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Astrolux VC04 Smart Battery Charger US$14.99 (~A$20.44) + Delivery @ Banggood

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BGAVC04

Liitokala and Nitecore battery chargers have always been popular and now Banggood have a deal on this Astrolux charger that does the same thing. It can charge up to 4 batteries at the same time and supports many different types including 18650, AA, AAA and more listed in the table below.

It has a USB-C, Micro USB and Lightning Cable inputs with a USB-C cable included. There's also an LCD screen that displays the battery type, capacity, voltage, current and charging time etc.

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Brand ASTROLUX
Model VC04
Charging interface Micro USB, USB Type-C, Lightning
Compatible Battery Types 1.2V NiMH/NiCd:AA / AAA / AAAA / C /SC,7/5F6, 3.6V/3.7V/ Li-ion/IMR/INR/ICR(Longest75cm): 10440/14500/14650/RCR16340/16650/17500/17650/17670/ 18350/18490/18500/18650,20700,21700,22700,26650,26700……
Charging cut-off voltage 4.20±0.05V//1.48V±0.1V
Ni-MH/Ni-Cd Battery Charging Input power:DC 5V 2A 1A/2A CC Current: 0.5Ax4
Li-ion Battery Charging Input power:DC 5V 2A 0.5A CC Current: 0.5Ax4 1A CC Current: 1Ax2 2A CC Current: 2Ax1
Charging cut-off current <150mAh
Operating temperature 0-65℃
Dimensions 123mm x 98mm x 32mm (Length x Width x Thickness)

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  • Thanks OP I was browsing these, perfect

  • +2

    Does this do capacity tests?

    If not, what's a charger that does discharge capacity testing?

    • Would love to know if this charger does this. I think the Nitecore D4 charger might, will need to check it out tomorrow

      • +1

        Nitecore D4 doesn’t do capacity testing. I have a Nitecore D4 and a different charger that does. I would recommend getting one that can do capacity testing.

        • Hey kipps! Thanks for saving me don't some research :) what's the other charger that you've got that does?

          • +1

            @Wystri Warrick: It is very similar to Maha Powerex MH-C9000 WizardOne AA/AAA Battery Charger Analyzer. I can’t recall the exact model I’ve got OTOH

            • @kipps: I've actually got the Powerex MH-C9000 WizardOne, it's an awesome charger! Only negative is it doesn't charge charge 18650 batteries which is why I'm looking for a new charger

    • +1

      Owner reviews on site say it does not. None of the advertising materials mention testing capability.

    • +5

      I've got a Littokala Lii-500 which has capacity testing :-) Great charger.
      Link

      • Thanks for posting this! Looks like I may but that charger! :)

        • +1

          I've got one and it works great. You do need an AC charger for it. I'm using one from an external hard drive which works great.

          • +1

            @Caped Baldy: Thanks for the heads up, it'll be fine, I've got a few different voltage AC power adaptors lying around

      • +1

        Followed ur link & bought, thanks. Is a bit more what i'm looking for. And of course (since no AU plug), I selected UK plug, because I find those fit into universal adapters more snugly :)

    • I use the old Zanflare C4 for this.

  • +1

    Just the thing for those IKEA LADDAs

  • +2

    I've been using this for a while now on AA, AAA's and 18650. Great charger.

    • Without a capacity tester (feature missing from this unit) how do you determine if your batteries have lost capacity and need replacing?

      • +5

        by using them and noticing how long they last?

        • +1

          Thats very sensible. If they're fit for purpose, they dont need replacing. Logical.

        • While logical, not always simple in practice.
          Larger households with a lot of rechargeable batteries might need to replacing older batteries, but identifying which need replacing can be hard when their used in mixes sets with new ones.
          This whole process might be easier for households with very few or better organizational skills than mine.

      • +1

        Once its significant enough, the charge time will be notably shorter.

        That is, assuming you follow battery safety and never leave a charger unattended.

        Besides, capacity testing literally can take 12 hours, its something you do to determine is recycled cells are healthy, then perhaps yearly at most. An 18650 shouldnt die within a year unless your battery circuit is faulty and over/under charging/discharging them.

  • +2

    for some values of "does the same thing"

  • +1

    A decent video review here (watch at 1.25 speed): https://youtu.be/Qx3ysvvMQ0U?t=1478

  • This is tempting, though any recommendations for a charger that can do 9v li-ion?

