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    Default Test/review of Charger EV-Peak CQ1-XR

    Charger EV-Peak CQ1-XR





    This is a 4 channel analyzing charger and usb charger.





    I got the charger in a cardboard box



    The box contains the charger, a power supply and a manual.



    The charger has a barrel connector for 12V power input.



    The usb output connector can be used for charging, it is mains powered.



    As all analyzing charger it has a display and a couple of buttons. There is also a row of blue leds at the top, when a slot is selected it will flash and it will light when the slot is busy.
    The buttons are marked: CH - + ENTER



    Selftest during powerup shows all the text on the display.



    When working the display looks like this



    The charger has the usual sliders to handle any length batteries, they work from 34mm to 72mm, but are too loose at 34mm to always securely handle 16340 and 18350 cells. They are not sliding that well either and a long battery must not be pressed against the bottom of the charger when pressing back (I will catch on the moldings, at the position the slider is on the photo).



    There is some small connectors at the bottom, they can be used to charger other batteries with. They are probably in parallel with charging slot.











    Settings

    The termination conditions in the charger can be adjusted at it will remember the settings when power is removed. There are separate settings for each slot. To activate setting menu for a slot hold the CH button down.
    I have used the default values for the testing.

    Setting Delta-peak (DP) defaults to 5mV and can be adjusted from 4 to 30mV
    Setting 3.6V LiFePO4 end voltage (LIFE ENDV) defaults to 3600mV and can be adjusted from 3 to 3.9V in 10mV steps
    Setting 4.2V LiIon end voltage (LIPO ENDV) defaults to 4200mV and can be adjusted from 3.8 to 4.3V in 10mV steps
    Setting maximum temperature (TEMP) defaults to 55 and can be adjusted from 55C to 70C in 1C steps.



    Measurements


    • Power consumption when idle is 1.4 watt (Power adapter is 0.1 watt).
    • Trickle charger on NiMH is 50mA at 2.5A charge current
    • At 0.3V a battery is detected.
    • At 1.6 volt it will assume LiFePO4 cell
    • At 3.6 volt it will assume LiPo (4.2V LiIon) cell
    • It is always possible to manually select another chemistry
    • Voltage display is within 0.01 volt.
    • Charge rate has large tolerances.
    • Will discharge NiMH batteries with about 0.1mA when not powered (1.2V).
    • Will discharge LiFePO4 batteries with about 3.8mA when not powered (3.4V).
    • Will discharge LiIon batteries with about 8.2mA when not powered (4.0V).
    • Will trickle charge a full LiIon cell.
    • Charge will not restart charging after power loss, or battery insertion.



    Charge 4.2V LiIon

    The charge mode can select from 0.1A to 2.5A current. Be careful with chemistry selection, depending on charge state it will select either LIFE or LIPO, the correct one is LIPO.



    The charger uses a CC/CV charge profile, but it do not turn the current off when finished, there is some trickle charge.
    Display shows 3261mAh in 3:40 with Ri 46ohm



    Display shows 3409mAh in 3:36 with Ri 46ohm



    Display shows 3379mAh in 3:45 with Ri 46ohm



    Not much difference between channels.



    Display shows 3554mAh in 2:49 with Ri 51ohm




    The charge profile is the same with the other cells. With an old cell it is more difficult to see the actual change from charge to trickle charge.



    At 2.5A it changes to trickle charge at about the same current as 1A charge do.
    Display shows 2938mAh in 1:47 with Ri 51ohm



    The 0.1A charge is a bit above 0.1A and the CV phase is skipped, it goes directly to trickle charge.




    The smaller cells goes from the CV phase to trickle charge at about the same current.



    With larger cell the current will drop a bit.
    Display shows 3224mAh in 6:13 with Ri 50ohm



    Charging four cells failed, the charger will reset itself and stop charging.

    Sorry, but there is no temperature photos, the charger restarted all the time



    When the charger is started it will first check Ri, then apply a low current for about 30 seconds, before going to full charge current. There is no PWM in the charger current.



