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Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by ElectricGod » Jul 19 2018 3:13pm

A quick introduction to me:
I test software for a living. I have done a fair bit of hardware testing and firmware testing in the past. Some of that was for HP in their SAN (large hard drive storage array) division. I have an electrical engineering degree. I do volunteer testing work for PowerVelocity on the controllers, apps and telemetry modules they sell.

This is the C4012B charger: http://www.chargery.com/C4012B.asp

You can use it as a 50 volt, 1500 watt power supply or as a balance charger for 1S to 12S batteries in any chemistry. It will charge at a max of 40 amps or 1500 watts. The balance ports can be used somewhat independently. Attach a couple of 3S to one port in series and a 2S to the other port and it will charge everything. This is some cool functionality! This all sounds really impressive! As soon as I found out what it's advertised specs were, I wanted one!

This is an early Youtube video of my first impressions of the original beta charger I tried out. I was pretty pleased, but hadn't discovered all its multitudes of issues yet. I think I had used the charger for a few hours when I made this video. Yes that is the real LCD and it's really that lousy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umoEjxW ... R&index=25


I woke up this morning and the first thought on my mind was that it was time to review these balance chargers. I've sat on my opinions and experiences for about a month now. It's not like what you read next happened last night and I'm still pissed off the next morning. I've been sharing this information with Jason at Chargery since February 2018. A week ago I sent back the 2 chargers I had and got a refund. I'm not mad or angry...just deeply committed to being honest and fair and dealing with others honestly and fairly. I can't apply those principals in any other way to this charger other than to expose it for the flaming pile of garbage that it is.

I want to give reviews that are fair and balanced. I really hate being negative or disparaging. Go read any other review I have posted on ES. This is the first review of a product I've ever done, where my dissatisfaction level is so high that I really question my ability to be nice about it. I have spent hundreds of hours testing these chargers and did not receive payment of any kind for my efforts. I tested them freely, voluntarily and do not expect any reward for my efforts and do not begrudge or regret my efforts. My desire was to help in making a supposedly really awesome charger available to the masses.

NOTE: I was not the only tester involved with this product. I'm deliberately avoiding mentioning other parties except myself and Jason from Chargery. Everything you see below was confirmed by other testers.

My super short review:

I can't in good faith recommend that anyone buy this balance charger. I wouldn't buy one and I've had 3 of them. I'm really disappointed in this charger!!! It is dangerous and can't be trusted. Buy anybody elses charger...they will all be a better product.


A slightly longer review:

You pay $400 for this charger and it's crap. There's places where build quality is terribly poor. It lacks functionality that you get in a $100 charger. It has no app for your phone or the PC. It has a very small, low res LCD that you have to look directly into to read. Typical indoor lighting washes out the LCD. Every other charger with a color LCD is far superior to this one in every way and all of those chargers cost a lot less money. The user interface is clunky. When an operation ends, you can't repeat what you just did by pressing start. You have to wend your way through the menus to find that option again. There's some things...like setup that are hidden. You have to know the secret combination to get to it. The rotary knob interface doesn't always work. One turn/click of the knob ought to be a single increment of an option...nope...not always. Sometimes you just spin and spin and spin and eventually get to the value you want. It does a terrible job at balance charging. Probably the worst issue is that it can damage or destroy your batteries! This IS an expensive balance charger right? It IS supposed to protect whatever battery is plugged into it? NOPE...it can kill your batteries. Seriously!!! I have at least 20 18650 cells that are now flat dead or badly damaged and were working just fine before being "charged" on a C4012B. There's general glitchy things like losing connection with the balance connector while charging. Garbage...just garbage! It is unconscionable IMHO to release a product that is going to harm the very thing it is supposed to protect. Never mind pay $400 for it and it doesn't even work correctly and can be down right dangerous to use.

Do NOT buy this charger!!!


Onto testing...
Since February 2018, I have had 3 units in my possession.

The beta unit had issues...no surprises there since it was not a finished product yet. I did a lot of charging and discharging at 6S or less on LIPO and LION packs. I ran that charger at it's maximums for days and days and all it did was get warm and blow a lot of hot air. It seemed to work brilliantly. Then I moved on to 12S. It lasted less than an hour before it shut down for no apparent reason. I pulled the power chord, let it sit a while and plugged it back in. Everything seemed fine so I proceeded to test at 12S again...same thing...shut down in the middle of a charge, but now it wouldn't power up again. OK...time to take it apart and see what happened. I found that a heat sink with a single transistor on it got so hot that it melted the wires that were touching it. This created a short between the balancing board and the transistor and pitted the heat sink. That was the end of the beta version charger. I sent it back with the expectation of what I found receiving some form of correction. In a later version of the charger, I opened it up and found that the "solution" was a piece of kapton tape stuck over the heat sink. Really? Don't fix the over heating problem, just throw a band-aide on it. Well that was disappointing! This was the first hint I had that these chargers are garbage.

