I also wonder why it wouldn't work with the iPad2??
Just noticed you stated you have the 2s2p version, that may be the issue... Maybe the iPad2 is picky with it's chargers??
I'd say give the 4p one a shot.. It's only like $10ish lol
Anyone else with an iPad2 have any input to help him out???
Thanks, hope I helped some!!!
Are you using the cable it shipped with or your normal sync cable? Mine didn't ship with one of those all in one cables.
Mmmm.. the 4P 3 led charger has an micro usb input for charging from usb, nice.
Just one thing, the 4P unit wants 5V/1A input and the 2S2P unit (ordered 2 from that rantain guy..) says 9V/10V 1-2A input. Jack sizes are slightly different too.
I'm tempted to try the Green Ultrafire XSL which has been getting some good reviews, I been using the Trustfire flame and can get around 1 1/4 iPhone charges from the 4P box.. so I think it's around 70% efficient for me. Think others mentioned around that too. For charging the phone I use the Scorche iPhone keychain cable (well a chinese knock off) and it works fine.
Woah, sorry. That brief test I did on my iphone with one fully charged TF flame from DX (advertised as 2400mah give or take) brought my phone back from the dead 0-100% once and then when the phone was at 1%, got it up to 25% before the unit stopped. I only have a pair of those batteries but have ordered some more to do a proper test, but everything being equal a box of 4 cells should yield around (or close to) 5 charges.
I just ran my single to cut off and it stopped @ ~3.1v which seems a little high for modern 18650s
Still I get a bit more than a full charge from empty on my iPhone.
No mine is a single cell charger not the 4cell. Sorry for the confusion.
I got a 2x one off ebay a while back, think it's similar to the 4P version but can use 1 or 2 cells. Need to check my pobox to see if it's arrived yet.
So many lights, so little money (cause I spent it on lights). I'm not afraid of the dark, the dark is afraid of ME!
Newb q: With the buck synchronous 95% efficient 2S2P charger, the seller told me via email not to use 9V 2A adaptor?? Even though he has one pictured with the charger+batt+adaptor combo he sells?
Can I use a 10V 2A adaptor or should it be 1A or less? Thanks!
Hope this info helps some!!!
So either I have had extremely bad luck or these things are way cheaply built. They seem a bit expensive at $12+ considering what you get.
Do you think this 2S2P one is any better?
Still most people (including me) would pay extra $$ for something that wouldn't stuff up randomly and had a bit better quality control. Contact the seller and let them know, regardless.
The other one was the kind with a blue load led and a red/green charge status led. This was the one I used because it worked perfectly until that one day I turned it on and the load light was lit even though nothing was taking power from it and then it died. I took it apart and tried to see if there was a short somewhere but can not tell and it is likely something also burned out on it.
I had bought two different types hoping to receive one that was reliable, not the case I guess. No way I am dumping another $11 on one of these. It has already been a couple of months since these have died, unlikely the seller cares to help at all.
Wow, a lot of chargers suggested here!
I was originally going for the DX flashlight combo, but I think not now I'll rather go for one of the 4-cell boxes from ebay.
As I don't have any travel chargers for 18650's (indeed, I use only a hobby charger) I need to be able to charge it using a standard usb-charger on the go. Therefore, the 2S2P and some others that are linked to, are not that much of an option. Currently, I'm mostly looking at 1 and 2. I'd prefer no 1 simply based on looks, but has anyone got any more info on ether? Whether they have cc/cv, efficiency, build quality etc. etc.
Also, would anyone know of any similar products that gives an output of 9V? Could be handy for my tablet on flights etc.
Am I right in thinking that the 18650 battery is going to be more and more common, the newer, bigger AA++ format?
What would be beautiful would be a usb/micro usb charger that could be switched to boost and deliver 5v at 500ma, shaped like a tube and tough enough to use as a spare battery carrier...
an adjustable spacer inside and the ability to charge a smaller lithium, a little more circuitry and let it charge an eneloop too, all the more useful.
with the charges both coming and going at 5v it would be easy to use anywhere usb/micro usb was found, solar, car adapters, etc.
The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.
On the other hand, though - they already are. They are in your laptop (which even uses 18650s often), cellphone, emergency chargers, some rechargeable flashlights etc.
Really, a 18650 cell with a well designed protection circuit (ie. no flimsy paper strip protecting the lead from the negative end to the protection pcb) are not more dangerous than than your laptop battery or cell phone battery. It has much higher energy density than AAs, much better discharge rate than normal AA-rechargeables and nearly as good as the LSD ones.
Also, the fact that they are so much better than AA in term of energy density, means that it might just make more people switch to rechargeables - which would be a major plus.
I'm actually contemplating to make some investigations into what it would take to sell such portable chargers to the public instead of these crappy two AA-chargers, Complete with four 18650 cells, of course. I don't know what it would end up with cost-wise though, seeing as I would need a reliable battery source that provides CE-certificates, pay VAT and whatnot. Oh, well, I can enjoy a couple myself anyway, even if i don't manage to save the common man. :P
I have seen this product a couple time and wonder if anyone has purchased one and tried it out? I did not see this posted on Candle Forumns so hopefully not a re-post.
If not, I am temped to get one and test it out.
I am curious about Cutoff Voltage, Charging style, trickle charge after complete, USB output voltage, ect.
I noticed they called for unprotected cells (or at least one I saw on ebay) which many of us have quite a few laying around. Could be a great use to charge up that deal cell phone or power some usb speakers outside?
Here are some photos (It looks like there are a few versions some discontinued..)
Different Version.. Choices!
Whats this... another version! This one seems appealing since the 18650's are in parallel and the above models seem to be series..
This one seems a little shoddy to me...
As you can see the list goes on...
I think out of all of them I like this last one the best. Here is the link and they have 3 different versions (close up of the PCB's on their ad) it seems to have the most features and doesnt look too bad. I do wonder about the charging characteristics though...
This is just a few of them that appear from multiple china resellers, including ebay. Just search 18650 Power Box.
Thoughts? Worth The Trouble? Safety Concerns?
Seems like a good theory.
Last edited by koocuz; 03-14-2012 at 10:50 PM.
anyone tried these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/170799586822 ? 5V in 2A out 1A Mobile Travel Portable PowerSupply 18650 Battery USB Charger Box
It loads 4x 18650 in parallel, charges thru a mini USB plug and outputs 5V via a regular size USB port