    A check at 1A did not show any PWM either, but there is a lot of noise in the charge current.
    All chargers has noise in the current and I usual apply a filter, it is applied here.



    And 0.1A is also without PWM.



    Here is a closer look at the Ri measuring discharge, it is done at about 420mA for 0.1 second.



    I was a bit curious about the noise and switches my scope to spectrum, as can be seen the switcher is at about 30kHz, there is also a lot of noise at lower frequencies (The above do not show all of them), probably due to the regulation.



    Here is a image of the current/voltage when the charger is reporting END. Negative current means the charger is charging. This chart is done with a battery voltage at 4.1V, the current will be reduced at higher battery voltages.



    Discharge 4.2V LiIon

    Discharge current can be selected from 0.1A to 1.5A, but as can be seen below it is mostly a fake selection.
    On the back of the charger it says 4x1.5W discharge, this limits discharge current to 0.35A with full LiIon batteries. That limit is not incorporated in the user interface.



    Here I selected 0.5A discharge, but the charger is only discharging with about 300mA. The discharge stops at 3.35V (This is a fairly high voltage). The test was done with only one battery in the charger.
    Display shows 3501mAh in 8:48 with Ri 27ohm



    Another discharge with maximum discharge current selected, i.e. 1.5A. Again the current is around 300mA.
    Display shows 3501mAh in 8:48 with Ri 27ohm



    At 0.1A discharge current the actual current is near the selected current (It is around 90mA, but display on charger toggles between 0.10A and 0.15A).



    Another check with the 1.5A setting.



    Cycle 4.2V LiIon

    With cycle setting it is possible to select number of cycles (1-12) and both charge and discharge current and charge/discharge sequence. The display shows the discharge from all discharge cycles.



    I used 1A for both charge and discharge, selected charge then discharge, this means I finish with an empty battery.
    The 1A charge works fine, but not the 1A discharge, as above the charger will not discharge with that much current.
    Display shows 3501mAh in 8:46 with Ri 23ohm Cycle=3501, 3501, 3501



    Refresh 4.2V LiIon

    Refresh on this charger is a charge-discharge-charge sequence with user selected currents for both charge and discharge. The display shows the charge value.



    Again the low discharge current and the final charge includes trickle charge.
    Display shows 3084mAh in 3:35 with Ri 40ohm



    Break-in 4.2V LiIon

    Break-in is a charge followed by a short discharge with user selected currents for both charge and discharge. The display shows the values from the short discharge.



    A normal charge, then a 5 minute discharge and this time there is no trickle charge.
    Display shows 29mAh in 0:05 with Ri 17ohm



    Charge 3.6V LiIon (LiFePo4)

    The charging current can be select from 0.1A to 2.5A when charging LiFePO4.



    The charge goes nicely to 3.6V, but then the charger switches to trickle charge.
    Display shows 1254mAh in 1:32 with Ri 44ohm



    This is also the case at lower current.
    Display shows 561mAh in 1:08 with Ri 192ohm



    Discharge 3.6V LiIon (LiFePo4)

    The discharge current can be selected from 0.1A to 1.5A.



    The current has the same problem as with LiIon, the charger will not use the selected current, but only discharge with about 0.4A.
    The termination voltage is 2.8V, this is a fine value for LiIon and if on the high side for LiFePO4
    Display shows 1399mAh in 2:59 with Ri 57ohm



    Cycle/Refresh/Break-in 3.6V LiIon (LiFePo4)

    Sorry, no curves for this, it is basically the same as LiIon, but with changed limits.



    Charge NiMH

    The current can be adjusted from 0.1A to 2.5A for NiMH charging.



    Nice charge curve with -dv/dt termination




    Not as nice, the charger terminated way before the cell is anywhere near full.
    Display shows 589mAh in 0:41 with Ri 40ohm



    Also failed.
    Display shows 675mAh in 0:06 with Ri 53ohm



    And even more failed. This curve would have been fine if I had started with a full cell.
    Notice that the charger is applying some trickle charge here.
    Display shows 87mAh in 2:49 with Ri 51ohm




    The two high capacity cells also failed, one of them get a trickle charge.



