TK11 R2 and the 18650



There has been some discussion lately about reduced output when using the 18650 battery due to the lower voltage. Now I do not have a 18650 battery, and did not plan to buy one unless it would provide the high intensity output. Elsewhere there was a discussion about buck converters and there limitations.

Well there is nothing like empirical measurement. I set the flashlight pointing at a photo cell (measured the photo-current) , measured the voltage across the flashlight, power was supplied by a variable power supply. The flashlight was also bypassed by 30,000 uF to minimize the switching transients due to to the flashlights buck converter.

Here are the results:

The light intensity is a relative measurement. This was measured with the flashlight in turbo mode mode. The results seem to suggest that the output is fairly stable down to 3.5 volts. I did a quick review of the 18650 datasheet and it appears that at 25C the voltage would be above 3.5 volts to the last 5% of remaining capacity.

My guess is the test circuit does not significantly differ from a battery, but on this point I an unsure. The only way to know for sure would be to test with a battery a well know states of discharge.

The flashlight is the brand new TK11 R2 just released. Got mine two days ago.
Hope this is helpful


Newly Enlightened
Apr 17, 2007
I think the new batch XR-E and MC-E series has very low Vf when compared to old batch XR-E's (like Q5 known with high Vf), so even with buck topology it can hold the regulation flat. This is not an improvement over TK11's circuit but it is the advantage of new batch LED's.

ex. I have wired a MC-E in series and drive it @700ma with only 12.3V so this means, each die has a ~3.1V (Vf) @700ma. So if these die's are used in new batch R2's this will give a big advantage to TK11 to hold the regulation with only one Li-Ion.

I am waiting for my TK11 R2 order to arrrive.

My two cent,

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