I am trying to make a decision on which product to buy.
1st is an ISDT C4 EVO battery charger. I would something digital with more information and a connection to my laptop but I don’t have the money for a SkyRC 3000. I know the ups and downs for the charger.
2nd is an opple Light Master 4. It’s $42 on Amazon.
I’m leaning towards the charger which is $50 on Amazon. I just don’t think the opple would get as much use as the charger would.
I would like to hear any opinion or product suggestion.
Have you considered the Vapcell S4+? A few months ago it was in my very short list… I ended up splurging for an MC3000, but the Vapcell was quite good too (minus PC/Bluetooth connectivity and almost total programmability, but also costing less than half).
Sure you can, and I will try and answer to the best of my ability.
As a former owner of a Lacrosse BC700 and current owner of a Miboxer C8 and a Fenix ARE-D1 (all of them much simpler chargers than the MC3000), I can certainly see where you’re coming from.
I think it’s a case of “different strokes for different folks”: in my case, it’s the simpler chargers that have been gathering dust since I got the MC3000, to the point I’m about to put the Miboxer up for sale since I simply don’t use it anymore (and the Fenix has been moved to another, non-charging-related role).
Maybe I use it less frequently and haven’t gotten used to it yet.
I personally have been using S4 plus a lot of times, charging the battery every day
You can always put the MC3000 in one of its simpler modes (there are 2 of them) and use it just like the S4 Plus: put in the batteries, change mode and/or some parameter (or nothing if all you want is auto charging them), and let it do its thing.
But for the way I use it, it’s simply unbeatable and I know of no other charger that can do the job:
place the batteries in the slots;
start my own modified version of this opensource program, input the label for the battery in each slot (yes, all my batteries are individually labeled with a unique ID), and let it run (this is entirely optional, so if I’m in a hurry I can skip it);
open the SkyRC Bluetooth app, choose a program, set the slots and start it;
and after a suitable interval, the batteries are exactly the way I want them, and the program mentioned above has generated a CSV file of all their behavior during the operation, identified by battery label and date, so I have a complete history of all parameters for each and every one of my batteries all the time and can generate graphs, study their behavior, fine tune their programs, etc.
And that’s why I love my MC3000: it allows me both to (1) do things exactly the way I want them, or (2) just put the batteries in and let it do its automated best like the S4 Plus; then I can choose either power or comfort.
It’s not perfect and it’s certainly expensive (it took me a few months – seriously – to convince myself I really wanted one), but right now I wouldn’t change it for any other charger.
Thanks for mentioning this! Looks amazing, I guess I now know what charger I’ll be getting if I ever feel the MC3000 is no longer powerful enough for me – or if I start using car batteries to power my flashlights
That’s a wise decision if I say so myself (since I made the same one a few months ago )
But seriously, it’s as they say: “Buy by price, buy twice”. Going directly to the top-of-the-line is always going to cost less than buying something else and then having to buy the TOTL anyway because the cheaper one wouldn’t do everything you need.
I have a liitokala lii-m4s, opus BT C3400 and an xtar vc4sl updated. I like the opus and liitokala but if I would have just looked at more than the price I would own a SkyRC MC3000 now. I have never heard this saying before “Buy by price, buy twice” but it is very apt for my situation.
I like the lii-m4s and C3400 but they just don’t measure up to the MC3000.