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    Those slightly older cells of yours are still in pristine shape. Maybe that's partly due to your use of a hobby charger and the parameters you've set which result in a ~ 4.14 termination voltage. Or maybe they just haven't been used all that much. Or perhaps they are in good shape because they were good cells to begin with and/or all of the above.

    As I said earlier, I'm not that keen on consumer style cradle chargers which attempt to stuff every last milliamp-hour of capacity back into a li-ion cell. The first objection I have you picked up on, in that bringing a cell to full charge every cycle is thought to reduce cycle life.

    The other reason I don't care for such chargers is they spend far too much time shoving those last few milliamp-hours of capacity back into a cell. In the case of HKJ's 1x18650 charging chart, 4.15V is achieved somewhere around the 4 hour mark. There is very little capacity gain from that point to 4.2V as you can see in the far right hand scale of the chart - inconsequential capacity is forgone if the cell terminates early. Bringing the cell all the way to 4.2V takes another 2 hours.

    Two hours for very little gain - honestly I can't see any reason to push the cell there except for bragging rights.

    More importantly, the longer the charge process takes, the less likely it is to be supervised properly. This becomes an even more serious problem when the device is fully stuffed with cells and requires 11 hours plus before the done light comes on.

    So there's three reasons why I'm personally not in favour of adding 50% more charge time: very little capacity gain to show for significantly extended charge time; reduced cell life span; and, more chance the charge process will go unsupervised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tandem View Post
    The other reason I don't care for such chargers is they spend far too much time shoving those last few milliamp-hours of capacity back into a cell. In the case of HKJ's 1x18650 charging chart, 4.15V is achieved somewhere around the 4 hour mark. There is very little capacity gain from that point to 4.2V as you can see in the far right hand scale of the chart - inconsequential capacity is forgone if the cell terminates early. Bringing the cell all the way to 4.2V takes another 2 hours.

    Two hours for very little gain - honestly I can't see any reason to push the cell there except for bragging rights.
    It does take a lot of time for the last few mAh, but not that much. You have to look at the current not the voltage, for a single cell it looks more like 20 minutes.
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    Some good points.

    To clarify one thing. Cells on my hobby charger come off at 4.17 and settle to 4.14. I'm still would have expected some settling on the I4.

    The primary advantage as I see it is the ability to charge 4 cells vs 1 at a time on my hobby charger. 1 at a time I can usually charge 2 in an evening where as on the I4 I can do 4. I usually don't put my cells on the charger until I need them (unless they've been fully depleted in which case they go on ASAP). So if I cycle through 4 cells it's nice to be able to throw all of them on at once.

    If I need to speed things up I can always remove them from the charger anytime once the last LED starts blinking and know they are mostly full.

    I attribute my cells to being good cells (AW's). They've been used in high amperage lights to depletion and charged on some lesser chargers in their time. They have lost around 10-15% of their capacity so far.

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    I also wonder how much the pulse charging of the I4 comes into play. I've seen papers on the Internet talk about the affect of pulse charging vs true CC/CV charging. Benefits include a more saturated (full) charge and less long term cell damage (capacity decay) vs a straight CC charge.

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    Can someone take some temperature measurements of their charger while charging 4x18650 (front and back) using an IR gun or something? I'm just curious what others are seeing as normal temps.

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    I have only really charged nimh, and a couple of Lin-ions, I did not notice an heat problems, if you are having a problem, maybe buy a few stick on feet from ebay, to give some air-flow underneath as their is zero now as it virtually flat to the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinus View Post
    Can someone take some temperature measurements of their charger while charging 4x18650 (front and back) using an IR gun or something? I'm just curious what others are seeing as normal temps.
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    Knowing others temps would help me to determine if what I see is normal.

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    I can only comment on 2x 18650's , the batteries didn't get warm, but the charger did.. though not so much you couldn't hold it in your hand.

    Speaking of which.. both batteries arrived with ~3.7v charge, so i slapped em in. Confirmed the charger stopped charging both at 4.2v, and both batteries settled overnight to ~4.18-4.19v (my DMM bounces between said volts). Seems like a great little charger so far; can't wait to slap my Duraloops in to see how they go.

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    Very interesting charger, thanks for the review.
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    Anyone want to change a very slightly used Pila for one of these?

    O.K. Even I am not sure if I am joking or not....but this charger looks very good. If it was out before I bought the Pila just a while ago, I would have gone with this one.

