Review of Charger SysMax/NiteCore i4 V2. Charger SysMax/NiteCore Intellicharger i4 V2 This review is about the V2 version of the Sysmax/NiteCore/JetBeam i4 charger. To see the difference between V1 and V2 follow this link SysMax is the parent company of NiteCore and JetBeam, i.e. they are behind some good products. This charger looks impressive when reading the specifications, it can charge nearly all types of round cells and do up to four cells at a time.
The current version is an updated version of the i4 charger I first reviewed, where most of my issues is supposed to be fixed. The charger comes in a cardboard box with a view to the charger and a feature list on the front. The charger is powered from either 110/220 VAC 50/60Hz or 12 VDC. The cradles in the charger can handle from 16340 to 18700 size, but they do not slide completely smooth. The charger can handle 70 mm long batteries, including flat top cells. Measurements Test with LiIon cells My old 16340 IMR cell. Channel #2 Channel #4 All four slots at the same time. Slot #2. Review of Charger ThruNite MCC-4. Charger ThruNite MCC-4 ThruNite is mostly known for flashlights, but now they have also added a charger to their products. This is a universal charger with 4 slots, that can both handle LiIon and NiMH batteries and it has automatic current selection, depending on battery size.
The charger arrived in a white box, this might be because I got one of the first produced. The contents of the box was a bit sparse, there was the charger, a mains cable and a 12 volt car cable, no instruction sheet. The charger does not use leds, but has a display. The display has a limited viewing angle. The charger has build in mains supply, i.e. it has a mains connector and a 12 volt connector. The battery + connection is slightly raised and worked with the flat top batteries I tried. Behind the slider is some extra springs, they are used to select the 1A charge current. The charger can handle 70 mm long batteries, including flat top cells. Measurements Test with LiIon cells The charger has a fast startup. Conclusion. Review of Charger Enova All-80. Charger Enova All-80 Enova has a long line of chargers with 2, 4 and 8 channels. This review is about the 8 channel charger. The charger can charge both LiIon and NiMH batteries and work as a usb power supply.
I got it without any box, only the charger and a US power supply. On one side of the charger is a DC connector for 12 volt input, it can be used for the mains adapter or a car adapter. On the other side is a usb output connector for the usb power supply/charger function. There is no real user interface on this charger, just put a battery into a slot and it will start charging. The slots can support many battery sizes, from 32mm long up to 72mm long, but the larger sizes will have a very long charge time. The charger can handle 72 mm long batteries including flat top cells. Measurements Below 0.35 volt the charger will apply a few mA in pulses and all 3 yellow leds will flash. LiIon charge This looks like a nice CC/CV charge curve with a 50mA termination. Or the 18350 cell. NiMH charge. Review of Charger Yi Fang EIZFAN WF4.
Charger Yi Fang EIZFAN WF4 Yi Fang Technology is a company selling chargers and batteries branded EFAN and EIZFAN. The charger arrived in a cardboard box with the model number on it and not any other information. The box contained the charger, a power supply, a car adapter and a instruction manual in English and probably Chinese. The charger has a single 12V input for use with the power supply and car adapter. The user interface is a small display and a single button to select current.
The display shows voltage with two decimal places and animated battery symbols when charging. The slots uses the typical design with a slider. The charger can easily handle 70 mm long batteries including flat top cells. Measurements When not connected to power it will drain about 0.2mA from batteries. Charging LiIon At 0.25A the charger does a nice CC/CV charging with about 50mA termination current. At 0.5A the charger has the same nice CC/CV curve and the same 50mA termination.
And also at 1A. Charging NiMH Notes. Review of Charger Panasonic BQ-CC16. Charger Panasonic BQ-CC16 Panasonic has a line of NiMH chargers, some are fast and smart, others dump. This one here is a fast and smart charger. I got the charger in a blister pack. In addition to the charger there was eneloop pro cells. The makes the total contents: The charger, 4 eneloop pro cells and a instruction sheet in many languages. The charger is designed with a US power plug but includes a EU plug.
With the US plug the plug can be folded into the charger, but not with the EU plug. The charger has four hidden leds to show when it is charging. The charger has the typically two level slots used for AA and AAA batteries. The AAA batteries are not locked very hard into place. Measurements charger Very low current draw (<1uA) from batteries when not powered Below 1 volt the current is pulsing up to 0.5A Above 1 volt the full charge current is used.
All channels looks the same. The XX also looks the same. The AAA must be a voltage termination. The charger needs about 3 seconds to start. Review of Charger Xtar VC4. Charger Xtar VC4 Xtar makes many LiIon chargers, this is a usb powered quad channel charger with display. The charger can charge with up to 1A for two channels or 0.5A for four channels, actual current depends on slots used and available usb power. It supports both NiMH and LiIon cells. I got the charger in a cardboard box with the specifications printed on it. Inside the box is a fabric bag with the charger in, this can be useful for traveling and to keep the manual, charger and cable together. The bag contained the charger, a cable (charger to usb), a warranty card and a instruction manual. The charger is usb powered, but the connector is a DC barrel connector, i.e. you need the supplied cable to connect the charger.
