Battery Charger Recommendations

Discussion in 'Battery Junkies / Chargers' started by 88ArDeN88, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. 88ArDeN88

    88ArDeN88 Gold Contributor

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    Alright, so I have been through about 4 or 5 Nitecore intellichargers. At least 3 of the 2 cell chargers and 2 of the 4 cell chargers. The spot where you plug in the wall cord on my 4 cell just went out. I'm tired of giving them my hard earned dollars. I am not rough on them and there is really no reason for all this. Anyone have any suggestions for better chargers? I will gladly spend a little more for a charger I won't have to replace for the next few years.
     
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    I can still use the 12v circular adapter with the car charger, I am thinking maybe I could buy a wall port that fits that and it would still work?
     
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    Look for chargers with butt plugs..... Like shown.....[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Yes, my Nitecore has one of those and it still works. The DC 12v 1a input. That input still works. So I am going to order one. I have the car charger one.
     
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    MannyScoot Diamond Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    Yeah that Nitecore Q2 is sweet..... It takes any battery ever made without any problems (easy-cheezy).

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    Ha ha..... [​IMG]

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    At least you're ready if there is ever a vapocalypse
     
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    Yeah you have to be ready, an ICBM could strike in your sleep...

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    Well then I think I'd be dead. If they strike us with ICBM, chances are unless I start driving towards Canada immediately, I will be wiped out with the rest of the North East.
     
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    Enova Gyrfalcon All-88.

    That is all.
     
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    I have a Gyrfalcon all-40 and like it, Just got a miboxer 4 bay and it works great too, it was 22.00 on amazon.
     
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    Love the Golisi

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    um, not to hijack this thread, but mooch said if you charge slower, you get a great deal more battery life.
    do any of these allow different charging?
    he also said if you don't charge up to 100% batteries last longer.
    plus, he said to store batteries at 50% charged.
    is there a charger you can set to do this?
     
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    My two chargers allows you to charge slower, but you should charge to 100%
     
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    thanks, tej
    why 100%?
    did i misunderstand?
     
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    shawn.hoefer Gold Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    The Gyrfalcon line allows you to select between 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, and 1 amp per bay. All bays are individually adjustable.

    ETA: you can also select different termination voltages... 1.5, 3.6, 4.2, 4.3, 4.35. Never charge LiIon calls over 4.2, but you could stop them at 3.6... A little over 50%
     
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    thanks shawn.
    as i understand it, charging at .5 can double battery life, so the charger could pay for itself.
     
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    shawn.hoefer Gold Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    I charge at 1 amp... Balancing speed and battery life :). However, when I have a battery that is slightly undercharged, I'll switch it to .25. I also charge my 14XXX, and 18350s at .5 amps.
     
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    I am liking my new Golisi S6. I now have over 20 chargers and all are still working. I think Nitecore is considered to be lower end. Their flashlights are no Surefire. This is not absolutely true but YMMV, I have had batteries charge at 2A for 500+ charge/discharge cycles. Depends on how good the battery is guess. You can theoretically charge at 1A per 1000MAH. Although 3A is asking for it in my experience. Most large batteries data sheet says 2A and up to 5A seldomly. I would not charge at 3 let alone 5. I just tried it abnd it all overheated with no shutdown. Luckily I was watching it. If that happens I would discard battery and charger but just avoid doing it in the first place. If battery is way under it should automatically switch to .1A if it is a good charger.
     
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    looking at chargers myself. thought i'd join all y'all's conversation.

    i'm looking at the Zanflare C4 which is also an analyzer.
    VERY thorough Zanflare C4 test results

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    it has some negatives.

    • will not handle the longest 18650 and 26650 (however i read 21700s will fit snug o_O)
    • charging 4 batteries @ 1A each pushes the 12V wall wart past it's 1.5A rating (i won't be doing this)
    • testing discharge/charge current is limited to .5 amps per battery.
    • capacity test results read high (good enough to know if a cell is going south IMO)
    as a charger it seems to have a lot going for it. will probably use 700mA. if i were to use it @ 4x1A i would use an old PSU (12V) to power/cool it. i don't plan on doing a lot of testing of cells, so the 500mA discharge limit doesn't bother me. the internal resistance being actually usable on this unit seems rather rare looking at many others i've seen tested. that is what is really selling me on this. think this is making it onto my letter to Santa.

    for other charger test results (including ones mentioned in this thread) check out HKJ's site https://lygte-info.dk/info/indexBatteriesAndChargers UK.html (credit to Battery Mooch for the link)

    cheers :vino:
     
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    The Miboxer C4-12 is my favorite. Plenty of room for all cells us vapers use regardless of length or diameter. Also has plenty of “juice” can charge all 4-bays at 3 amps but also offers a variety of slower charge rates to match your charging needs. Finally it monitors temperature while charging and will reduce charge rate if temps go too high. Great charger and doesn’t break the bank, good luck to all the vaper currently charger shopping.
     
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    has mooch tested this one?
    if not, ask him if he will be testing it.
    he tested mine with top marks.
    mrc 3000
     
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    I just leave my Nitecore 4-bay charger plugged in. When not in use it appears to go to sleep. Then, when I have batteries to charge, I just slip 'em in. No messing-about with having to drag it out, plug it in, put it back away when done.
     
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    batteries are cheap, but some of us have fun getting double the life from them
    my skyrc 3000 allows me to charge at .'7 amps n i only charge to 4.o or 4.1
    in theory, the former will triple life span n the latter will double it.
    if this is true, my charger will eventually pay for itself.

    also, it's kinda fun testing batteries once in a while.

    unless money is a problem, only get chargers that allow this .
    i got mine on sale for $90 n i bet it outlasts the cheap ones.
     
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    he hasn't tested it. i may join those forums and ask him though. pehaps even lend him mine (when i get it). i'm sure he's got a large back log though.

    nice it has a sleep feature. power strip FTW in any case though. :D

    they are cheap. which is why some have no problem shoving 2+ amps into them. lower life span, but more convenient. one thing about quick charging is you can monitor them more easily versus slow charging. all about trade offs.

    i read that electric car batteries will basically last almost forever if you charge them up to 80%, and discharge them to no less than 40%. think they were speaking LiFePO4.
     
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    i guess quick charging is more convenient if you don't have enow batteries.
    i have 18 batteries but lately i'm only running 4 mods/day, so i have a ton of batteries
    in the lineup.
    this is only a good idea if you don't fully charge.
    as i understand it, letting them sit around at 4.2 hurts them.
    i'm having fun studying batteries.
     
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    GYRFLALCON 8 bay is all I use, very happy with it. It also charges all different sizes.
     
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    I went from Nitecore D4 to Gryfalcon all 88. Love the all 88
     
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    this is gonna be the next charger I buy as well or the all44 if I can find it in stock over in uk

    at the moment back to using my trusty VC4 after my dragon crapped out
     
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    Old pics I found on my phone since I'm out of the house, but yeah.....well made and reliable.

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    Oh yeah I love mine. I don't think I could find one thing to complain about
     
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    This is true. If they're not going to be used for a good while, discharge them to 3.2-3.4 volts or so.
     
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    Been through LUC V4 and V6 Nitrecore I8 and now BLU6. Out of these 4 im the most happy with BLU6 :) Just a small recommandation :)
     
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    My primary charger is: Zanflare C4
    Back up charger: Xtar VP4C
    Travel charger: Xtar MP1S
     
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