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    Your usages of rechargeable 1.2V Ni-MH or 1.5V Li-ion AA/AAA batteries?

    Lithium AA work were even new Alkaline will not for very long. A week or so with Alkaline and the device specifying to use Lithium says they're weak already. Where the Lithium will go for more than a year. They're not equivalent and certainly much better in low current applications.
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    New ikea ladda, better than old ones?

    Low price and low current application where 2000mAH wasn't a must have. 2 to 3 years old. fyi White eneloop AA the way to go IMO. cheers
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    New ikea ladda, better than old ones?

    The label marking on the battery w/tan coloured wrapper. LADDA AA 1000
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    New ikea ladda, better than old ones?

    Well the tan 1000 AA are very poor performers dying in no time and capacity dropped as well. I wouldn't waste money on them as long as quality eneloops are available.
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    Santa brought me a new charger.

    Warn is normal on any at higher current levels. My first chargers were Nitecore models and were great. They've improved and faster charge levels now over the I4 I have still.
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    Santa brought me a new charger.

    Very good, Nitecore makes pretty good chargers. Better than many no name makes out there.
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    Protected 18650 went Dead !! What...

    Well it just finished charging. 2545 mAh on the display. More than the spec but it went way way down and likely accounts for the additional mA. Done I guess now. Why are attachments not allowed!!! I notice at the bottom a restriction. No other pasting method appears supported here.
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    Protected 18650 went Dead !! What...

    I'd be guessing but something happened behind the scene for me. The charger is also a bit odd. I don't like the auto current selection it uses as it usually very low for 18650 cells. I try and toggle it up to 1.0A most of the time. But doesn't always take or hold it. It gone down to .4A and I...
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    Protected 18650 went Dead !! What...

    OK, I don't know exactly where it started but was in the 3VDC range somewhere when I noticed it. its up to 3.91V now as I type and it showed 40 min charging time.
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    Protected 18650 went Dead !! What...

    Well it didn't work. Gave up however, I left it in the C4-12 charger and went about my business. An hour or so passed and I came back and notice the display was active without the Err and it was charging. Looks like its coming back. I'll see what the mAH input is at the end.
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    Protected 18650 went Dead !! What...

    Its > 100% protected, all I ever buy. I tried it in and out of the MiBoxer C4-12 and no go. I do have another charger I haven't used since getting the MiBoxer. I could try it and see. I don't see why they cannot be normally recharge when they hit the protected limit. As that would be the...
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    Protected 18650 went Dead !! What...

    Well a early protected battery I'd bough for flashlights was turned on in a recent power outage. Today my wife brought it to me. Dead, ok I though yeah I'll just pop it in the charger. My charge said Err, hmmm after a few tries I got my meter out and its 0VDC. What, I always thought the...
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    can you use tool batterys on a ebike

    Thats the downside of them E bikes. Range, I have seen quite of number of them way down on a multiuse trail here (walkers, dogs, strollers, ATV's, Side by Sides and bikes, E as well as big mountain giant tire types). 2/3rd down the trail they run out of battery. Calling the rental shop for a...
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    Why I prefer unprotected cells when possible

    I've always used and buy protected cells. All the various lights I have don't have their own protection and if two or more are used. The device cannot control or protect the cell from going when no cell has gone before. So to speak, blow up due to internal failure. Each unto their own but as...
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    I need help understanding how to pick the right batteries.

    True Protected Cells are longer by default. May or may not fit if the length cannot be accommodated. If so go for protected if they will fit
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    MiBoxer C4-12 Charge Override w/LiION

    I believe you're right on with that. I'd not charged the batteries for a year or more. I place them in and the charger was saying 86% if I recall. Hence the voltage likely wasn't too low. I'll make note when I charge others at another time. Thanks SBJ
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    MiBoxer C4-12 Charge Override w/LiION

    I put two 18650 protected cells (marked Samsung ICR18650-30B) into my charger to top them up. (slots 1& 2) I can't seem to get the current out of auto mode. I hold the button and toggle to 2A and other rates but it goes back to another much lower rate. Its happening with both. This procedure...
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    I want a power tool Li-ion pack with removable cells!

    Milwaukie and Rigid have boards managing and balancing cells in their packs. It not just thrown together in series/parallel combos. High current is needed in heavier application for these tools. Leave them alone
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    Test/review of Xtar VC8

    It appears Ver 2 is needed. Not much point in using an 8 cell charger if it doesn't perform as well as many 4 cells do. Might require a large PS brick to fix some of it as well. This OEM has done a lot of models and getting this one so far off the mark we'd want is a bit surprising IMO.
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    I am looking for a 4 bay charger that can handle 18650 batteries and has storage

    The MiBOXER C4-12 is what I current use. Its pretty good at what it does. None are perfect and I use 18650 Protected Cells plus NiMH
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