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Description: This charger accurately balances and charges Lithium Polymer, LiFe (A123), NiCd and NiMH batteries. It will handle LiPo/LiFe up to 6S and NiMH/NiCd up to 15S and shows individual cell voltage during charge with realtime updates throughout the charge cycle.

The intuitive menu system means charging and cycling is an easy process and can be done quickly and accurately either in the field, by using a 12V input such as a car battery, or at home with a 12V power supply.

Bundled with the charger are a number of input and output wires which should satisfy most any charging requirement. This charger has a JST-XH charge plug, which makes it compatible with Zippy, HXT, iMax and any pack with a JST-XH adapter.

Note: A power supply is not included. The DC input jack is not the same as the standard 5.5mm size we use. It has a larger pin diameter. Thankfully, it does come with a barrel jack to alligator clip adapter.

Note: Although the enclosure is labeled as an Imax B6, this is not the same charger as the more expensive charger by the same name.

Dimensions:

  • 133x87x33mm
  • Weight: 277g

Features:

  • Ni-MH/NiCd cells: 1~15
  • Li-ion/Poly cells: 1~6
  • Delta-peak sensitivity (NiMH/NiCd)
  • Large range of charge currents
  • Store function, allows safe storage current
  • Time limit function
  • Input voltage monitoring (protects car batteries in the field)
  • Data storage (Store up to 5 packs in memory)
  • Battery break in and cycling
  • Input Voltage: 11~18V
  • Circuit power: Max Charge: 50W / Max Discharge: 5W
  • Charge Current Range: .1~6.0A
  • Pb battery voltage: 2~20v

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Comments 51 comments

  • @Joriss :I think you have these problems because you might not have the genuine version , there are 2 versions on the market.
    The genuine one works perfect though the other one is unpredictable cause is made from many different manufacturers .
    If I am not right please correct me …
    And Im making the question to Sparkfun people .
    Is this one the genuine version?

    • The “real” one has a holographic sticker on the back with a scratch off area. Under the scratch off area is a registration number.

    • Hm, how can I see which one I have?

      • I think the genuine has a stamb on the back of it that says genuine and it may be gold or silver …

  • Not genuine its a fake one do not buy

  • To people who need a AC-DC converter to use this charger, make sure it is rated for the charging current you want to charge at. I use a power brick from a old laptop.
    I usually put my battery inside a cooking pot while charging as a safety precaution. You can also buy special fire-proof bags designed for battery charging elsewhere.

  • can i charge to 7.4 li ion cell in series with it

  • good day the battery charger cable is 100-240 V ac / dc input power?

  • good day the battery charger cable is 100-240 V ac / dc input power?

  • These are fake (and dangerous!). There’s a genuine Turnigy one here.

  • Hello, good morning. Can i power an Arduino Pro Mini 328 - 5V/16MHz or Pro Micro - 5V/16MHz with this battery

  • “Note: Although the enclosure is labeled as an Imax B6, this is not the same charger as the more expensive charger by the same name.”

    Wait. Is SparkFun selling counterfeit chargers?

  • Will this work with 7.4V battery that is made of two of these https://www.sparkfun.com/products/339 connected in series?

  • Anyone know the brand of the balance connectors? I have found connectors called JST-XH but would like to buy some from Mouser or Digikey.

  • will this charger work with your 110ma little lipos?

  • Are there extension cables available for the JST connectors? I’d like to charge my battery in-site, because they’re a pain to remove, but the JST wire is too short to get to where I can put the charger.

  • HELP!!!! Just received this charger and a 7.4v 2S battery The selection screen only shows me 1S, 3S or 6S. What the ….? If I connect the batt pack and try to charge I (correctly) get a voltage error message.

  • I purchased this unit and on closer inspection, the unit appears to be missing the authentication decal. My unit would not even turn on when powered. Buyer beware.

  • Pretty cheap build quality. Mine was missing 2 screws from one end so the panel was loose. Plus the buzzer was ridiculously loud. So loud in fact that it made my ears twitch so I removed it. Much more pleasant to charge now. All in all, very low quality - I’m glad it was only $33.

  • I don’t understand how this would work. The lipo batteries Sparkfun carry all seem to have a 2 wire jst connector. The smallest connection that I see on this charger is a 3 wire connector. What am I missing?

    • while it will work with our single cell lipos, it’s really made to work with the batteries listed below in the related products.

      if you just have a single cell lipo (like the ones with just a 2-wire JST connector), you can use our basic lipo charger, or the USB lipoly charger.

  • Is this a fake one because there is no serial number on mine…..

  • Quick question. I’m trying to understand Auto vs. Manual mode with NiCd/NiMh batteries. Does manual mode mean that I “manually” set the charge rate (amps) and the charger automatically shuts off when the battery is full or does it mean that I set the charge rate and it runs until I shut it off?

    It seems like in auto mode the charger sets the charge rate, but I chose the max current.

    Is this correct?

