Review: Nitecore LC10 Portable Magnetic USB Charger

Portable Magnetic USB Charger

The LC10 Charger was sent to me directly by Nitecore for the review.
For product features:

• Portable Magnetic Outdoor USB Charger
• With charging and discharging functions
• Capable of charging cylinder rechargeable Li-ion batteries
• Integrated USB 2.0 input and output ports
• Intelligently identifies the positive and negative tips of batteries
• White light sensors for 3 brightness levels and power indicators
• 3 power indicators show the charging/discharging status
• Automatically detects the battery power status and selects the appropriate charging mode (CC, CV)
• Protection against overcharging
• Compatible with power banks, 5V solar panels and USB adapters
• Made from fire retardant / flame resistant PC+ABS material
• Certified by RoHS, CE, FCC and CEC
• Insured worldwide by Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd.

Micro-USB to lightning adapter

Input: DC 5V ≥0.5A
Output: 4.2V±1% (BATTERY) / 5V±5% (USB) 1A MAX

Compatible battery types:
Li-ion/IMR: 12650, 13450, 13500, 13650, 14350, 14430, 14500, 14650, 16500,
16340(RCR123), 16650, 17350, 17500, 17650, 17670, 17700, 18350,
18490, 18500, 18650, 18700, 20700, 21700, 22500, 22650, 22700,
25500, 26500, 26650, 26700
(Compatible with 3.6V or 3.7V cylinder rechargeable Li-ion battery)

Dimension: 9.65” ×0.96” ×0.73” (245mm×24.5mm×18.5mm)
Weight: 0.98oz (27.8g)

The Nitecore LC10 battery charger is an innovative product to be used mainly outdoors. The LC10 has functions of charge and discharge, auxiliary light or emergency and is light and portable.
It has the ability to charge cylindrical Li-ion / IMR batteries and has the ability to charge other devices, such as a smartphone, through the Micro-USB / Lightning output port (Android and IOS).
With the LC10 battery charger you can charge batteries at home, in the office, in the car and in other outdoor environments. It is compatible with Notebook, Solar panel, Car adapter, Power bank etc.
The LC10 is made of fire-resistant and fire-resistant PC + ABS (VO) materials with resistance to impact and high temperatures.

The packaging:

The Nitecore LC10 Battery Charger is sold in a small carton pack with the main characteristics of the product printed on it.

Inside the package we find the LC10 charger and the manual in English and Chinese.

Charger function.

The Nitecore LC10 battery charger is composed of one side with two magnetic poles, plated to prevent oxidation, where we will connect (indifferently) the positive and negative pole of the battery to be recharged (the LC10 intelligently identifies the connected positive or negative pole) and on the other side we have the micro USB / USB sockets.
As indicated on the instructions, the Micro-USB to Lightning adapter is originally connected to the output port in the package. You must unplug the adapter before connecting it to the input port to start charging the battery.
Just then connect the USB port, after inserting the micro USB in it, to a 5V DC adapter to start charging. The battery to be recharged must necessarily have a magnetizable metal at the poles to be used with the LC10.

In the central part of the Nitecore LC10 there is a translucent plastic shell that has 3 red and 3 white LEDs inside and a switch sensor to control the 3 white LEDs.
The red LEDs, when we connect a battery to the poles, will indicate the state of charge of the battery:

• 3 permanently lit indicators indicate that the battery charge status is above 80%
• 2 permanently lit indicators indicate that the battery charge status is between 50% and 80%;
• 1 permanently lit indicator indicates that the battery charge status is less than 50%;
• 1 flashing light indicates that the battery is low and it is recommended to start the charging process. and, flashing, the progress of the recharge.

When the charging is complete, the 3 LEDs remain lit and fixed. I recharged a 3200 mAh 18600 Nitecore battery and a 5200 mAh Acebeam 21700 battery and in both cases the charge ended at 4.18V.
The Nitecore LC10 can charge up to 1A current; automatically detects the battery status and selects the appropriate charging mode (cc, cv).

Power Bank function.

The Nitecore LC10 battery charger can be used as a Power Bank to charge a device (with output current up to 1A) such as a digital camera, mobile phone (Android / IOS), wireless headphones, etc. via a battery.
Recharging is done by connecting the Micro-USB / Lightning socket (Android and IOS) to the device to be recharged.
During the charging process, the red indicator will indicate the remaining charge status of the battery in the LC10.

Auxiliary light function.

The central translucent shell also has 3 white LEDs. At the back of the shell there is a touch-controlled sensor for switching on the 3 LEDs.
By repeatedly touching the Sensor Switch we can vary the light between different positions: "Low -Medium-High-OFF-Indicator Red charge".
The LED light can not be used while the LC10 is recharging a battery.


In conclusion, a great product is the Nitecore LC10 USB charger. Excellent materials and its operation. Finally with the LC10 I can also recharge long batteries 21700. Very comfortable given the size and weight always carry it with you.
Thank you for reading the review.