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The "fix" for the overheating transistor issue...cover it in kapton. Don't bother trying to figure out why the transistor is overheating or use a larger heat sink. Kapton is soooo much cheaper! Ever hear of of "putting a band-aide on the Grand Canyon"? It's applicable!

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I wrote this in February of 2018. I wanted to give a fair review that was not premature.

"How do you want me to handle reviewing the 12S balance charger? It's a prototype and it had issues that were probably going to manifest themselves at some point. I don't in honesty think I can do a worthwhile review at this point. I also don't think it would be fair to mention that it had an over heating issue on the prototype that caused it to fail. That would look poorly for the real product."

I soon noticed that they were listed on the Chargery site for sale. I assumed (incorrectly) that all the bugs had been worked out and immediately bought one. Nope...more massively defective chargers that still had lots of major issues to be worked out.

DO NOT sell products that don't work!!! The world does NOT want your dangerous, defective and poorly designed products!!!

This is the first issue I ran into on the production unit. At 6S or less you will probably never see it. At more than 6S, it will crop up randomly and repeatedly. I was told it was due to long balance wires. OK fine, lets make those wires super short. NOPE...still get these errors. Several versions of firmware later and this continued to plague the charger. I tried lots of different battery options...new, old, LIPO, LION (18650, 21700), LTO...NOPE...still happens. I long ago lost count of how many pictures like this one I took and sent to Jason.

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Cell 8 was constantly over charging on the second unit. Cell 7 was commonly lagging behind. Keep in mind that the second charger was purchased AFTER they went on sale on the Chargery website! We were reporting this issue in March 2018. It was now May 2018, and these chargers had been on sale for at least a month. IT was mid June 2018 before I got a charger that no longer had the cell 8 issues. How many defective chargers were sold in that time frame? Jason created several firmware revisions to band-aide the cell 7 and cell 8 issues. All the rest of the cells would be charging at 3.8 or 3.9 volts and cell 8 would be ABOVE the programmed limit of 4.1 volts per cell! Cell 7 commonly would be well below the rest of the cells. I reported this problem at least 10 times to Jason with lots of screen shots of the problem.

BTW...over charging any battery will damage or destroy it. It might even explode! Thanks so much for badly balance charging all the rest of the cells in my pack and destroying cell 8!

In these images, you can see that cell 8 is well ahead of the rest of the pack. The yellow bar next to each cell gives a graphical indication of charge current for that cell. Why does cell 8 commonly show MAX current and yet it is always ahead of all the rest of the cells even when exceeding 4.1 volts? How is this in any sense of the word "good"? How did this pass testing by Chargery!?

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This pic was taken minutes after starting a balance charge on 12 cells discharged to 3 volts. As you can see cell 8 is rocketing ahead already.

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Jason from Chargery eventually sent me a third charger direct from China that supposedly fixed the disconnect issue and the cell 7 and 8 charging issue. Supposedly it had been fully tested by Jason. I received it sometime in mid June 2018. Defective chargers had officially been on sale for at least 2 months by now. The cell 7/8 issue was mostly fixed, but cell 7 still lags. The connection lost issue was greatly reduced, but NOT cured. I've been parallel charging for many years and no other charger I have ever used had issues with this, but parallel charging on the C4012B would occasionally throw the connection error even after this "fixed" charger. This is 6 sets of 6S in this battery holder. Those 18650s are 100% used cells scrounged from old laptop battery packs. I've been using this battery pack for quite a long time (years) before ever using it as a test pack on the C4012B. I'm charging 3 sets in parallel per 6S port on the C4012B. I got similar results with brand new LIPO packs in parallel. Using this exact set up on my $100 SkyRC D100, charges just fine and has done so for several years now. It is really disappointing that a $400 charger can't keep up with a cheap $100 charger!

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I moved on to testing on the third charger (direct from Jason and tested by him) exclusively since it had the disconnect problem far less and it wasn't over charging cell 8. I also simplified my charging set up considerably. I started charging at 12S1P on this 18650 battery holder that has also worked reliably on my SkyRC D100 for several years. In this picture it is populated with used cells, but I have quite a few brand new 18650's as well that I tried. I still got the disconnect errors on this set up....just lots less often.