  • Does Sparkfun sell a wall power adapter for this? The description just says “It has a larger pin diameter” but doesn’t say the size. Can anyone who purchased this recommend a US compatible wall power adapter?
    Thanks alot
    Graham

  • Can anyone recommend where to get a 11-18V power supply for this?
    All I can find laying around is a 12 2.0A adapter and current range goes up to 6.0A. Will the 2.0A work?

  • Is there a DC-DC converter in this? If I input 12v DC it will charge a lead-acid battery up to 14v.

  • If you look at the second image, there is text Pb 2-20V, does that mean this charger also charges Pb batteries?

  • I like this charger….too bad Adafruit hasn’t seen the light yet

  • This charger looks really really similar to the accucell 6. Is it me, or is it just a generic hardware with a custom body?
    Also i do own an accucell 6, and if this charger is the same hardware, its a very nice charger. And you can just use an ATX PSU to hook up to the charger.

    • There are literally dozens of different brands and models of chargers out there that seem to use this same core design. Some have an internal AC-DC power supply, others (like this one) just have a DC power jack. The specs and connector layout vary a little, but they’re pretty obviously all derived from one base design.
      I have a Supermate DC6 by Detrum. Same 16x2 display and 4 buttons on the front, power jack and servo-like connector on the left side, charge output banana jacks and balance connector on the right. As scicior mentioned above, it has a ATMEGA168 at it’s heart.
      As far as differences, the DC6 has a black-on-green display rather than white-on-blue, and only has the largest size balance connector on the charger itself… An adapter board and cable provides all the other sizes. The DC6 has a big sticker with dome-buttons (but still regular PCB-mount clickers underneath) rather than chromed metal buttons. Very minor differences really.

      • So which one is the original? The Accucell-6 claims to be.

        • My understanding is that they are all copies of the Bantam BC6 (the original “4-button charger”), in a different form-factor. I’ve had an iMax B6 for more than 2 years and it’s been working great.
          Keep in mind that the 50W maximum charge rate means that this is an entry-level LiPo charger; once you start using bigger LiPo packs (say 6s 2600mAh), you’ll need to switch to a 150W charger (BC8, Accucel8, etc) to get reasonable charging times.
          The LiPo discharge rate is fairly limited on it (only 1A), so you won’t be using it on full LiPos unless you have plenty of spare time.

    • I think it is nearly identical, but don’t hold me to it.

  • Whoa. A123 Battery charging?! Holy KillaCycles!

    • Okay. Weird situation here. I was on the A123 Systems website and found out that the AMP20 Prismatic Pouch Cells has a rating of 2,400 Watts/Kg and one cell has a wattage of 66W. So I divided 2,400 by 66 and got 36.363636… in grams. What the Pfargtl?! LiPolys are supposed to have better energy density than LiFePo4 and a 2Ah LiPo here is like 35 grams without protection circuit!
      So what am I doing wrong here? ‘Cause I did the same with their AHR32113 Cylindrical Cells which I don’t know the weight of either, and got ~185g, which makes sense. But a 66 watt pack weighing considerably less than a 14.5 watt? Help! All I know is the AMP20 has 2,400 W*kg and the AHR32113 has 2,700! Ahh! This is completely boggling my mind!

      • Energy Density chart according to calculations:
        Cell: | AMP20 | 32113 | SF 2Ah |
        M(g): |36.363…|~185.95|~36 [1] |
        W*g: |~1.85 |~12.806|0.1833… |
        These are pretty close to my calculations I did before I even got out of the bed… With a cheap calculator…

  • Has anybody used one of these on a small lead acid battery, such as the 12v batteries used in alarm systems?

    • Yep. Works fine, but keep the battery charged if that’s what your thinking. Once the charge cycle is complete, the charger shuts off.

  • This looks very similar to the charger I’ve been using. If so, I’m in the process of reverse engineering it (mine has an atmel mega168 in it). Also, on mine the temp sensor can be configured as what they call a “usb port”. Really, it outputs TTL serial at 9,600 baud… One pin is +5V, one pin is ground, the middle pin outputs binary data (with some ASCII). Google for LogView for a program that can record/plot all the parameters…
    - Steven Ciciora

    • Steven, do you know what the temperature sensor is? Thermistor? The SparkFun one does not have the temp sensor, and I’d like to add it. How does it connect?

  • I would REALLY not recommend this charger. I’ve been using the 8 cell version for various LiFePo and LiPo packs, and the balancing accuracy is awful. Cells voltage differences often are higher then before balancing, and I blew up a complete battery pack when it was being balanced.
    Maybe I’ve got a unlucky model, but just so you know, I’d think twice before charging my 100$ battery pack with this device.

  • Awesome charger. This one is the best I’ve seen.

    • what kind of power supply did you use?

      • I use a laboratory power supply :) set for 18V, any 12V 2A wall wart power supply will be alright, well,12V 5A if you want to charge a car battery)

        • would this work?

          It’s this same thing with a power supply included

          http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs/518168816-IMAX-B6-2s-6s-Digital-RC-Lipo-NiMh-Battery-Balance-Charger-AC-POWER-12v-5A-Adapter-wholesalers.html


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