|UltraFire WF-501B 8-Mode 800lm XM-L T6 White Light LED Memory Flashlight Torch - Blue (1 x 18650)-396081||$ 10.99||$ 0.00||1||$ 10.99|
|UltraFire WF-C6S 3-Mode 230-Lumen Memory LED Flashlight (1*CR123A/1*16340)-29236|
Should I be scared?
Should I be scared?
Nope, not even a little. I've had several WF-501b lights, and they are pretty darn good value. It is far more important to spend an adequate amount of money on batteries/cells. The mistake most people make is buying expensive lights, and then trying to run them on unsafe, cheap batteries. If you have a good cell, even a lousy light is quite safe, and you'll get either more output, more runtime, or both, than you would using *****Fire cells (or any other counterfeit/recycled cells).
Yeah, I fell into the buy cheap stuff category... partly because I listened to a friend who it turns out actually knew less than me [and that was next to nothing], and partly because of what was said above about the "low end of the market" at the time.I would recycle those cells and dispose of the charger. Not worth the risk to your life and property. If you want a cheap charger that has been proven to be good, take a look at the XTAR MC1 (plus or normal version). It is a very simple single cell charger suitable for most li-ion cells you would use that operates from a 5V USB power supply. Most importantly, it is well made and safe. As for cells take a look around CPF in the Batteries forum - lots of excellent information and members willing to help if you need to ask.
I can understand that in the past people would buy cheap stuff like Ultrafire chargers - simply because that was all that was available at the low end of the market. You used to need to spend $50+ to get a good li-ion charger. Sadly ultrafire have put down strong roots and people new to li-ion batteries end up buying ultrafire cells and chargers very often. This no longer needs to happen - there are plenty of safe and cheap chargers available now.