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Recommend four bay multi chem charger

Hey guys. I currently have the older xtar wp2 two bay charger. I want a charger that will handle li-ion and nimh cells, not so tight that I have to pry out 18650’s with a screwdriver, and show the battery capacity(health), and user friendly. Anything else is a bonus.

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What sort of price range are you looking at?
ive just started to upgrade from the nitecore sc4 to the new usm ones as i have to get a pry bar to get a 21700 cell out of the sc4! Facepalm
https://www.nitecorestore.com/NITECORE-UMS4-Four-Slot-Superb-Battery-Cha... onesd
They do a 2 slot version that might interest you, will do all chemistries and fits all length cells.

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I think this one is a good charger. I use it all the time and no problem yet
SQ4

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Trail Trek wrote:
What sort of price range are you looking at? ive just started to upgrade from the nitecore sc4 to the new usm ones as i have to get a pry bar to get a 21700 cell out of the sc4! Facepalm https://www.nitecorestore.com/NITECORE-UMS4-Four-Slot-Superb-Battery-Cha... onesd They do a 2 slot version that might interest you, will do all chemistries and fits all length cells.

I’d like to stay under 50 dollars.

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mic6 wrote:
I think this one is a good charger. I use it all the time and no problem yet SQ4

That’s a really good looking charger. I think someone once recommended the Opus BT-C3100 V2.2. I think I’m kinda leaning towards that. I can have one to my door through Amazon for 37 bucks with next day shipping.

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Liitokala Lii-500 does it all for about $20

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Liitokala Lii-500 does it all for about $20

This one here?

https://www.amazon.com/Display-Universal-LiitoKala-Rechargeable-Batterie...

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Miboxer C4 Plus is a good charger, also will take protected 21700 so ready for future lights

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No – This one – amazon is out of stock. If you look around you may find cheaper from somewhere else in the USA – (assuming you are in the USA).

https://usa.banggood.com/LiitoKala-Lii-500-Lithium-And-NiMH-Battery-LCD-Smartest-Charger-p-999106.html?gmcCountry=US&currency=USD&createTmp=1&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=cpc_bgcs&utm_content=zouzou&utm_campaign=pla-usg-lg-pc&ID=48181&cur_warehouse=CN

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lakemonster1 wrote:
mic6 wrote:
I think this one is a good charger. I use it all the time and no problem yet SQ4

That’s a really good looking charger. I think someone once recommended the Opus BT-C3100 V2.2. I think I’m kinda leaning towards that. I can have one to my door through Amazon for 37 bucks with next day shipping.

I’ve got ~25 NiMH/li-ion/multi-chem chargers here and have the Opus BT-3400 v. 2.2 (US seller model w/updated fan and display on/off) and it’s a very good 4 bay analyzing charger that gives us a good idea on how are batteries/cells are performing.

The Liitokala Lii 500 Engineer is a good charger, but like everything, you have to watch out for clones and not all of them are the same.

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I’d say MiBoxer C4-12. I just received my C8 and I really like it. I believe the C4-12 is essentially the same but 3A max per slot instead of 1A max like the C8.

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@lakemonster1, sign up at M4DM4X.com.

And look for Miboxer C4-12.

You will love it, and it is under 35$US.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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BlueSwordM wrote:
@lakemonster1, sign up at M4DM4X.com.

And look for Miboxer C4-12.

You will love it, and it is under 35$US.

Looks to be a really cool charger, but I’ve read this charger is having some issues. Also, I read it doesn’t analyze the batteries to show their holding capacities.

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I don’t think it is possible to “analyze” a battery and determine the capacity of the cell. Where did you read that people were having issues with their C4-12?

I can report that my C8 does, however, display how much it put back into the cell.

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prototype3a wrote:
I don’t think it is possible to “analyze” a battery and determine the capacity of the cell. Where did you read that people were having issues with their C4-12?

I can report that my C8 does, however, display how much it put back into the cell.

I just googled “review” of that particular charger. I came to a few different discussions where posters claimed to have had issues. Didnt really look into it in depth.

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prototype3a wrote:
I don’t think it is possible to “analyze” a battery and determine the capacity of the cell. Where did you read that people were having issues with their C4-12?

I can report that my C8 does, however, display how much it put back into the cell.

That’s incorrect.

You need a charger that can do a ‘discharge’ at X, Y or Z rates. Only then will you ‘know’ what the battery/cell’s capacities really are and then only for those rates.

I believe that the SkyRC MC3000 can do a 2A discharge, with most all other chargers doing 1A, which is still pretty good for a basic understanding.

My Opus BT-3400 v. 2.2 does 4 bays at 1A and I’m happy with that. For NiMH batteries, it only does 700mA for some stupid reason.

Plus it’s a multi-chemistry charger that has lower rates for our smaller cells, like the 16340 and 10440s. It’s lowest charging rate is 200mA.

Chris

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I wouldn’t call that “analyzing” a cell. That’s just cycling the cell and logging the results.

Personally, I just buy known cells from companies like Panasonic who publish datasheets for the cells.