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    Quote Originally Posted by jorn View Post
    Add some few mm's and you got the preon P0. Not a capsule, but it's really in a size of it's own, even compared with the tiny maratac. A perfect spare/backup capsule
    Kinda pricey for a battery capsule, but I see your point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryffin View Post
    Hey, if you're comforable wiht that, great, it sure simplifies things! But some of us have our reasons.


    The idea behind a "get home bag" or "bug out bag" is that you unexpectedly find yourself getting away from civilization (or more to the point, civilization getting away from you). I'm not a real prepper, but my place of employment is considered a "national security asset" (AKA target for the Bad Guys), so it's not totally inconceivable that I find myself walking home someday. So, I keep some appropriate stuff handy, including spare batteries.
    The OP didn't specify a BOB, GHB, 72-hour bag, or any other kind of emergency response pack. From the sound of the post, it was a discussion about EDC carry. Which, for me, are two entirely different beasts.


    I *do* use my lights regularly, but have a bad habit of not checking the cells regularly. So having spares around ensures I don't have to go without light just because of my laziness. In fact, that's why I love those PowerPax carrier: when I have to reload, the depleted ones go back in upside-down, so I know at a glance which ones need recharging.
    Which makes carrying spares for you an excellent idea. It's also why I stopped carrying my E1B as an EDC - I was always annoyed that there was a real chance I'd have to swap out to a new battery or a secondary light. The M61LL and the E1L are both long-running lights and I'm confident I can address most situations comfortably. If I run into an emergency scenario that exceeds that, I probably don't have all the supplies I'd want anyway.


    In the Army, when I might find myself in the middle of the woods all night on a 30-second notice, I carried SF battery carrier because it was entirely possible I would need the extra batteries. As a civilian on public transit moving around town, it hasn't been an issue.


    Heh heh... I love showing off, so I tend to carry the high-power lights... but I almost always actually use then on low or medium power. In fact, I make a point of using the lowest level that gets the job done. (See the comment on my laziness above.)
    I stopped doing that in the Army; I found it encouraged my co-workers to come try and bother or pilfer my equipment instead of preparing themselves. Or I quickly get the label as "that guy" which also ends up with odd looks or being the gadget "go-to" person.


    Like I said, I've standardized on AA/14500 lights for the most part; but the one that gets by far the most usages is the Maratac AAA on my keychain. So if I was gonna carry any spares on my person, it wold be one or two AAA cells for that one. I'd love to find a keychain capsule just big enough for one AAA cells. (As an alternative, the PowerPax AAA is made for six cells, which is more bulk than I wanna carry; I've considered getting one and cut it down into a pair of two-cell carriers.)

    I'd swear I've seen a AAA keychain battery carrier somewhere. Maybe Peak? I think they were selling AAA bodies with a plug on the end to work as battery carriers. I'll have to do some digging - that's going to bug me.

    Not to get too far afield, but I typically carry cr123s, although I do have AAA and AA lights in my emergency bag. As well as a converter kit to power a Malkoff module on AAs, just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMedina View Post
    The OP didn't specify a BOB, GHB, 72-hour bag, or any other kind of emergency response pack. From the sound of the post, it was a discussion about EDC carry. Which, for me, are two entirely different beasts.
    Hmmm. yeah, you're right; my EDC includes a bag, and the OP was talking specifically about going very light. But I guess that just shows to go ya, EDC isn't the same for everybody.

    Quote Originally Posted by TMedina View Post
    If I run into an emergency scenario that exceeds that, I probably don't have all the supplies I'd want anyway.
    Heh heh heh... That goes for everybody. If you did have everything you need, it wouldn't classify as an "emergency" any more!

    That's part of the challenge of EDC: that balance between preparedness and comfort/convenience. The "sweet spot" is different for all of us.

