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Old December 7, 2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Another Flashlight Fire. ("Bargain" CR123 Lithiums Again)

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Old December 7, 2007, 11:23 PM   #2
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China is going to burn up our stuff with defective batteries and make our kids stupid with lead paint, I swear...
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Old December 8, 2007, 01:00 AM   #3
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A while back I bought some "universal" branded el-cheapo CR123's at a gun show

They get extremey hot in use, and don't last worth a darn, The also dump all their voltage quickly. The light never fades out, it just stops altogether.

never again
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Old December 8, 2007, 03:43 PM   #4
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...and make our kids stupid with lead paint..
Hey, that's what public education is for!

Just say no to Chinese goods!
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Old December 8, 2007, 10:01 PM   #5
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No china for me
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Old December 9, 2007, 12:04 AM   #6
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... The light never fades out, it just stops altogether.
Unlike flashlights powered by alkaline batteries that dim as the batteries lose power, a lithium battery pretty much dies like this.

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Old December 9, 2007, 12:34 AM   #7
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Hmm, good to know, Mike
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Old December 9, 2007, 01:33 AM   #8
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Unlike flashlights powered by alkaline batteries that dim as the batteries lose power, a lithium battery pretty much dies like this.
I think that the regulating circuit found in most good LED (Cree based) flashlights has something to do with the all or near nothing output. The regulation circuit maintain a constant output level until the battery flat dies.

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Old December 9, 2007, 01:35 AM   #9
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Unlike flashlights powered by alkaline batteries that dim as the batteries lose power, a lithium battery pretty much dies like this.
That's one thing I like about my HID flashlight. It either has the power to form the arc, or it doesn't. OTOH, you have no warning that it is about to die...
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Old December 10, 2007, 02:48 AM   #10
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"That's one thing I like about my HID flashlight."

Yeah, I've looked at HID flashlights. They're the same price as a decent handgun. Thanks, but I think I'll stick with my LED flashlights for now.
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