XTAR Over 4 Slim Fast Charger
The XTAR Over 4 Slim was provided free by Xtar for my honest and unbiased review no other payments are received other then the charger provided.
I have several XTAR Chargers namely ANT MC1 Plus and MC1 all are small traveler friendly chargers with small form factor and also small charging current, what i like about the MC1 is that it is powered by your phone charger but it’s charging current is not something to bring home about.
I have been eyeing a more powerful charger that can charge bigger battery “properly” such as the 26650 most cheap charger can only charge at 1 amps or 2 amps for the more expensive one so when XTAR contacted me if i want to test their new charger with 4.1A charging per slot i was excited to say the least. I have several big boy charger that can charge at 1000w or more but that is what we call a hobby charger, i have been using my hobby charger to charge my 18650 at a higher current if the need arises but such charger is an overkill for this kind of purposes. My smaller ISDT with 8A charging ability can happily charge 4x18650 at 2A each and that is what i have been having so i know that my 18650 Samsung is HOT when charged at 4A.
so now on to the XTAR Over 4 Slim.
High 4.1A current charging.
UI is really simple with only 2 buttons for adjusting current.
Charging current can be changed anytime, choices are 4.1A, 2A, 1A
No changing or scrolling information on the LCD, only the Internal Resistance measuring at the beginning of the charging process, so the information you need is there on the LCD without having to wait for it to appear.
Displays the voltage, not the battery voltage tough but a charging voltage as the charger doesn’t have voltage sense.
Function as USB output device, can charge your mobile phone, gopro or any devices powered by USB port.
Nice soft touch material on the outside.
No spinning fan inside so no fan noise which usually audible in quite room.
Reversed protection protected.
2 USB output ports, i think 1 port is enough but i think XTAR is being generous that they gives us 2 Ports.
12v 4A Adapter is provided.
Temperature probe, you know how hot your batteries are and the temperature reading are also available on the LCD.
Bright and sharp LCD and good viewing angle, also has auto dim function. to wake it up just press either CH/CH2 buttons.
Nice white with blue fresh design different compared to other tired all black design, look different and interesting.
No Accumulative capacity so you dont know how much capacity you put back into the battery.
Ringing sound when charging probably the inductor, really subtle no intrusive or annoying.
No incremental charging current you stuck with 3 current options.
No discharge function and measure capacity.
External power supply, this could be cumbersome.
Cannot charge Ni-MH or Ni-CD to be fair this charger probably meant for Vaping or Flashlight communities so lacking Ni-MH charging is probably a decision made by XTAR to reduce the cost somewhat, but this make the charger not the ultimate charging solution. I still have use for AA Ni-MH such as my camera speedlite but all of my flashlights are lithium powered.
Positive contact toward the front of the charger, for some this could be annoying as most charger has negative on the front side thankfully charger is protected from reversed insertion so no harm done.
Some observation i made.
Notice: this is just some measurement and observation made with amateur tool.
Ampere draws from the AC outlet when charging. as you can see the 48watts is just enough that is if the power rating is true. On the right side is a measure vs stated charging current that the charger is outputting.
When charging 2 slots at 4.1A and 1 USB output is use one of the Charging port will reduce the current to 2A. if two USB output is use both Charging will reduce to 2A. There are 2 USB ports and each port is tied to each charging ports. So in total the charger will not draw more than 40 watts from the wall.
The white box, the material is excellent feels expensive, the same feel as the box you got from the more expensive smartphone and also has weight to it thanks to 4A power supply/adapter. On the lower left there is XTAR counterfeit scratch code. I haven’t test if mine is genuine
In the beginning of the charging and only in the start of the process, the charger will displays iInternal resistance of the battery and it cycles through between battery percentage and IR then it only displays the percentage.
Overall this is a really nice charger, with different look compared to all other tired black design. The UI is simple, choose your current and set your are done. Adapter is supplied so you are ready to go. LCD is bright and sharp with good viewing angle. Despite its lack of charging smaller battery and other chemistry such as Ni-MH/Ni-CD and no small increment in charging current its simplicity and its power what makes this rally an interesting charger. I am really liking this charger.
Charging at 4A is making the batteries really hot, i think adding a small fan underneath the battery cradle to create a small air movement will helps a lot, i doesn’t need to be fast just create some movement of air. The charger itself doesn’t have cooling fan for the electronic because it doesn’t need to, i found even at 4A x 2 charging the charger remain cool and the provided power supply doesn’t get hot either but the batteries do get hot and needs some cooling.
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