There was a couple of posts of a cheap usb powered single cell 18650 charger which I cant find that sounded interesting. It was something like Roche but different. I cant find it. I'm sure HKJ commented about it at the time. Price was around $6.00 from memory.
Hmm… how about the Sanyo NC-TGU01 “universal” charger? Changes from AAA to D sizes. I have one, it appears to be individual channels. The slots are basically like the MDU01 USB charger… flip up or down for the appropriate cell type. Just like the MDU01, it will charge faster with 1 cell in a bank. You can also cheat by putting AAs into the C cell banks. It appears to do smart termination and is far more capable than what the new Panasonic BQ-CC25 can do (except for the fact that it can’t charge 9V… not that it matters to me).
It’s available on amazon.com, but it’s not cheap… You might have some luck finding it within EU too as it was available in Europe as well as Asia (not just Japan). I don’t know about you, but this charger is certainly a keeper for me, based on its claimed capabilities (old Sanyo catalog states it is a fully smart charger, as opposed to the BQ-CC25 in the current catalog)
good pics can be found on the Thai Charger site
Cant wait to see the Klarus CH4S review. I recently bought a VC4 and I’m pleased with that although I regret not waiting for the CH4S review to see if that was a better choice. HKJ thanks for all of your reviews I find them very imformative and honest. Keep up the great work.
The NC-TGU01’s replacement is the BQ-CC25, but it does not have the same capabilities as the NC-TGU01… slower, not as fast… no “quick mode”
The current catalog is a little confusing: it doesn’t list it as a smart charger, but it does list it have charge termination controls… overall, it made me weary of getting the BQ-CC25 (relatively easy to get), so I found a NC-TGU01 (for a good price) and haven’t regretted it since
I don’t think Panasonic will bring the NC-TGU01 back, the way this charger is built appears to be a lot more expensive than what the BQ-CC25 costs… the flip up terminals like the NC-MDU01, dual color individual bank LEDs, full control logics, etc doesn’t appear to be too cheap….
The BQ-CC25 appears to just be a BQ-CC15 with updated firmware to officially support Eneloops. Both of these instead has simple spring loaded terminals (not fixed like all the Sanyo Eneloop chargers), has only 2 charging banks, making it incapable of charging more than 4 cells… the only thing that’s better about it is its official Evolta support (which can simply be done with any new Panasonic charger, because there isn’t any C and D Evolta cells, only Eneloop) and 9V charging (no charge termination controls)… the 9V battery is not an Eneloop, not Evolta, and expensive (MSRP about $20 USD)… so it’s not something to be missed
Anyhow, the NC-TGU01 can be found relatively easily used in Japan, but not so much in other countries due to far lower sales volumes…. maybe ChibiM can help you with this?