to full capacity in about 32 minutes at a 2C rate (~33 amps). If I use the "accurate charge" setting (all cells have to be matching), it increases charging times to about 35 minutes on average. From a storage charge setting (~3.9 volts/cell) the PL6 can charge both packs in ~16 minutes. My two biggest gripes about the PL6 are the Charge Control Software is only available on the PC platform and that the charger's max internal discharge capacity is only 50 watts. With my 2S batteries it comes out to about a 6.2 amp discharge rate. If you run the charger from a 12 volt car battery, you can run higher discharge rates because it dumps almost all of the energy back into the car battery. If you plan on really getting into the R/C hobby and value your time and money, save a little more and buy this charger. Don't waste $100+ on an average standalone charger like I did. Trust me, you'll end up regretting it. I should've listened to the "Buy once, cry once" advice that I always seem to dole out to others! I'm using a TDK-Lambda HWS1500-24 power supply and couldn't be happier. I ended up paying less than $100 shipped for a used one. When I used to charge my two 8,200 mAh 2S LiPo packs at 33A in parallel with the older HP DPS-600 12.1V 47A power supply all of the live charging wires between the charger and packs got fairly hot. The newer HWS1500-24 power supply that I got maxes out at 30V (with the voltage adjustment maxed out) and 65A which means MUCH cooler wires. If you want to get the full power potential out of the PL6, this combo may be what you're looking for. My "biggest" LiPo packs right now are 4S 6,500 mAh for my 1:8 Tekno R/C EB48.2. I don't foresee this combo becoming obsolete for any of my R/C cars for a long, long time. If you run 6S packs, you'll probably want to look at the PL8.
Ryan Badger
Verified Owner
After 3 years with cheap low powered chargers, I decided to pull the trigger and pick up a PL6. I have charged receiver packs, NiCd drill batteries, LiPo R/C batteries, NiMH AA's, NiMH R/C batteries, and my car battery. I never had to change settings within the presets and it charged everything correctly. When I installed the software on my computer, I was blown away. IF there is an aspect of the charger you want to change or edit, you can. Right down to the text on the screen when it starts up. The only downside I can find is that it can be intimidating for a new user to run, but after 2 or 3 uses, you get the hang of it. The big question is why I didn't get this sooner.
Joe
I bought a Power Lab 8 with parallel board and in 30 days it did not work. I contacted FMA USA and they wanted $125 + shipping to fix it. It did not seem right that it would cost 70% the price of the new charger to fix it. The FMA USA representative was extremely hostile. I have never experienced that type of customer service or product support. Personally my advice would be check out the iCharger 308 Duo or the Hitec X2-400. I have never had to use iChargers customer support but Hitecs support is amazing. Good luck on your decision.
Michael Griffin
Verified Owner
This is THE charger I should have bought first. I've got two cheap ($60.00) chargers that burned up pretty fast. I could have saved a lot of time, money, and headaches. You'll need a BIG power supply to use the full capability of this charger, but once you get it set up properly, you'll be glad to have it. I sure am. It charges my 3400mah 6s packs in just about 35 minutes. At 1C!
Sean Loy
Verified Owner
I bought this as my first LiPO charger and I've been very impressed. The ability to run everything using the free Charge Control Software is what sold me on this. So far, I've only been charging 2S batteries, but as my stock of electric vehicles grows, this is going to be something that will easily grow with my needs and not require another upgrade for quite some time. The only thing I need now is the Revolectrix MPA parallel charge board to really start to exploit the power. Unfortunately, I can't find it from A Main, so I'm going to have to get from other sources. :(

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