I got no USB power supply with the charger (Xtar say that they will also be selling a compatible usb power supply). There is a display, four red/green leds and one button. The charger can handle both button top and flat top batteries. Measurements charger Charging LiIon Notes. Review of Charger LiitoKala Engineer Lii-500. Charger LiitoKala Engineer Lii-500 LiitoKala continues to improve each time they make new charger models, this time it is a 4 channel charger with charge and discharge functions (All their Engineer models have discharge). It arrived in a nondescript cardboard box, that could directly be used for shipping. The box contained the charger, power adapter, car power adapter and a manual. The supplied power adapter is a universal voltage (100-240VAC 50/60Hz) with 12V 2A output. The charger has a DC power input, for the mains adapter and the car adapter. There is also a 1A usb output. The user interface is 6 buttons and a display.
During power on the charger will turn all segments in the display on. Here are two examples of the display during charge. The slots uses the classical slider construction and it works fine. The slots can work from 32 mm to 71.3mm. The charger can handle 71.3 mm long batteries including flat top cells. Measurements Display shows 2914mAh in 3:31 hours Charge NiMH USB output Notes. Review of Charger SkyRC MC3000. Charger SkyRC MC3000 SkyRC makes advanced charger and some other equipment. This charger is a very advanced charger for cylindric cells of just about any type. This charger is more advanced than the usual hobby charger, but it is designed to handle four cells independently and not battery packs.
I got the charger with a power supply and a mains cable. Because I got the charger before the manual and box was finished I did not get that. I did very soon realise that it was a good charger and that I could use some of them, therefor I put in a order and this order arrived a few days before I was going to publish the review. This has made it possible to add the above pictures of the box and do a few tests on the regular production units. The power supply is a 15V 4A brick and the actual mains connection is handled by the supplied power cable. The charger can be tilted a bit, this can make the display easier to read in some situations and will probably improve the cooling slightly. User interface. Review of Charger GyrFalcon All-88. Charger GyrFalcon All-88 (Enova) Enova makes many different chargers, some time ago I tested many of them, include a 8 slot charger.
This charger here is a completely new design that is a much more versatile charger. It can charge most types of round cells on the market. The reviewed version is a pre-release version. The charger uses a very flat design, it is only 32mm high. I got the charger before the box was finished, instead I got these renderings on how the box is going to look. Because I got the charger and a power supply a bit before the release date, there was no manual included. The DC input is the usual barrel connector and it is rated for both 12V and 24V input, making it possible to use the charger in a car. The display has many elements on it, because the charger can handle many types of cells. Here the charger is working with 3 different cell, each with its own setting.
The full user interface with 8 readouts and 10 buttons, one for each slot and two special buttons. Conclusion. Review of Charger Xtar VP4 Plus Dragon. Charger Xtar VP4 Plus Dragon Xtar has many good LiIon chargers, this is the new top of line model. It can charge 4 round cell, a 3S battery pack and a smartphone, it can also measure capacity, or work as a power bank and it has a cell resistance and voltage meter. It comes in a cardboard box (I got the charger without a box and the pictures is supplied by Xtar). In the box is a bag that contains the charger and accessories, there is also an elastic strip to hold batteries.
The contents of the bag is the charger, a power supply, the resistance (IR)/voltage probes, car charger, instruction sheet, welcome note and warranty card. The probes are four terminal and uses a usb connector. The probes are spring loaded and has a rough surface to get better connection. The charger has a DC connector for power input, two usb connectors, one for the IR probes and one for power output. Here is the full display captured during power on. Normal charging at 1A. Measurements Lion charging LiIon Refresh LiIon Test. Review of Charger GyrFalcon All-44. Charger GyrFalcon All-44 (Enova) Enova makes many different chargers, this time I have got a 4 slot version of their largest universal charger (8 slot). The charger uses the same design, but there is some small changes. I got the charger in a cardboard box with specification on it.
In the box was the charger, a power supply, a instruction sheet, the warranty card, two spacers and two terminal extensions. The DC input is the usual barrel connector and it is rated for 12V input. The full user interface with 4 readouts and 6 buttons, one for each slot and two special buttons. The display has many elements on it, because the charger can handle many types of cells. First image is manual mode and second image is automatic mode (No block or marker for VV line). In automatic mode the slot buttons is only used to change current, selection of voltage and starting is automatic.
In manual mode some more button presses are needed: Start a slot (Method 1): Press button for slot to select it. Conclusion.