The battery charger is part of the staple diet of any RC modeller, even more so if you are into the electric side of things, and especially the brushless technology that is around now. If that’s the case, you will be already well aware of the requirement that some models now have, or at least the ability, to use 2 batteries.
If you are stuck with a single charger, as i have been of late, you can effectively double your expected charging times. So if a normal charge were 90 minutes, you can easily expect 180 minutes or even 360 minutes (6 hours!) if you have a dual set of batteries.
This can be a pain and results in a lot of waiting about.
Of course some manufacturers have now started to create dual battery chargers, so you can charge a full set for your model in one hit.
However it gets better…
I have been very happy with the Ansmann XBase 2.0 i purchased a while back when getting back into the swing of things. Its not failed me yet, charges all types of battery to an excellent standard, and its straight forward to use.
I was tempted to double up, and purchase a second XBase 2.0 but then came across the XMove 2.0.
This is more or less the guts of 4 XBase 2.0 units all packed into one larger box, and each one still effectively operates as an independent charger.
It all exists as a very neat desk top unit with 4 LCD displays and a set of 4 big buttons for each section.
On the right hand side, 4 sets of 4mm “banana plug” connections and JST plugs for balance leads/boards. Chargers 1 and 2 only, have a temp monitor port. I never had an luck with using this on the XBase 2.0 (I'm convinced the sensor i have is faulty) but also cant understand why only 1 and 2 do have them? Also no temp sensors are included.
On the left hand side, 2 large intake fans to keep everything cool.
Included items consist of some crocodile clips for usage in the field, through connection to a car battery. Quite why you would carry such a large charger mildly baffles me at the same time, it’s certainly more at home or in the workshop.
A handful of leads. This is all you get, so work out what you will need to cater for all your batteries. You can either purchase additional ones or make them if your good with a soldering iron.
A couple of balance boards, this felt a bit stingy to me… with 4 fully featured balance chargers available, you are sadly forced to add 2 more at your own expense.
So the supplied accessories are a little bit underwhelming, and if you hadn't noticed so far, this charger does not have a 240volt input, and requires an external 12volt power supply.
This is honestly a common thing when you start to work with chargers of this size, so be prepared to shell out a bit more.
I obtained a simple Fusion 200w unit. It doesnt need to be anything too fancy. Just with reliable and stable power circuits.
This fusion item is also adjustable for both the voltage and current, so you may find more uses for it.
Hitting the on button with the charger connected causes all 4 screens to spring into life, and after a short pause, your ready to go with the usual Ansmann menu system.
In no time you can have several batteries all on the go. Here i had 2 3S LiPo’s, a receiver pack on a cycle charge and a 7.2v pack all charging together.
So the XMove can seriously up your charging game and easily allows you to plough through your charging duties.
If you are more of an electric fan and don't own any Nitro models, you will most likely be accumulating many batteries, in which case i wholly recommend it. My 4 Overlander batteries were done and ready to go in less than 2hours, as opposed to the normal 6-7hours!
If you only run nitro and receiver batteries are all you need, then its complete overkill.
But if you are somewhere in the middle like me it really is a good workshop based tool as thankfully you are not limited to doing one type of battery at a time either, however it’s not the cheapest option, especially if you are casual with the hobby.
The unit itself retails for around £130, the Fusion PSU is around £38 and pre made up leads and balance boards are around £3-4 each, so a full kit of leads to do 4 LiPo’s at once will be around £20.
This totals to £188 which again, is a bit of a hit to the wallet, but you do now have 4 chargers!
For a conclusion i give the XMove 2.0 a 9/10 score. You can churn out batteries at a high rate, it’s a nice solid and well made unit, and easy to use. Id give it 10/10 but the high cost of having to buy an extra PSU if you don't already have one could put some people off, and the slightly poor selection of leads and especially the inclusion of only 2 balance boards and no temperature sensors is a bit of a let down.
But its fair to say, it will get some heavy use from me over time!