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Dual PowerLab 8x2

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Dual PowerLab 8x2 2688W Multi-Chemistry Workstation

Cellpro Dual PowerLab 8x2 2688W Multi-Chemistry Workstation

Part Number: LC08S40ADIC-MC


Revolectrix continues the PowerLab tradition of excellence with the new Dual PowerLab 8x2. With completely independent dual channel operation, this monster boasts 1344W of output power per channel for a total of 2688W all told! This kind of power coupled with the extremely user-friendly and popular PowerLab interface, and features no one else in the industry can touch, like our PC compatible Charge Control Software (CCS) put this unit squarely at the top of the food chain and all for a price that might surprise you.

The Cellpro Dual PowerLab (DPL) 8x2 Battery Workstation directly supports all Cellpro Revolectrix battery packs using the default FMA wiring mode (interconnection requires purchase of the available basic Cellpro PowerLab adapter PN (CP8S-PA8S or CP8S-PA8S-US). FMA sells adapters separately to interface with various manufacturer's batteries, including the safe parallel adapters which can be daisy-chained to allow simultaneous, safe parallel charge of multiple packs or our MPA, which is likely the safest parallel board on the market. To learn more about adapters, click here to view the Adapters page. Click here to view a pictorial diagram of Cellpro battery standard wiring conventions. To learn more about the PowerLab and Cellpro philosophies in general, continue reading...

But power means little without other key features of SAFETY, RELIABILITY, FLEXIBILITY, and INTUITIVE OPERATION; the key elements that are painstakingly crafted into the Cellpro product line. The competition will come along with powerful chargers after we lead, but they will have trouble harnessing this power.

From the massive, over-sized heat sink, to the high speed, high quality 50mm cooling fans...From the 40A, 1344W (@ 24VDC/50A input) synchronous charging circuitry, to the 1344W capable "regenerative discharge" capability (see details below)...

Everything about this all-inclusive battery management system screams EXCESSIVE.


Do not be scared off by the claims of this advertisement by thinking this is too much charger for you. This may be the safest, simplest charger you will ever use. That's because it's a Cellpro, and being a Cellpro, that means you can not make a mistake when you use it. It simply will not let you. The charger will never let you charge a LiPo by selecting the wrong cell count. It knows how many cells are connected by monitoring charge voltage on each cell in the pack individually. It performs an entire series of tests to make sure the battery is hooked up correctly to the charger before it ever even starts to charge, checking for valid voltages on each cell, reverse polarity conditions, reversed node wiring to name a few. It constantly monitors the total pack voltage and compares that to the sum of the individual cells. It can not and will not ever charge a single lithium cell above the proper end-of-charge voltage, and because it is a Cellpro, it assures you of the most accurate, laboratory quality readings at all times. Every single Cellpro charger is factory calibrated using custom test equipment developed by the engineering team at FMA in the United States. Furthermore, if a pack has been over-discharged, it will automatically enter low-voltage restore mode. It will reduce charge voltage during cold weather to extend battery life; all parameters associated with this feature can be adjusted by the customer. Even though batteries in general, and especially lithium batteries, represent a volatile potential, the Dual PowerLab (DPL) 8x2 reduces the risks associated with maintaining any size battery, any chemistry by magnitudes over other brands. Safety has always been at the forefront of all FMA charger designs. Dual PowerLab (DPL) 8x2 represents the next phase in the evolution of safety.


Take top-notch components capable of handling all of the stresses associated with super-high power, high voltage operation; things like an over-sized heat sink, extra-heavy 12AWG input wire, high speed, high quality 50mm cooling fans and a sendust core toroid inductor to handle higher input current and combine these with stable firmware/software that is thoroughly tested in-house and with outside beta testing, and what you get is a new standard in reliability. We don't like getting chargers back from the field for any reason. That's why we've gone the extra mile on the PowerLab series.


