- This “Torchy” guy has great info
- FlashlightWiki.com is great to have at the ready for power comparison while eBay shopping each model
|According to Torchy’s 18650 battery tests, at 1A load, *everything* drops off well before 3000mAH.
Before I knew this, I got a simple charger combo with 3600mAh UltraFire’s 18650 x 2 = $19 w/shipping, so far so good
Another big battery test rundown… RediLast appear to be top notch… $17 per 2900mAh cell (ouchy) + $6 USPS Priority shipping … I ordered 4 of these… we shall see…
Another 18650 Shootout:… The UltraFire 3000 Protected (Red/Silver) does uncharacteristically well on his test???
|I picked up a couple of these 360 degree Handlebar mounts for $5.25 ea w/shipping… found some more for $2.43 w/ship… they’re worth every penny
Mini review: The ones like this with 360 rotating feature are harder to find, very necessary for aiming the light from my “long horn” beach cruiser style handlebars. This item feels real good in actual usage, definitely recommended… made of a very flexible rubbery plastic, soft enough that I added a washer to both ends of the tightening bolt so that the bolt heads didn’t just cut right through… the good thing is, after several trips in ~5C German weather, I can tell that this material will never shatter like so many others.
- Handy eBay search: cree q5 18650 –headband –headlamp -bulb
- Lithium rechargeable “18650” seems to be the preferable cell (see candlepowerforums.com)
- vs RCR123 (aka 16340) = rechargeable
- CR123 = non-rechargeable
- physical dimensions & other good basic background:
- 18650 = 18 mm dia, 65 mm long
- CR123 = 16mm dia, 34 mm long
- my 3 x AAA cage = 21.5mm dia, 52mm long (this appears to be a de facto standard)
- typical eBay fare will be a light that’s electrically compatible with 3 x AAA or 1 x 18650 or 2 x CR123… but one must consider how they physically provide for the various battery configurations when pairing your desired light with your desired power source… these photos told me a lot:
- Nashbar / NiteRider models: