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Shadi Khalil
February 26, 2009, 01:28 AM
Hello all,

Are there other batteries that I could use in my Sure Fire flashlight that are available at places like Walmart, CVS, Target, Best Buy...ect?? I dont like having to gun to the gun store everytime I need replacement batteries, I end buying stuff I dont need. I was looking at some camera batteries that looked about the same size...Anybody know?


Thanks...

JohnKSa
February 26, 2009, 02:24 AM
You might try ordering them. I haven't checked prices lately, but these look reasonable.

http://www.surefire.com/Batteries

Shadi Khalil
February 26, 2009, 03:08 AM
John,

I checked your link and your right, not to pricey...I guess what I'm thinking more along the lines of being able to just run to the store and grab some..

Would any 123A Lithium Batteries battery work or do I have to use the sure fire name brand?


Thanks,


Shadi

JohnKSa
February 26, 2009, 03:58 AM
Any of the CR123 lithium batteries should work.

Shadi Khalil
February 26, 2009, 04:04 AM
Ok, thanks alot John.

Shadi Khalil
February 27, 2009, 07:53 PM
Today I went to the store and looked for other batteries. It turns out durucell lithiums are more expensive than the sure fire brand. A two back at walmar was 9.99, two sure fires are a 5.05 at my shop in VA. Just a heads up..

rantingredneck
February 27, 2009, 08:02 PM
I buy them a 12 pack or 2 at a time from my local gunshop or gunshow for about 22-24 bucks/dozen.

bcarver
February 27, 2009, 10:45 PM
100 for 88 bucks. 50 for about 50 bucks

sylathnie
February 28, 2009, 04:41 PM
+1 Battery Junction. Great people to deal with.

Delta1067
February 28, 2009, 05:16 PM
If you are running a LED drop in then it would be safe for you to use rechargeable CR123 Batteries. I have been using these from Ultralast for the past year and they have been great: http://cgi.ebay.com/ULTRALAST-UL-123-2-3V-CR123-PHOTO-LITHIUM-BATTERY-CHARG_W0QQitemZ230326639635QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item230326639635&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

jg0001
February 28, 2009, 07:21 PM
Try opticsplanet.net

Under $30 gets you 12 CR123's

http://www.opticsplanet.net/surefire-lithium-batteries-12-box.html

luvsasmith
February 28, 2009, 08:21 PM
Lowes actually sells the Surefire lights and batteries believe it or not.

hoytinak
February 28, 2009, 08:26 PM
If you are running a LED drop in then it would be safe for you to use rechargeable CR123 Batteries.

Would the rechargables not work with the non-LED lights? I recently switched to a Streamlight Stinger XT as my duty light just cause I can recharge it. If I could use rechargables in my Surefires I might start using them again.

Shadi Khalil
March 1, 2009, 04:46 PM
Thanks for all the great suggestions fellas.

Delta, I'm gonna order the recharger. Thanks for the heads up.

PaulBk
March 1, 2009, 05:23 PM
This link documents a Surefire explosion experienced by a NJ State Trooper. It contains both the initial incident report and Surefires official response. Long story short, cheap batteries in Surefires can be problematic.

http://www.njspba.com/Officer%20Safety.htm

-Paul

3StrikesNC
March 1, 2009, 05:45 PM
I buy a dozen at a time from Surefire. $21 is cheap.

JohnKSa
March 1, 2009, 10:13 PM
Delta, I'm gonna order the recharger. Thanks for the heads up.Before you spend the money you might call Surefire to verify that the rechargeables will work in your particular flashlight.

Sometimes there are minor dimensional differences that can cause problems and sometimes the voltage of a rechargeable isn't exactly the same which may also cause problems.

Delta1067
March 8, 2009, 10:06 PM
Would the rechargables not work with the non-LED lights? I recently switched to a Streamlight Stinger XT as my duty light just cause I can recharge it. If I could use rechargables in my Surefires I might start using them again.

Most of the rechargeable CR123 are actually putting out about 3.7 volts instead of just 3 volts. That means in a two battery light like a Surefire 6P or G2 the batteries will be putting out 7.4 volts. That is too much for the regular incandescent 6 volt P60 lamp and it will go poof. The Surefire P60 LED module can handle the additional voltage and is completely safe.

If you are using a Surefire 6P or the G2 LEd as a duty light, then I would recommend that you upgrade to this LED drop in from Malkoff Devices--255 Lumens and safe with rechargeable CR123: http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop2/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_8&products_id=

Before you spend the money you might call Surefire to verify that the rechargeables will work in your particular flashlight.


Surefires' standard reply is that rechargeable CR123 are not safe in their lights.

JohnKSa
March 9, 2009, 01:02 AM
I haven't used rechargeables in my 6P, but I have equipped it with a Malkoff devices drop-in. It's a huge improvement over the original incandescent bulb. Both in brightness and runtime.