In a month or two, HDS may have some INR 16340 batteries. We are going to test the crap out of them first so we know the actual capacity. It's not that we don't trust the manufacturers, but we don't trust the manufacturers.
These would be INR batteries, not ICR or IMR. Safe chemistry, good capacity, and no protection circuit as it doesn't need one especially in an HDS.
This is great news Dan!
Actually I've been meaning to make a complaint to you guys about this for the last year. The fact that you recommend rechargeable batteries in all your documentation but since AW's went out of business you have made no recommendation for any other replacements (expect for 18650s recently). I was very concerned about this, both from a business perspective (some customers will look elsewhere), and as a ethical consumer I'd like to see people switch primarily to rechargeable.
This is one of the weak points for HDS lights I think, that you don't have your one brand of battery that the customer can fully trust, and something that I was always concerned about before purchasing a HDS.
Other US company light makers all have their own branded batteries now:
ASP (18650, 16340)
Nightstick (18650, 16340)
Muyshondt (18650, 18350)
Then all the Chinese brands like Fenix, Olight, Eagtac etc have had their own batteries for forever.
So what I'd like to see, is HDS work with an OEM battery maker and bring out your own line of batteries. Obviously not an easy task, but not impossible either, and if you don't know how to do something, hire someone that does. This would be good for some larger sales to gov agencies I should imagine.
Anyway for now I'm looking forward to seeing what cells HDS finally recommend after thorough testing.