    But on the serious side, does anyone see this replacing the Pila brand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by loquutis79 View Post
    Anyone want to change a very slightly used Pila for one of these?

    O.K. Even I am not sure if I am joking or not....but this charger looks very good. If it was out before I bought the Pila just a while ago, I would have gone with this one.

    But on the serious side, does anyone see this replacing the Pila brand?
    I'd be more than happy to buy an i4 and get it shipped to you in exchange for that pila ibc!

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    Just received mine today and I love the simplicity of it. Currently have it charging a new Eagletac 3100 mah 18650 in bay 1 and an older 2400 mah 18650 in bay 4.

    I'm curious though, could a single NIMH batt be charged in slot 1 with a lion batt being charged in slot 3? With slots 1&3 (and 2&4) being on the same channel, would this work for the single NIMH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sspc View Post
    Just received mine today and I love the simplicity of it. Currently have it charging a new Eagletac 3100 mah 18650 in bay 1 and an older 2400 mah 18650 in bay 4.

    I'm curious though, could a single NIMH batt be charged in slot 1 with a lion batt being charged in slot 3? With slots 1&3 (and 2&4) being on the same channel, would this work for the single NIMH?
    That is exactly what I do in the chapter "Test with NiMH and LiIon and the same time", i.e. it works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loquutis79 View Post
    But on the serious side, does anyone see this replacing the Pila brand?
    If the SysMax holds up longer term I could see sales of this unit taking some market share within the flashlight community. It probably is a reasonable charger for those with a smallish collection of cells of either type; if you have a lot of NiMH *and* Li-Ion cells, maybe a dedicated 2 or 4 bay Li-ion charger and a better NiMH charger (something with additional features to exercise NiMH cells) would be a better buy.

    As open-mindedly as I can approach your question, if I were buying new chargers today I think I would largely still go down the route I've already gone down:

    1) A dedicated advanced NiMH charger; the Maha/Powerex C9000 is a very good charger that helps me manage the ~ 100 NiMH AA and AAA cells we use. The SysMax doesn't offer the scope of features the C9000 has.

    2) Would I purchase the Pila again? Yes or probably yes. The only thing that has me hesitating is the number of bays - would I reach for a 4 bay charger from someone else? I think not and I'll explain:

    I find the Pila convenient when I want to charge cells with a minimum of effort. In most of my lights I run either one or two cells but most often an 18650. A couple of lights I run 2x18500 or 2x16340 or 2x18350. During peak riding season I sometimes discharge 2 or 4 18650's in a single night, but that doesn't happen often. In short, a 2 bay li-ion charger meets a large part of my needs. If need be can charge 4 large capacity cells during my work day and then they are supervised for the duration.

    I also prefer that my charger not try to max out the charge capacity because I am convinced through research that I'm going to achieve much longer cycle life. All this points to a Pila or something like it that treats cells more gently even if we can't really quantify that.

    3) When I need to to charge a large batch of cells, which admittedly does not happen often, I prefer to use my hobby charger. As I use this gear for much more than just supporting my flashlight needs, certainly I'd buy another one. I could even drop the Pila and use the hobby charger - it is, almost, as convenient as using the Pila. The hobby charger also allows me to run cell discharge tests and charge or discharge cells as need be to a "storage charge" level when they aren't in use. My extra 18650's I use for cycling are a case in point - I only use them about half of the year.

    My usage isn't horribly advanced but does go beyond simply placing cells in a charger and accepting whatever the charger will do to them. For the reasons outlined this charger wouldn't appeal to me.

    In short the SysMax tries to appeal to li-ion users who judge the success of a charger by whether it always achieves 4.2V at charge completion (this isn't my preference), and it provides a simple but probably useful capability to charge NiMH cells (which doesn't describe my need).

    Provided it holds up a good safety record over the longer term it looks like it is an ideal charger for those with straightforward requirements including having to manage only a moderate number of cells of mixed chemistries. I must say that probably does describe the needs of a great many folks so yes, perhaps it will indeed eat into Pila sales, as may others.

    Personally I believe a hobby charger for li-ion cells is, all-in-all, the best investment (better than Pila or SysMax) for li-ion flashlight enthusiasts if they have a wide mix of capacity types especially much smaller capacity and much larger capacity cells. Likewise a hobby charger might be the better investment for those who are finding they need to regularly charge 4 big capacity li-ion cells. The SysMax takes too long IMO in that overly long charge times could be a safety issue.

