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Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)
Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)
Carl V - Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! Thursday, June 26, 2014
Do yourselves a favor and invest in a high quality, powerful, and SAFE charger when you first get into the electric RC hobby. I thought I was doing myself a favor and saving money by buying a "cheap" $80, standalone 6-amp multi-chemistry charger. Add another $20 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 of course I had to get the relatively heavy Losi Ten-SCTE. The weight in combination with the 4000 kv 4-pole motor just saps the battery power like crazy. I 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 bought a used, robust server power supply (HP DPS-600 rated at 47 amps at 12.1 volts, though it can safely output more) for $15 shipped and converted it to power my PL6. 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 at 100% capacity) two of my 8,200 mAh 2S LiPo packs from ~3.3 volts/cell to full capacity in about 33-35 minutes at a 2C rate (~33 amps). If I use the "accurate charge" setting (all cells have to be at 100% capacity), it increases charging times to about 40-45 minutes on average. I usually use the "fast charge" when I'm in the middle of a bashing session. Then I'll use the "accurate charge" when I'm at home and don't really care how long it will take. 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 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 won't regret it. I should've listened to the "Buy once, cry once" advice that I always seem to dole out to others! ETA on 6/24/13: I switched to the more powerful 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 29.4V 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.
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