Are you familiar When that quadcopter hit the shelves, it became an instant hit and got massive popularity. However, they offered low flight durations owing to limited battery capacity. So the drone pilots were forced to buy additional batteries since they could not afford charging one battery again and again on a USB charger. Turnigy came up with a solution as they introduced the Micro Battery Charging Box that made it possible to charge multiple batteries simultaneously. We will discuss in this post the merits and demerits of the micro charger by HobbyKing.
What’s the actual purpose of this micro battery charger?
To cut to the chase, if you have multiple 1S batteries and you intend to get them charged simultaneously, all you have to do is to connect them to the Turnigy Micro Battery Charging Box. It gets its power from a battery or two 3S 11.1V’s. This makes things a lot easier and so if you want any charging box of great quality, this should be the one.
The 2200mAh LiPo should let you charge a Nano QX2 completely or more than 10 Blade Inductrix batteries simultaneously. The small LEDs on the charger give it the appearance of a Christmas tree. Red LEDs show that the battery is being charged. Once the battery gets charged, the LED turns green.
Is it all worth it?
It works pretty well. It takes almost half an hour to get the battery charged up and you can charge multiple batteries.
Having said that, there is one thing that you should keep in mind. The charging current of the connector for the batteries is 240mA between 1C and 2C. This makes the battery charging process fast. Nevertheless, it is not recommended for pilots who want their batteries to have longer battery lifespan. This is so because quicker charging times on small batteries make them denigrate faster. So, a battery that gets charged quickly will only last for around 20 cycles.
Keeping this mind, it is better to modify the housing. The charger uses a dedicated chipset (TP4056) on each of the ports. So, one can adjust the charging current by placing a resistor on the printed circuit board. This can get a little tricky, to be honest, since the resistance is of the CMS type. But if you want to ensure that your batteries last longer, this adjustment is mandatory. Let us know if you want us to do a piece on how to carry out these modifications.
The Turnigy Micro battery Charging Box is a useful contraption for charging at least two batteries of similar type. It can be pretty handy if you often get frustrated after your batteries run out of juice and your flight experience is ruined. But you need to be cognizant of the fact that the current might be too large for the battery and hence minimizes its lifespan.
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