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Pila charger question

Discussion in 'E-Cigarette Accessories Discussion' started by RickMc, Apr 9, 2012.

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  1. RickMc

    RickMc Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    Fontana, CA
    Does anybody have any feedback on the Pila 4-stage charger? It's pricey, wondered about the value.
     
  2. Batsu

    Batsu Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 18, 2010
    oregon
    i have one and i love it, batteries always come off at 4.2, never warm, never over charged, more than once i have left a battery on there over night on accident, never comes off warm. good charger for the money imo.
     
  3. markfm

    markfm Aussie Pup Wrangler Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Another 3.7V battery option to look at, some good reviews over on cpf and budgetlightforum, is the xtar wp2 II. If you need to charge shorter 16340 batteries, you need the extra spacer set (about $1). Use the "1" switch setting for smaller batteries (under 1000 mAh).

    The Pilas have a great rep, this is just another option for a decent charger.
     
  4. siampumpkin

    siampumpkin Moved On ECF Veteran

    Dec 17, 2011
    I love my XTAR MP6. Great value for money, no springs to break and great adjustable system. Batteries are never hot and fully charged in the proper time. Six independent charge channels.

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  5. captaindorko

    captaindorko Full Member

    Mar 31, 2012
    United States
    Thanks, I was looking into this charger too. I was hoping to find something I can safely use overnight, the problem being that with my work schedule the only time I'm any place for more then 5 consecutive hours is when im sleeping, so it makes attending charging batteries difficult.
     
  6. markfm

    markfm Aussie Pup Wrangler Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    If you want a hard cutoff, look for a little outlet timer. I use: Belkin - Conserve Socket Power Timer - White/Lemongrass - F7C009

    $10 total. BestBuy is out of stock, but it's available other places.

    I use one with a triple tap outlet for my PV chargers upstairs, a second one in the basement connected to a power strip for my power tool chargers.

    For the PV stuff, I have it set to 3 hours -- all my batteries charge in that time, and there's only a small window for "over charging". The xtar wp2 II has a trivial "trickle", something like 0.1mA. Equally, when power is disconnected, its discharge rate is only 0.5 mA -- I could leave my batteries in the charger, with charger powered off, for 10 hours, only lose 5 mAh of useable capacity.
     
  7. jimbalny

    jimbalny Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2011
    New York
    Due to long hours at work I usually end up letting my ultrafire charger go overnight, my aw's always cut off at 4.17-4.19 . Check them often using a portable little meter I soldered together with leads and aligator clips. As a precaution I charge them in a metal box meant for a tork mechanical timeclock. Just took out a knockout for the wire to go through and thats where I do all my charging.

    Sent from my PC36100 using Tapatalk 2
     
  8. siampumpkin

    siampumpkin Moved On ECF Veteran

    Dec 17, 2011
    It stops Charing when the battery is full without fail and the batteries never heat up.



    Posted with Tapatalk 2 on my Atrix 4G
     
  9. cmantis

    cmantis Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 8, 2012
    Here
    I just ordered the xtar wp2 II with the extra spacers for $20 shipped. Came yesterday so haven't had the chance to use it yet. Figured it was better than the tr001 and cheaper than the Pila.
     
  10. oplholik

    oplholik ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I have two Pilas, I've not been happy with either one. Definately won't try another. I know I'm in the minority on this.
    I bought two EXtar WPII's and have been really impressed with them. Also just ordered, and waiting for the WP6. Great chargers!
     
  11. RickMc

    RickMc Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    Fontana, CA
    What issue(s) did you have with them?
     
  12. oplholik

    oplholik ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    The first one I bought only one bay charges. I sent it back to the vendor to be checked out. The vendor said it was working as it should be, but it ,still didn't work for me. So instead of adding to the cost with more shipping expenses, I put it aside for a backup. The second I bought, from another vendor works better, but won't always charge to a reasonable level. I have some AW IMR's 14500 that will only charge to 4.1-4.12v, but when I put them on the Xtar, they charge to 4.18-4.2v. I'm just tired of foolin with it, so it too has become a back up for an emergency. I probably should have sent this one back, but didn't, like I said I am just tired of fooling with em. I don't want to dis the Pila too much, as everyone else seems to really like em, just my luck hasn't been good with them.

     
  13. RickMc

    RickMc Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2012
    Fontana, CA
    Thanks for the feedback! Btw, we're neighbors almost. I don't suppose there is a decent brick and mortar store anywhere in the IE? I haven't been able to locate one so far....
     
  14. speedemon

    speedemon Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 7, 2009
    Chicagoland
    I have the xtar and like it make sure to get 2 extra spacers for smaller batteries comes with 2.Seems to be working very well and no overcharge issues got mine for 17.99 shipped.I also still use a tr-001 and won't knock it eather no overcharge when the batteries have been left on once green.
     
  15. oplholik

    oplholik ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Not even an undecent B&M :( Some of the small smoke shops carry some stuff, but you probably know how that is.

     
  16. Stubby

    Stubby Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 22, 2009
    Madison, WI USA
    The lower charge of the Pila is really not a bad thing. It's much better to be slightly undercharged then to push it to the limit. 4.2 is the absolute limit on lithium batteries. Anything over that is in the danger zone. I would much rather have a charger that goes on the side of caution.

    Once you start using the battery the voltage quickly drops so you really are not losing much of anything. Between the two I would go with the Pila.
     
  17. markfm

    markfm Aussie Pup Wrangler Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Check battery university. I have no problems seeing any reading between about 4.15 & 4.25, though I won't go above that.
     
  18. oplholik

    oplholik ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    My Xtar hasn't yet charged anything above 4.21, by my DMM, and usually hits it at around 4.18 - 4.20. I have a couple older TF 14500's that will only charge to 4.11- 4.12.
     
  19. Stubby

    Stubby Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 22, 2009
    Madison, WI USA
    The difference you would notice between a slightly higher charge is so small it doesn't matter. Once you actually start using the battery the voltage will almost immediately drop from the peak you have when fresh off the charger. You are splitting hairs if you think it matters.

    For myself I would rather have a lower charge then to be consistently pushing the battery. In the long run its better for the battery and very likely safer. Sure, you can push it, but why would you want to.
     
  20. Jeann

    Jeann Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 16, 2011
    The Netherlands
    lately am having simular problems with my Pila witch i have for about a year now. am only using AW IMR 14500 600mah and were preforming fine, even tho they were charged to only 4.15v. all of a sudden the batts started to preform weak so bought myself new batts and they showed the same performence. looks like the Pila can't charge them to 4.15v anymore, if i give them a reset they read about 4.17v. those batts do much better, but can't say that i'm impressed with how long i can use them.

    were you able to nail down the problems to only the 14500 batts, or was it with all sorts of batts?
     
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