The minimum charger

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This is a combined charger and power bank in the minimum possible size.

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It arrived in a cardboard box.

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The box contained the charger, two usb cables and a instruction sheet.

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Power input is a micro usb socket on the side of the charger.

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There is a indicator led hidden behind a hole, in will flash a number of times depending on the battery voltage.

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At the minus side is a micro usb shaped hole, it is for storage, there is no connection inside it.

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Here the hole is used to place the charger in storage position.

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The minus side is flat and the plus side has a hole in the connection, this makes it possible to use button top cells.

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It is possible to plug the charger (Power bank) directly into a phone.

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But it is better to use the supplied extension cable, then there is less stress on the connectors. The charge current may be slightly lower due to cable resistance.

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The charger is designed for 18650 batteries.



Measurements

Charging

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A nice CC/CV charge curve with about 200mA termination current.

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This is a good charge.

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For this worn battery the termination current is a bit high and the voltage drops significantly when charging is terminated.

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This battery is even older and the charger started by draining the battery a bit, because it went into power bank mode. When the current was turned on the charger very fast got the battery up in voltage and turned into constant current mode. The charging is fine enough.

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A 0.5ohm resistor in series with the usb power to simulate a long cable or weak supply will reduce the charger rate significantly.

Temp5869

M1: 35.3C, HS1: 54.2C

Temp5870

M1: 46.5C, HS1: 57.2C

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Being a fairly simple charger I could draw the current profile.

Poweron

The charger is need a few seconds to start.




Power bank
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The charger can deliver about 1.9A with a full battery before output drops.

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When powered from usb it will pass the current straight through.

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Also with a battery in the charger it will pass the current straight through when powered from usb.

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The voltage starts dropping shortly before the battery is empty, the actual termination is not very good, it will reconnect every time the voltage increases.

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At 1A the voltage drops a bit earlier and the reconnect is much worse.

10ohm

At 0.5A the noise is 23mV rms and 101mVpp

5ohm

At 1A the noise is 36mV rms and 236mVpp

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Power consumption from LiIon battery when idle.



Conclusion

This is a small charger, that is limited to battery with 18mm diameter and can handle 1.8A charge current, i.e. 18650 batteries. In addition to the charger one or two loose cables are also needed. The charging works fine for good batteries.
It also works fine as a power bank, but the coding is a bit optimistic compare to its abilities. The noise is low. The charger do not handle it well when the battery is running low (The battery will not be damaged).

I will rate it as good for charger, and fairly good for power bank functionality.



Notes

Here is an explanation on how I did the above charge curves: How do I test a charger
How do i test usb charger and power banks