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I even went so far as to make sure I had 12 cells of the same capacity, same Ir and are known good and freshly tested. By this point, I wanted to get good results as often as possible so I was minimizing the possibilities of anything going wrong that I could.

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All 3 chargers did a lousy job of balancing the cells in a pack. Do any of these test sets look balanced to you in any way at all? I had balance set to 7mv difference. I have lots of pictures of crappy balancing. You get the point.

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Sometimes it would actually do pretty well, but you couldn't count on it.

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That brings me to the really egregious issue of damaging or flat out killing batteries. I was using my 12S1P battery holder. I had started a charge, gone to bed, gone off to work the next day and then it was about 24 hours later before I finally got back to looking at the balance charge I started the night before. I was looking at this image on the charger. That's the voltages of 12 18650 cells of which 8 are dead flat or way too low. My DMM confirms that there is no mistakes here. Those are the voltages of those cells. Cell 1, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11 are all at 0 volts!!! Cell 4 and 12 are WAY below the minimum for LION. This was a balance charge. They should all be sitting at around 4.1 volts right now. WTF?! I repeated this test many times on fresh sets of cells and the charger flat out kills batteries if you leave them connected to the charger! I reported this result to Jason at least 5 times and all I got was excuses why it couldn't be the charger. I was told my batteries were old and defective. I was told my battery holder was defective. I was told that the Ir of the batteries was the cause. Seriously?! Jason told me the internal resistance of the cells was killing them! He specifically said that high Ir will drain out the cells. What nonsense! I can show you the emails. I pulled out my $100 D100 and left 12 cells attached to it for a week. They never drained out or even lost a few millivolts. What garbage! The C4012B charger is 100% defective in this regard.

If you bought one of these POS chargers, do NOT leave batteries attached to it!

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In the end I tried pleading with him to remove the charger from the market and to fix them. I was firm but kind. I have filed hundreds of software defect reports. I know how to be professional, factual and detail oriented. I showed the evidence of how they are defective and dangerous. I compared the C4012B to other chargers and to BMS's and how they protect the batteries attached to them, NOT destroy them. I even expressed my concerns in terms of how selling defective chargers would hurt chargery and piss off people that bought the charger. The proof that these chargers are dangerous, badly designed and will destroy your batteries is irrefutable. He only made excuses and claimed "I hurt his feelings". I have followed my conscience and tried to make sure people are not getting BAD chargers. I did due diligence to present the facts and to protect people from harm. Somebody is going to have a battery fire thanks to these chargers or get really mad when their thousands of dollars worth of batteries are damaged or destroyed. I can hear Jason's excuses now...

OK dude...get a clue!
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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by ElectricGod » Jul 19 2018 4:15pm

That first post was looong and I covered a lot of things. I'm not done yet. I never covered build quality. The case on the chargers looks great. The 10 awg silicon wires coming out and terminating at an XT90 look impressive and solid. The charger feels beefy and solid in your hands. The case on this charger is all extruded aluminum and really nice!

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Lets look inside...

Those 2 10 awg wires solder down to pads that then are fed by 14 awg wires. Uhhhh...looks good on the outside and is completely inadequate where you can't see it.

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This large capacitor is not secured in any way in all 3 of the chargers I had. Clearly it was an after thought and is just thrown in there and left hanging by it's overly long and unprotected legs. That red 14 awg wire terminates at the 10 awg red wire that you "think" is so nice and beefy coming out of the charger.

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A few general images of the internals. Clearly in some regards a lot of care was taken in implementing things. Too bad it doesn't actually work!

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Post by bobmutch » Jul 19 2018 5:44pm

t's a joke...don't take things so seriously folks!
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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by ElectricGod » Jul 19 2018 6:23pm

bobmutch wrote:
Jul 19 2018 5:44pm
t's a joke...don't take things so seriously folks!
Funny! Good use of my own words.

Unfortunately these chargers are NOT A good choice. I wouldn't own one after what I know about them.
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Post by bobmutch » Jul 19 2018 6:53pm

ya reviews like these are good, smart people can usually see the different in real issues vss some one just being pissy.

I know I was considering the BMS24 and the C10325 and this review will certainly influence me.

