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    I'm putting this post here just so more eyes will see it as opposed to the eGo sub forum. This is a question more about chargers and charging an eGo battery.

    Does the Joyetech 510/eGo battery charger SHUT-OFF when the green light comes on?

    I was reading the post concerning the ins and outs of Batteries and one thing that hasn't crossed my mind yet is the fact of over-charging batteries.

    At the moment I can only assume that the charger shuts off after the charger turns green, the led that is. Since the battery and the chargers wall plug no longer produces heat! Is this fact?

    Also, I heard that this same charger uses reverse polarity. Does that mean I couldn't use it to charge up an eGo knock-off or any other battery with a different name that has the eGo adapters?
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    Some ego chargers will continue to detect the level of the charge in the ego battery. For instance if you leave an ego on the charger for a few days that light will turn red again because the charger has noticed it lost some juice.

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    I use a Twist and the Ego charger-- I leave them in a ton. Can't really overcharge them just follow basic battery charging safety (I forget). The Twist is such a great quality bat I bought the real Ego charger instead of my knock off chargers to ensure it was getting the right charge. I try to take them off when they are charged but often forget--not really a problem.

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    OK, then then the charger stops charging then; and I don't have to worry about over-charging and explosions?

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    When the light changes from red to green, charging is supposed to stop. The green is telling you that the battery is 'good to go'. At this point in time, the battery should be taken off the charger. Leaving the battery on the charger will not increase the charge. On the other hand, if the charger or battery is defective, then the condition could possibly arise that the charger will still attempt to charge the battery some more. This, of course, would not be a good condition. The problem is that you may not know it is occurring. Using a charger for small stick 510 batteries may charge your ego, but if something should go wrong, you probably won't know it.

    Therefore, just to be on the safe side, only use the proper charger for your battery. Remove the batteries promptly after the light turns green. Do not simply insert them in the charger and then run off to bed, planning to deal with it in the morning. If there are any suspicions, try a different charger on that battery, try a different battery on that charger, and pay attention. This will allow you to make the decisions that will prolong your battery life and safety. If in doubt, pitch it; none of it is that expensive (compared to analogs)
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    In theory the charger will stop charging. Thing is, you can never trust chargers and batteries, no matter the brand and price tag. Beside that, it will continue raising the temperature as there is some current going through the device even if it is "doing nothing". For the same reason, please, disconnect the chargers from the wall outlet. It's a small amount of electricity but multiply that with a huge enough number and you get the number that actually does no good to our planet for no reason at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralikar View Post
    I use a Twist and the Ego charger-- I leave them in a ton. Can't really overcharge them just follow basic battery charging safety (I forget). The Twist is such a great quality bat I bought the real Ego charger instead of my knock off chargers to ensure it was getting the right charge. I try to take them off when they are charged but often forget--not really a problem.
    Where do you buy this real ego charger?
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    Any vendor that sells the ego battery should also have the ego charger. I'm not saying anything about brand, necessarily, but more about current output. The 510 chargers for the smaller stick batteries may allow the ego to screw on to it, and even charge it, but the current output of the stick battery chargers is too low. I tried this out one time and the poor little charger got so hot trying to keep up with having such a large battery attached to it, that the plastic housing got soft and seriously warped. That charger went directly into the trash can.

    Just make sure the charger has sufficient output. The ego charger should have about 400-450 ma output to be able to properly charge the ego batteries without overtaxing the charger. Of course, in a similar vein, do not use these higher current chargers to charge your small stick batteries. It will attempt to charge them much too rapidly and they may overheat or be damaged.

    Ego rapid chargers at DV for 6 bucks. eGo/510 USB Rapid Charger - 420mAh

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    Supposedly Joyetech says you can use the Straight eGo Charger that comes with their Starter Kits to Charge their 18650 MOD Unit. Suppose the little 510 Charger would have a helluva time charging on of those!

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    1) Always use the charger that goes with your device. Make sure you order the same one (or newer revised) if it is replaced. Polarity and such. That said...there are known compatibilities. But if you don't know, just get the proper one.
    2) All e-cig chargers that I know of auto-shut-off and then trickle charge. I've never heard of a charger that requires you to hook a multi-meter up to it to tell if it's done yet, nor have I heard of users running around with DMM's and stopwatches panicking about charge levels while charging.
    3) Malfunctions can and do happen. Mostly mis-matches, but malfunctions too. So unplug when done, IMO. Also charge in a safe place and/or use a charger bag.
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