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    Default Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    Time to upgrade. For years Iíve been getting by on old chargers or single cell. Inefficient, basic chargers. No more.
    Iím looking at 4 bay intelligent chargers that can handle up to a 21700 protected cell.
    What I have found so far are the XTAR VX4, Vapcell S4+, Opus BT-C3100, or maybe Nitecore. I donít want to spend big $ to get the MC3000 or some such.
    I tend to over analyze so Iím stuck. If you have any experience with these models, I would like to hear it.
    Thanks.
    Last edited by jabe1; 01-29-2021 at 07:08 PM.
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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    Note:

    As Xtar themselves state,
    the VC4s *cannot* accept PROTECTED 21700 cells !

    https://www.xtar.cc/product/XTAR-VC4S-Charger-112.html

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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    Thanks, since posting, I have read HKJs review.
    I need to revise my post.
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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    I like my Opus BT-C3100 for all things rechargeable but mine won't restart a tripped protection circuit.

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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    * NEWS FLASH * ! ! !


    Xtar just released a new 4-bay charger
    which can handle *protected* 21700 cells !


    Has USB-C input, also !


    * Edited to add . . . . *

    Apparently, it has a "Special proprietary" USB-C input port ! ! ! Standard USB-C input cable may NOT work ? ? ?
    < just a heads-up here >

    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?473701-%26%2312304%3BNew-Product%26%2312305%3BXTAR-VC4L-Charger





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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    Gotta love XTAR for spearing progression....

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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    Just ordered the Vapecell. After a lot of over researching it looks the best for the $$.
    Thanks for the input!
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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    This VC4L charger supports USB-A to USB-C and also USB-C to USB-C cables. If your phone charging cord with Type C, can also be compatible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    * NEWS FLASH * ! ! !


    Xtar just released a new 4-bay charger
    which can handle *protected* 21700 cells !


    Has USB-C input, also !


    * Edited to add . . . . *

    Apparently, it has a "Special proprietary" USB-C input port ! ! ! Standard USB-C input cable may NOT work ? ? ?
    < just a heads-up here >

    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?473701-%26%2312304%3BNew-Product%26%2312305%3BXTAR-VC4L-Charger



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    Quote Originally Posted by XTAR Light View Post
    This VC4L charger supports USB-A to USB-C and also USB-C to USB-C cables. If your phone charging cord with Type C, can also be compatible.

    Any updates on the VP2? Have been told it's being discontinued, which means, no more charger in Xtar's lineup that support multi voltage charge (3.2/3.7/3.8V).

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    I've had good luck with my Opus BT-C3400 so far! Use it with my eneloops and my small handful of 18650 cells for my Fenix lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razor541 View Post
    I've had good luck with my Opus BT-C3400 so far! Use it with my eneloops and my small handful of 18650 cells for my Fenix lights.
    I have two Opus BT-C3100's and they've worked well for me. I like the 1A charge and discharge per bay.

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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    Quote Originally Posted by razor541 View Post
    I've had good luck with my Opus BT-C3400 so far! Use it with my eneloops and my small handful of 18650 cells for my Fenix lights.
    If you drill a hole in the bottom of the case, it'll do everything and do it fairly well.

    It has 200mA/300mA charging rates so it's acceptable for the smaller cells, one might use.

    I have two, as well as 20+ chargers, so I have some experience.

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    Default Re: Need help choosing a new 4 bay charger

    I went with the Gyrfalcon All-44 over the Vapcell S4 for my dad. Can charge as low as 100mA and 250mA. It's pretty nice.

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