I'm now going to look further into the idea of a couple powersupplies and a DC/DC LIB charger. I would just like a variable V and A charger. 12v to 144v or what ever, max 20A. I don't need all the bells and whistles that Chargery was trying to provide.
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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by ElectricGod » Jul 19 2018 6:56pm

bobmutch wrote:
Jul 19 2018 6:53pm
ya reviews like these are good, smart people can usually see the different in real issues vss some one just being pissy.

I know I was considering the BMS24 and the C10325 and this review will certainly influence me.

I'm now going to look further into the idea of a couple powersupplies and a DC/DC LIB charger. I would just like a variable V and A charger. 12v to 144v or what ever, max 20A.
Did I come across as pissy? That IS a good point and I tried to address that up front in the 4th and 5th paragraphs. I could have been pissy about it if I made this thread a month ago. Now I just want to get the facts out there.

If you are looking for a good BMS...look in this thread. I'm pretty active there and most of the products presented are good.

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=88676
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Post by bobmutch » Jul 19 2018 8:06pm

>>>Did I come across as pissy?

no, it seems the issues you have you have doc'ed them, I am sure Jason will have so sort of a rebuttal, I was not trying to say you were pissy but that smart people can tell the different between some one that had real issues (you) and some one that is jut pissed off.

But you are pissed off. You feel you did all this research and work, didn't feel you get paid, feel you got stonewalled, you feel you got stupid fixes, you feel you got excuse after excuse, you got your patiences stretched, almost recommended this product, and the people that you were trying to help work the bugs out of this product are probable all pissed off at you. wasted days and wasted nights.

>>>If you are looking for a good BMS...look in this thread. I'm pretty active there and most of the products presented are good.
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=88676

Nice, I just flipped through it and it looks like the same 32S 300A and 24S (link to that post below) I was interested in and looking at that you posted about. I'll put that thread in my late night read, thanks.
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=88676&start=225#p1361253

We can pick up the BMS on the other thread so things don't go sideways here.

Thanks again for the review, I am sure there are lots of people here at ES that have considered the Chargery products, I know I am, so all reviews are good! My battery building friend has a BMS24 and swears by it.
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Post by ElectricGod » Jul 19 2018 9:09pm

I don't feel like doing the testing I did was a waste of time. I did help fix several issues with these chargers. However, there's at least one left that is a whopper that is getting ignored since it's hard to fix. It's a case of short shortsightedness. Short term cost vs long term cost. The up front cost of repairs is significant. But all it takes is one person to have their house burn down while charging and then all that up front cost is but a drop in the bucket. Never mind the ruined reputation.

I guess you could call this review a "public service announcement" LOL!

I didn't think you were implying I was pissy. Never the less I wondered if I came across as mad or like I had an axe to grind. That wasn't my intention.

I'm sure once Chargery sees this review they won't be happy about it. Never the less 100% of the things I show actually happened and are duplicated by other testers. It's not like I'm lying or making things up. I have no grudge against Chargery. They didn't harm me in any way that I care about. The 20 damaged 18650's were all scrounged cells from laptop packs. I don't really have any money tied up in them. Vendetta or "getting back" or having negative feelings is totally irrelevant to this review and don't exist.

From the moment I heard about these chargers, I wanted to get one and review it. OF course way back in February, I was thinking it would be just a bit more positive than this. But of course I was ignorant back then too.

If Chargery fixes at least one major issue (killing batteries), this could be a worth while and powerful charger. It would still have a horrible LCD and clunky UI, but I can live with that. I REALLY wish it presented itself as a $400 charger! So close and yet so far away.
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Post by ElectricGod » Jul 20 2018 12:30am

bobmutch wrote:
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I have to grudge against Chargery.

should be

I have no* grudge against Chargery.

I'll delete this comment when you have seen it.
LOL! Read, reread, read it again, think if you are saying something you don't intend, rewrite if needed...and STILL miss a few typos. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Post by thunderheart » Jul 20 2018 2:52am

ElectricGod, thanks for the huge work done!!! I hope you've prevented someone from buying this.
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Post by bobmutch » Jul 20 2018 10:11am

where you stand with this...
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=88676&start=175

>>>For anything 100 volts or less and you want a robust and well designed, highly flexable charger, consider buying the Chargery C10325 charger. It does real CC control, voltage control and lots more and it's good for 1500 watts. Good luck trying to blow it up. It's fully protected. Of all the manufactured chargers I've tried out, it's my favorite.
http://www.chargery.com/C10325.asp
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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

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bobmutch wrote:
Jul 20 2018 10:11am
where you stand with this...
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=88676&start=175

>>>For anything 100 volts or less and you want a robust and well designed, highly flexable charger, consider buying the Chargery C10325 charger. It does real CC control, voltage control and lots more and it's good for 1500 watts. Good luck trying to blow it up. It's fully protected. Of all the manufactured chargers I've tried out, it's my favorite.
http://www.chargery.com/C10325.asp
I've never looked at one of those chargers personally. However I have a friend in Minnesota (INWO) that has been into EV's a lot longer than me doing GEM car and golf cart builds. He has several of them and thinks they are the best charger on the planet.

