NiMH and Li-Ion charger

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NiMH and Li-Ion charger

Hello

Im looking for charger that can charge both lithium and NiMH.
what can you suggest?
For now I have a slllooooww eneloop charger for NiMH and xtar Wp2 II for my Li-ion.
Im hoping to replace/give those old charger and buy a new one for my self.

Is it better to buy a separate charger or buy an intelligent charger?
Currently looking for these charger
xtar vp2
lacrosse bc 700 (not locally available)
nitecore d4
xtar xp4c

Thanks a lot.

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either the Nitecore i4 or Opus BTC3100-V2.1. They both are the best two i have used so far.

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For a universal charger XP4c is best, but it will be fairly slow with 4 batteries. The D4 will always be slower than XP4c.

The VP2 is a "top of the line" LiIon charger and the BC700 is a analyzing NiMH charger.

With the BT-C3100 you get a universal analyzing charger, but it is not perfect for daily charging of LiIon batteries.

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

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NiMH charging takes place at typically 0.5 to 1C, unless your eneloop model is way below that there’s no reason to upgrade. Same for the WP2.
Imho hobby chargers like the accucel 6 pose the best option in regard to general versatility, setup options and high output/charging several cells simultaneously. There are some drawbacks, you need an external PSU (like from an old computer), a tray (that’s actually a plus since you can get or make trays for any battery size and they’ll heat up less due to being separate from the main body), the need for a temp sensor for correct NiMH charging and the nebulous shipping cost model of hobbyking. You can also set the charging voltage to 4.1V instead of 4.2V which will increase lifetime of your cells significantly.

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If you want to charge battery in 1A or 2A?
If you perfer faster,EFAN x4 LCD smart charger is good.

But to protect circle life of battery,I suggest you use 1a charger.
WF1 or ws1 Charger are superior good.

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I rarely charge 4 batteries at a time. usually 1 or 2. the only time i do this is when i have to charge my 4 eneloops that came from external flash of my camera.

with the technology today is it safe to have just 1 ‘intellgent’ charger? or i should have a charger separate for NiMH and for Li-Ion?

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If the above mentioned chargers are not quite what you would like then for probably just a short wait the SkyRC MC3000 should be available soon. It can do virtually all battery chemistries and virtually all sizes of cylindrical batteries. Of course since it has quite a lot of features expect the price to be significantly higher than the above-mentioned chargers.

The XTAR and Nitecore brands are certainly very good brands though. 

 

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Have to say, I never really understand the need to have only one charger to do all battery types. It’s not as if torches use NiMh & Li-ion at the same time anyhow.

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Chicken Drumstick wrote:
Have to say, I never really understand the need to have only one charger to do all battery types. It’s not as if torches use NiMh & Li-ion at the same time anyhow.

Me neither, I mean why would you not want two seperate chargers. If you would stick to one unit you could only charge 4 batteries at a time, having two seperete chargers allows you to charge 4 LiIon and 4 NiMH for example, at the same time. That will safe you a lot of a hassle if you need to fill up a bunch of empty batteries in a short period of time.
There are dedicated units that fulfill their job perfectly, for both chemistries and are dirtcheap also. There is no reason not to pick up a few.

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liitokala lii-300 LCD 18650/26650/18500 3.7V/1.2V Battery Charger

http://www.ebay.com/itm/liitokala-lii-300-LCD-18650-26650-18500-3-7V-1-2V-Battery-Charger-with-screen-5V-/261701609964#ht_2670wt_1378

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I have purchased Opus BT-C3400 V2.1 after reading various reviews. I like that you can charge different types (Lithium, NiMH, etc. ), capacities, and form factors (AAA, 18650, C, etc.) of batteries in each channel independently. My previous charger could only charge 2 or 4 batteries at the same time and only of the same capacity and type. It had to upgrade since I could not charge 1 battery at a time and that is what all my new flashlights use.