Review: Xtar VC4 Charger

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Review: Xtar VC4 Charger

Product page :  ( Please readhttp://www.xtarlight.com/05-chanpin/p-001-1.asp?styleid=339&style=Charger

HKJ review : http://budgetlightforum.com/node/38774

A 4 Bay USB charger from Xtar

Xtar VC4 : 

I hope everyone has visited the product page ?  I really dont want to repeat everything said by the manufacturer . 

In a nutshell we have a 4 Bay USB charger that can charge Li-ion and Ni-hm batteries . I have tried this charger VIA my computers USB port as well as a Wall to USB adapter . All the video is with the Wall adapter . And I cant help but feel the wall adapter can not really supply enough power for more than one or possibly two batteries to be charged in reasonable time . Perhaps there is a USB wall adapter out there that can supply more power , I just dont have one . 

Anyhow back to the charger itself . It is a quality charger , nothing about it feels cheap or nasty , it terminates properly ( Charge ) and does not trickle charge . I swapped Li-ion and Nimh around in the bays at random , and had no issues . ( Charge rate may be affected ) Never did the charger try to undercharge or overcharge the batteries as I swapped them around . 

First video is the charger charging AAA Ni-mh batteries .  You can clearly see the pulse charging taking place . 

Second video is just the CH button: 

Third video is with a Li-ion batteries , and I move the second battery about ..  ( Interesting result with USB Wall adapter ) I just dont have the space on my desk to try this with the computers USB port , just lack the space . 

 

A very interesting charger , but I cant help but feel that it is limited by the power that the connected to USB port can supply , which is going to be the limiting factor to performance with multiple batteries . I would have really liked to have seen a 12v power supply connection so that the charger could see its full potential . 

 

Conclusion: 

Another excellent product from Xtar , unfortunately limited by the power that the connected to USB port can supply . I dont think USB was ever meant to be a High Power Port / connection , and when you charge 4 batteries , you will need quite a bit of power to make the charger operate at factory specifications . So if you really want this charger please keep in mind that you may want a decent USB wall adapter that can provide the power needed . 

Now aside from getting power from a USB port , this is an excellent charger and the only way to have made it better would have been to include a 12v power supply or connector to supplement the choice of power .

 

 

 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

Edited by: sb56637 on 06/25/2015 - 14:28
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I have to agree with you. One advantage that I see with this charger is the ability to connect with a solar type power supply. I am not sure if anyone has tested this combination yet. Most solar based power supplies use a USB port for external power. I am not that savy to get into specifics, but it could be a use for charging AA and AAA cells. Not sure if the solar output has enough output to charge Li Ion cells.

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Thanks for the review! Next time we want to hear your voice on the videos, or some cool music Smile

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They should include a USB wall power for this charger for free to make this charger a winner Big Smile

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Ormbett wrote:
Thanks for the review! Next time we want to hear your voice on the videos, or some cool music :)

Quite possibly music : 

I have heard my voice , and I hate it ...  literally cant stand to hear my own voice ...

So yes , music could be done .. 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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ri chevy wrote:
I have to agree with you. One advantage that I see with this charger is the ability to connect with a solar type power supply. I am not sure if anyone has tested this combination yet. Most solar based power supplies use a USB port for external power. I am not that savy to get into specifics, but it could be a use for charging AA and AAA cells. Not sure if the solar output has enough output to charge Li Ion cells.

I purchased a solar AA charger with USB port , and I added a solar cell VIA USB to supplement the on board solar  power , and it works ..

As long as your solar cell is 5V output and supplies enough Amps , it should work , but the cells get expensive as the size gets where you want it .  

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-14W-Solar-Panel-Foldable-Solar-Charger-for-5...

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Thanks for the review.
Well done.

This charger can only charge 2 cells at 1A otherwise with 4 cells is 500mA.
Nice charger otherwise.

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old4570 wrote:

ri chevy wrote:
I have to agree with you. One advantage that I see with this charger is the ability to connect with a solar type power supply. I am not sure if anyone has tested this combination yet. Most solar based power supplies use a USB port for external power. I am not that savy to get into specifics, but it could be a use for charging AA and AAA cells. Not sure if the solar output has enough output to charge Li Ion cells.

I purchased a solar AA charger with USB port , and I added a solar cell VIA USB to supplement the on board solar  power , and it works ..

As long as your solar cell is 5V output and supplies enough Amps , it should work , but the cells get expensive as the size gets where you want it .  

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-14W-Solar-Panel-Foldable-Solar-Charger-for-5...


I bought a Goal Zero this for my earthquake supplies and I have no problems charging 18650’s with a Miller ML-102 attached to the optional battery pack. I attached it to the battery pack to smooth out the power from the solar cell but I’ve charged 18650’s with the Miller attached directly to the Goal Zero.
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SIGShooter wrote:
old4570 wrote:

ri chevy wrote:
I have to agree with you. One advantage that I see with this charger is the ability to connect with a solar type power supply. I am not sure if anyone has tested this combination yet. Most solar based power supplies use a USB port for external power. I am not that savy to get into specifics, but it could be a use for charging AA and AAA cells. Not sure if the solar output has enough output to charge Li Ion cells.

I purchased a solar AA charger with USB port , and I added a solar cell VIA USB to supplement the on board solar  power , and it works ..

As long as your solar cell is 5V output and supplies enough Amps , it should work , but the cells get expensive as the size gets where you want it .  

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-14W-Solar-Panel-Foldable-Solar-Charger-for-5...

I bought a Goal Zero "this":http://www.amazon.com/Goal-Zero-19010-Guide-Charging/dp/B005XVBIL6 for my earthquake supplies and I have no problems charging 18650's with a Miller ML-102 attached to the optional battery pack. I attached it to the battery pack to smooth out the power from the solar cell but I've charged 18650's with the Miller attached directly to the Goal Zero.

I looked at that , and thought it too expensive ..

A long time ago I purchased a Solar charger ( The other site ) , and it was ok . So I started looking at a unit ( Charger with solar cell + USB port ) . I found one for about $10 , its 4 port and with the added solar cell , actually charges 4 AA nimh to full capacity in one day . 

Now that I have the Xtar VC4 , I may need to shell out $50 for a much better solar cell pack .. I think as a solar powered charger the VC4 may be brilliant .. 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Excellent guys! Thanks for the tips. Beer

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The screen of the VC4 in the last picture seems to have scratches. Did it come that way, or did mischief happen after receipt?

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Wilson wrote:
The screen of the VC4 in the last picture seems to have scratches. Did it come that way, or did mischief happen after receipt?

Me thinks it happened in transit , the USB cable was on top the charger and it looked like it had a bit of a rough trip .. 

The charger now resides with my brother , since he is a Battery Noob , I feel the VC4 will look after him just fine . 

What can I say , I trust the charger more with Li-ion than I do my brother . 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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My brother has a solar panel set that has the power to feed the Xtar VC4

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The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Thanks for the great review!

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i bought a few of these a while back.  Still found them in a Google search today (Oz readers).  $10 approx.

https://m.catchoftheday.com.au/product/handy-dual-port-charger-6818/

Have measured a genuine 2A going into my iPad (using charger doctor) so this would be a simple and inexpensive way to add 12V option to this charger.

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5v and 5A = 25Watt 

Most of the ones I see claim 2A , and the one I have ( 2 ) both claim 2A .. 

I dont see 2A ..

I need to buy one of those current meters that plug into the wall and then read out the current of what ever is plugged in ... 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AU-Plug-Power-Energy-Watt-Voltage-Amps-Meter-...

Hmmm , might have to buy one NOW! 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….