You should choose a charger according to the type (or different types) of batteries you wish to charge, taking into account the frequency with which you wish to charge them and the place where you intend to use it (at home or in the outdoors). While a simple charger may be sufficient for occasional use, a smart charger may be preferable for more intensive use. Scientific-MHD offers a range of battery chargers, as well as the various accessories that accompany them.
How do you choose your battery charger ?
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a battery charger. Your charger should allow you to control the charging time, be compatible with the batteries you are using and be able to check the charging status.
If you are using electrically powered models, charging time is an important issue. In model aviation, for example, it is rare for an electrically powered aircraft to last more than 30 minutes on a single charge. The charging time, on the other hand, rarely falls below one hour. It is therefore important to choose a device that allows for rapid charging. There are many different types of batteries. Before choosing a charger, you’ll need to check that it is compatible with your battery. Battery technologies vary between the different types of battery like Lipo, Li-Ion, Ni-CD and Ni-MH and have different voltages and capacities. To avoid confusion, we recommend buying your batteries and charger at the same time.
Generally speaking, a simple charger, although cheaper, will not allow you to see the charge level of your battery. Opt for a smart charger for a more advanced product. In addition to providing you with all the information on its charged status, it is also possible to programme them. A charger can only charge a limited number of batteries, but some will allow you to distribute the charge for optimum efficiency.
How do you maintain your battery charger?
A battery charger does not require any special maintenance. However, improper use can cause premature wear or damage to the batteries. For example, it is recommended to connect the cables to the charger and then to the battery to avoid burning out the battery before connecting the charger to the power supply.
There are a number of precautions to take, depending on whether you have a simple or smart charger. With a simple version, it is preferable to limit the number of batteries you charge and to check its capacity in the instructions.
With a smart charger, depending on its capacity, you can set it to charge several batteries at once, or one after the other.
A smart charger allows you to charge several batteries at the same time and to modulate the voltage and current. These possibilities offer a number of advantages, but they can also present risks, and so it is important to have a screen that displays the information in real time. Finally, the best advice we can give you, whether you are a beginner or an experienced modeller, is to never leave your batteries unattended while charging. Scientific-MHD also advises you to carefully read and re-read the instructions that are delivered with all LiPo batteries.