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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Simple, compact, effective – 2x 18650 Digital Battery Charger Reviews

posted by rjluehrs on 11/19/2013 Certified Owner

Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:more than 1 month

Pros:
-Compact, US plug folds flat. -Can fit batteries in charger, in paper box. -Low current charging is safer, doesn't overhead or stress batteries. -Red is charging, green is good, simple indicator. -Lightweight, carry as my backup charger in pack.
Cons:
-Not heavyweight and sturdy. -Low current takes longer to charge batteries. -Not designed for 16340s or other size batteries. -Not programmable for fancy charging techniques.
Other:
Because "buck" converters that lower voltage are generally more efficient that "boost" converters that raise voltage, I typically buy 2-cell (18650) flashlights; also twice the mAh. So I nearly always charge 2 batteries at once. I carry a spare set with me, and this is a light, compact, simple charger when I swap batteries.
Bottomline:
If you want fancy, get something with a readout, or programmable, or whatever -- but you're going to spend $45-100 dollars, and it is going to sit at home. If you want a cheap, highly portable charger to go in your pack, this one is great!

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