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Charger Recommendation

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by superpacker, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. smokingfish

    smokingfish Loaded Pockets

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    I like my xtar charger, can charge 4 batteries aaa to 18650 I believe.

    What I love about it, is that it is USB, so I can charge my batteries while camping if need be.

    I have a bunch of eneloops batteries, several years and still good.
     
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  2. david57strat

    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    I don't own any Littokala chargers; but I've read many posts, on numerous different forums, from people who do, and who swear by them, as a cost-effective charging alternative.
     
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    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    If you're referring to the VC4 -yes, it will charge lithium ion batteries up to two 32650s in size, as well as D NiMh's, using the outer two slots.

    I just posted the wrong pictures (using an SC4) - but I did try it out on the VC4, and the D NiMhs fit and charged just fine (but I'm too lazy to take new pictures, showing the D NiMhs on the VC4, right now :|.
     
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    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    Point well-made, jcwagers. Most of the newer XTAR chargers will accommodate a very wide range of battery sizes, without the need to use spacers, or magnets, just to make the battery fit. I hate using extra pieces, in a charger, just to charge a battery, so this is a particularly handy feature. Fewer pieces to deal with.
     
  5. david57strat

    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    I always wanted to pick up one of those MH-C9000 chargers; but it just never happened. I did have a couple of the less expensive MH-C204FA chargers, and they worked well for me, but that was seemingly a million years ago (long before becoming a hard core lithium ion fan); and, as I recall, the batteries had to be charged, in pairs, which wasn't the most optimal way to charge possibly mismatched batteries (batteries that had different charges on them).

    These days, trickle charging a battery isn't really a good option, for a NiMh battery. Proper termination of the charge is safer on the battery.

    Somehow, I ended up going the full-on XTAR and Nitecore route, and have no regrets :)
     
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    These comments have been so helpful. Really like the new Nitecore SC4 but beyond my price at this point. But I do like the Nitecore D4, seemed to be their nicest charger until a few weeks ago when the SC4 came out. Also takes a wider variety of batteries than the Xtar. So kinda think the Nitecore or the Liitokala.
     
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    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    We're glad to have helped!

    Please let us know which charger you end up getting, and feel free to post comments and pictures, after you've had a chance to put the charger through its paces :)
     
  8. Westerdutch

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    I have one of the 2 bay liitokalas and it's honestly great. For the budget you can't go wrong on em. You can feel and see that an xtar or nitecore is a higher tier of product but they all charge batteries just fine.
     
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    Are you looking for a 2 bay or 4 bay charger? If it's 4 bay, I did a quick look on Amazon and the Nitecore D4, Xtar VC4, and Liitokala are all basically $25-26. At that rate, it's a wash. You might find deals on them cheaper but Amazon gives a good average price *most* of the time. I would think that any of the 3 would basically charge most mainstream batteries that you would need so just go with whichever you felt the strongest about. :)
     
  10. ChibiM

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    Or have a look at the Opus BT C3100 who sometime pop up at around $30 including shipping.
     
  11. FiaOlleDog

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    My needs are pretty basic: charging one battery at a time, mostly Eneloops AAA and AA, sometimes an 18650.

    I opted for a small charger (to also pack when away for some time) and glad that I picked the Olight UC Magnetic USB Charger. It may not be the best charger around but it works for me, and for 10 bucks it's a bargain.