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Ammo68
02-24-2011, 12:25 PM
Does anyine have any experience with using the 3 volt batteries for surefire flashlight other the Surefire brand??

thetaxman
02-24-2011, 12:41 PM
I've used a range. Only ones that didn't seem to last as long were Radioshack branded ones. All the rest seemed the same.

KALIDAWG8996
02-24-2011, 2:30 PM
(American made) Duracell, Panasonic, and Energizer batteries are recommended. Stay away from Chinese or foreign made batteries as they can damage your light. They're have been cases of lights blowing inside people's pockets or on their person due to using cheap or mixmatched batteries. Go to www.surefire.com (http://www.surefire.com) for more info.

You're better off getting the batteries straight from SureFire as they are fairly cheap and reliable.

WWDHD?
02-24-2011, 4:41 PM
If your talking about lithium cr123 batteries then as said before, stick with US made ones. Although the Japan or Germany batteries seem good to. Also as said before there has been some stories of chinese made batteries exploding so I'd stay away from them, the cost difference isn't that great. Take a look at www.batteryjunction.com for the best prices on cr123 batteries I've found. Cheap shipping too.
Read somewhere that most US made cr123 batteries regardless of label were made in Georgia at a Panasonic factory. Including the Surefire brand. As far as I know anyways.

VictorFranko
02-24-2011, 4:43 PM
Surefire 123's are good to go, IMHO.

AEW
02-24-2011, 4:59 PM
(American made) Duracell, Panasonic, and Energizer batteries are recommended. Stay away from Chinese or foreign made batteries as they can damage your light. They're have been cases of lights blowing inside people's pockets or on their person due to using cheap or mixmatched batteries. Go to www.surefire.com (http://www.surefire.com) for more info.

You're better off getting the batteries straight from SureFire as they are fairly cheap and reliable.

I agree with KALIDAWG8996. Only buy batteries from a reputable source. In recent years there were what appears to be name brand batteries sold on EBAY that looks exactly like the real thing but if you read the fine print there are spelling errors; many think these were knock offs made overseas. I've had good luck with Surefire and also the Ray-O-Vac batteries sold in bulk at Botach. I know, they don't have the best reputation for service but I find that if I buy just a hundred Ray-O-Vac batteries and nothing else, there won't be any mix ups in the order. One thing to remember is never mix new/used batteries. If you've got two batteries in a light, always replace both with new batteries at the same time.

http://www.botachtactical.com/rarl3liba10.html

Saym14
02-24-2011, 7:33 PM
Lowes has the two pack of Surefires 123 at what I thought was a very good price. its was like 4 something for two pack.

BigDogatPlay
02-24-2011, 8:33 PM
If I don't have Sure Fire branded, then I use Duracell. Not worth, IMO, fooling around with off brand import batteries from some sweat shop in western China.

Ammo68
02-25-2011, 7:57 AM
Thanks to everone for their great advice!

It seems like there are issues with using non-Surefire batteries in Surefire light which i own. I payed alot of only for these light that I carry with my everyday, so I guess I will stick with the Surefire batteries.
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Thanks again!

Saym14
02-25-2011, 10:39 PM
Thanks to everone for their great advice!

It seems like there are issues with using non-Surefire batteries in Surefire light which i own. I payed alot of only for these light that I carry with my everyday, so I guess I will stick with the Surefire batteries.
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Thanks again!

other QUALITY brands are ok. but if you can get Surefires for less than Duracell, why not use them? I bought about 6 or 8. they are good for 10 to 12 years shelf life.

WDE91
02-26-2011, 6:46 PM
I think has got to be one of the better prices for a 12pack
http://www.primaryarms.com/product.sc?productId=479&categoryId=116

rudigan
02-26-2011, 7:38 PM
I think has got to be one of the better prices for a 12pack
http://www.primaryarms.com/product.sc?productId=479&categoryId=116

Yes. $1.75 ea with free shipping is pretty good. SKD Tactical sells for same price if you want less than a dozen and all orders are $5 shipping. Cool folks to deal with too.

tlillard23
02-27-2011, 7:06 PM
go to candlepowerforums.com they have some very good reviews of all the batteries.
I buy my cr123 at batteryjunction.com they have surefire batteries, but i tend to go with the house brand or the reeses peanut butter cup looking ones