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14500 battery charger from FastTech questions

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  1. joejoe

    joejoe Senior Member

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    I just recently purchased a SuperT Precise Simplicity and 3 AW IMR 14500 batteries. I was a bit impulsive on buying the battery charger and bought one without doing any research. I bought the following charger from FastTech and due to the price, I'm afraid I bought something that is either dangerous, or incompatible with my batteries. I can't find any information about it. Will this charger work with my AW IMR 14500 batteries? What are the draw backs of this charger?

    $3.74 Portable Digital Battery Charger for 14500 Rechargeable Batteries - US plug / charges two 14500 at once at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    Thank you
     
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    unsure ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Thats a good price but I have several mods that use different size batts so that wouldn't help me.

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  3. kiwivap

    kiwivap Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Yes it will charge your 14500 batteries - its a charger for rechargeables.
    The drawback is you've bought a no-name cheap charger. The quality may not be very good and you take a risk. I won't lecture you with horror stories - but your choice isn't the best and I do strongly recommend you get yourself something better. I wouldn't use it.
    This is a good charger - lots of vapers are using the Nitecore 12s:
    http://www.fasttech.com/products/0/...ore-i2-lithium-li-ion-ni-mh-ni-cd-smart-batte

    Other good chargers are Xtar or Pila.
     
  4. joejoe

    joejoe Senior Member

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    This is what I'm looking for. I couldn't find any reviews of these chargers and would like to read some of those stories and why I should or shouldn't use this charger. I read this charger has built in battery protection and fault detection, so I would like to know what the risks are above these features, or if these features don't work on this particular charger.

    Thanks guys.
     
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    kiwivap Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    That's one issue - how do we find reviews of a no-name charger? I prefer to use something that has reviews and a good track record that is known. Your charger may have those features you mention but I would question the quality control on such a cheap generic unit.
     
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    kiwivap Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I don't know that one - there should be some reviews online. All the best with it.
     
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    unsure ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Pila Xtar are the best chargers. Do you need the best...I'd argue no. You dont want the cheapest either. 4+ years of vaping and Trustfires have been safe and worked well for me...just my opinion.

    Battery chargers at RTD Vapor
     
  9. kiwivap

    kiwivap Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I have a couple of Trustfire TR-001s that have worked ok for me. If I use them its for the 18350s. Mostly though I use an Xtar WP2 that is a very good and not too expensive charger. It can charge the 18650s quicker and is a better quality. Its this one:
    http://www.rtdvapor.com/online-store/battery-chargers/xtar-wp2-ii-detail
    The Nitecore 12 on the RTD Vapor page is the same one Fasttech are selling cheaper with free shipping:
    http://www.fasttech.com/products/0/...ore-i2-lithium-li-ion-ni-mh-ni-cd-smart-batte
     
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