When you are selecting a Lipo battery checker what are you supposed to look for? There are a number of testers out there with multiple functions, it really can get confusing. To that effect, in this article we will attempt to clarify things a little and make the decision less of a hazy one. We’ve selected some of the best options out there so that you can see a sampling of the range of functions that are out there in an attempt to determine for yourself which is the best Lipo battery checker. Are you ready? Let’s get started!
Selecting a Lipo battery checker
When selecting your Lipo battery checker you want to decide if you want to settle for simply gauging the battery or if you might want some extras. Some testers can also test RC receivers, gauge servos, and more, so it really boils down to your specific needs and the range of RC equipment that you will be working with. We’ve picked some of our favorites to share with you so that you see their specs and make the right choice for you! Let’s take a look.
RC CellMeter 8 Digital
Our first entry is this colorful RC Cellmeter Digital and it’s a great little battery tester. Rather than the standard black, this cell meter comes in the striking blue that you see displayed and it is capable of measuring voltage for Lipo, Li-Ion, LiFe, NiMH, and NiCd batteries as well for those times when you suspect something is wrong or simply want to know that your battery is good to go. This model includes a backlight which is useful for evening measurements and it also doubles as a servo tester, capable of measuring narrow or standard servos. Lastly, the RC Cellmeter has a port for balance plug scenarios with up to 8 cell Lipo, Li-Ion, and Life batteries. It’s a whole lot of meter in a little package so if it meets your needs and you like the cheerful color then this might be a nice addition to your RC tools collection.
Spektrum XBC100 Smart Battery Checker & Servo Driver
Our second entry is this sleek Spektrum XBC100 Smart battery checker and it’s got a few bells and whistles we think that you will appreciate. First of all in regards to this product we need to warn you. This is a SERIOUS tool and you will want to read the documentation that comes with it so that you don’t damage any of your RC accoutrements while testing the various features. That said, said features are powerful and plenty. This meter comes with battery testing that displays all of the cells being tested on one screen. Did we mention that it has a touch screen as well? It does and it’s a fine thing. Aside from standard batteries it also works perfectly for Spektrum batteries, of course, and it also doubles as a servo tester. A USB 3.0 port is present so you can charge (up to 2 amps and 12 volts) for your IOS and Android devices. Your servo endpoints can be easily tested with the PWM output port which is integrated into the device and to top things off, that touch screen is full color, baby! All in all, this is not your dad’s battery tester, so if you want something that just screams modern than you could do a lot worse than this Spektrum.
ISDT BattGo BG-8S
Our third Entry is the ISDT BattGo BG-8S and it is no slouch when it comes to features either. This meter supports LiHv,LiFe,LiPo,Li-lon,NiMh/Cd battery and BEC output measurements and if any of your RC’s employs BattGo technology then the proprietary XT60i connector means that you can obtain full statistics for your BattGo batteries as well. This unit is also capable of RC receiver testing, cell balancing,
“This unit is also capable of RC receiver testing”
and it can also double as an external power bank for Lipo batteries. Pretty cool, eh? XT60/XT60i, XH2.54 3 pin, XH2.54 1-8s balance-lead, and JST ETC connectors are present for on this meter, making it widely compatable with a number of uses. Firmware upgrades are available and supported, utilized by means of a micro USB port, and Multilanguage support is available. The LCD Display also conveniently shows all cells being tested at once, so you won’t have to worry about changing screens all the time. All in all, this is a great little meter that you can get a lot of use out of.
FPVKing RC CellMeter-7
Our final entry for your consideration is the FPVKing RC Cellmeter-7. This unit is capable of testing the voltage of Nimh, LiFe, Li-Ion, and Lipo batteries. This model isn’t fancy like the others, but it is inexpensive and it gives you the basics you need to determine your battery voltage. Display modes for this unit include the following:
- Battery cell voltages,
- Remaining battery (%)
- Total voltages,
- Lowest cell voltage,
- Highest cell voltage gap (between highest and lowest)
We wanted to include this as a basic model for those who don’t need any fancy bells and whistles but who would like a product that is compact, safe, and easy to use, so if you are ONLY interested in capacity, save yourself a little money by obtaining this model and you’ll have more for your other RC must-haves in the bargain!
Some final words
In today’s article we have discussed the best Lipo batter testing options and presented you with a number of excellent examples to help you with the difficult decision of selecting the best. Whether you simply need to gauge the charge of the battery or if you want to use it for more complicated functions such as testing an RC receiver, standard or narrow servo testing, or making the most of various smart batteries and their special option, we feel that the items showcased give a pretty good range to get you started. Whichever one you decide to go with, we wish you best!