Charger for an 18650

wiiawiwb

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Just ordered a AA headlamp from Zebralight and will also order an 18650 headlamp from Zebralight. I've never used a rechargeable battery in my life and this will be my only 18650 device. I'll probably get the battery that ZL sells at their website.

I don't know where to start or what to buy as far as a charger for the 18650. Can you suggest a charger that would work in my situation?
 

Buck91

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Nitecore D2 or D4. Solid, reliable and affordable. Tons of other options out there though if you are so inclined.
 

Sambob

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Nitecore D2 or D4. Solid, reliable and affordable. Tons of other options out there though if you are so inclined.


I second the Nitecore D2 had mine for around 5 years now and It's still going
 

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I'll second Xtar charger. I think they have a few models that will charge from a USB. They also show the capacity of the charge which i find helpful. I started with the VC4 and now i have two other models. The VC2 model runs off a USB and also will charge NiMh (AAs)
 

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What changes from my PB2 other than the usb-c connection?

Comparing with PB2, the PB2S has USB-C, QC3.0+PD3.0 fast charging; Great compatibility with unprotected 18650 18700 20700 21700 and protected 18650 batteries. :)
 

PhotoTime

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Thinking of getting PB2S and I come across LiitoKala Lii-MP2. Are they basically the same product?
 

sambob223

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Is there a charger that uses a USB connection to charge? That would be helpful as I carry a power bank when backpacking.

On it's website, Zebralight recommends this battery for the H600Fc. Is this a decent battery to order?

http://zebralight.com/Sanyo-NCR1865...Flat-Top-ship-to-US-customers-only_p_176.html
I've had an intellicharger i2 for 8 years now bought It In 2014 It's worked very well even came with an adapter to plug Into the car(sadly back before usb was standard) I also have one of these nice little charger as well

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XBH2939/?tag=cpf0b6-20
 
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Jean-Luc Descarte

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Can't complain. I've had a Lii-100 for a good four years before handing it down to my brother*, and no issues at all with correct use and careful storage. It charges well, and the power bank functionality is still functional.

*: funny story here... I'd given him a few of my old flashlights but he had no li-ion charger, so I loaned my old Lii-100 to him until a newer unit I'd ordered for him arrived. In the end he didn't want to accept the brand new one and just kept my old unit, and now I own a much newer Lii-100.
 

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Definitely get the Xtar PB2S. Charges quickly. Works as a power bank. Works for up to unprotected 21700 batteries. Doesn’t work for protected 21700 batteries, but as you only need to charge 18650s, that’s not an issue. Best to get a 3 amp usb to 120 volt wall charger also for best results (full speed charging).
 

Buck91

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I’m using a PB2 (the 18650 only model) as a travel charger and backup power bank. Fantastic little unit.
 

PapaJB

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Olight has a super simple and inexpensive USB charger that is good as a travel charger. Just has two magnetic leads that attach to the ends of the battery so it works for a variety of sizes. Not a very fast or smart charger but it works well and may fit your needs.
 

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