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Nitecore USB travel charger for 14464 batteries
Old 01-01-2017   #1
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Nitecore USB travel charger for 14464 batteries

I was looking for a smaller travel charger for my M8 batteries and came across the "NITECORE ULM9 USB Travel Charger for Leica 14464" on B&H. It's not in stock and I wonder if it's vaporware. Seems ideal for travel since I would be carrying a USB charger for my phone. Anyone had experience with it?

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Not sure why this was moved - is there another camera outside of the Leica M range that uses the 14464 battery?
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I saw this too, but it says "discontinued" for the M240 version (ULM240).
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I don't understand why moved either.

Can you tell us more about this charger? What makes it attractive?

Clearly M240 batteries are not the same as M8/M9/ME batteries........ what's up with that???
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Here's the blurb from B&H:

The sophisticated ULM9 contains a smart charging management system, which monitors battery types, capacities, and initial internal resistance, then automatically applies the most appropriate charging current based on this data. The device also provides battery condition monitoring, carrying out a health inspection based on resistance at the time of installation. A cell's health bar will appear on the LCD display, which also shows capacity, voltage, and percentage of charge completed. When a battery's health has declined to the lower limit, the bar will start flashing to alert you that it should be replaced.
The ULM9 offers a mechanical reverse polarity protection mechanism that prevents charging from occurring if an incompatible or incorrectly installed battery is present. Additionally, the error message "EE" will appear on the LCD to notify you in the event that a short-circuited battery is detected. Yet another helpful feature is the battery recovery mode that restores dormant cells to active duty.
Built for durability, the ULM9 is made from polycarbonate and ABS plastics that are corrosion-resistant and fire-retardant. When this toughness is coupled with the convenient compactness and considerable versatility of the ULM9, the result is a charger that's ideal for travel, camping, and almost any other adventure in your life.


I like to travel light. I never check a bag and can go two weeks with a small duffle bag (see onebag.com) Any weight saving I can do is a bonus. I do carry a USB charger for my phone and use that to charge my Fuji X100T. Also many airlines are putting USB jacks on the back of seats rather then 120V. It just makes sense to double up.
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Clearly M240 batteries are not the same as M8/M9/ME batteries........ what's up with that???
Because they are improved in every way except weight.

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Have you seen this?

Battery compatibility: Leica’s BP-SCL2 Compatible models: M(Typ262), M(Typ 246), M10, M(Typ240), M-P, M240P


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http://charger.nitecore.com/product/ulm240
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If anyone has successfully used a compact M battery charger apart from the $210 Leica 14470 Compact Charger do let me know which one it was. Until then, I'll be watching to see if this one becomes available.
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I had ordered the Nitecore M240 BP-SCL2 charger, but got an email from B&H stating it was discontinued. A pity, as it's the only USB-powered battery charger for Leica batteries.
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I also tried to order the ULM9 (for M9) charger from B+H and they put me on a waiting list.

I then emailed Nitecore asking where I can purchase one of these.
The response I received:

Thanks so much for your interest in NITECORE products.

I'm sorry to tell you that the M9 charger is still on the production.…

So helpful, and so ambiguous.
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