Advanced and smart battery chargers / analyzers.

List of specialized battery chargers and analyzers

Charging batteries can be very easey....or as complicated as you want. Advanced battery chargers and analyzers have a few things in common. One is: They are used by people who want to "know their batteries".

The first list contains chargers that can charge many chemistries including Lithium Ion.

Scroll down for dedicated NiMH analyzers.

SkyRC MC3000  

(Multi-Chemistry including Lithium Ion etc)

The first on the list is the SkyRC MC3000 that is the most advanced charger for round batteries. It can handle many kinds of batttery chemistries including NiMH, NiCD Lithium-Ion, Li-lo, LiFePO4, NiZn and more. At the same time this is also the most expensive analyzer of the bunch.  With a maximum of 3A charge current for 4 slots its also the most powerful charger for cylindrical batteries. It was officially announced in 2014 but didn`t make it to public availability till about a year later.

SkyRC MC3000 Pros

  • Multi-chemistry charger that is a One-fits-all solution
  • Smartphone APP with bluetooth connection to set settings via a graphical user interface
  • PC connect: this lets you plot graphs to test batteries
  • Firmware and software updates. If there is ever a new chemistry the updates will let you receive the correct setting to charge the battery
  • Full Manual control: Charge rate, rest time, discharge rate, cut off voltage etc

SkyRC MC3000 Cons

  • The price. Around $100
  • Not suited for non-tech-savy people
  • GUI missing on LCD display. Think there could be a little more improvement in 2017
  • Battery sliders are mentioned to be pretty stiff
  • The size of the charger is a bit on the large size

Please note that the Pros and Cons mentioned above do not fit all users. For a full review of the MC3000 refer to HKJ`s test. Or if you are up to reading all details see Kreisl`s thread at CPF

 

Opus BT C3100

(Multi-Chemistry including Lithium Ion etc)

The second on the list is the Opus BT C3100. Also sold under the name BT-C3400, Voltcraf PC-3. For now I will use the BT C3100 naming.
The 3100 can be had for less than half the price of the SkyRC MC3000, but still has a lot to offer. It can charge Lithium ion batteries as well as AA and AAA rechargeable batteries. It even has a hidden switch to charge at 4.35V for certain lithium batteries. This is the charger that I am currently using because I use Lithium batteries as well. My Voltcraft charger broke on me, a Powerex I gave to my brother. So currently I am using until I can upgrade when the funds allow me to.

It has a display that shows the numbers for each bay separately. It also includes a Refresh mode, that will boost the capacity of your eneloop AA and eneloop AAA after it has been used often.

Opus BT-C3100 Pros

  • Price: around $30 - $40
  • Multi-chemistry charger that is a One-fits-all solution
  • Can Analyze your batteries with capacity readings, which is great for checking battery quality
  • Can test internal resistance, but not very accurate
  • Manual control: Charge rate, discharge rate

Opus BT-C3100 Cons

  • No Software updates like the SkyRC MC3000
  • No PC link to track and plot graphs of the batteries
  • May not suited for non-tech-savy people
  • The size of the charger is a bit on the large size
  • For using Lithium Ion batteries at full charge rate you might have to upgrade the provided power adapter

Please note that the Pros and Cons mentioned above do not fit all users of course. For a full review see Opus BTC3100 2.1V by HKJ.

LiitoKala Lii-500

(Multi-Chemistry including Lithium Ion etc)

The third on the list is the Littokala engineer Lii-500 charger anlyzer. The charger comes with or without power adapters. So please be aware. 

This is a budget solution that will work with many chemistries, except LiFePO4. 

Littokala Lii-500 Pros

  • Price: around $18 - $30 with or without poweradapter
  • Multi-chemistry charger
  • Can Analyze your batteries with capacity readings, which is great for checking battery quality
  • Can test internal resistance, but not very accurate
  • Manual control: Charge rate, discharge rate

Littokala Lii-500 Cons

  • No Software updates like the SkyRC MC3000
  • No PC link to track and plot graphs of the batteries
  • Display shows info per channel, not all together at the same time separately
  • May not suited for non-tech-savy people
  • The size of the charger is a bit on the large size

Please note that the Pros and Cons mentioned above do not fit all users. For a full review see Littokala engineer Lii-500 done by HKJ.

This lists the NiMH / NiCD dedicated Battery charger/analyzers.

