Test/review of Efest LUC V4 Charger 2017

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Test/review of Efest LUC V4 Charger 2017

Efest LUC V4 Charger 2017

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This is a advanced four slot mains powered LiIon charger with 3 different current settings and power bank function.

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It arrived in a cardboard box with specifications on it.

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The box included the charger, a power supply, a car adapter, a warranty card and the instruction sheet.

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The car adapter is a fairly standard one.

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But has Efest colors on it and a nice sensible warning label.

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The charger has a 12V power socket and the usb output on the back.

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The user interface is a display and one button. When charging it can be used to select current or turn the display off with a long press.
When the charger is unpowered it can also be used to turn on the usb output with a long press.

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During power on all the segments are shows: Current selection, Channel 1 & 2, usb output, channel 3 & 4

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Here I am charging 3 batteries at 0.5A.

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Specifications are on the bottom, but not very easy to read.

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The slots uses the classical slider construction and it works fine.
The slots can work from 30mm to 69mm. This will give trouble with some long protected batteries.

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The charger can handle 69 mm long batteries including flat top cells.



Measurements


  • When not connected to power it will discharges with about 0.1mA (0.2 on usb slot).
  • Below 1V the charger will not detect a battery
  • Between 1V and 3V the charger will charge with about 150mA to 50mA
  • Above 2V the charger will use regular charging.
  • At 2A only the center slots can be used.
  • Batteries below 2.5V will not show correct on voltmeter (I often saw 1.64V).
  • Above 2.6V the meter is within 0.02 volt.
  • Charger will restart when voltage drops slightly.
  • It will restart charging on reinsertion of the battery or power cycling.
  • Power consumptions when idle without battery is 0.3 watt (0.2 with display off)


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The charger use a CC/CV charge curve with termination at about 60mA, this looks fine.

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This battery is more used and charger has problems terminating.

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Fine termination on these two cells.

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These two cells looks fine.

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Charging at 0.5A also looks fine.

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I did this old cell at 0.5A at it charged perfectly.

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The smaller cell also charges perfectly.

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This very old cell is problematic, it looks like the charger has problems adjusting the current low enough.

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2A requires good IMR cells to get a perfect termination on this charger, I did not use that here.

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The charger can do 4 cells at 1A.

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This requires about 1.8A from the power supply.

Temp4494

M1: 42,9°C, M2: 42,8°C, M3: 43,5°C, M4: 44,7°C, M5: 44,9°C, HS1: 60,1°C

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M1: 42,0°C, M2: 42,0°C, M3: 42,7°C, M4: 43,3°C, M5: 38,6°C, HS1: 49,6°C

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Sweeping the battery voltage from zero to 4.25 shows charge current at the different charge levels.
I did also add a curve to show how much heat is generated in the charger, most of the time the voltage will be between 3.5V and 4V, i.e. a bit above 4 watt.

Poweron

The charger is a bit slow to start with 4.5 seconds. The current regulation works in in steps and takes a few seconds to find the correct charging current.

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Charge current can be changed at any time, again the charger needs some time to adjust the current.




USB output

  • Output will turn off after 10 seconds when load is below 100mA
  • USB output is coded as Apple 1A
  • Usb output will turn off when charger is powered.
  • Only slot #2 will supply current to usb output
  • Will discharge battery with 0.2mA when usb output is off

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Nearly 1.5A before over protection kicks in, this looks fine.

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Stable output voltage until the battery is nearly empty and then it turns completely off, this is also fine.
But I would have like it to used a bit power energy from the battery, it turns off at 3.3V, using 3.0 would have given slightly more energy.

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The boost converter is strong enough to maintain output at full 1A current.

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At 0.5A the noise is 4mV rms and 51mVpp

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At 1A the noise is 9mV rms and 93mVpp, this is very low.



Conclusion

The charger is a fairly good LiIon charger, but it has some problems with termination on older batteries.
Usb output is fairly good, but it uses a old coding and current is a bit low for a smartphone.



Notes

The charger was supplied by Efest 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): http://lygte-info.dk/

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HKJ,

Thanks once again for all your efforts in enlightening us!

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Thanks HKJ. Thumbs Up

My current and or voltage measurements are only relevent to anything that I measure.

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