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#502 LiitoKala Lii-202 Smart Charger

Quick teardown and review of the Lii-202 18650 charger and power bank.



I wanted a general purpose 18650 charger and picked up the LiitoKala lii-202. It seemed like a good deal because it included 2x ICR18650 2600mAh batteries, and it included a power bank function in addition to supporting a multiple charging modes for a range of Lithium and Nickel Metal Hydride batteries.

I’ve since found a very good review with detailed performance tests. Overall it is a good unit, although the power bank function is a bit of a gimmick (only runs from one battery, and the output is a bit noisy).


Charger Specifications

Item Specification
Input Micro USB DC 5V, 1A/2A
Standy current ≤ 15mAH
USB Output no-Load 4.90V-5.30V
Weight 200g / 7.05oz
Dimensions (LWH) 1808053mm

Compatible batteries:

  • Li-ion 3.7V / Li-ion 3.8V / Li-Fe 3.2V / Ni-MH/Cd 1.2V
  • 26650, 22650, 18650, 18490, 18350, 17670, 17500, 17355, 16340, 14500, 10440, AAA, AA, SC, Setc
  • charges 2 batteries independently

Charging features:

  • Charge Current: 500mA/1000mA
  • Output Voltage:
    • Ni-MH/Cd 1.2V: 1.42-1.55V
    • Li-Fe 3.2V: 3.65+0.05V
    • Li-ion 3.7V: 4.2V+0.05V
    • Li-ion 3.8V: 4.35+0.05V
  • Quick Charge: Yes; Output Protection Voltage: 3.0+0.1V
  • Intelligent Charge: Battery anti-reverse, short circuit protection and overcharge protection

Battery Specifications

Item Specification
Brand Name LiitoKala
Model ICR18650-26FM
Type Li-Ion 18650
Nominal Capacity 2600mAh (2500-2600mAh)
Nominal Voltage 3.7V
Weight 45g±1g
Rechargeable Up to 500 times
Internal resistance ≤50mΩ
Limited Charge Voltage 4.2v
Working Voltage 2.75-4.2V
Size 65.5mm x 18.5mm (Diameter)



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