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What do you care about most in choosing a vape charger?


Shenzhen XTAR

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Some mods come with built-in batteries, but many require removable batteries and offer more flexibility and longevity as a result. But not all vape chargers are created equally. Not only can the prices vary, but the charging speed and other functions can also differ substantially.
If you choose a vape charger, what is the most important reason for making the decision?
 

Creature0069

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Simplicity, number of charging bays, Voltage monitoring and accepts multiple battery sizes.

That said, I have a VC8.
 

Ruppy_bear

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nitecore intellicharger, D4

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this should be one of the most popular brand in china and around the world. i had one, but a rat chewed up the cored. this has pretty much everything i need, which is enough for everyone and also enough to make it the most popular charger out there. heck there are even fake/clones out there that also do the job as well. currently using a crappy chinese made on one with just 2 lights on, it was prevously given to me when i bought my invader 3. then i just went and bought a d4 just that was just too crappy
 

Rooster Cogburn

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Most important to me is safety and accuracy which go hand in hand. I want my battery voltage measured correctly and the amperage it’s charging my cells on point. Then I’d like some different charging rates, 0.25 - 0.5 - 0.75 - 1.0 - 1.5 - 2.0 - 2.5 - 3.0 amps should cover any cell I may want to charge. Roomy slots so I’m not struggling to insert and remove batteries, up to 21700’s. Finally a clear easy to read screen that displays all relevant information and a menu that is easy to maneuver and enough buttons so I’m not needing to multi-click buttons when setting up my charger to do its job. Thanks for asking and I await my new charger for testing. :wait:;)
 

Carambrda

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My favorite charger right now is the Nitecore UMS4. It uses the USB QuickCharge 2.0 standard so I don't have to worry about finding a suitable replacement for the external 12V DC power supply (and cord) that can break and that other brands typically use. My Anker USB QuickCharge 3.0 wall adapter piece, which is rated to 18W 3A, also saves more space on my table when compared to such an external power supply, and, having a total of 3A across the 4 bays is enough, as the UMS4 lets me adjust the charging rate on each bay in 100mA steps so I don't have to worry about the charging rate either being too fast or being too slow to get an optimum tradeoff between faster charging and reduced cycle life of my batteries. In addition, the UMS4 does not noticeably heat itself up underneath my batteries, which is a real bonus. Also I think the internal circuitry of the Anker piece adds on an extra level of safety protection. The Anker brand is well known for its high reliability when compared to external power supplies, the latter usually being cheaply made and requiring to be put on a non flammable surface.

As for how easy it is to insert and remove 20700 and 21700 batteries. The USM4 has significantly longer bays than really is necessary to accomodate this so the struggling to insert and remove batteries is now officially a thing of the past, and, the sliders are moving completely smooth and they are sturdy enough. The UMS4 is comfortable to use, has a clear easy to read screen that displays all relevant information, and the menu system is straightforward enough for it to be set up easy and fast. I also own a SkyRC MC3000, and that I rarely use. The only real reason why I bought the MC3000 was because it allows me to set the voltage cut-off to whatever the volts that I want. I vape on mech mods with complex coil builds, I am a coil builder so, sometimes, it can happen that I require the volts to be lower than 4.2V for how I want to vape.
 

Cosmic

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I want to be able to manually select my charging rate, if I so desire. I don't want a charger that automatically chooses the charge rate and doesn't allow me to adjust that rate lower if I wish.
 

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