Suggestions For CR123A and 18650 Batteries and Charger

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  1. Dragline

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    What's everybody using on their flashlights that take regular CR123 and/or 18650 rechargeable batteries.
    I've usually gone with Surefire for CRs but anybody seen any decent deals on either battery and chargers?
    I put in an order for a pack of CR123s on an Amazon flash sale but it was canceled the next day, so I'm still looking for those.
     
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    First rule is never buy any Chinese battery with the word "fire" in it. Surefire is obviously ok.

    Also you may as well avoid RCR123's, they are all terrible. Just buy the non-rechargeable 123s.
     

  3. Glockalong

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    I am happy with my Xtar VP2 charger.
     
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    Surefire CR123s are all I use. Made in USA. Pretty good price on bulk packs.
     
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    I stick with the plain Surefire or Streamlight branded CR123s, and haven't gotten into the rechargeables yet. It's easier to carry and swap out spare batteries than wait on a light to recharge or carry a power pack.
     
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    That’s pretty good, thanks.
     
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    Samsung and Panasonic 18650 batteries are very good. I use them in my lights and they hold up well. I can't speak to cr123 as I do not use them.

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    When it comes to a choice between 18650 and 123a, I choose the 18650 as they are more common today.

    Having said that, I have non rechargeable Surefire 123a batteries that are at least 15 years old and they are just fine and still charged. I do not use them often. Those batteries were once the cat's meow before 18650s came into existence.
     
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    Surefire CR123s

    Nitecore i2 intellicharger

    Samsung 30Q 18650s


    Edit: Beware buying batteries from a place like amazon - tons of counterfeits.
     
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    I use a Nitecore D2 charger but also have a Efest Luc4 (faster charging).

    Samsung and LG make great 18650 batteries.

    I picked up a bunch of LiFePO4 batteries in CR123a size but they don't make them anymore. They have a max voltage of 3.6v vs 4.2v for LiIon. Non-rechargeables are 3.2v max so you can damage some electronics with rechargeables. I bought a bunch of Titanium Innovations CR123a from Battery junction. Excellent batteries for cheap.

    https://www.batteryjunction.com/bat...CR123A Batteries&utm_content=CR123A Batteries
     
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    For CR123’s I’ve tried to stick with Streamlight ones. I’ve used the energizer ones in a pinch from the store but they’re super pricey.

    I don’t use CR123’s much besides one Streamlight handheld and my TLR1-HL which doesn’t see much use.


    For 18650’s a couple years ago amazon had a Streamlight Charger and two battery’s for 35 bucks so I grabbed one. Haven’t had any problems out of them and they power my Fenix 18560 lights great. The battery’s also have the usb charging capability but I haven’t ever used that feature. Doesn’t look like amazon offers that setup anymore. Might check out battery junction and see what they have.
     
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    I buy my flashlights mostly from Olight, and I buy their rechargeable batteries as well.

    Mostly I just like their UBS battery charger. 2 magnetic caps that go to either end of the battery, then it sorts out whether it need 1.2V or 3.7V for charging, and just plugs into any convenient USB outlet.
    https://www.olightstore.com/olight-universal-magnetic-usb-charger.html
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    The RCR123A doesn't have a lot of life, only about 1/3 the milliamp hours or less that the CR123A does, but with as little as I use the flashlight (mostly just spot inspections of whatever I'm working on or looking for) it's not that big of an issue. I carry a second light that uses a AA battery for when I'm doing constant use.
    https://www.olightstore.com/olight-rcr123a-lithium-ion-battery.html

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    Olight also has several different 18650s with different mAh and draw ratings. Haven't had any issues with any of mine, but the majority of my flashlights only get occasional use.

    For some reason some stuff isn't showing up on their regular menu, so you might have to use the search in the top right corner.
     
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    The Xtar are the best of the mid priced chargers in my opinion. Orbtronics is the only 18650 cells I buy, great batteries and great customer service.
     
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    If you can "carry and swap out swap out spare batteries" can't you carry and swap out rechargables just as easy? That is what I do with my RCR123A.
    I use the Olight and Tenergy brands mainly. Have the 18650 also.
     
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    I stay with a name brand. Surefire or Streamlight. Some of the Chinese off brands will corrode and ruin your light. Not worth it, IMO.
     
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    Anything made by Panasonic is ok. There are only a couple companies making them and then everyone puts there label on them.
    The 18650s that I use are AW, Orbtronics and Fenix batteries.

    I don't use rechargable 123s.