I've been real happy with Battery Station 123s. If you sign up on candlepower forum you can get them for $1.25:
August 23, 2009, 11:31 PM
akodo, manufacturers use slightly different formulations depending on what they think might be the most common use for their cells. As you can see from SilverFox's thread over on CPF, there are a few brands that will perform well in flashlights.
As far as brands to avoid... stay as far as you can from "no name" brands sold on e-Bay! Actually, stay out of e-Bay batts completely; there's too many counterfeit cells being sold as the real thing.
Most of the "good" brands are produced in the US (SureFire, Battery Station, etc.). You can find really good deals if you poke around the 'net (the one Gary linked to works, but you *must* be a CPF member). There's actually other CPF dealers that offer batteries for a little over $1 (check my sigline on CPF).
August 31, 2009, 12:55 AM
I like BatteryStation.com CR123s. They're priced well at $1.25, Made in the USA, and are the most consistent ones out there (which is important when you're using 2x in series due to them being lithium ion).
I like 3.7v 18650 rechargeable cells better than a 2x cr123 setup - but the light has to be designed for them, generally, or you get sub-optimal output.
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