Reviews for Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W) [REVLC06-C1-GP/KO]

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Carl V
Tuesday, Sep 17 2013 (about a year ago)
Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)
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.
Joshua Lotts
Verified Owner
Saturday, May 30 2015 (2 months ago)
Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)
Very intuitive in function and loaded with useful info on the fly regrading your batteries. This is not the prettiest charger out there, but function over form is always forefront in electronics for me and its obvious where the money was spent and for good reason. This is the first charger I have bought in years, so I did a lot of home work in deciding on all the options for similar money. I kept coming back to this one in the end and the powerlab 6 was hands down the best value in my findings and I don't regret the purchase one bit. The back lit screen is also very nice looking, well lit and has good contrast. Just remember to pick up a male EC3 connector for the input side and a set of alligator clips for off grid car battery use.
Ryan Badger
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 (about a year ago)
Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)
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.
Michael Griffin
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Oct 23 2013 (about a year ago)
Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)
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
Saturday, Jul 14 2012 (about 3 years ago)
Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)
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. :(
Nikolai Stoyanov
Verified Owner
Monday, Dec 8 2014 (8 months ago)
Revolectrix Cellpro PowerLab 6 Battery Workstation (6S/40A/1000W)
expelled not the complete set, be careful, just cheat