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Recommended 18650 battery charger

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  1. hassanngm

    hassanngm Full Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Hi all,
    Could you please provide me with recommended 18650 battery charger that best suit my vtc5a and lg hg2 batteries?

    Thanks,
    Hassan
     
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  2. LarryPer

    LarryPer Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 28, 2012
    San Diego CA
    I just bought a intelecharger on eBay for about $14 shipped they are rated one of the best it has four bays the last one I had from them lasted seven years
     
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  3. gandymarsh

    gandymarsh Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 11, 2014
    WI, USA
    I have a Nitecore Intellicharger I4 that works well. There is also Xtar which a lot of folks here like
     
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  4. Topwater Elvis

    Topwater Elvis Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Dec 26, 2012
    Texas
    Efest LUC 2, 4 or 6 bay.
     
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  5. Winchester

    Winchester Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 9, 2013
    Califorina
    Nitecore D4 Digicharger 4 Bay have had mine for 2 years. Have 10 dual battery mods use use it everyday.
     
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  6. Hdivr

    Hdivr Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 23, 2011
    Rolla MO
    I've used a nitecore I4 for the past 3 years. Good charger though a little slow. It's been packed away for backup now that I've been using an Xtar SV2. The Xtar is truly a fast charger. Only a two bay but you can program it for 2 amps per channel if needing to recharge batts quickly. I rarely use that setting though. Usually 1 amp can charge an 18650 batt from 13 percent to 100 percent in about 2 hours. I think my old nitecore was .5 amps or so and it took all day to charge a depleted vtc5. It did 4 batts at a time though.

    I like the Xtar because I can quickly look up at it and see the percentage charged at a glance rather than just blinking lights.
     
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  7. madstabber

    madstabber Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Xtar makes reliable chargers, take your pick on a model that suits your needs(2-bay/4-bay). A couple to consider if you want a good reliable charger that also can analyze the condition of your cells, the liitokala lii-500 and the opus bt-c3100. Both are 4-bay and are affordable in the $30-$40 range. I own the liitokala and it’s been excellent for charging all my cells. Good luck and buy from a reputable vendor, especially your cells (they are counterfeited quite often) if ya didn’t know, now ya know.
     
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  8. suprtrkr

    suprtrkr ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I use both Nitecore and Xtar chargers. I like the Nitecore better, but it's personal preference. Welcome to the board.
     
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  9. hassanngm

    hassanngm Full Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    wow it seems a very solid charger
     
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  10. hassanngm

    hassanngm Full Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    I have ordered one but unfortunately I have received a clone one.
     
  11. hassanngm

    hassanngm Full Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Thanks :)
     
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  12. hassanngm

    hassanngm Full Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Thanks a lot of info. in here LOL.. this is really helpful
     
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  13. NicotineRush

    NicotineRush Linux Mint/Mate Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Xtar VC4 Works great for me!
     
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  14. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    I have a Nitecore intellicharger 2 bay, but I would enjoy a 4 bay charger. My nitecore has been reliable and consistent, only real complaint is that the sleds need to be babied a bit (less so now they are broken in) but everyone kind of has their personal preference.

    While you are dealing with your "clone" situation, I always tell people to find them somewhere nearby (doesn't have to be a vape shop, I'd imagine some specialty electronics stores or hardware stores carry chargers) to go check them out, it may be easier to decide while physically looking at them. That is my plan when/if I get around to replacing my nitecore charger. I should probably do it soonish, in case anything happens to my charger and I have to actually just go out and buy one rather than waiting however many days to get it shipped to me....

    Good luck,

    Anna
     
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  15. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    From a price standpoint, I recommend one of the Efest LUC chargers. Quality, fast charging.

    Guide to Choosing a Li-ion Battery Charger

    • Guide to help a novice in choosing a charger. Covers recommended brands, suggestions for the number of charging bays you'll need, independent bays, LED or LCD models, and "smart chargers".
     
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  16. Joules_Verne

    Joules_Verne Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 18, 2013
    SW France
    Hi Bad, that link 'guide to help a novice' etc doesn't work for me. ;)
    DaveD
     
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  17. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    Fixed. :thumb:
     
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  18. BrotherBob

    BrotherBob Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2014
    Sunnyvale,CA,USA
    Sorry suggestion already made.
     
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  19. hassanngm

    hassanngm Full Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    I have a question regarding the liitokala lii-500 Does it automatically cut off and stop charging when the cell is fully charged?
     
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  20. madstabber

    madstabber Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Yes it does, it’s a fine charger. The only complaint I have is the springs on the slots are really strong. Wish they were a little lighter like my Xtar. You just have to use care putting batteries not to pop them in and let the slider snap on the battery. I dented a positive end a little bit. Not a big con and the only con I can think of but it’s worth mentioning.
     
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