The Turnigy Accucel 6 is probably the best LiPo charger you can get for this money. Below is the review. The charger is capable of charging 1-6S batteries with up to 5A and discharging at 1A. It has a built in fan, what a good feature on a charger because it can cool itself, but some say it eventually gets very loud and dies soon, but I have around 30 charges with mine and there is no sign of fan failure .
The charger has built in quality FETs and resistors to accurately balance and charge Lithium Polymer and NiMH batteries. You can also charge LiFe or LiIo batteries with it. It can handle up to 6S of LiPo/LiFe/LiIo and 15S NiMh/NiCd. During charging you can see the voltages of individual cells, which is quite convenient. The menu is quite intuitive, the buttons though are not the best quality. But still, you have to have in mind: Its a 23 dollar charger. With the charger, you will get the power supply wires, with crocodiles connectors on the end, which can easily be hooked to a car battery at the field. You will also get the output wires, with banana jacks on one end and the XT60 female connector at the other end and a wire with crocodile connectors and XT60 male plug. With this wire, you can charge almost everything, but you will need some creativity.
You have to have in mind, that there is no power supply included. You have to plug the charger to a 11-17V DC power source. You can buy a power supply from HobbyKing, like this one or this one, you can wire it to a car battery, or you can maybe do your power supply on your own from a used computer power supply.
Usage. You have 5 basic modes: charging, charging with balancing, fast charging, storage mode and discharging. I mainly use charging with balancing and storage mode. I look out for my 3S batteries, so I always charge in balance mode, which gives you the same voltage on all cells. When running storage mode, the charger will automatically charge or discharge your battery to the voltage specified as storage voltage (for 3S its 11,4V). At that voltage, that battery can be then stored for longer periods of time.
I think it would make no point going into details with the operating usage, so here is the manual for the Turnigy Accucel 6 50W charger. The manual is very good, it is not the common “Chinglish” as some people refer to almost unreadable manual from China. Here the manual is written in a good English, so its understandable.
Below are the specifications copied from HobbyKing:
Input Voltage: 11~17v
Circuit power: Max Charge: 50W / Max Discharge: 5W
Charge Current Range: .1~6.0A
Ni-MH/NiCd cells: 1~15
Li-ion/Poly cells: 1~6
Pb battery voltage: 2~20v
All in all, its a great charger for RC rookies and maybe also for advanced pilots. I heard a lot of RC pilots use multiple Accucel 6 chargers, as they are so cheap. Go for it. Right now they are out of stock, you should backorder them so you get the as soon they arrive, or might miss them, as they go out of stock very quick. If you want something right away and the Accucel 6 is out of stock, check these alternatives:
HobbyKing 50watt 5A X-Charger/Balancer (probably the same as the Accucel 6, just with a different housing)
HobbyKing ECO6 50W 5A Balancer/Charger (very similiar, minus the fan)
IMAX B6 Charger/Discharger 1-6 Cells (also very similar, but genuine Imax and minus the fan)