This is a discussion on Best price for CR123A Batteries? within the Knife and Light forums, part of the Armory category; Just bought a brand new Streamlight TLR 1s and absolutely love it. Aside from the installation of the batteries (thats 20 min of my life ...
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|May 13th, 2011, 05:39 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southern VA
Just bought a brand new Streamlight TLR 1s and absolutely love it. Aside from the installation of the batteries (thats 20 min of my life I'll never get back), it is a very good, bright light. The only problem, a short run time of 2hr 30min. Now, that does sound like a lot, but every little flash builds up. I want to get some spare CR123A batteries for it, but im not sure where to look. There are all manners of kinds and types (and prices), and I'm just looking for the best price that ya'll have found. Thanks a mill.
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|May 13th, 2011, 09:34 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Search Amazon. I picked up 12 Streamlight brand for something like $18. Waaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper than buying them two at a time at Wally World :-)
|May 14th, 2011, 09:19 AM||#7|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southern VA
I appreciate the help. I'm on the fence between rechargeable and plain ol' lithium. I'm really looking at the rechargeable, but the only problem is that I used to have some rechargeable AA batteries for a digital camera, and they were pretty unreliable, and their life deplenished to about 15 min after about 3 months, and that is not a situation I want to run into when I NEED my light. Any thoughts on the rechargeables?
|May 14th, 2011, 06:17 PM||#8|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Salish Sea
For rechargeable batteries, you want 3V Li-ion CR123 batteries. The Streamlight is not rated to use the 3.6V rechargeable Li-ion batteries which are the more common rechargeable 123s available.
|May 18th, 2011, 09:37 PM||#10|
Join Date: May 2011
The folks at the flashlight site candlepowerforums.com generally speak highly of the BatteryStation labeled CR123a available at batterystation.com. The are made in USA supposedly at the same factory as big name labeled CR123s. I purchased a few dozen a while back and haven't had any trouble but that is a very small sample size. I've bought a few other products from Batterystation and was always treated well. I don't have first hand experience but the consensus at candlepowerforums was to use standard/primary batteries (CR123a) in weapon lights due to the shock/vibration they are exposed to. Any decent Li-ion rechargeable battery will contain a circuit board and associated wiring for the over/under voltage protection circuit. That circuit board and wiring is obviously a potential failure point.
I'm a big believer in rechargeable batteries but I think it is wise to stick to primary batteries in a weapon light. As mentioned regarding the rechargeable Li-ion, be aware of that most are 3.6V nominal and the 3V versions generally have extra circuitry to drop the voltage to 3V. There are Li-ion chemistries that results in 3.3V but that is another story. You would also need a Li-ion charger if you don't already have one. A good one with proper charge termination like the Pila IBC runs ~$50. Besides candlepowerforums.com, batteryjunction.com, and batterystation.com, a couple other sites to check are batteryuniversity.com for information and lighthound.com as another retailer.
|May 24th, 2011, 11:12 PM||#11|
Join Date: Apr 2010
surefire's seem to last the longest, followed by the rayovac batteries. I usually just search online until I find the lowest prices and buy from there. I was given a bunch of the battery junction batteries when I bought a flashlight and they seem to crap out fairly quick.
|August 19th, 2011, 03:59 AM||#12|
Join Date: Jul 2011
|October 14th, 2011, 07:58 AM||#14|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: North Alabama
Home depot has the surefire brand for <$5 for 2 pack. Found some CR123s at my local Academy Sports and outdoors for $2.29 each.
Recent visited a guy who makes custom flashlight drop in heads and he recommend these battery station
said they are the same as the surefires.
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