If my SF123A cells do that I will send them back after 10 years they should still have 90% charge left. They are 6 years old or more and even the partially used ones still work great. Maybe you had a bad batchI
havehad some Duracel 123's stored in a few lights that were well within the 10 year lifespan but all were no longer holding enough voltage to light the light. They came with the light(s) they were stored in. Now figuring there was some kind of fluke parasitic drain thing I tried a pair that was sitting on a shelf and same results.
Point being, if you have Duracel 123's go on and use them up because shelf life may not be what they claim.
SureFire batteries I've had no issues with at all. Nor Streamlight, Rayovac, Panasonic or Battery Station.
Many of my lights see little use. But I noticed in the last few months the "dead" ones all had china made Duracell batteries in them.
I don't dismiss Duracell entirely. Matter of fact their 'Merican, Belgian and Japanese made batteries may be just fine. But the ones that were made in China were not. Thing is over their copycat products litter the place so heck they may not even been authentic Duracells that came with Bushnell and other Chinese made lights I bought at WalMart a few years back.