Since there are always so many questions about rechargable batteries and the appropriate chargers to charge them, I decided to post this mini review. I have asked a lot of questions myself lately which led me to this charger.
Model: PILA IBC CHARGER
Description: Pila Intelligent Li-ion Battery Charging System with 4 Stage Charging Process.
1) Automatic Analyzing Battery Status.
2) Quick Charge.
3) Slow Charge.
4) Standby mode, Trickle Charge. (EDIT:See first post below by SilverFox)
Specs: Charges both independent stations at 4.2 volts 600mah
Charging time listed at 3.5 hours -Approximate
( I would not recommend charging "any" battery rated below 600mah.)
Made In: China
By: Permalight ( Asia ) Co. LTD
Price Paid: 49.99 Plus Shipping
LET ME CLEARLY NOTE WHAT PILA STATES IN THEIR MANUAL AND DIRECTLY ON THE CHARGER, "FOR CHARGING PILA LI-ION BATTERIES ONLY".
Now having said that this charger is probably used more for 18650, R123, 14500, 17670, 17500, more than it is for Pila batteries, but, I take no responsibility on how it's used, I'm just reporting on how I have used it with great results.
Included in the (nice) Box: Battery holder ( Charging Station ) Xfmr with plug for 120V and I believe what is a Europe Plug. See Photo Below. Carry Bag, Manual, Two Spacers. I thought this was a nice package for the price.
The Charger has two lights for each of the two "Independent" Charging stations. A green led and a red led. Also included is a reset button for each station. More clear on the next picture.
The LEDs perform the following functions:
Green on and Red flashing: Battery Compartment Empty
Red on Green off: Battery Charging
Green on Red off: Battery Fully Charged
Green on and Red Flashing fast: Defective battery
RESET BUTTON Manual Explanation: "If batteries were used for a while but green LED's indicate battery is charged press reset to charge to 100%.
I charged one AW 14500 (750mah)and one Ultrafire 14500 (900mah) to start. The Ultrafire had a voltage of 3.65 to start and the AW was just received and had a starting voltage of 3.91. I wish I would have timed them but hindsight being what it is. The Ultrafire came off at 4.17 volts. The AW which was complete in around 30 minutes came off at 4.07. I placed it back in the charger and hit the reset button. 15 minutes later when the light turned green, it also came off at 4.17 volts. I can see the reset button is going to be a nice feature.
I charged another AW and Ultrafire and both of these came off the charger at 4.17v after the light turned green.
It is nice that the Pila Charger already came with spacers ( removed spacer at the bottom of the charger in above photo) These spacers worked perfect for charging 14500 batteries. I had also purchased a set of Aluminum ones but didn't need them. They would come in handy for charging R123's. I believe the two spacers together would be just about the right size. The spacers that come with the charger screw in and out easily.
Conclusion: I really like this charger. Considering my Ultrafire 139 quit working after two charges. This charger is definitely a step or two up from the 139 charger. I'm not sure why Pila is so insistant that you only charge their 300P, 300S, 600P, 600S batteries with this charger. It is obvious is does a really nice job on any 3.7V Li-ion battery with a true capacity larger than 600mah. Maybe others with more experience than me could shed some light on this.