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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Lampshade, Mar 30, 2012.
Title says it all.
Honestly, when they die. I check them once a week. I go through a set of batteries every three months.
Are you an LEO or something? I imagine you must be doing lots of low light training to be going through batteries like that.
No not LEO, the CR123A batteries just dont last me that long.
In my TLR-1 LED that is on my P220 (nightstand gun) whenever they die, which in the two years since I have had the gun has been never. I am still on the original set of batteries. I rarely shine the light, maybe a few times a year while checking out a bump in the night. CR123's have a LONG shelf life and do not dwindle over time, just when being used.
In my Surefire forearm (incandescant) on my 870P patrol shotgun I replace them every year just to be safe. In truth I only take the shotgun out of the car 4-5 times a year, but given the nature of the situation when I need it I replace the batteries every year and put them in one of my LED Surefire lights.
In my EDC Surefire E2e incandescent I replace them when they go dim and put them in my Surefire G2 LED as they will still give useable light for a couple of hours in the LED flashlights.
I prefer the incandescent lights for duty use with exception being the TLR-1 on my pistol, it is a very bright WHITE light with no blue/purple tint that some of my LED lights have.
I have several Surefire LED's that I use as task lights around the house with the batteries that are too worn down to power the incandescent weapon lights.
I buy SF batteries in bulk for cheaper than buying singles, but lately the SF batteries seem to have gone up. Luckily I can get a few from work so I dont buy many each year.
My flashlights that I use the most are cheap LED's that use cheapo AA's, and my duty ligtht is a Streamlight rechargeable.
Worst case scenario is your battery is near dying when you grab the weapon for a critical incident. Chances are that incident will be over in seconds and the diminishing light wont make a difference. IMO weaponlights are bordering on being too bright for inside building use. 30-65 lumens is plenty inside a house at short distances. Anything more than that and it is blinding to you as well, especially if you have light colored walls in the house.
I must play around with my light more than i think if you have batteries lasting 2 years. That an im likely using crap batteries.
I've had my TLR-1s on my M&P for over a year and it's still on the original set of batteries.
I use the SF brand batteries only, so I cant comment on the how the cheaper ones hold up.
And really, my P220 sits on my nightstand at night and may get flashed a second or two a couple times a year when the dog barks in the middle of the night and I get up to check the house out.
I must admit I piddled with it enough the first day or two I had it to use the batteries that came with it up, but since the new wore off I haven't had to replace them.
To the OP, you could always use a mutli meter to test the voltage and throw them out or stick them in a LED task light when they show diminished voltage.
They say they are 3v but will test about 3.2-3.4v when new. If they get below 2.5v put them in another light to use around the house.
Still on the original set that came with the light. I don't shoot at night more than to deal with the occasional armadillo or Coyote or very rarely to investigate suspicious noises.
I change my weaponlight/Flashlight batteries for duty use every 6 months (and as needed) just for cheap insurance. Does it have to be done that often? Probably not, but I hate it when I grab a light, and the batteries die after 3 minutes of use. My nightstand duty firearm light/optics get changed out once a year.
Duty Handgun: Streamlight TLR-1s LED
Main Flashlight: Maglite 3 D-cell LED
Duty Belt Flashlight: Streamlight Polytac LED
Backup/EDC Flashlight: Streamlight Protac 1L LED
Patrol Rifle Weaponlight: Streamlight TLR-1s LED
Nightstand Weaponlight: Streamlight TLR-1s LED
Yes, I love flashlights/weaponlights.
Yea, my batts have been going on two years or so as well.
That's why I was asking if you did tons of low light training or something.
I took my Surefire M951 off my AR.....too damn heavy.
Someday I'll find something lighter.
I have something over about sixteen weapons that use batteries in lights and lasers.
And a couple dozen Red Dot sights, several on defense guns. About six laser/lights use CR123 batteries. All last a fairly long time.
I keep a good check on the batteries in the primary defense guns and change them when they weaken.
On the practice guns I sometimes shoot the guns until battery failure.
I have a home range where I often practice in low light and dark. I have shot a Crimson Trace laser, on a 38 J Frame, to battery failure.
After seeing the laser start to weaken I still fired another 26 rounds before I couldn't see the laser dot at 52 yards.