Review: Charger Soshine SC-S7 UK

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many thanks man, i hope i get to know best about batteries and chargers Smile

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rafaelroxalot wrote:
hello HKJ, i saw that you make a lot of good reviews, and i´m new here, i don´t know much about the graphics that you showed here, but how about this charger, it´s dangerous to charge 18650 cells? can explode the batteries? cause this charge can handle all kind of batteries and has a good price, has many functions... i don´t have any charge at the moment, i bought one like this http://dx.com/p/universal-ac-charger-for-aa-aaa-6f22-18650-battery-ac-10..., but my light is always showing green when i try to charge the batteries. have you tried that? this one from soshine has a good price... and functions... i will have problems with it? many thanks, sorry for my ignorance about batteries and chargers...

Generally even the worst LiIon chargers does not make batteries explode, but they might reduce the lifetime of the batteries and they might also be dangerous to touch.

If you need a cheap charger I would suggest the ML-102, it is usb powered.

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so this soshine charger sc-s7 is not good to use AA , AA and 18650 batteries? cause i need to charge these 3 batteries Smile
this sc-s7 if i get the batteries out after charged i will not have problems?
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You need to look at the Nitecore/Jetbeam Intellicharger I4 Version 2 type charger. The 4 Bay Version.

Here is a review from HKJ:
I2
http://lygte-info.dk/review/Review%20Charger%20SysMax%20i2%20UK.html
I4
http://lygte-info.dk/review/Review%20Charger%20SysMax%20i4%20V2%20UK.html

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Nitecore Intellicharger Version 2 will be better than this one?

this one is the version 2? http://www.fasttech.com/products/1119500

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Watch out. That Intellicharger isn't recommended for use with AAA's! Overheats them. Search BLF and read up on that. 

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Hi all,

I got a couple of these chargers with the hope that they can help me weed out some of the bad batteries as they come, and so far some of them has indeed triggered the “FAILED” message on this charger. Does anyone know how the charger determines if a battery has failed?

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fran82 wrote:
HKJ, I have a question for you…

I dont know if you have tried, but…

You said that it needs 1A no matter you use USB or 12v.

What happens if you connect the charger to a USB port or a USB power supply capable only of delivering 500mA??

It will not charge? It will charge, but at 500mA? It will give error message?

Thanks!

PS: veeery good review. Thanks for sharing

I’ve been using mine using a USB charger that is capable of supplying 1.3A (because I didn’t like the ripples that come after end of charge when you use the 12V power supply) and it takes seriously long to charge up a cell.

Almost 10 hours for a 2000mah battery.

Only use USB if you have a really good reason!

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Thanks wshyhang!

Enjoy BLF

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It is my understanding that the intelicharger is safe and does charge AAA batteries, but you have to charge 2 or 4 of them at once to reduce the charge imput to a safe level for AAA batteries. Says so in the instructions. Or charge them along with other batteries in the charger. You will need a battery in #1 and# 3 or # 2 and #4, or one battery in all 4 slots if charging AAA batteries. I have charged some with no problems that I can tell. I am happy with my Intelicharger so far.

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I have got some 15270, CR2 from FastTech and realise that none of my chargers fit!

Would this charger be able to charge those CR2?

The batteries have a warning label on other side saying, “The voltage of full charge and empty condition is 3.6V and 2.0V respectively”.

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radiancez567 wrote:
I have got some 15270, "CR2":https://www.fasttech.com/products/1118300 from FastTech and realise that none of my chargers fit! Would this charger be able to charge those CR2? The batteries have a warning label on other side saying, "The voltage of full charge and empty condition is 3.6V and 2.0V respectively".

No, the charger must be marked 3.0 or 3.2 volt.

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

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HKJ wrote:

radiancez567 wrote:
I have got some 15270, CR2 from FastTech and realise that none of my chargers fit! Would this charger be able to charge those CR2? The batteries have a warning label on other side saying, “The voltage of full charge and empty condition is 3.6V and 2.0V respectively”.

No, the charger must be marked 3.0 or 3.2 volt.

Thanks HKJ for your very fast response! :bigsmile: Two quick questions (sorry for hijacking the thread). Which charger would you look at if you are charging CR2? Also I have the TR-001 and planning to charge those CR2 using magnet spacers in TR-001 at the 3.0V option, would you recommend it?

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radiancez567 wrote:
Which charger would you look at if you are charging CR2?

That depends on the chemistry of the cell, I believe yours are LiFePO4 and I do not know a good charger for that.

For LiCoO2 I would look for a CottonPickers charger or modify a TP4056 module.

 

radiancez567 wrote:
Also I have the TR-001 and planning to charge those CR2 using magnet spacers in TR-001 at the 3.0V option, would you recommend it?

I do not know much about the TR-001 (I will probably know more in a couple of weeks).

