Opus BT - C3100 V2.2 Li-ion Digital NiCd NiMH 4 Channel Backlit Battery Charger **UK Plug** £22.04 @ GearBest
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Opus BT - C3100 V2.2 Li-ion Digital NiCd NiMH 4 Channel Backlit Battery Charger **UK Plug** £22.04 @ GearBest

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Found 19th Jan 2016
Lot of charger for the money, got this to replace a Techno-line BC700 which has (and still will) serve me well, however this is backlit, and you can shove up to 4 identical batteries in and set the same mode in one go rather than having to do them all individually. Has a cooling fan but more importantly the whole unit will shut down if it detects overheating, i.e. if the cooling fan fails.

Main Features:
● NEW LED back light displays charging / discharging / quick test / circuit more clearly in the dark
● New refresh mode can show you batteries capacity, letting you know real magnitude
● The charging current can be selected to be 200mA, 300mA, 500mA, 700mA or 1000mA (1500mA and 2000mA can only be applied when only slot 1 or 4 is selected). Default discharging current is 500mA
● It provides four independent charging slots for rechargeable batteries. The charger can charge batteries of different types and sizes and with different capacities at the same time
● The charger integrates the minus delta voltage ( -ΔV ) for NiCd or NiMh battery charging termination, and for Li-ion batteries charging to 4.2V with pre-selected constant current. ( 3.7 Li-FeO4 and 4.35 type high voltage batteries charging mode can be selected through switch on board )
● The charger also includes overheat detection to protect rechargeable batteries and charger itself from overheating
● New added quick test mode to test the battery impedance
● Four Working Mode Available at User's Choice: Charge, Discharge, Test, Quick Test and Refresh
● Easy to read LCD with back light Showing Battery Voltage, Charge / Discharge Current, Charging Time, Battery Capacity etc.
● Designed for AA ( LR6 ) and AAA ( LR3 )NiCd, NiMH or 3.7V Li-ion rechargeable batteries in size type of 10440, 14500, 16340, 17335, 17500, 18490, 17670, 18650
● Ideal for office and home use
● Operating temperature: 0 - 40 deg.C
● Max charging capacity: Up to 20000mAh
● Power adapter: DC 12V, 3.0A ( Output ), 100 - 240V, 50 / 60Hz ( Input )
● Note: Battery not included

Highlight
1. Voltage update rate is 30s instead of 60s.
2. Charging voltage is regulated to 4.7V instead of 5.0V, thus loading on power adapter when batteries are flat is less. 5.0V charging voltage has problem in regulating the correct current level due to this over loading current on power adapter, which lead to Panasonic brand Li-ion batteries showed wrong charging capacity value ( + 25 percent ). With 4.7V charging voltage, the load on power adapter is greatly reduced and thus can make all types of batteries are charged properly.
3. 4.35V charging time can be very long because charging current is regulated in entering the CV stage at 4.12V, which is same as 4.2V type. Now 4.35V charging algorithm is changed to 4.27V.
5. Better safety feature: PCB temperature was used to in controlling fan on / off only with 2.0V, now this function is enhanced so that temperature is monitored for entering thermal shutdown mode when excessive high temperature is reached. It is especially helpful when fan is not running and which can lead to plastic melt down happening.
6. New fan cover make better protection for cooling fan.
7. Charging current range ( mA ): 200, 300, 500, 700, 1000, 1500, 2000
8. Discharge current range ( mA ):200, 300, 500, 700, 1000 ( li-ion cell battery only )
9. Max. charging capacity: 20000mAh
10. Voltage deviation: < 0.03V @4.2V
11. Current deviation: < 5%
Specifications

General
Type: Charger
Brand: Opus
Model: BT-C3100 V2.2
Plug: US adapter
Charging Cell Type: Ni-MH, NiCd, Lithium Ion
Compatible : 22650, 10340, 18650, 16340 (RCR123), 14500, 18500, 26650, 10440
Rechargeable Battery Qty: 4
Input Voltage: AC 100~240V 50/60HZ
Output Voltage: DC 12V, 3.0A

Functions
LCD Screen: YES
Auto Circuit Detection: YES
Built-in Protected Circuit: YES
Over Voltage Protection: YES
Short-Circuit Protection: YES
Over-Charging Protection: YES
Over-Discharging Protection: YES

Battery
Battery Quantity: 4

Dimension and Weight
Product weight: 0.234 kg
Package weight: 0.520 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 14.4 x 9.8 x 3.9 cm / 5.66 x 3.85 x 1.53 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 16 x 22 x 5 cm / 6.29 x 8.65 x 1.97 inches

Package Contents
Package Contents: 1 x Opus BT - C3100 V2.2 Digital Intelligent 4 Slots LCD Battery Charger Compatible with Li-ion NiCd NiMh Batteries, 1 x EU Power Adapter, 1 x English User Manual

This charger is a analyzing LiIon and NiMH charger, this means the charger can both charge and discharge while measuring. The total number of function is large and this means the technical section in this review is very large.



