Test/review of Klarus K1 Smart Charger

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Test/review of Klarus K1 Smart Charger

Klarus K1 Smart Charger
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Klarus has lately made some chargers, this is a fairly small one that can handle 3 LiIon voltages and NiMH batteries with two different charge currents, this makes it a fairly universal charger.
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It arrived in a small cardboard box with specifications on it.
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The box included the charger, a usb cable and the instruction sheet.
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The charger has a micro usb input for power.
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The user interface is a couple of leds and a single button.
A fast press on the button will select battery type, when a battery has just been put into a slot.
A long press (2 seconds) will change current at any time.
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There is 4 blue leds, they are used to show charge state and when selecting battery type.
There is two red led to show selected charge current.
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The slots uses the classical slider construction and it works fine.
The slots can work from 32 mm to 73mm. This means that it will handle even very long 18650/26650 batteries.
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supportedBatterySizes
The charger can handle 73 mm long batteries including flat top cells.
Measurements


  • When not connected to power it will discharges with less than 0.1mA.
  • When power is connected with a full battery, the charger will charge with 0.5mA
  • Below 0.1V the charger will report error (All blue leds flashing) and charge with about 3mA
  • Between 0.3V and 1.6V the charger assumes NiMH
  • Between 1.6V and 1.9V the charger will not recognized a battery, but chargers with about 2mA
  • Above 2.0V the charger assumes LiIon
  • Charger will not restart when voltage drops.
  • It will restart charging on reinsertion of the battery or power cycling.
  • Usb power consumptions when idle without battery is 38mA, with battery about 50mA

Charge LiIon 3.7V setting (4.2V charge voltage)
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The charger uses a CC/CV charge profile with a termination current around 140mA.
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Other capacities uses slightly different charge times.
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A old cell is charged nicely with CV most of the time.
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The 0.5A setting will not use a lower termination current.
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The smaller cells is charged fine, but with a bit high termination current.
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Adding a 0.5ohm resistor with the 5V usb power to simulate a long cable or weak power supply did not present any problem for the charger, but it takes longer time to charge.
Temp3685
M1: 33,8°C, M2: 39,4°C, M3: 34,7°C, HS1: 42,7°C
The battery stays fairly cool.
Temp3686
M1: 33,8°C, M2: 36,7°C, HS1: 44,1°C
PowerOnLiIon
The charger need about 7 seconds to start, most of the time is for the user to select chemistry.
CurrentChangeLiIon
The charge current can be changed at any time by holding the button down for 2 seconds.
Charge LiIon 3.8V setting (4.35V charge voltage)
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4.35V charging looks good.
Charge LiFePo4 3.2V setting (3.6V charge voltage)
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As does 3.6V charging.
Charge NiMH 1.2V
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A nice -dv/dt charge curve
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This cell is getting old and termination must be on voltage, but it was terminated at the correct time as can be seen on the temperature track.
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The two other high capacity cells was termination on -dv/dt.
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Even at 0.5A it can terminate correctly for a AA cell.
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With the AAA cell it used voltage termination and maybe a bit early, but not much as can be seen on the temperature track (Temperature did increase slightly).
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Detection of a full cell is faster than many -dv/dt chargers and it looks like it is done on voltage.
Temp3689
M1: 36,2°C, M2: 35,2°C, M3: 39,0°C, HS1: 56,7°C
The IR camera locates some warm electronic part in the charger, but the cell is not really warm.
Temp3690
M1: 35,7°C, M2: 37,2°C, M3: 36,2°C, HS1: 46,3°C
PowerOnNiMH
It is not possible to select chemistry when charging NiMH batteries, but the charger will also wait about 7 seconds here.
ChargingNiMH
The charger measure voltage with current off.
CurrentChangeNiMH
The charge current can be changed at any time by holding the button down for 2 seconds.
Conclusion
The charger works fine with 3 types of LiIon and NiMH, the only minor complain is the high termination current at 0.5A charging, this means smaller LiIon cells will be slightly below full charge.
This makes it a good charger for both LiIon and NiMH.
Notes
The charger was supplied by Gearbest for review.
Here is an explanation on how I did the above charge curves: How do I test a charger

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

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Thanks for the review HKJ!

Its good to see Klarus have improved the charger since the CH1.
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Thx for testing this charger.

What is the default voltage setting when putting in a 18650 cell? Does it always use 3.7V?

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dekozn wrote:
What is the default voltage setting when putting in a 18650 cell? Does it always use 3.7V?

Yes.

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Thx, that’s good to hear.

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I just got one of these chargers, and I have a question I hate to ask. How do you know when the battery is charged? I’ve tried with a couple of 14500s that have about a 75% charge already. I tap the button and see that it’s set for 3.7V. If I hold the button down, it will change from .5 to 1a charge. Then all the blue lights come on. There’s nothing in the instructions about knowing when the charge is complete.

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Mine flashes the right most light until fully charged (indicating % charged). Done when all are steady on.