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.
Based on 3 ratings:
This is a standard iMax B6 that works great. However I wish that Sparkfun would price this product more competitively, as it can be bought MUCH cheaper elsewhere.
and, due to its awesome engineered design, I bought the updated version, so I can charge more batteries.
I use a lot of Li Ion/Li Poly batteries, as well as Ni Metal Hydrides so it is possible now, to dedicate one for each battery chemistry… Quite a help!!!
The charger works as expected but there are some bugs in firmware. For ex, Capacity Cut-off menu has bug in displaying mAH. It should display 500mAH as 500mAH but displays 5000mAH. There are others bug too (including cooling vent, gold plated socket, etc) and finally I searched on YouTube about how to check for fake and it looks like this one is Chinese clone (not original from iMAX).
Still, works as expected but due to firmware bug (and cheap hardware), I cannot say about its reliability.
If you’re not using a 12 volt battery as your power source, you need to locate a AC to DC power supply that can deliver 12 volts DC at 5 amps or more. The only power supply SparkFun currently carries that would meet this requirement is our Mean Well Switching Power Supply - 12VDC, 12.5A.