Astrolux VC04 Versatile Charger

Don’t you love it “Astrolux 4-solt Li-ion Battery Charger” – I think we can safely assume that should be “4-slot”. Inside the manual, the company refers to the inputs which are USB-C, micro-USB and “Lighting” – well, as a non-Apple user that kept me going for a minute – they meant “Lightning” connector. Anyway, everything works. The name as supplied by Banggood is “Astrolux® VC04 Micro Type-C 2A Quick Charger“.


There are two onscreen buttons – one to select which battery to monitor and one to select maximum output amperage from 0.5A to 2A. The charger handles everything from AAAA to various Li-ion batteries and you can mix and match – total charge current is 2A and as the unit has no power of it’s own, your USB charger/supply should be able to output 5v (5.2v is good) at 2A. The unit comes complete with two leads – i.e. a USB-C lead and a micro-USB lead.

I like it already – and not to mess about, the VC04 is currently charging a set of Banggood-supplied MECO Li-ion 18650 batteries I mention elsewhere in the blog as my other charger could not handle the slightly increased length of the protected batteries. This one does with room to spare. Clearly it handles larger Li-ion batteries as well.


The link at the top of this article has the full technical details.


5 thoughts on “Astrolux VC04 Versatile Charger

  1. 3 USB inputs… QuickCharge.. and the result is 0.5A per slot? Funny. Meanwhile, SkyRC NC1500: USB 2.0 without QuickCharge, and 1.A per slot. 3x more efficient.

  2. Hi

    No I’m not familiar with Ikea 2450 cells – I am now (not noticed them at Ikea in Spain – but I wasn’t looking… next time we’re there, I will). Glad everything is working for you.

    Buttons A & B – the one on the left selects 0.5, 1 or 2A (of course that depends on what power is going in – I use a USB supply able to output 3A. The one on the right selects which battery you are monitoring….

    I’ve USB supplies that claim much higher – but only 2.5A per output – we really need a sea change. 8A per output would be good.

    Oh, I did nothing special with the lighting re: the display…



  3. So, it arrived this morning, not bad delivery time at all.
    The instructions are not clear for buttons A&B but thanks to you Pete, I dont need to worry about that.
    Display is a little dim compared to yours and the viewing angle has to be perfect.
    I bought this to recharge cells in the car on long search and rescue call-outs…..we have large search area’s here in Cheshire.

    At the moment I have a set of Ikea 2450 white Ni-MH cells in…..if you have not seen these before, they are fantastic and are reported to be produced from the Panasonic plant so last very well, 12 months and they havn’t let me down or show signs of distress.

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