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Flashlights And 123 Batteries Vs. Rechargeable 18650 Batteries

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  • Flashlights And 123 Batteries Vs. Rechargeable 18650 Batteries

    I was speaking with a fellow officer this morning about flashlights. He mentioned that one of his lights takes 2 lithium 123 batteries, which can be a bit spendy, depending on where you buy them. I just happened to mention that a single, rechargeable 18650 battery can be used in the place of two 123 batteries. He was completely unaware of that.

    So, I just thought I would ask people here, do you find that most officers, with lights that use 123 batteries, are aware that a rechargeable 18650 battery can be used in its place? Granted, perhaps not the most important law enforcement topic of today, but it can get a little expensive going through disposable 123 batteries.

    In all honesty, until a few years ago, I was so stuck on using Streamlight, Inova, or Pelican rechargeable flashlights, that I probably didn't pay much attention to such things myself.

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    I've been using 18650 batteries for years. I even had my old Streamlight 6P flashlight bored out to accept them.

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    • #3
      Not all 2x123's can use 18650's. It depends on the light.
      In Valor there is hope

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      • #4
        I used rechargeable lithium batteries when I last worked midnights in 2011-2012. Since them I've transitioned to rechargeable lights for moat purposes
        John from Maryland

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