Review: Turnigy Reaktor 250W Charger
Recently I bought the Turnigy Reaktor 250W 10A Charger from HobbyKing. I needed a bit more powerful charger than mine old Turnigy Accucell 6 50W charger, that I bought in early 2014. There is already a newer version of the Accucell 6, which has an extra program for charging LiHV batteries. But let’s get back to the Turnigy Reaktor 250W.
First of all the Turnigy Reaktor 250W is almost identical to the Junsi iCharger 106B+. I personally like more the design of the Turnigy Reaktor. The firmware of both chargers is identical too. When powering on, you can see that the firmware is 3.14 106B+. Using the software for the iCharger out of the box for the Turnigy Reaktor 250W is no problem too.
Input voltage: 10 – 18V DC
Charge current: 0.05 – 10A
Discharge current: 0.05 – 7A
Max charge: 250W
Max discharge: 20W
Size: 140 x 80 x 30mm
Exactly as the Turnigy Accucell 6, it can charge all common RC batteries: LiPo, Li-ion, LiFe, Ni-Cd, NiMH and Lead Acid(Pb). Of course its capable of balance charging up to 6S LiPo battery. Because it’s a 250W charger, you can charge your 6S batteries with a current of 10A. Sadly you can’t charge LiHV batteries out of the box to 4.35V but could program it to charge these to 4.3V.
The Turnigy Reaktor don’t taper the current, like my old Accucell 6, until the voltage of the individual cells reach the predetermined voltage and so speeds up the charging process.
You can use the standard storage function, so your batteries stay healthy over time. A very good feature is the ability to measure the internal resistance (IR) of the battery. It’s a good way to measure how your battery performs and what is its true C-rate.
What else is included in the package: you get two alligator clips, a standard XT60 charge lead, a T-connector, a JST / Futaba charge lead and a user manual in English. The JST / Futaba lead is helpful for charging Transmitter LiPo batteries.
You will need a power supply if you still don’t have one. I personally use an old 16V laptop power supply with DC tip connector. You can also power it through the banana connectors. I don’t like that these are not isolated and can cause a short while powering with a DC tip connector. To prevent this, I put heat shrink on them.
As the charger is a clone of the iCharger 106B+, you can connect it to your computer with a Micro-USB cable. Download the latest CP210x USB to UART driver, install it and when the Reaktor 250W is connected you should see it in the Device Manager. Using the LogView Studio you can then monitor the charging process or export the data.
Not sure if the hardware is capable of charging LiPo batteries up to 4.35V, but in case it’s possible, it would be great if Junsi releases new firmware for their iCharger 106B+. Then we can flash it on the Turnigy Reaktor 250W and charge LiHV batteries. Overall it’s a great charger for its price.
Update: A clone of the Reaktor 250W is now available – Charsoon Antimatter 250W. The hardware looks just like the Turnigy Reaktor, only the labels/stickers are different.