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Old 12-05-2012, 08:43 AM   #41
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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.

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