    What about a very low charge current? The cell get charged nearly 3/4 full. The termination may be due to a time limit.



    The AAA cell do not get charged either.



    With 4 cell at a time it also fails.



    And it fails even faster at full charge current.



    When charging NiMH it first do the internal resistance check and then goes to full charge current, no low current charge here.



    But about each minute it takes a break, probably to check the voltage, but the display shows the voltage during charge, not the voltage during the break.



    The break is present at all NiMH charge current settings, this time it decided my cell was full.



    Same at 2.5A charge current.



    Discharge NiMH

    It is possible to select discharge current from 0.1A to 1.5A, the 1.5A is not possible.



    The termination is at about 1.25V, this is very high for NiMH cells, the reason is likely a time limit.
    Display shows 1798mAh in 12:00 with Ri 79ohm



    With the higher termination current the discharge curve looks fine, it terminated at 0.9V.
    The discharge current is about 1A, even with 1.5A selected.
    Display shows 1971mAh in 1:50 with Ri 35ohm



    Doing a discharge with four cells looks good enough, but again the current is limited to about 1A.



    No PWM in low current discharge.



    High current discharge is limited to 1A.



    Cycle NiMH

    For cycle it is possible to select number of cycles (1-12), charge and discharge current and initial operation (Charge/Discharge).



    Starting with a charge I will end with a discharge. This time the charger works perfectly.
    Display shows 2121mAh in 2:01 with Ri 32ohm Cycle=2122, 2126, 2121



    Refresh NiMH

    The refresh operation is a charge-discharge-charge sequence with user selectable charge and discharge current.



    The first charge looks like it terminated a bit early, the second charge looks perfect.
    Display shows 2093mAh in 2:25 with Ri 43ohm



    Break-in NiMH

    The break-in operation is a charge followed by a short discharge, it is possible to select charge and discharge current.



    A nice charge followed by a 5 minute discharge.
    Display shows 86mAh in 0:05 with Ri 24ohm



    USb power output


    • Power consumption when idle is 1.4 watt (Power adapter alone is 0.1 watt).
    • Usb output is coded as Apple 2.1A
    • The display has no indication about the usb output.





    The charger can easily deliver the rated 1A current on the usb output, but it do not live up to the 2.1A coding.
    Efficiency is also rather bad, it is not very surprising with the high idle power consumption and two switchers (One in the mains adapter and one in the charger).



    The charger can deliver the rated current for an hour without problems.



    M1: 34,5C, M2: 32,4C, HS1: 38,7C



    HS1: 43,4C



    M1: 37,4C, HS1: 41,8C
    Not much heat get to the outside of the charger with the usb running at full rated power.



    The noise is 20mV rms and 95mVpp.



    The noise is 20mV rms and 120mVpp, this is very low values.


    Testing with 2830 volt and 4242 volt between mains and low volt side, did not show any safety problems.



    Conclusion

    At first glance the charger looks interesting with the usual selection of analyzer function and also connection for small LiIon batteries.
    Sadly the charger do not really work:
    • It often restart when charging a full load of LiIon batteries.
    • It cannot reliable charge NiMH full.
    • It do not terminate on LiIon charge.
    • The discharge current settings are fantasy, it cannot discharge at these currents (A detailed reading of the specification will reveal that).
    • The break-in algorithm is not the standard one with only 5 minute discharge.



    This make the charger usable for charging a few LiIon cells at a time or analyzing a small LiIon battery pack.
    It is not usable for charging NiMH.



    Notes

    Here is an explanation on how I did the above charge curves: How do I test a charger
    Charge selection table
    My website with battery, charger, usb reviews, comparisons & information: https://lygte-info.dk/
    Latest addition is multimeter reviews

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    Default Re: Test/review of Charger EV-Peak CQ1-XR

    Strange looking charger! Like one of those electronic handheld games from the 70s-80s.
    GOOD TINT!

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