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Thread: Operating Voltage for Streamlight TLR1, Surefire X300 and 4sevens Maelstrom MMX

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    Default Operating Voltage for Streamlight TLR1, Surefire X300 and 4sevens Maelstrom MMX

    Hello,

    I am trying to figure out if certain lights that I have can safely use 2x4.2v rechargeable batteries in place of the 2xCR123 batteries that they use now.

    the lights are

    Streamlight TLR-1

    Surefire X300

    and a 4sevens Maelstrom MMX.

    the MMX is listed with 8.4v as its upper range. Do I need a cushion or margin of error to safely run 2x4.2v rechargeable batteries?


    I had this question posted in another forum and was directed to post it here.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    Default Re: Operating Voltage for Streamlight TLR1, Surefire X300 and 4sevens Maelstrom MMX

    Is anyone able to answer this please?

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    Str Re: Operating Voltage for Streamlight TLR1, Surefire X300 and 4sevens Maelstrom MMX

    If it has a max of 8.4V, you are pretty safe with two LiIon cells. That 8.4 number didn't come from nowhere, and it didn't come from any of the components in the light (trust me, I work with this stuff every day). It came from someone saying "two 4.2V cells is okay". In other words the folks writing the specs are telling you that it's okay to do what you want to do. That's almost as good as a CPF member saying he's been doing it for years.

    The other lights though are troublesome. Short of finding a max voltage spec like the MMX, I'd say it's a bit of a gamble. I've never (well, rarely) seen a part with a max voltage between 6.3 (max for 2 CR cells) and 8.4 (max for 2 LiIon cells), but you could run into power dissipation problems at any point. You could say "it's not a big risk, I'll try it" or you could say "it's not worth the risk, I'll stick with CRs", and you could defend either position and you'd have supporters and detractors either way.

    Putting on my flame suit

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