    Quote Originally Posted by TMedina View Post
    I stopped doing that in the Army; I found it encouraged my co-workers to come try and bother or pilfer my equipment instead of preparing themselves. Or I quickly get the label as "that guy" which also ends up with odd looks or being the gadget "go-to" person.
    To be honest, most of my "showing off" is to myself. Family, friends, cow-orkers... they're never as impressed as I am.

    But, yeah, I'm also the guy everybody comes to when they need a light, a knife, a tool, etc. How's it go? Rich, good-looking, or useful, you gotta be at least one of those, preferably two.

    Quote Originally Posted by TMedina View Post
    I'd swear I've seen a AAA keychain battery carrier somewhere. Maybe Peak? I think they were selling AAA bodies with a plug on the end to work as battery carriers. I'll have to do some digging - that's going to bug me
    I think next time I need something from Amazon, I'm gonna get me another 6xAAA PowerPax and chop it up to make two 2xAAA carriers. (Or if I'm lucky, maybe a 3xAAA and a 2xAAA...) Prolly not for pocket carry, but it sure would be handy to keep in the bag.
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    People are still using CR123's? 18650 is where it's at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplec6 View Post
    People are still using CR123's? 18650 is where it's at.
    Thank you. I must have missed that memo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simplec6 View Post
    People are still using CR123's? 18650 is where it's at.
    Yep. Have used and will continue to use cr123s.

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    I usually carry them in my sock when camping. I'm surprised to find out someone else does this too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simplec6 View Post
    People are still using CR123's? 18650 is where it's at.
    I like my CR123As and RCR123As just fine, thanks. Much easier to carry.

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    A man purse... we only get to tease you about it if you paid too much for it, is too small to fit everything and it goes out of style in 6 months.
    if it's OD canvas, it's never been in style and therefore can never be out of style.
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    Default Re: Anyone else putting spare batts in the inside ankle area of their socks?

    My method as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by ledmitter View Post
    I just carry these. It's not too bad.

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    Kidding about the man-bag and ankle bracelets aside, this is how I carry my 123 cells:



    D25A holster for scale. Plus, it hooks to the molle grid on my murse:



    I noticed these are being sold by a CPF dealer... A 2-cell version of this holster would be just about perfect.
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    My spare batt container (on the left), when I want to carry one - clips to the back pocket:


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    A Mag Solitaire makes a decent carrier for a spare AAA. It would be great to remove the head and guts and find a screw cap that would fit to make it a little more compact.

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    That sounds really uncomfortable.
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    Do I carry spare batteries in my socks? No you poor sick individual, that's what pockets are for LMAO
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    Default Re: Anyone else putting spare batts in the inside ankle area of their socks?

    I have never carried spare batteries but I have carried other things in my socks when I did not have room anywhere else. I have carried small books, some flashlights, napkins, and a few other things. It was temporary and was not too uncomfortable. Unless it is something pointy you forget you have it.

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    I carry spares (one AA Energizer lithium and one AAA Energizer lithium) in a small ziplock bag, which rides in my BDU pocket or backpack. My sweat seems to corrode anything in the summer, so nothing metal touches it.

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    I tired something like that once and it hurt, so no sock carrying ever for me. I rarely ever need spare batteries as I prefer to carry extra flashlights. After all, I need all the opportunities in the world to be able to use them all. The only time I really carry spare batteries instead of even more flashlights is in my hiking pack. I just wrap them real tight in cellophane and keep them in the emergency kit so they can live there until I switch them with newer ones.
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    I use these. From Darksucks.com

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    I've been thinking about buying this to carry my phone around.

    http://www.amazon.com/Phubby-SPORT-W...ef=pd_sbs_op_1

    No idea how resistant the material will be to the weight of 4 AA's though

    Another solution might be one of those wallets they make for wrists and ankles for runners or travelers.

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    asval, that's an interesting pouch.
    I thought it looked like a bad idea but I couldn't really tell what it did so I gave a second look.
    Personally I'll stick with keeping stuff around my center of gravity and away from my extremities, but it looks like it might work well for those inclined to wear hand or ankle weights.
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