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This is threatening to put my MVP's on permanent retirement.

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  1. p.opus

    p.opus Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    Coral Springs FL
    I've always said how convenient the MVP is and told everyone that while I love my ProVari's the MVP is more convenient when on the road because I don't have to deal with extra batteries and chargers.

    Well, I saw something on and for sale at Sun-Vapers that is threatening to retire my MVP's once and for all.

    Xtar MC1 Portable USB Charger |

    The Xtar MC1 portable USB charger. Will charge using a Micro USB cable. Easy to put in your computer bag or small enough to put into your little eGo case. Easy to use your phone charger. Easy to use in the car.

    And it's very inexpensive.

    It doesn't charge them fast, but it's a lot better than throwing in a big charger. You can even use it as a battery holder to hold your spare.

    I just bought it an let you know how it works.... My poor MVP's.....
  2. Docbrown121

    Docbrown121 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2014
    Morris, IL, USA
    Yes do tell how it works when you receive it. I have been looking for a portable charger for a while.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  3. Coelli

    Coelli Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 5, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
    Definitely let us know what you think. I just ordered another Nitecore because I brought the Trustfire on a trip this week and it wouldn't even charge an 18500 overnight (yes, I know you're not supposed to charge overnight but I was on business and it was the only time I could charge). Luckily I had brought enough batteries to get me through. We bought the Trustfire when I bought my first Provari but a day or two later I won the Nitecore in a raffle so the Trustfire never got much use. Have another trip coming up in a couple of weeks though and probably more travel this year so I'm interested in something more compact. :)
  4. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    Sooner or later, you are going to be using your Provari's when out-and-about rather than just for home use.

    You've been "babying" your Provari's thus far, fearful of bringing the Provari's outside of the protective security of your home. Trust us, the Provari can handle anything that can happen away from home.

    My Provari's go everywhere I go. One is always in my hand, my pocket, or in my lap. A spare battery in a plastic battery case takes up very little room in my pants pocket.

    I've carried my own MVP with me out of the house, too. However, I've always preferred the Provari over the MVP.
  5. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Signature Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 9, 2012
    Woodburn, OR
  6. Kellysleep

    Kellysleep Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 3, 2014
    Since the day they arrived I have taken one with me everywhere I go, knock on wood I have yet to drop one but o feel confident if I should it will survive. I can say I have not picked up any of my other mods since the provari's arrived, I enjoy the vape I know it is better then the other mods I have so why would I want an inferior vape when I don't have to? Sorry not trying to sound like a vape snob.
  7. Elizabeth Baldwin

    Elizabeth Baldwin Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I always find good stuff at Sun vapors. A few weeks ago I loaded up on Sony 30 amp batteries. They were like 7 bucks a piece. I've been using them and they are the real deal. :p
  8. Gato del Jugo

    Gato del Jugo ProVarinati ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2013
    US o' A
    Okay, this has gone on long enough..

    Who hacked into opus's ECF account??

  9. EvilZoe

    EvilZoe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I know, right? LOL!!
  10. ^Top-Shelf^

    ^Top-Shelf^ Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Central Illinois
    I like the passthrough for the provari's. Brilliant idea
  11. lizziebith

    lizziebith Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 22, 2010
    Austin, TX
    I'm going to have to try these for travel as well. Xtar seems to have a great reputation among the flashlight enthusiasts. :)
  12. p.opus

    p.opus Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    Coral Springs FL
    pbusardo called them out about a month ago and said they are pretty nice. They are intelligent chargers and very small.

    Some reviews I've seen talk about the micro usb charger connection being a little fragile, so remove the cord before you pocket it.

    I plan to use it as a spare battery holder. Then if I have to swap batteries, put the spent one in and charge off my phone charger at work or in the car.
  13. p.opus

    p.opus Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    Coral Springs FL
    Well guys it's here. It's really nice and small. It comes with it's own USB to Micro USB cable. Has an LED to give you battery status (red=charging, green=charge complete, no battery inserted, off=polarity reversed).

    It has reverse polarity and short circuit protection. It will also lower the current in high ambient temperature environments to avoid over heating. It has a soft start function to prevent damage to the battery from a large current surge and It has 0V battery activation to recover over discharged batteries and a three stage charging curve.

    I really like it.

    Here's a pic of it on my desk taking some juice from the phone charger I keep permanently plugged in at work.

    18650 microusb.jpg
  14. drummerskey

    drummerskey Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aren't you supposed to fully charge batteries when you charge them or am I thinking about something else?

    I was just thinking about a car trip that doesn't take 4 hours :)
  15. p.opus

    p.opus Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    Coral Springs FL
    From Battery University:

    Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries

    A lot of charging myths apply to older NiCad's (such as full charge and deep discharge to clear memory).

    I gave my 18650 a quick "squirt" during lunch while I was eating. Took it from 3.8 to 4.0 volts...
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