When the charger is turned on, it displays test where all the text can be seen.
When startup is finished it is possible to select mode:

CHARGE: Charge battery with 200 to 1000 (2000) mA.
DISCHARGE: Discharge battery with 200 to 1000 mA.
DISCHARGE REFRESH: Discharge and charge the battery 3 times.
CHARGE TEST: Charge, discharge and charge the battery, show how much current was discharged.
QUICK TEST: Measure the internal resistance of the battery.

When display is flashing it is possible to select mode and current.
Using the slot button it is possible to reselect a slot and change parameters for it, also when charger is working.
When putting multiple batteries in the charger at the same time, it is possible to select mode and current simultaneous for all of them (Very nice).

When charging or discharging it is possible to use the DISPLAY button to select between V, mA and mAh.
The display button can also be used when the charge/discharge is finished, but the charger will change back to FULL display rather quickly.

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Here is an example where I have selected different functions for each slot.

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Each time a button is pressed, the light turns on for a 20 seconds.
The FULL and NULL message can also be seen.

The charger uses an external 12 volt power supply at 3A (see later).
It has a fan, this is necessary to handle all four channels at full power. Even with only one channel in use the fan, it start and stop very often. The fan is not very loud, but due to the starting and stopping it is very annoying.



The charger uses the classical slider construction to handle most battery sizes. The slider works smoothly and can handle sizes from 32 mm to 72.5 mm.
For measuring internal resistance the slider is not very good, it often has a HIGH connection resistance.

A couple of different NiMH batteries in the charger.

And some LiIon batteries.

Using only slot 1 and 4, the maximum charge current is 2000mA.
In all other cases the maximum charge current is 1000mA.
The maximum discharge current is always 1000mA.

Charge currents: 200, 300, 500, 700, 1000, 1500, 2000
Discharge currents: 200, 300, 500, 700, 1000

supportedBatteryTypes

supportedBatterySizes



The charger can easily handle 70 mm long batteries
It is recommended to charge smaller batteries in the two center slots.
The charger has an internal switch marked with 3.7V, 4.20V and 4.35V. I have not tested this switch, because it is internal, but it might be possible to charge other Li-ion chemistries.
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16 Comments
EU plug has put me off.
someguy003

EU plug has put me off.



​I have one of these. The European plug is a transformer plug. 12v 3A.
thespiderpig

​I have one of these. The European plug is a transformer plug. 12v 3A.


But you still need an adapter for the UK socket to use this don't you?
someguy003

EU plug has put me off.



Perhaps Uniross is more for you then.

EDIT: Has UK plug
Edited by: "Roger_Irrelevant" 19th Jan 2016
This charger is not good. The charger has high peaks which makes the charger show wrong readings. Outer slots charge too high and the termination is poor. Liion batteries charge too high and old batteries dangerously over voltage.
All info from lygte-info.dk
Roger_Irrelevant

Perhaps Uniross is more for you then.


I have an Energiser one and it works fine- no adapter required
581d

This charger is not good. The charger has high peaks which makes the … This charger is not good. The charger has high peaks which makes the charger show wrong readings. Outer slots charge too high and the termination is poor. Liion batteries charge too high and old batteries dangerously over voltage.



it seems to get an overall ok. Also the version is slightly older than the one on sale which is V2.2

The review is for V2.1 lygte-info.dk/rev…tml
On the site there is an option to select a UK plug at the same price. Am i missing something?
581d

This charger is not good. The charger has high peaks which makes the … This charger is not good. The charger has high peaks which makes the charger show wrong readings. Outer slots charge too high and the termination is poor. Liion batteries charge too high and old batteries dangerously over voltage.



Nope, this is for the v2.0 version of the charger, in the updated review (lygte-info.dk/rev…tml the conclusion is:

Conclusion

With this update to the battery analyzer many of the problems has been fixed.
Generally the peak charge and discharge current for LiIon are a bit high, I would have preferred constant current, instead of the pulsing.
The user interface is fairly easy to use, but it may take a some time to learn what the different modes do.

The conclusion must be that it is a good battery analyzer, but for normal charging I will still prefer a charger with non-pulsing CC/CV charging.


Also this is for the v2.2 model so obviously further refinements.

Very good review site by the way.
someguy003

But you still need an adapter for the UK socket to use this don't you?


yes.
thespiderpig

yes.


You could possibly use one of these, its fused too for a bit of extra safety (change the fuse to 3a if its provided with a 13a)
kenable.co.uk/pro…wcB
Edited by: "thespiderpig" 19th Jan 2016
thespiderpig

You could possibly use one of these, its fused too for a bit of extra … You could possibly use one of these, its fused too for a bit of extra safety (change the fuse to 3a if its provided with a 13a)



Supplied UK plug is UK plug.
Roger_Irrelevant

Supplied UK plug is UK plug.


Thanks for clarifying.
I bought mine about a week and a half ago but from the EU warehouse. It came with an EU plug but did come in 3 days so much quicker than waiting from China
So is this better than the Intellicharger i4 and the next model up with display? I’ve got both and was disappointed with the i4 inability to accommodate protected cells comfortably
TBC15

So is this better than the Intellicharger i4 and the next model up with … So is this better than the Intellicharger i4 and the next model up with display? I’ve got both and was disappointed with the i4 inability to accommodate protected cells comfortably



Not sure, only got the Technoline to compare. Is easier to use though and the backlit is good.
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