If I didn't already own 7 meanwell 30 amp PSU's that I use for charging, based on his recommendation, I would have bought one. Honestly though, I'm pretty happy with my meanwells and I can stack them in series to well over 500 volts.
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Post by bobmutch » Jul 20 2018 9:50pm

>>>For anything 100 volts or less and you want a robust and well designed, highly flexable charger, consider buying the Chargery C10325 charger. It does real CC control, voltage control and lots more and it's good for 1500 watts. Good luck trying to blow it up. It's fully protected. Of all the manufactured chargers I've tried out, it's my favorite.
http://www.chargery.com/C10325.asp


Sorry the above is a quote from a comment you made in the below link.

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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by ElectricGod » Jul 24 2018 2:22pm

bobmutch wrote:
Jul 20 2018 9:50pm
>>>For anything 100 volts or less and you want a robust and well designed, highly flexable charger, consider buying the Chargery C10325 charger. It does real CC control, voltage control and lots more and it's good for 1500 watts. Good luck trying to blow it up. It's fully protected. Of all the manufactured chargers I've tried out, it's my favorite.
http://www.chargery.com/C10325.asp


Sorry the above is a quote from a comment you made in the below link.

viewtopic.php?viewtopic.php?f=14&t=88676&start=175
Yes I did...that's my opinion. I still think that, but never the less, I haven't tried one out personally, jsut talked to people that have and am going on their opinions which I respect. I guess I should have said that in the other thread.
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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by ElectricGod » Aug 30 2018 6:18pm

soon to come...comparisons between the C4012B and the iCharger 4010 DUO. Similar wattage, but not similar functionality.
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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by Inwo » Sep 09 2018 10:08am

The C10325 is one of my main tools. I have two of them that I use every day.
There is nothing not to like about it.
Auto mode makes it a dumb charger when using for a single application charger. Just plug it in and it begins a charge cycle.
Restart mode maintain battery charge.
Power supply mode for testing and recovery.
It can't do everything, such as single cell. Use the C4012 for that.
C4012 also not for everyone. There are limitations in balance charge mode (<1.2 amps) and reported small drain when balance leads left connected.
Even ignoring balance function, it is a versatile charger. Chargery is a small company and had initial problems bringing both products to market early.
Being a one man show means Jason is responsive to requests for small changes. He added LTO, auto-mode, and restart at my suggestion. The only company who has done that for me.

Disclaimer:
I have sold these in the past. Until it was opened up to other USA sellers.
And I may actively market them again when I catch up on my battery testing.

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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by Inwo » Sep 09 2018 10:23am

Jason explains the wire size issue:
"The two AWG14 wire is output wire when DC input, the charge current is only 20A, so need not use AWG10, but charge current is 40A when ac input, so the total output wire connect to battery is AWG10"
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I had not research it, myself. Seems to make sense. If he would release the schematic and design, I might be able to do a better rebuttal.
As it stands, he seems responsive to me. I will try to address any concerns.
Richard should be happy to know that the lcd has been upgraded per his request. (have not seen it myself).
It certainly needed it.

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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by ElectricGod » Sep 11 2018 6:32pm

Hmmm...I wonder if Jason saw this thread and decided a better LCD was an easy thing to revamp.

I wasn't particularly kind here, but then I thought for the cost, I should be getting a 100% bullet proof balance charger that was also finished well! I never wanted to offend him, but dang! This thing for $400 ought to wash my car and change the oil too!

I've since bought an icharger 4010 DUO and it has worked flawlessly. It hasn't shown any signs of the weirdness the 4012B has. Of course...I'm still messing with it and will post a review for it later.
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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by Emir222 » Sep 14 2018 10:00am

Hi
I’ve got the 10s charger 50010s and it is crap either.

When you cycle lipo it discharges and then charges but it never stops. I stopped it manually when the attached cell reached 5V!!!!!!

