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Which 18650 battery charger?

Discussion in 'Ask FC' started by bluenavey00, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. bluenavey00

    bluenavey00 Arizer Air Aficionado

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    Hi all,

    I have an Arizer Air I and II and for many years I have always charged the batteries in the device. I think now I would like a 18650 charger to charge the 6 batteries I have on rotation. Could some people advice which they think is best?

    Requirements:
    • I'm in the UK, and Amazon is convenient and quick to order from.
    • 2 battery capacity, I travel a lot so I like it being small.
    • I'd like to have a digital screen, or at least some type of charge percentage.
    • Do any have the ability to choose max charge level, so I could charge to 80% to conserve the battery.

    I have found these two which satisfy some of the retirements.
    1. https://www.amazon.co.uk/XTAR-Premi...=8-3&keywords=18650+battery+charger+xtar&th=1
    2. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nitecore-I...1244&sr=8-3&keywords=18650+battery+charger+i2

    The other question I had was max charge rate. Some charge up to .5 amp and others 1 amp. What kind of charge time could I be looking at with each rate for a Panasonic NCR18650B. I'm pretty sure slower charge is better for the battery, but what do most people go for?
     
  2. sickmanfraud

    sickmanfraud Well-Known Member

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  3. Summer

    Summer Well-Known Member

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  4. ClearBlueLou

    ClearBlueLou unbearably light in the being....

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    The Nitecore 4-unit charger is really nice, works great, and is like a pound over the 2-unit.
     
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  5. GreenHopper

    GreenHopper 20 going on 60

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    I have an Xtar VC2 which I like but you need to plug it in to check the power level of your battery.

    Anyone with a nightcore able to tell me if you can test batteries in it without having to plug in to the charge cable?
     
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  6. Whissmu

    Whissmu Well-Known Member

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    my nitecore D4 and my XTAR ANT MC1 (I arrive with my milaana) need to be plugged into the power to show the level of the batteries
     
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  7. GreenHopper

    GreenHopper 20 going on 60

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    Thanks @Whissmu, seems a shame to me that these chargers can't act as battery testers unless plugged in to the mains.

    I was hoping a unit like the ANT MC1 would so that we could test batteries used in manual vapes like the Milaana whilst out and about.
     
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  8. Whissmu

    Whissmu Well-Known Member

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    I had the same thought when I got my Milaana :bang: and I even thought about buying some kind of tester :mental: -> https://es.banggood.com/18650-26650...&utm_campaign=pla-esg-ele-pc&cur_warehouse=CN I guess a tester without need electrical network would spend battery and this could be practical to leave my batteries in storage mode (3.85v) when I need to download a battery without using vaporizers :tinfoil:
     
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