12-05-2012, 08:43 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
My Ride: Suburban LT 4x4
| OK...screw it.
I am way too paranoid to worry about these lion batteries.
However, I do love the brightness of the flashlights.
But I really want something to throw in the 72 hour bags, cars, etc.
The answer? New Cree T6 lights that can take AAA or 16850.
They are just a tad thicker and use an adapter tube for the 16850.
At $20 each, AAA battery adapter flashlights with the CREE T6 XML LED seem to be the answer for me.
They can use the 18650 or 3 or 4 AA batteries.
AAA batteries have a 5-10 year shelf life now and they DON'T EXPLODE!
At 4.5v the AAA start out with more voltage than an 18650 at 4.1-4.2 so they should be just as bright.
Of course, the AAA wont last as long for run time (should be around 60%), but you can buy a ton of AAAs at ($.30-.40 each) for the price of good 16850s and charger.
Maybe I can find a AA version which would last 70-80% as long.
My piece of mind is priceless.
Ranting about Panny plasmas, Canon cameras, Glocks, BlueNile, and HDMI cables on a BMW board since 2005.
2007 Chevy Suburban LT 4x4 with Nav/Bose/DVD/JL (works for me)
1968 Ford Mustang with Polk/ADS (my first car and runs strong)
2007 Lexus GS350 with every option (I loved it)
2000 BMW DINAN M5 (will be missed)
2001 BMW 330ci (will be missed)
Last edited by GlockMan; 12-05-2012 at 08:57 AM.