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I depend on my tactical flashlights both recreationally as well as for certain security gigs. I use them for illumination and even as a backup self-defense tool. One concern that I have when it comes to my high-drain devices is the battery; specifically it’s performance & safety features. One thing that I have learned is that I can buy the best batteries on the market but without a good charger, the good batteries are just a waste of money. Let’s not forget the false sense of security from thinking that our batteries are safe.
If you go to YouTube and search for exploding batteries you will find many videos. It’s a scary thought to think that something that you carry with you daily, in your pocket, can actually cause you serious harm. I use my 18650 batteries for my tactical flashlights as well as my vaporizers. These are 2 items that I carry in my pockets on a daily basis. So you now see why safety is something that is on my mind when it comes to these high capacity batteries.
Recently I was sent a EASTSHINE Hero2 Nitecore SC2 Superb Charger to review. I had previously done a review on the EASTSHINE Batteries and I received a few emails on what charger I recommend for charging these 18650 batteries. Luckily, EASTSHINE offered to ship me their latest charger in order for me to give it a thorough review. I bought an i4 Nitecore charger a few years back & have used it daily ever since. The fact that I was this familiar with Nitecore & their quality charger, made me look forward to reviewing their new 2-bay battery charger for my subscribers as well as the NTC Members.
The Nitecore SC2 Charger has a few key features that make it stand out. It can detect non-rechargeable batteries, provides overtime charging protection, reverse polarity protection and short circuit prevention. You couple those features with high-quality batteries and your device(s) will be as safe as possible. Safety is imperative but we also want our batteries to perform. Using this Nitecore SC2 charger gets the most out of your batteries. It will check them, optimize the way that the battery is charged & stops charging once the battery is full. This certainly adds to your battery’s performance & lifespan.
If you are looking for a quality charger that chargers most, if not all rechargeable batteries (I have only tested it with the 18650 batteries) then take a look at this charger. For the price point, it will be difficult to find a better solution.
SPECS ON THE EASTSHINE HERO2 NITECORE SC2 CHARGER:
- Input voltage: AC 100-240V 50/60Hz/0.9A (MAX) 30W / DC 12V 2.5A
- Output voltage: Battery 4.35V ±1% / 4.2V ±1% / 3.7V ±1% / 1.48V ±1% / USB: 5V 2.1A
- Output current: 3A + 2A MAX
- Compatible with:
(1) Li-ion / IMR / LiFePO4:
10340, 10350, 10440, 10500, 12340, 12500, 12650,
13450, 13500, 13650, 14350, 14430, 14500, 14650,
16500, 16340(RCR123), 16650, 17350, 17500,17650,
17670, 18350, 18490, 18500, 18650, 18700, 20700,
21700, 22500, 22650, 25500, 26500, 26650
AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D
1. Up to 3A charging speed in a single slot
2. 0.5A, 1A, 2A and 3A manually selectable charging current options
3. Charging program optimized for IMR batteries
4. Automatic detection of non-rechargeable batteries
5. Automatic current selection based on battery capacity
6. Capable of charging two batteries simultaneously
7. Each battery slot controls and charges independently
8. Automatically detects battery power status and displays charging progress
9. Integrated USB port compatible with all USB devices
10. Automatically stops charging upon charging completion
11. Reverse polarity protection and short circuit prevention
12. Li-ion battery restoration
13. Overtime charging protection
14. Features temperature monitoring to prevent overheating
15. Made from Fire retardant / flame resistant PC material
16. Designed for optimal heat dissipation
17. Certified by RoHS, CE, FCC and CEC
18. Insured worldwide by Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China.Ltd
1. 1 X NITECORE SC2 Superb Charger
2. 1 x EASTSHINE EB182 Battery Organizer
3. 1 X US Wall Power Cord
4. 1 X EASTSHINE CV02 Car Power Cord
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