Best (Cheapest/Safest) way to charge multiple batteries at the same time ??
How and what chargers are people using to charge multiple LiPos at the same time?? I’d like to charge 4 batteries at once so I can come home from work, charge and still have time to fly. From what I have seen looking around on the web is that there are two ways to do this.
Someone at my club was using an iCharger with the parallel board and swore by it. From what I have read as long as you are charging the same number of cells and start with all packs at similar voltages it works great. Right now I only have 3S batteries, but I’d like to protect for larger sizes.
Does anyone have any experience using these types of setups and have any recommendations??
You can't go wrong with Hitec, BUT I started parallel charging with I chargers several years ago, and "graduated" to the FMA PL-8, which is capable of almost anything!
I recommend you use the appropriate "paraboard" and, if you are willing to risk poor quality control, an Icharger.
You can always start with a lower wattage power supply and work your way up, if needed, but I recommend buying the highest wattage/amperage charger you can afford.
While the Hitec device is nice, you may find you need more amps in the future, either because of what you use, or because you parallel charge 6 or more batteries, with H C charge capacity (less time).
Remember, when parallel charging, multiply the C rated charge (for example 1 C of a 1,000 mah battery is 1 amp) times the number of batteries, i.e., if charging 6 in parallel, 6 amps. So, as you can see, as charge rates (in C) increase and 2,3 or 5 C charge rates become common, you will need MORE AMPS to save MORE TIME.
I've been using two Triton EQs, and did OK but still took some pre-planning if I was going to fly for awhile, or just charge further ahead before I flew, and leave them sit charged.
One of my Tritons died last week, only about 1 1/2 year old so that was a little disappointing. Bought one of the HiTec 4X charges and like it pretty well thus far, easy to use and I think will handle all I want for the foreseeable future.
Hopefully the life span will be reflected in the price
This is the setup I use. 4 chargers. Connected to a pc power supply. I have cables that allow me to hook it up to my car batt at the field. Even added a cigarette type plug in case someone else needs it. And have 2x3s pack adapters to charge 2 3s packs on one charger. It all fits well on a fold up dinner table. Can charge up to 8 packs at a time as is.