It's difficult to take a decent picture with my iPhone; but I'm too lazy to use a real camera lol.
I mainly bought the VP2 because I wanted something that could also charge LiFePO4 batteries (which I am now using in most of my CR123 lights, in place of the dreaded primaries), and so I could easily charge 26650 batteries, as well. At the time, I hadn't yet purchased the D4 units.
The VP2 is amazing. I'm loving the selectable charge rate, the metering, and the super smooth feel of the spring clips.
I use all five chargers simultaneously, when I'm doing a 18650 run of charging, so I'm able to charge eighteen batteries at a time (very handy - really speeds things up). Here is the current line-up of chargers (The D4s are the latest acquisitions, and are working very nicely
Left to Right:
- Nitecore D4 (2)
- XTAR VP-2
- Nitecore i4 v2 (2)
Notice how the VP-2's display is amazingly easy to read? I really like this. I also like the selectable charge rates (and the higher charger rate that this one has, as opposed to the D4s, or the i4 V2s. The D4 displays a lot more useful information, though. I'm still torn.
Also, the VP-2 has wider battery wells, so you can easily fit two 26650 batteries side-by-side. That's a nice touch.
Please feel free to share your experience with these chargers, or any smart chargers you'd recommend :-)