    For those who only need/want, or only should use, a consumer style cradle charger, SysMax V2 is a contender
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    That is exactly what I do in the chapter "Test with NiMH and LiIon and the same time", i.e. it works fine.
    I actually read that the other the day and proceeded to forget it (wow I'm getting old). Thank you for taking the time to answer a question you already answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    That is exactly what I do in the chapter "Test with NiMH and LiIon and the same time", i.e. it works fine.
    So, even though both slots on the same "channel" share a supply of current, they're still independently controlled as far as voltage? I'm glad to hear that.

    I need another charger like I need a hole in my head, but this one looks like it could replace at least a couple three...
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    This charger will become very popular over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryffin View Post
    So, even though both slots on the same "channel" share a supply of current, they're still independently controlled as far as voltage?
    The V2 charger can easily handle two different batteries from the same charging circuit with independent control, but the V1 charger could not.
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    I ordered a second of these to leave in my luggage for traveling. I now use a mix of enelope AA and AAA along with lithium rechargeable batteries so, only 1 charger needed! It seems like an unbeatable product with V2 and the price
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    Hi all,

    I,m new to the community and I got "the sickness"

    Part of it was buying Intellicharger i4, therfore I have a question:

    When one battery is charged, do I have to wait for the others to finish charging or can I remove just one??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensination View Post
    Hi all,

    I,m new to the community and I got "the sickness"

    Part of it was buying Intellicharger i4, therfore I have a question:

    When one battery is charged, do I have to wait for the others to finish charging or can I remove just one??
    Really good question. I believe (someone with more knowledge will confirm or correct) in instances where you charging batts on the same channel so that they do not receive full charging power (NIMH AAA, 10440s) then you would have to leave the finished charging batt in the charger so that the power going to the remaining charging batt will not increase.

    I do have a follow up question (hopefully HKJ or someone else can answer). I noticed that the led lights cut off after a short time on a batt that's fully charged...has it been confirmed that the charger still reads that this fully charged batt is still in the slot (say slot 1) so that full power is not being received by the remaining batt still charging (in slot 3)? Apologies if this had been asked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensination View Post
    When one battery is charged, do I have to wait for the others to finish charging or can I remove just one??
    No, when a battery is full the charger will deliver full power to the other slot, removing the battery will not change this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    No, when a battery is full the charger will deliver full power to the other slot, removing the battery will not change this.
    Wow. Thanks for this. I had no idea that the charger delivers full power to 1 battery when the second battery is fully charged. That's an important fact and with that in mind, I will generally not use this charger for AAA batts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sspc View Post
    I do have a follow up question (hopefully HKJ or someone else can answer). I noticed that the led lights cut off after a short time on a batt that's fully charged...has it been confirmed that the charger still reads that this fully charged batt is still in the slot (say slot 1) so that full power is not being received by the remaining batt still charging (in slot 3)? Apologies if this had been asked.
    I have not seen the lights cut off on a fully charged battery.


    Quote Originally Posted by sspc View Post
    Wow. Thanks for this. I had no idea that the charger delivers full power to 1 battery when the second battery is fully charged. That's an important fact and with that in mind, I will generally not use this charger for AAA batts.
    It is no problem with a NiMH AAA battery, it can take the current.
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    Thanks HKJ, that's really helpful!

    I loooove this charger BTW Probably best on I ever had from the cheapo's
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    Should I ever be careless enough to over-discharge my protected 18650s, what would be the recommended approach to "revive" them as the owner of only this charger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oKtosiTe View Post
    Should I ever be careless enough to over-discharge my protected 18650s, what would be the recommended approach to "revive" them as the owner of only this charger?
    The i4 will automatic reset the protection, for chargers that do not reset the protection you can do this:


    You only need to touch the batteries for 1 second or less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    The i4 will automatic reset the protection, for chargers that do not reset the protection you can do this:


    You only need to touch the batteries for 1 second or less.
    That is very good to know. Thanks for the quick, clear reply and the very informative review. I ordered one of these a few days ago with four protected Eagletac 3100s.
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    This or Xtar WP6 II (for slight more $) if I don't need to charge any NiMH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex21 View Post
    This or Xtar WP6 II (for slight more $) if I don't need to charge any NiMH?
    Uh.. is pair of WP2 II's an option? :P That'd be best choice for you, albeit a tiny bit more expensive than i4.

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