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    Default Best CR123 batt??

    Just wondered what those in the know consider to be the best CR123 battery (and why)? I would like to make a larger order and want to get quality, not just price. Thanks

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    For high drain lights like the Surefire M6, all my personal testing has left me
    trusting only OEM Surefire or Duracell.

    I buy the Surefire cells 400 count at a time. 400 cells are now lasting me 12
    months or so.

    Hope this helps out.

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    Hi Seery,
    Which has longer runtime Surefire or Duracell??

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    Quote Originally Posted by fordwillman View Post
    Hi Seery,
    Which has longer runtime Surefire or Duracell??
    My findings are Duracell by a very slight margin.

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    I have tested some brand's CR123 batteries with HDS EDC U60XR several years ago.

    Continue time of the brightest mode:
    Duracell 38 min
    Surefire 36 min

    At the same time, I tested the other brands but I don't remember, sorry.
    HDS/Ra: U60XRGT(x2), 1x123tube, 2x123tube, 18650tube, 2xAAtube, 100Tr, 19670tube, 170Cn, 170Ti, R1S N170 Klalus: MiX6 Midas, MiX6 Ti, Mi1A L3Illumination L10(x2)

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    from what i have tested and read, duracells are the best 123 primarys. here is a link to the cheapest i've seen:

    http://www.batterywarehousedirect.co...m5:item=244550

    also note that the picture of the duracell has 2017 expiration on it which is pretty good. if your gonna order from there i would ask ahead to see if they will all be new like the picture.

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    Be sure to read this thread.

    c_c

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    Quote Originally Posted by seery View Post
    For high drain lights like the Surefire M6, all my personal testing has left me
    trusting only OEM Surefire or Duracell.

    I buy the Surefire cells 400 count at a time. 400 cells are now lasting me 12
    months or so.

    Hope this helps out.
    Weeeooow! Thats alot of batterys! And I thought I bought many batts...pueew!

    Have the dumptruck company (or whoever collects batterys) have a scheduled stop at your house?

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    Quote Originally Posted by FlashSpyJ View Post
    Weeeooow! Thats alot of batterys! And I thought I bought many batts...pueew!

    Have the dumptruck company (or whoever collects batterys) have a scheduled stop at your house?
    I hear ya! Before discovering js's M6-X (MN15 bulb), a 400/count case would last a few months less than a year.

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    Surefires were best for me but quite expensive in the UK.

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    Default Re: Best CR123 batt??

    Well if you ask 10 people you'll get 10 different answers. Of the ones I have tried and I haven't tried them all, Surefire and Energizer have been very good primary batteries. It also seems to depend on which light to a degree. For example an Inova X5 doesn't seem to care what you put in it,
    the light will run for a loonngg time. Same with a Peak McKinley or a Surefire L1. You may not get high mode but low mode and moon setting last a good long time. I've had a couple KL1's that stayed in moon mode for several hours, easily long enough to find another cell. So experiment a little and see what you like.

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