    • Thats not a voltage Li Ion come in. Do you mean 8.4v?

      • Yep I'm an idiot, now I've gotten home and checked, it's NiMH.

        • +1

          NiMh is a complicated beast, it absorbs current, rather than voltage per-se (you don't set the voltage).
          You can see HUGE voltage spikes to get current to flow when charging an NiMh pack; It's why you can't select cell-count when using NiMh.

          I'd look into a cheap hobby charger, the iMaxB6 is very cheap, and while there is a problem with knockoffs out there, nothing 'sensitve' uses NiMh, so you're not going to care if it's off by 0.1-0.2v like us hobby guys who are stressing batteries to their limits flying drones or powering e-scooters.

          https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/353594715375

          You'll need an old 12v DC power brick to power it up, or ebay one, they're cheap too.

          Traditional chargers charge NiMh at 0.1C (So 10 hours to charge a pack). So long as your location is cold, or you have a little desk fan, I've never had ANY problem charging at 0.5C (2 hours). Most NEW cells that are rated for 'long shelf life' (low discharge cells) are rated for 1C (1 hour charge) but I always err on the side of caution and stop at 0.8C.

          If you wanna buy a GOOD charger (the b6 is TOTALLY adequate for your needs, by the sounds though…) you can get an iSDT\ToolkitRC one, like this:

          https://au.banggood.com/ToolkitRC-M7-200W-10A-DC-Balance-Cha...

          • @MasterScythe: Wow, thanks heaps!

            I think you're right, the B6 will be more than enough for me.
            And I do have dozens of old 12VDC power packs laying around.

            More info than I was expecting, but super useful!

    • +1

      9V Li-ion rechargeable batteries come in a few flavours. Most have their own micro-USB port and handle charging on their own using a 5V USB power source. Those that don't have a micro usb port, they are meant to be used in their own specific charger for that brand. You can't use a generic 9V li-ion charger with the battery. So refer back to the battery manufacturer's website to find their compatible 9V charger.

      • I've realised I was wrong in asking about Li-ion, but I really appreciate your thorough reply!

  • +1

    Nice! I just bought a Noctigon KR4 yesterday. This is a good charger. Anyone know where to get some legit Samsung 30Q's?

    • +1

      https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/234118104398?hash=item368286c54e...

      here if you want it quick

      What made you decide on the KR4?

      • +1

        Thanks for the link! Do you reckon they'd be legit? I have had some bad experiences buying batteries on eBay!

        I've had an Emisar D4S for some time now, wanted something in a slightly smaller package so was tossing up D4v2 vs the KR4. Went with KR4 cause I think it looks cooler than the D4v2 and I prefer the tail e-switch!

        • +1

          I'd be willing to buy it. The ebay store I bought my 18650s doesn't have them anymore. Otherwise, you can buy on aliexpress - it can be expensive getting just one though. A vape shop is an option too.

          I just got a green D4Sv2. I've been eyeing another d4v2 just cos I like the look of the Ti.

          • +1

            @Caped Baldy: Yeah there seems to be a run on 18650's and other batteries since COVID started!

            I ended up buying this https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/313314535750. Sony/Murata VTC6.

            OoOOo! Both good choices. D4V2 in Ti looks amazing. Hank is the best! Very good customer service.

            • +1

              @justcallmeboss: I haven't used VTC6 but it seems to be a good choice. That's actually the same seller I bought the 30q from.

              • +1

                @Caped Baldy: Ahh excellent to know! That gives me more confidence haha. Never owned the VTC6's before so keen to see how they go. Thanks Caped Baldy!

  • Hi OP, you forgot to include the GST in the listing :)

    • Nope. BG made GST inclusive of the price months ago.

  • I'm very new to batteries and all the terms… Can someone help enlighten if this is the right charger for eneloop and Ikea Laddas?

  • i have this, it does do capacity check like in Volts. like 4.2v for example also shows percentage, much better than litekola one got it for 12 usd with free gift (first order from bang) from banggood like last month

  • https://www.banggood.com/Astrolux-PD2-Type-C-18W-QC3_0-PD3_0...

    looks like an interesting one, as it will do 18W USB-C PD in and out

  • Banggood is scambags, took a deposit for one of the deals, never communicated back to pay the rest and now saying sale is ended and deposit is not refundable. Avoid.

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