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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.
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.
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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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.
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This is not a battery charger; this is half a battery charger. YOU have to supply the other half. Silly of me to have not read carefully; they admit it in the description:
"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."
In short, you have to supply the actual AC adapter. SparkFun doesn't appear to sell anything suitable. And I'm kinda annoyed with the notion that using alligator clips as an integral part of high-current wiring is OK.
Hello, and thanks for your review. We do have a few power supplies that will work with this charger although we don't have the correct barrel jack. You could use the included alligator clip cable to make an adapter though. The alligator cable was originally intended to be used to connect the charger directly to a 12 volt battery but could be re-purposed if you weren't going to use a 12v battery with the charger. The power supplies below will work with this charger. Power Supply - 60W, 12V Mean Well Switching Power Supply - 12VDC, 12.5A
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!!!
lacks connectors for balance monitor inputs
First off, be aware this is a clone of the iMAX B6. It has all the tell tale signs: Non-copper output, CE/FC branding on the front, not back, lacking holographic sticker and verifiable S/N.
The unit works ok, not great. breaks connection with battery randomly. (might be the lower quality wires), voltage is off sometimes, "inc" button doesn't work at random. Appears to be software issue. Price is lower, so you get what you pay for. I didn't know better when I purchased and would have spent more on a real B6.