Mine arrived yesterday, and it came with some new Wasabi's I wanted to top off.
It's definitely a strange "mixed bag" of good and weird to use.
The LCD is great, with clear to read info. I had it attached to my powerful fast USB brick that comes with my Lenovo laptop,. (I suppose I should read the specs on that for info here.) The Charger handled that power no problem, and finished off the 1st Wasabi in about 1.5 hours.
I next decided to try installing one of the "very dead" batteries that my Meikie battery grip for the 5D4 positively killed off. Neither my Canon or Wasabi give me any info on these two dead batteries other than "it's dead Jim" and they will not charge them. (Canon offers fast blinking light for defective pack)
After 5 minutes, right now the "dead wont charge on other chargers" old Powerex is showing;
6.9 v / 488mA
25*c / 35 mAh
All numbers are climbing steadily (except temp) so it is taking a charge.
It is very nice to have an active read out and see what is going on. Again, with my Canon charger, this battery was simply no go, couldn't be charged.
The downside of this charger is 100% form factor. I love the small size,. but the only way to get power to it is via a weird rubber fold out usb cord that is only 3" long, with a 90 degree bend on the plug side that increases the difficulty of using the short "cord". With it hanging from the wall at knee level, there is no easy way to actually read any of the excellent LCD display.
There is no alternative but to use this cord, no jack built int to use a standard USB cable. This means that if you try to use this with a standard USB wall wart brick, there is no way to do so other than to leave it awkwardly hanging by the 3" rubber cord,. and hope that neither the USB brick, or the charger simply comes unplugged due to the dangling weight. Same if you are dangling it from the front panel of your PC tower.
If you want this up on a table, you will either have to provide and extension cord from the mains, or use a USB extension cord. USB extension cords (as opposed to normal USB cords) are not common items, most people don't have them, most places don't sell them. A USB jack built into the unit would have meant easy access to all the standard USB cords out there, but none exists on the unit. You must use an extension on the included 3" built in cord.
In the image, you can see that the mAh rating has gone up to 149 from 35 in the time it took me to write the last few paragraphs. After taking the image it's now up to 240.
- Very compact!
- Will charge two types of battery. (I'm not clear on what the other battery type goes to)
- Clear easy to read LCD is a huge plus.
- Appears to be happy charging batteries that the Canon charger refuse to touch. (I may be scared to use this battery however!)
- USB powered means nearly universal, including car chargers etc.
- Two types of battery and I don't use the other kind.
- Very awkward cord = no easy way to use this.
- No power supply included. Must provide your own USB brick etc..
- Regardless of small size, one must pack more stuff to use it, and even more to do so comfortably.
Note. Those of us with the AD360 and related Lithium 4500 battery can use the USB adapter to recharge camera batteries with the huge powerful 4500 battery packs.
Best Use? Include in a travel pack with your small laptop to provide charging.
Conclusion: Recommended. I would not use it as my primary charger, but in some cases the size, info, and USB power may be advantages over "normal" chargers.