Later i updated the firmware and made a factory reset and all calibration was gone. Now i see cell! Voltages between 3V and 43V! I have no idea how to get that under control. I’ve got the offer from customer support to send it to china and add eur 30,- for return shipping... nice, but i have to pay shipping to china plus taxes...

Overall a desaster!!!

I do stick with icharger

Regards
Emir

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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by ElectricGod » Sep 28 2018 2:19pm

Emir222 wrote:
Sep 14 2018 10:00am
Hi
I’ve got the 10s charger 50010s and it is crap either.

When you cycle lipo it discharges and then charges but it never stops. I stopped it manually when the attached cell reached 5V!!!!!!

Later i updated the firmware and made a factory reset and all calibration was gone. Now i see cell! Voltages between 3V and 43V! I have no idea how to get that under control. I’ve got the offer from customer support to send it to china and add eur 30,- for return shipping... nice, but i have to pay shipping to china plus taxes...

Overall a desaster!!!

I do stick with icharger

Regards
Emir

Geez! It seems that this craptastic design has been in play for far longer than I knew. I bet Jason copied his previous work in the 50010 for the 4012B and never bothered to fix anything. How sad!


Jason,

Please fix your design before these chargers burn down someones house or cause thousands of dollars worth of damaged batteries!!! You can stand behind the lame warning to not leave the charger unattended all you want. However, that does not change the fact that these chargers are dangerous and defective!!! You are 1 lawsuit away from disaster. All it takes is one person to have something go seriously wrong that was caused by these chargers and you are sooo screwed! I'm not mad at you, just dead honest. I did tell you all of this many times and you dismissed my warnings and made excuses. I'm just looking out for your best interests and that of your potential victims.

Think about it...if Tesla cars caught fire all the time...HOW devastating would that be to Tesla and Elon Musk? VERY DEVASTATING!!! IF this was anything other than a 1 time event, Tesla would be ruined! And still this incident cost them in so many ways.

Tesla Model S spontaneous fire:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdaFk3w6rUY

Chargery is not immune and your company is making products that can create highly dangerous situations. How is it NOT in the best interest of Chargery and people in general to make sure that you don't release dangerous products?

I have an experiment for you...everywhere you sell your chargers, have that website or auction link to this review. See how many chargers you sell! People DON'T want dangerous and defective products. If they knew what your balance chargers can do wrong, you would never sell a single unit!

To be comfortable with selling known defective and dangerous products and hiding those facts is immoral.

Your silence convinces me that you are 100% OK with selling bad products. Obviously so...you've been at it for quite a long time now!
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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by MJSfoto1956 » Nov 12 2018 5:31pm

So does it follow that their BMS's are also suspect?
Or are those two different critters?

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Post by markz » Nov 12 2018 8:46pm

Right now I am using two rc chargers that are both 6S and both can do 5A, not bad.
This method aint for balancing no 10S8P pack, just bulk.
For balance, just use a quality BMS and put in bulk charge to the BMS.

I often ponder buying a lot of chargers that I could charge each parallel string.
Cell phone chargers, build your own perhaps because I'd bet the circuitry is simple enough.

A value oriented purchase for charging in bulk would be to steer a regular psu with a cc cv psu.
YPedal Video
3 laptop psu's and he does not name the adjustable psu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j6tWLOQ148

I personally prefer 10A+ charging whether on the road or at home. It'd be nice to slow charge.

You can also use LED psu's because they are sealed, but they are typically around 5A.

iCharger is the way to go, only go up to 10S

Satiator is a bulk charger, creme de le creme

Adaptto is a system including your controller, charging coil, bms

I like genuine MW's myself, HRP is good, HLG for LED are good.

I am working on a spread sheet right now for all the MW's. I have finished the ACDC enclosed section, but I want to figure out how to sort columns, I did it before last year.

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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by cricketo » Nov 12 2018 11:52pm

MJSfoto1956 wrote:
Nov 12 2018 5:31pm
So does it follow that their BMS's are also suspect?
Or are those two different critters?

M
I have the same question now :(

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Re: Chargery C4012B 12S balance charger review...UGG!

Post by yewsuck » Nov 13 2018 6:20am

MJSfoto1956 wrote:
Nov 12 2018 5:31pm
So does it follow that their BMS's are also suspect?
Or are those two different critters?

M
My six BMS16's and BMS-24 Pro seem to be doing fine. The Bms-24 Pro does not balance at max amps unless the temps are really cold out. The balance amps are throttled by the temperature. I read on a post some where that you can add heatsink paste or thermal pads to get closer to max balance amps.

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