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    Help 18650 Recommendations

    I have an XM-L 18650 deep reflector in Titanium on order. This will be my first custom light and also will be my first 18650 light. I am trying to determine what is the absolute best 18650 for Mac's lights and where is a good source to purchase them? Thank you for your time, consideration and knowledge.

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    Default Re: 18650 Recommendations

    AW 18650 3100 - AW is on the marketplace forum in dealers I believe, also at lighthound.com. They are the only quality cells I have experience with - I've heard a few others are good; Kallee's Customs & redilast (?) - they all start with the same basic quality cell (I believe).

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    Default Re: 18650 Recommendations

    +1
    AW's are the best.

    Quote Originally Posted by nfetterly View Post
    AW 18650 3100 - AW is on the marketplace forum in dealers I believe, also at lighthound.com. They are the only quality cells I have experience with - I've heard a few others are good; Kallee's Customs & redilast (?) - they all start with the same basic quality cell (I believe).

    Stay away from ****fire brands (trust, ultra,...)

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    I only use AW batteries regardless of size.

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    I used a numer of AW18650 2900 mAh with zero problems. Now the AW 18650 3100 mAh is the "go to" cell & provides about 6.5% greater capacity than the 2900. IMO there isn't a better cell available today.
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    Au Re: 18650 Recommendations

    I just got some Tenergy 18560's, 2600 mAh 3.7

    How are they compared to AW?

    They'll be used in a Klarus XT11 if it matters.


    Is it worth upgrading to the AW 3100 mAh batteries?

    The Tenergy's were ~ $9 something each, so its not a giant loss if its a big step up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by precisionworks View Post
    It would have helped more if it mentioned which ones the XT11 took.

    The Tenergy ones I ordered appear to be very short, albeit the scale make a mm look large....and I don't have the experience with these things to know what's important.

    The performance seems good too at least, but being mostly color blind, the charts are not easy to read/compare.



    I don't even know if the XT11 needs the flat or button versions, etc....or even if it matters.

    sigh.

    Being a noob sucks.

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    Thank you all for the info. I ordered several of the AW 18650 3100's and an intelligent charger for them. Now I will be ready for firing up my new Mac Custom when it gets here. I am sure looking forward to carrying a custom titanium light.

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