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    Default 18650 protected cells in series

    I have several 8s 18650 packs with a BMS installed. If I wanted to make more of these packs could I use 8 protected cells in series and not use a BMS? Each cell should stop charging when it is full, but would his cut off the charge to the others?

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    Default Re: 18650 protected cells in series

    Quote Originally Posted by saladsack View Post
    Each cell should stop charging when it is full, but would his cut off the charge to the others?
    Yes.

    For battery packs, a BMS is FAR better than using protected cells.

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    Default Re: 18650 protected cells in series

    That's good to know, thanks.

    As I'm not an RF hobbyist, I just don't use series flashlights much anymore, at least if they're lithium ion types.
    It is better to buy a beautiful, expensive, custom flashlight than to curse the darkness.

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