Test/review of Efest PRO C4 Charger 2017

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Test/review of Efest PRO C4 Charger 2017

Efest PRO C4 Charger 2017

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This is a simple quad cell mains and 12V powered LiIon charger without any settings.

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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 mains cable, a warranty card and the instruction sheet.

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The charger has a mains socket with universal power (100-240VAC 50/60Hz) and a 12V DC connector.

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The only user interface is a led light for each channel, it is red when charging and green at other times.

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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 30.5 mm to 71mm. This means that it will handle nearly all 18650/26650 batteries.

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The charger can handle 71 mm long batteries including flat top cells.
The charger current is on the high side for regular small cells, but acceptable for IMR batteries



Measurements


  • When not connected to power it will discharges with less than 0.1mA.
  • Below 0.6V the charger will not detect a battery
  • Between 0.6V and 3.0V the charger will charge with about 70mA to 130mA
  • Above 3.0V the charger will use regular charging.
  • Charger will restart when voltage drops slightly.
  • It will restart charging on reinsertion of the battery or power cycling.
  • Current will automatic change from 0.5A to 1A when batteries are full or removed.
  • Power consumptions when idle without battery is 0.35 watt
  • From 12V it need 18mA when idle without battery.


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The charger do a CC/CV charge curve, but has trouble terminating. The charge voltage is on the low side.

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Sometimes it terminated perfectly, sometimes not.

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Lower capacity is faster to charge, but again the charger gets into the on/off cycle at the end of charging.

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Here the on/off cycle is slow.

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With this old cell it is no surprise that the charger has problems terminating.

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It is the same with smaller cells, but the charger is not really designed for this type of cells (They need to be high current types).

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With 3 or 4 cells the charger uses 0.5A charge current

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Running it from a 12V supply it can be seen that it needs about 0.8A for charging four cells.

Temp4440

M1: 41,5°C, M2: 46,1°C, M3: 46,4°C, M4: 42,9°C, M5: 50,5°C, M6: 57,9°C, HS1: 67,2°C

Temp4441

M1: 37,1°C, M2: 41,8°C, M3: 41,6°C, M4: 37,8°C, M5: 54,0°C, HS1: 63,8°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 2 watt with one cell.

Poweron

The charger needs about 3 second to start.


Testing the charger with 2830 volt and 4242 volt between mains and low volt side, did not show any safety problems.



Conclusion

For new and IMR (High current) batteries this charger is fairly good, but with older cells it has termination problems.



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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Nice to see “simple” chargers without LCD screens or a lot of LEDs to show status… It sould be not very expensive

Pity the problem with termination.

Thanks for your hard work giving us such a detailed and exhaustive reviews/tests

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Thanks HKJ. Another very useful review. Thumbs Up

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

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