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Old March 30, 2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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Cheap CR123A Batteries!

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5639

I found this site a while ago, and I bought a flashlight from them (Romisen RC-F4) and when it came I went to Happy Harrys (wallgreens) to buy batteries for it, and the damn batteries cost me more than the flashlight! They want $11-$12 for just ONE Duracell CR123A battery, but I just got the new toy so what could I do? So the duracells are getting weak so I decided to check out the battery selection on Dealextreme.com, and I was floored. Under 9 dollars for 10 CR123A batteries. Shipping time wasn't bad either, like 2 weeks, and it was free. The new ones have held up just fine so far, figured I'd pass it along.

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Old March 30, 2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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Careful

Be careful with cheap cr123s. The Chinese ones like to blow up.
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Old March 30, 2009, 01:48 PM   #3
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Batteries.com has them, including rechargable ones:

http://www.batteries.com/index.asp?s...atchpartialmax

I have a Surefire 6P light. With the original bulb it would eat these batteries very quicly.

Some time ago I replaced the lamp with an LED. Battery life is anywhere from two to four times as long. And, unlike the regular bulb, the LED slowly dims over time, but even at lower power leaves a decent amount of usable light.

Once the regular bulb hits the wall, though, it's lights out.
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Old March 30, 2009, 03:04 PM   #4
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Be careful with cheap cr123s. The Chinese ones like to blow up.
Never heard that before, thanks for the heads up. The price is too good to pass up.
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Old March 30, 2009, 03:38 PM   #5
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http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=120888
http://www.equipped.org/blog/?p=42
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Old March 30, 2009, 09:59 PM   #6
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Holy Sh-- I never really gave it too much thought untill I read Zoomie's links above. Lesson #1, Dont use cheap imported batteries. Lesson #2, If they feel too warm.....Run
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Old March 30, 2009, 10:10 PM   #7
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Some time ago I replaced the lamp with an LED. Battery life is anywhere from two to four times as long. And, unlike the regular bulb, the LED slowly dims over time, but even at lower power leaves a decent amount of usable light.

Once the regular bulb hits the wall, though, it's lights out.
Are you referring to the physical sense, or when the juice runs down?
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Old March 31, 2009, 01:18 AM   #8
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I have had good luck with these $21.00 a dozen from Surefire.

http://www.surefire.com/Batteries

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Old March 31, 2009, 02:32 AM   #9
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My M-6 light /lasers, WML's, use this battery, and eats them like candy. Bright as though!
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Old March 31, 2009, 06:31 AM   #10
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"Are you referring to the physical sense, or when the juice runs down?"

When the juice runs down to a certain point the regular bulb simply powers down.

The LED is still shining, although not as brightly, at that point.

It is truly amazing just how bright these lights can be.
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Old April 3, 2009, 12:45 PM   #11
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If you're asking about the blowing up in physical sense or otherwise, the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries can explode in certain circumstances.

Excessive discharge rates typically can do it, and they have some interesting reactions to improper recharging as well.
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Old April 3, 2009, 01:58 PM   #12
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What armsmaster270 said.
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Old April 3, 2009, 05:12 PM   #13
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I get mine at my local gun shop for about 18.00 per dozen.
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