SkyRC NC2600  

(NiMH and NiCD battery charger and analyzer)

This is basically the same charger as the SkyRC MC3000 but for Non-lithium users. It focuses on NiMH and NiCD batteries. The NC2600 by itself is again a successor of the NC2500.

The first on this list is the SkyRC NC2600 which is the most advanced NiMH and Nicad charger for round batteries, just like its brother is for all chemistries. With its bluetooth connectivity it can be seen as the father of all NiMH chargers.

SkyRC NC2600 Pros

  • The most advanced
  • Smartphone APP with bluetooth connection to set settings via a graphical user interface
  • PC connect: this lets you plot graphs to test batteries
  • Firmware and software updates. If there is ever a new chemistry the updates will let you receive the correct setting to charge the battery
  • Full Manual control: Charge rate, rest time, discharge rate, cut off voltage etc

SkyRC NC2600 Cons

  • The price. Around $100
  • Not suited for non-tech-savy people

Please note that the Pros and Cons mentioned above do not fit all users. Or check the full review by HKJ

Maha Powerex MH-C9000

This has been the leading battery analyzer for the past 10+ years. Before the multi chemistry chargers like the ones above became available this charger was the go-to charger. It still has a lot to offer, and therefore worthy to take into consideration. It can charge and Analyze 1-4 AA or AAA batteries in separate slots. You can set the desired charge or discharge rate as well as 

Maha Powerex MH-C9000 Pros

  • One of the most used AA and AAA analyzers on the market.
  • 12V input and therefore is able to use in a car
  • Can Analyze your batteries with capacity readings, which is great for checking battery quality
  • Break-in mode, to push the battery to its top
  • Manual control: Charge rate, discharge rate etc

Maha Powerex MH-C9000 Cons

  • Uses a trickle charge. You should take out the batteries when done
  • Price: $50-$70
  • Only displays one battery at a time
  • No Software updates like the SkyRC MC3000
  • No PC link to track and plot graphs of the batteries
  • May not suited for non-tech-savy people
  • The size of the charger is a bit on the large size

Please note that the Pros and Cons mentioned above do not fit all users of course. For a review see Powerex MH C9000 by HKJ.

Opus BT C700

The BT C700 is a sibling of the BT C3100 which can charge many chemistries. The BT C700 is focused on NiMH and NiCD only. Besides the very moderate price, according to HKJs review, its a good charger. It has 4 separate bays with individual info on the display. It also includes a Refresh mode besides the usual charge and discharge modes. The Quick Test mode which is checking the internal resistance and the Test mode for the Capacity.

Opus BT C700 Pros

  • Compact sized
  • Price: $20-$30 including power adapter
  • Can Analyze your batteries with capacity readings
  • Can Refresh batteries for improving capacity
  • Manual control: Charge rate, discharge rate etc

Opus BT C700 Cons

  • No Software updates like the SkyRC MC3000
  • No PC link to track and plot graphs of the batteries
  • May not suited for non-tech-savy people

The Pros and Cons mentioned above do not fit everybody. For a review see Opus BT C700 test by HKJ.

Lacrosse /Technoline/ Voltcraft

Do not make the mistake that the Opus BT C700 is the same as the La crosse/Technoline/Voltcraft. The above mentioned Opus charger is completely different. I got 1 Voltcraft LPC1 (or something like that) as my first analyzer. The buttons were a little hard to push and after a year or 2 some buttons just stopped working. But there are enough people that like this charger. Depending on the model you get, you can set the charge rate till 700mA per battery.  It has 4 individual channels with display info. It also includes a Refresh mode besides the usual charge and discharge modes. They can be nice chargers if you don`t use Lithium ion batteries. 

Voltcraft /  Lacrosse 700 / Technoline 700 Pros

  • Compact sized
  • Can Analyze your batteries with capacity readings
  • Can Refresh batteries for improving capacity
  • Manual control: Charge rate, discharge rate etc

Opus BT C700 Cons

  • No Software updates like the SkyRC MC3000
  • No PC link to track and plot graphs of the batteries
  • May not suitable to non-tech-savy people like my parents

For simple chargers see   Eneloop charger list >

Summary: 

  1. First make sure what you want to use the charger for, NiMH, Lithium-Ion, refresh, break-in or just analyze the capacity?
  2. If you want FULL control over every detail there is only 1 charger, the SkyRC MC3000 , or actually 2, the NC2600 if you only use eneloops.
  3. What is your budget?

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