My guess is that it will work fine, but the charge current is probably to high and might increase the wear on the cell.

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Thanks very much for your professional advice once again. Probably would try it.

By the way just a compliment. I really enjoyed your reviews (though I don’t know much how to really interpret the diagrams) of chargers, batteries and also flashlights. Amazed by your extensive collection of batteries, and small flashlights Smile

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thanks HKJ, the Soshine SC-S7 is good charger,

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Can it do 26650 and 18650?

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spaceboy wrote:
Can it do 26650 and 18650?

If you read the review that starts this thread, there is a table with the answers:

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spaceboy wrote:
Can it do 26650 and 18650?

the SC-S7 can’t charge the 26650, the i4 and i2 can charge 26650 and 18650.
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fullfine wrote:
spaceboy wrote:
Can it do 26650 and 18650?
the SC-S7 can’t charge the 26650, the i4 and i2 can charge 26650 and 18650.

So can the Xtar SP2

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Just received this charger from Fast tech and the included wall charger states the output to be 12.0V – 0.5A. Should the output not be 1A? Soshine packaged Huawei switching power adapter model HF-120050U3.

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Just received this charger from Fast tech and the included wall charger states the output to be 12.0V - 0.5A. Should the output not be 1A? Soshine packaged Huawei switching power adapter model HF-120050U3.

Why?

If it had uses a linear regulator it would get very hot.

When using 12 volt input, it is most common to use a buck converter to reduce voltage and this will increase current.

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HKJ wrote:

ledfancier wrote:
Just received this charger from Fast tech and the included wall charger states the output to be 12.0V – 0.5A. Should the output not be 1A? Soshine packaged Huawei switching power adapter model HF-120050U3.

Why?

If it had uses a linear regulator it would get very hot.

When using 12 volt input, it is most common to use a buck converter to reduce voltage and this will increase current.

Thanks for that helpful explanation. Even when I think I am gaining an understanding of a certain aspect, I find there is lots more to learn.

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HKJ wrote:
When no battery is in the charger it shows this standby display. There is a faint clicking sound from the charger in this mode.

The Soshine SC-F3 also has this faint clicking. It can also be heard whilst charging.

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Good review and discussion. I ordered one on AliExpress.
I plan to use USB power to charge my Li Co non-IMR 14500s, the peak power is low enough and I don’t think starting at 0.8A average will hurt them.
It appears to me to be very well designed and maybe better than the Xtar WP2 II, if the quality is as good. The pulsing after charge is complete to maintain voltage seems a good feature, in case one wants to leave a cell in the charger to have it ready at maximum charge. The reduced charge rate as the voltage rises with USB appears to be to avoid overloading the USB port. The only thing I miss is an option to charge to 3.9 or 4.1 V, which may extend batter life. (At least some hybrid cars don’t fully charge or fully discharge their batteries, in order to extend battery life.) As it is I can only do this by watching the voltage LCD display and taking it out.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
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Thanks! Ordered one of these, as I was looking for a USB powered single channel NiMH AA charger for a bit. Seemed to fit the bill. Have also wanted to get a rough capacity measure on my 18650 laptop pulls, so seems to be a win win. Smile

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My new SC-S7 seems to consistently only charge Li-Ions to 4.16v.  The voltage on the display (though only shown to a tenth of a volt) always seems to read slightly high.  Other than that is seems to be working out well for me.  You do have to be careful not to knock the battery out which will cause you to lose your "mAh charged" data (I know from experience).

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I’ve been putting the cell in, slide the neg term up to it, take the cell out and then carefully push it one click shorter – battery fits nice and snug… YMMV Smile

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Hmm, I should try that - thanks!

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I got one of these today as a part of a going away gift for family. I just tested it using brand new (never used) panasonic ncr18650B, and I can confirm the 4.14v on USB (4.2v on the machine, 4.14 on DMM after 40 mins off the machne). Also noticed the clicking noise when empty but you need to put your ear to it.

Mine was from BG and came with a short and I mean short USB cable, and a power socket adapter to Australian wall socket. No idea why, they did not supply a PSU at all to use it with.

I think I have an old router PSU that is 12v, not sure on amps.

I will also try the tip on the slider. I cant say how many mAh the battery took because I picked up the unit (gently mind you), and it restarted. Still, it knew what was in it, and charged accordingly. thanks for that

Edit: I only just noticed, mine has some differences from the one HJK posted. The LCD backlight is green, not orange. Voltage is set beside the battery animation, and the mAh readout has its own dedicated space where v used to be on the orange one, time elapsed is now where the mAh/Time elapsed/full space was. Time and Full still swap when its finished though. The timer counts seconds for the first 60 seconds, then minutes. Its weird, the minute symbol (mapping) a clock symbol is there, but it looks like its for temp. I panicked when I saw it climb over 1:00. I need glasses, I couldnt see the :.

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