No, the new Cellpro Dual PowerLab (DPL) 8x2 is not just another charger on the block. In fact, it is not just another charger at all. It is an all-encompassing, dual, independent channel battery management and analysis tool. It is compact, powerful, and easy to use. Combining this kind of performance with the ability to autonomously cycle batteries, graphing all aspects of charge and discharge at the cell level (using the free Charge Control Software) and over multiple cycles provides you with key information about any chemistry battery you might have. Plus, now, for the first time, charge, discharge, and evaluate different chemistry and/or cell count batteries simultaneously on the same PowerLab Battery Workstation. As well it will tell you the quality of your battery by monitoring and graphing internal resistance at the cell level; more accurately and faster than ever. It will maximize the health of your batteries and it will quite possibly re-juvinate batteries you thought were beyond repair. It will do all of this faster and more accurately than other chargers by means of the industry's highest (and adjustable) power balancing current available. After all, what good is 40A of potential charger current if you back it up with spindly balance current? But most importantly, through the type of data the DPL can provide, it will tell you if you are safe to fly with your battery.

And when we say flexible, we mean it. Simply by calling up the appropriate User Preset, it's EASY to go from charging or cycling something like 40AH, 8s worth of batteries at 40A continuous output in a little over 1 hour, to a 20mAh, 1s LiPo at 10mA.

So you don't have a 12v, 500W or a 39.53v, 1700W power supply lying around? Not many people do. With smart power management in the DPL, it's easy to limit the unit's input current to match what you do have for each channel independently. This innovative feature has been standard on Cellpro chargers for years but has been vastly expanded in the PowerLab series. It is now possible to create 2 unique and custom Input Power Source profiles. Using the CCS, begin with a template and adjust parameters to meet your needs. Or enter the appropriate parameters right at the unit. Then easily choose between "Battery" or "Power Supply" input each time (and one time) before you start to use the DPL. Now, thanks to the new 4 button, intuitive interface and high capacity microcontroller in the Dual PowerLab (DPL) 8x2, adjusting power limiting at the CCS or at the DPL just got a whole lot easier. Also, the Dual PowerLab sports independent input cables for each channel making it a cinch to maximize output power levels without taxing available AC circuits. It is possible to achieve the unit's full output power per channel using standard, 110VAC, 15A circuits simply by powering each channel using separate AC circuits. Separate input cables makes that easier to configure.

But perhaps one of the coolest new features makes PowerLab the "greenest" battery management system on the planet. Environmentally friendly, regenerative discharge capability of up to 1344W per channel. Unlike traditional methods of discharge, which deplete the output battery's energy in the form of heat across a transistor, regenerative discharge takes most of that energy and puts it back into the input battery. In other words, when you discharge your LiPo for storage, you will be re-charging your Lead Acid input battery. The total amount of power that you can achieve is limited only by the amount of current that your input battery can accept, or 1344W, whichever is lower. Regenerative discharge is an optional feature. Turn it on when you need the highest power discharge. Turn it off and use standard internal discharge of up to 95W per channel if you choose.


The original Cellpro 4s introduced the whole idea of a super-safe, super-simple charger with power balancing built right into the charger. The Cellpro 10s expanded on this theme enabling customers to do two batteries simultaneously. It also introduced the concept of two-way P.C. communication opening up new doors into customization at the customer level, not just in terms of printing graphs, creating or modifying presets or charger settings, but in streamlined and 100% reliable firmware updates. Cellpro Multi4 took these concepts and extended them to multi-chemistry batteries and open architecture presets, fully customizable with some 80 adjustable parameters. Still, the chargers are easy to use and fool-proof. That's what we hear day after day from happy customers around the world. Sure, they are rich in features, but designed to be simple to use and simple to understand. Cellpro Dual PowerLab (DPL) 8x2 is the epitome of the Cellpro philosophy. Its basic operation is patterned after the Multi4, so if you have one of those, you will instantly be familiar with the unit's User Interface, as well as the free Charge Control Software (CCS). But the PowerLab series sports a totally new 4 button interface for accessing information. Let's face it, with 4 buttons, it's just easier to use. You requested it. We gave it to you. When REVOLECTRIX says "Designed by You", that's what we mean.