123a Lithium Lights

ChuckStein

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Any budget lights out there that will run on dual or triple 123a's? More volts, less amps, power saving, etc.
 

xxo

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Unfortunately I don't know of any current CR123 budget lights; most CR123 lights are not really budget priced. I used to have an old 2C cell Maglite that ran on 3 CR123A's with a 6 cell bulb back in the day. Something like that should work with a LED drop in that can handle 9 Volts. I also have adapters to run my 2 cell ML25 on a single CR123 if need be along with a few other types of cells:

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Hooked on Fenix

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Saw a 1 cell energizer light at home depot for $10. Will that do? The 2 cell energizer is often around $20. Nowadays, I prefer a rechargeable option if it costs more than that.
 

xxo

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Brinkmann used to make CR123 lights but as far as I know they do not anymore. They were sold at big box stores back then. Maxfire and Rebel 6X if I recall correct.


I had one of those for a while when 15 + years ago when they were selling them at walmart for $20, they were supposed to be the "poor man's Surefire"...not really, kind of cheap and bulky actually, but they did run on 2 CR123's and used a incandescent bi pin bulb similar to what streamlight was using at the time.
 

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The stainless Trustfire mini varieties are still around, check AliExpress. The Trustfire mini-01 was my favorite, difficult to find now, mostly see the Mini-03 and Mini-08. I guess the Mini-08 is attractive, the Mini-03 is hideous. I expect none of them deal with heat very well, get blazing hot when left on, reportedly too hot to handle. H-L-STROBE is a terrible interface. But they are cheap, and though they get hot, they are a little cool I guess. Meant for the keychain, none will tail stand, likely have PWM.

Trustfire sucks. Go for the Fenix E15. Constant current, twisty L-M-H-Turbo interface, no blinkies, tail stands, Al host, so weighs less but still has better heat handling, 270Lm max with CR123A, 400Lm with 16340. Twice as much, but worth it. $10 more for Fenix E16 with a side clicky is also available, 300Lm max with CR123A, 700Lm with 16340. But it also has a strobe.
 
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wayben

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Just picked up two Fenix E15s to put in vehicles. Great emergency light. Single CR123A, long shelf life with good cold temperature performance. The E15 is small with twisty switch so no accidental turn on. Seems like a nice combination to keeping a glove compartment.
 

Clara61

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If they will start at $450 I am very interested in those.


My hands are throbbing from pulling apart the old head.


Ugh.


I feel like I need to go take a pain pill for my back right now, but I think it would be in bad form to ask my wife to accompany me when she's sick.


Not the end of the world.
 
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