LiPo (Lithium Polymer) battery is a type of rechargeable battery that employs the lithium-ion technology. With this, it features higher capacities allowing it to hold more power. Aside from the capacity, LiPo batteries are also lightweight. However, these batteries need special care.
Special care should be given during charging. This means you need to find the right charger. It is crucial that you always use the right charger to maintain the same voltage across all cells. Remember that if the voltages deviate from each other, the battery will become unstable. This can be risky.
Having that in mind, you need to do your research beforehand. If you have time, click here to read more. Basically, you have to know what you need and the options available to make an informed decision. Here’s a guide to choosing the right LiPo battery charger:
Choose a programmable charger
There are “plug and charge” chargers. These chargers do not need any input – you just need to plug it. While these are simple and economical, they are slow in charging and you cannot change the options or settings.
High-quality chargers are programmable. This means that it will allow you to set all the parameters like the charging current, charging period and the type of batteries. It will also show you the condition of the battery like the volts in each cell and how much current has been charged.
Determine the cell count supports
The cell count supports will depend on your needs now and in the future. There are some that can charge LiPo battery up to 4S while others even higher like 6S. Choosing 6S support is more than enough for now.
Learn the types of batteries supported
When you choose the charger, make sure that you learn the types of batteries it can support. While you need LiPo support, it is also good to have HVLi support. It would be an excellent thing if the charger also supports NIMH. There are other chargers that can support NiCad and PB.
Check the charger modes
The chargers have different charge modes but generally, modes include balance charge, fast charge, discharge, and storage charge. Balance charge is considered the safest and the most widely used charging mode. In this mode, the main lead and the balance lead are plugged to the charger this way the voltage of every cell is monitored and balanced.
Pick a multiple-channel charger
There are low power chargers, which are single channel chargers. If you want a very powerful charger, you need to consider a multiple-channel charger. In this type, every channel is utilised as a smaller charger. For instance, if you consider 4-channel charger, it is capable of charging 4 different batteries at the same time regardless of the voltage level, capacity and the cell count.
Decide the extra features
You do not need all the extra features but they are good to have. Extra features include backlight LCD display, voltage reading, cell count confirmation, over/under voltage protection, warning buzzer and many more. Keep in mind that more features mean more cost.