A few years back when I decided to get a "real" flashlight, I chose the newly released Quark 2xAA Tactical as opposed to the CR123, since AA's are more readily available. I invested in Eneloops and a decent charger and have been happy with the setup.
However, now that I'm looking for a new flashlight, I'm really curious to get into the world of 18650's to hit and exceed that 500+ lumen mark. But the more I read about 18650 maintenance, the more I wonder if they are worth the hassle. I just want to charge the battery, use it in the flashlight, and when it gets low recharge it and throw it back in. I'd like to leave a multimeter out of the equation if possible, since that gets back into the realm of not worth the hassle. That said, I plan to continue reading up on 18650's and take the necessary precautions, within reason. But am I really introducing much danger in my house by using 18650, or is it just overemphasized around here to catch the attention of new users?
Thanks for any help/advice, and sorry for starting a thread on a worn-out topic.