Battery cradle

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Battery cradle

Is there a battery cradle for hobby charger users yet?  I'd rather buy something I can plug in without having to build, at least for my first cradle, so there's less chance of me creating a point of failure.

The low mode should be lower.

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I started looking at hobby chargers, but I didn’t see anything that was good out of the box for charging multiple 18650s. I mostly want one so I can measure capacity to tell good cells from turkeys. I was looking at this Thunder Power AC680 http://www.amazon.com/Thunder-AC680-Professional-Dual-Power-Discharger/d... because it has temp monitor and monitoring with a USB cable to a PC. But then I can’t find any of the optional PC or temperature cables. On top of that having to build my own cradle makes it seem painful. What I really want is something like my Lacrosse BC700 http://www.amazon.com/La-Crosse-Technology-Battery-Charger/dp/B000RSOV50 that I use on AA/AAA. It shows voltage and capacity. It has refresh and test modes. It has cell overheating protection built in. Isn’t there anything like that for 18650 cells? [EDIT] Wait a minute. Is the Dream Charger thing what I want? http://budgetlightforum.com/node/28599

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The Opus charger doesn't balance charge.  It provides plenty of useful information though.

 

I actually had a tab open for the AC680.  The picture and video indicates that it comes with the usb temp sensor, usb computer data cable, and a balance board too.  Balance cables would have to be purchased separately if you want to balance charge cells. You could use magnets, but I'd rather use a cradle that eliminates the possibility of the wires coming off and shorting.

 

The AC680 is a great value if it continues to work, although I've seen a couple unfavorable reviews.  That makes it important to get it through a good vendor that will make warranty claims less painful.  I'm considering that or a nice iCharger.  I'm just not so sure I want to build a bunch of cradles, so an expensive iCharger may end up collecting dust while I use much more convenient smart chargers.

The low mode should be lower.

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Late weekend bump.  I intend to get something early in the work week.

The low mode should be lower.