Running a 6P with 2 or 3 AAs - let me get this straight

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R.ticle One

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So, I've been doing more reading - now I discover that a stock Surefire 6P can (if I understand right) be run with 2 or 3 AA batteries (and I'd use a Malkoff drop in).

This is another interesting option I'd been unaware of. So, the thread I'm referring to is here:

https://www.candlepowerforums.com/posts/2871552

Someone says: "I'm using a M30W with a Surefire 6P, 1 cell extender, and 2 AA NIMH batteries."

The extender they're referring to is...what? I see mention to a Solarforce extender, but I'm not sure which one that is.

Now, if I wanted to go with 3 AAs in a stock 6P plus whichever model of Solarforce extender this is, I should apparently: "Use the A14 with the Solarforce extender." I have found this extender via Google, so what I basically don't know is which Solarforce extender to use to put 2 AAs into a stock 6P body, that I can also add an A14 to, to put 3 AAs in.

Thanks for the clarification. I am aware that there are also 2 and 3 AA Leef bodies some Malkoffs will work on, but I think I like the option of putting in the batteries from the back.

If I'm using the configuration I'm talking about (6P body plus this Solarforce extender and possibly the A14 and 2, or 3 AAs) - do I need a tube inside the body to keep the batteries from moving/rattling around?

Appreciated.
 
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Two AA cells have the same overall length as three 123A cells. Thus, you need a single 123A cell extender for the 6P. That is the SureFire A19. Solarforce has its equivalent part called the L2-ECR.

You may not even need any sort of sleeve to accommodate the slight difference in diameter between the AA (14mm) and 123A (16mm). If you do, I'm sure there are all sorts of ad hoc strips of plastic you can find that you can roll into a tube shape.
 
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Hi Justin Time, thanks for replying.

I think I've got it, now. If I want to use 2 AAs in the stock 6P body, get the Surefire A19 or the Solarforce L2-ECR.

If I want to use three AAs in the stock 6P body, get the aforementioned, plus the Surefire A14, correct?

That's good to know that I may not need a tube, though material wouldn't be hard to find.

Thanks again.
 
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An even better solution is to just get a SureFire 9P (3x123 = 2xAA) in addition to your 6P. If you're getting into Malkoff modules I guarantee that you will eventually want to experiment with both body lengths for maximum flexibilty in cell configurations: 2xAA, 1x or 2x LiIon cells of differing lengths for the different voltage Malkoff's. Fun stuff.:D
 

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