do you remember to charge your flash lights during the day?

Flashlightmaster2021

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Oct 18, 2021
Messages
143
Location
USA
I try to make it a habit to keep my flash lights charged during the day that they way they are ready to rock and roll when needed.
Anybody else do the same
 

TPA

Enlightened
Joined
Aug 26, 2005
Messages
326
Location
Florida
I tend to go for long-runtime lights over brightness, so my stuff lasts a long time between charges. Even at that, I normally charge whatever I'm carrying with me when I'm at a hotel (someone else's power), and I travel a lot, so by default everything is charged regularly.

The only time I go out of my way to charge everything fully is before a hurricane or other expected outage.

I do recharge my USB battery packs before each flight, but that's a different story. 1x 26800mAh battery powers the iPad for Foreflight and also will power my backup PJ2+ COM radio in an emergency. 1x 26800mAh or 20000mAh battery powers my phone and whatever else people want to bring on board.
 

Flashlightmaster2021

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Oct 18, 2021
Messages
143
Location
USA
I tend to go for long-runtime lights over brightness, so my stuff lasts a long time between charges. Even at that, I normally charge whatever I'm carrying with me when I'm at a hotel (someone else's power), and I travel a lot, so by default everything is charged regularly.

The only time I go out of my way to charge everything fully is before a hurricane or other expected outage.

I do recharge my USB battery packs before each flight, but that's a different story. 1x 26800mAh battery powers the iPad for Foreflight and also will power my backup PJ2+ COM radio in an emergency. 1x 26800mAh or 20000mAh battery powers my phone and whatever else people want to bring on board.
awesome. not sure if you already have one but you should get a garmin inreach mini satetlite text messanger. it works any where in world and is really handy to have
 
  • Like
Reactions: TPA

IMA SOL MAN

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
May 18, 2023
Messages
2,126
Location
The HEART of the USA.
The only batteries that I charge daily (well, nightly, actually) are my amateur radio handy talkie batteries. I plug them in to charge when I go to bed.

I don't use my flashlights too heavily, and I use them during the day, too, so, charging can be a problem for one, but not for the other. The SF Fury DFT I have several 18650s for, so I can swap in a charged one while recharging the one just taken out. I'm short of Eneloops now, since some have gone bad and I haven't replaced them, so my ML Mini-mag Pro+ can go empty while I recharge its Eneloops, or I can put some alkaleaks in while they charge back up. It all depends on how much I need the Mini at the time.
 

rwolfenstein

Enlightened
Joined
Mar 29, 2017
Messages
527
I tend to discharge my batteries from use. So I only charge them when they die to make sure that I get the best charge on the battery.
 

aznsx

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Apr 24, 2015
Messages
1,570
Location
Phoenix, AZ USA
I try to keep them charged on a weekly/monthly basis. That way I don't overcharge the batteries.
I don't understand what you mean by 'overcharge'. Proper chargers don't 'overcharge' cells / batteries.

I only charge them when they die to make sure that I get the best charge on the battery.
A proper charger will charge them to the same end result regardless of their initial 'depth of discharge'. I am, however under the impression that regularly discharging them to a low state of charge (higher depth of discharge) before charging them compromises cell life significantly. I'm certainly no cell / batt expert, but do read what a lot of them have written. We may all be wrong;-)
EDIT: I excluded NiCD from my comment(s). They're an exception to some of those comments, but hopefully few are using those any more!
 
Last edited:

vicv

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Mar 22, 2013
Messages
2,733
Location
Southern Ontario
I don't understand what you mean by 'overcharge'. Proper chargers don't 'overcharge' cells / batteries.


A proper charger will charge them to the same end result regardless of their initial 'depth of discharge'. I am, however under the impression that regularly discharging them to a low state of charge (higher depth of discharge) before charging them compromises cell life significantly. I'm certainly no cell / batt expert, but do read what a lot of them have written. We may all be wrong;-)
I think he means charging them too often and always keeping them at 100% soc. Which is bad(somewhat) for the cells as well. The more you can keep it at 50% the better. Me personally I only charge when it's needed. If I check my cells and they're at 3.7v or below, I charge. If not, I leave it alone.
 

Wound_Up

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Nov 28, 2023
Messages
2
Location
LA
I've never had rechargeable batteries in my Preon P2. Currently waiting on some to get here, though. I actually lost my first Preon P2 MKII around Christmas of 2021 and just got a used MKIII from ebay for a great deal. So this time I ordered a bunch of NiMH rechargeable batteries and a charger.

Last time, when I originally bought the MKII around 2012, I ordered the light and some Panasonic Eneloop AAA's but I never bought a charger for them so I just ended up using alkaline batteries in it. Thats not happening this time, so I bought 8 batteries and a charger. That way, I won't ever be out of full batteries no matter what happens.

When I originally found the Preon P2, the website also had a bunch of graphs showing power discharge rates for different batteries and how each affected brightness and runtime. At that time, Eneloops were apparently the best option for those lights so I bought some...but didn't by a charger! :banghead: :ohgeez:
 

TPA

Enlightened
Joined
Aug 26, 2005
Messages
326
Location
Florida
awesome. not sure if you already have one but you should get a garmin inreach mini satetlite text messanger. it works any where in world and is really handy to have
I've been meaning to get one and probably will when I start flying away from civilization. I've flown with other pilots who do carry them. All of my flying is generally along interstates or within cell range.
 

Poppy

Flashaholic
Joined
Dec 20, 2012
Messages
8,315
Location
Northern New Jersey
I try to make it a habit to keep my flash lights charged during the day that they way they are ready to rock and roll when needed.
Anybody else do the same
Although it is not the best for the lifetime of the battery, I generally keep them fairly well topped off. I usually use a four cell charger. If I insert a cell, and the charger is blinking, the cell needed a charge. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes to top it off, sometimes an hour or more.

I do charge them during the day, and try to keep an eye on them while charging. I pull the cell when it stops blinking so that I am not fully reliant on the charger to stop charging it once it is topped off. I'm not anal about it, but I don't charge them overnight.
 

ghostguy6

Enlightened
Joined
Jan 21, 2007
Messages
261
Location
Ed, Ab
The only lights I had that got charged every day were my duty lights that came with a charging cradle. The others I would switch out the cells if I knew they were low. I always had at least 6 rechargeable cr123's in rotation plus a box of spare cells. Now I always have a spare light and spare cells within reach so its not a huge deal. My rechargeables only get charged when the battery indicator says they are at 3.7V.
 
Top