Turnigy makes micro battery charging a breeze with their new Micro Battery Charging Box. This handy little charger has ten outputs, with five different micro battery connector types for charging your single cell Lipo's quickly and easily. Don't worry about having the wrong adapter, the Micro Battery Charging Box covers you for most micro needs. In addition to the outputs for your micro Lipos, it also has dual 5V 1A USB outputs for charging your smart phone or other USB devices. For input power, the Turnigy MBCB has dual XT60 connectors ready to accept your 3S 11.1V lipo, or with a adapter, power it from a 12V power supply. The rugged molded plastic case also has a protective cover to protect the charge connectors from dirt or damage while in storage.
Simple Red and Green LED's alert you of the charge status. Protecting you is reverse polarity protection. If your input battery gets below 11V, LED's will alert you, and the charger will shut down at a 10.5V input power, protecting your expensive 3S Lipo!
• Ten total outputs, with five different connector types - Pico, E-flite MCPX, JST, Walkera, Molex
• Dual 5V 1A USB outputs for charging phones and tablets
• LED's indicate charge status
• Intelligent charge control to protect batteries, avoid overcharging, and reverse polarity protection on each individual port
• Accepts 3S 11.1V Lipo as input power, or can operate from 12V power supply
• Hard plastic cover protects charger when being stored
Input Power: 12V Power Supply or 3S 11.1V Lipoly
Max Charge Current:
Pico - 240mA
E-flite/MCP-X - 500mA
Walkera - 420mA
Molex - 500mA
JST - 900mA
Charge Voltage: 4.2V
Dimensions: 100 x 85 x 27mm
*Note: Most up to date instruction manual can be found in the Files tab.
as a field charger using a 3s source = perfect !
smaller than expected (despite the dimensions listed, i was still surprised how petite it actually is)
complaints re the 12v supply problems are justified, but as that wasn't my intention to use as a source, i'm completely satisfied for what i got for the $I bought this on the Black Friday sale. I don't use many 1s lipos, but at that price I couldn't turn it down. Honestly it is a pretty handy little charger for those kinds of things. It does have reverse polarity protection, which you will need as the walkera and molex can be plugged into each other. Honestly, though, I'd rather just have a portable USB charger and one of those multi chargers. They aren't as clean and pretty as this, but it's a more cost effective and useful setup.
My only real complaint is the questionable "feature" I've listed below.
" Accepts 3S 11.1V Lipo as input power, or can operate from 12V power supply" This means if you make an adapter, you can plug the charger into other batteries/wall power adapters...which I feel to be a rather underhanded thing to say, since that's how things work. I feel they need to rewrite that and simply omit the power supply bit. I bought this expecting to be able to plug in a standard power supply lead(the round 5.5OD and 2.1ID style). It mentions "Input Power: 12V Power Supply or 3S 11.1V Lipoly" in the specs as well. Further driving the questionable sales pitch point home. Sure, in the description it mentions "or with a adapter, power it from a 12V power supply", but anyone who's read the box of some battery powered thing, it says "adapter sold separately"Surprisingly well thought out and built with independent charge controllers for every outlet and a steal at the Cybersale $4 price!
However as often happens the HobbyKing labelling of small connectors is wrong.
The two outlets labelled JST-XH are not. They are Molex Picoblade 1.25mm connectors as used on all the small 1S 70-180mAh LiPos found in the Elite, Parkzone and Kyosha ultra micro planes. The instructions correctly identify the batteries with pictures, but the label on the charger and in the instructions is incorrectThis is a nice little charger, especially if you have multiple different little 1S batteries to charge concurrently (rather than lots of the same connector type). With two USB ports on board, you can often add your original charger as well, to get 3 x batteries of the same type to charge at once. HOWEVER, this charger can be very frustrating when charging from a 12V lead-acid (car) battery, as it will NOT accept much higher than 12V as an input. My freshly-charged second battery in my car will output 13.0V and in doing so, put the charger into 'overvoltage' alarm and it will not work. I have to run my car fridge at the same time to drop the voltage down so that it will actually run! And you can forget about using this from a running car - which will output 13.4~13.6V from the cigarette lighter. I'm having to invest in a buck/boost voltage regulator to go in between my car and this charger to get the required 12V input and have it run reliably.