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    Default Common LA spring issue with Surefire M3+17500's

    I see there are various threads here regarding a common issue when using 17500's in a Surefire M3, apparently the cells push on the LA spring in a way where it loses contact with the body of the light or something along those lines. My question is, is this an issue with both the MN10 AND the LF HO-M3, or just the LF lamp? And also, does this happen to all user's who use this setup or is this just an issue that pops up once in a while? Reason I ask is I've been considering buying a set of AW 17500's to power up my M3 with MN10, but I'm wondering if I will run into the same issue that seems to be common around here.
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    Default Re: Common LA spring issue with Surefire M3+17500's

    I have contact issues using AW 17500's & SF MN10 bulbs. I just use a magnet, it works fine.
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    Default Re: Common LA spring issue with Surefire M3+17500's

    In my experience with the SF M3T it happens with both SF and LF lamps.

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    Frustrating, isn't it? I once had that problem and read that the spring could be bent using two needle-nose pliers. Bend just a little at a time.... and you'll find the sweet spot. On my light the battery seemed to move the larger spring away from body contact. Enlarge the aft end of the spring and maybe tweak the very end out a little. A little tweaking is often necessary when mixing/matching light modules and batteries. Good Luck! Remember it is that larger of the 2 springs that needs to be enlarged.
    Last edited by HotWire; 09-28-2011 at 12:34 AM.

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    I've never experienced this issue before, though AW's P17500's are longer than they used to be years ago. I'll be on the lookout for this as well.

    I know the current cells are a much tighter fit in my Vital Gear FB3 than the old white top version and compress the spring a bit more.
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    Default Re: Common LA spring issue with Surefire M3+17500's

    As HotWire said, I've found that opening the diameter of the outer spring wide enough so the top of the battery can fit inside usually does the trick.
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    I had to bend another spring last night. The light would work with some rechargeable batteries, but not others. Some are just a whisker larger. I used two pair of long nose pliers and bent just the last coil larger. After a couple of tries I got it right.

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    Default Re: Common LA spring issue with Surefire M3+17500's

    Yes, I realize I'm pulling a Lazarus here on an old thread, but I too have just come up against this issue and was hoping someone could shed a bit of light on the actions mentioned in this thread.

    Thus far, I have what I call the second gen M3, the one that has the contoured z46 bezel, not the "classic?" version that is more entirely cylindrical. Like new condition.

    I have a new, LM EO-M3 incand. lamp

    Two new, and freshly charged KeepPower 17500 cells from a reputable retailer.

    What I've found:
    Lamp energizes fine and functions properly with three primary, brand cells: SureFire, Panasonic and Streamlight.

    The lamp will not energize when everything is "buttoned up", that is, factory z44 tailcap rotated all the way up to constant on, also, at no point will the lamp energize at any point while rotating on the tailcap onto the body.

    The lamp WILL energize when the cells are shorted to the body.

    I retrieved a Malkoff Tricap and found it would not work as with the factory cap.

    I did find that using the Malkoff STANDARD cap, that the lamp will energize when the cap is rotated to appx 3/16" from all the way up, and once, it "clicked on" when fully rotated on but only once or twice.

    The excellent customer service at Lumens Factory was at a loss as to a remedy, and I feel that's quite reasonable, I believe they adhere to known standards that may often be circumvented elsewhere.

    Please pardon my ignorance but what is a "LA spring" and which spring referred to in this thread is to be "stretched"? Moreso, is there any known diagram or YTube vid showing this procedure?

    Grateful for any assistance.

    -Dave

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    Maybe try some IMR cells? Depending on brand they might be shorter than the typical protected Li-ion.

    I tend to go against stretching springs, it seems to just make them fail faster.
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    Default Re: Common LA spring issue with Surefire M3+17500's

    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    Maybe try some IMR cells? Depending on brand they might be shorter than the typical protected Li-ion.
    Very possible, I was too busy with something else to measure properly but the sum of the two 17500 cells comes to 106mm, the sum of three SureFire cells came out to about 102mm (analog calipers, too lazy to break out the digital and load up it's batteries

    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    I tend to go against stretching springs, it seems to just make them fail faster.
    Sound advice would agree with, not to mention, that's kinda like treating the symptoms rather than remedying the cause.

    Thanks Ampdude,
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    What the ? I just realized no one even makes 17500's anymore. That's just stupid. They're the perfect power source for 9 volt incan Surefires. I don't want to step back to 16500's.

    I got one pair of AW 17500's left. When they die I guess I'm screwed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    What the ? I just realized no one even makes 17500's anymore. That's just stupid. They're the perfect power source for 9 volt incan Surefires. I don't want to step back to 16500's.

    I got one pair of AW 17500's left. When they die I guess I'm screwed.
    I find your comments/concerns odd, 17500s are carried at least by two online retailers, one personally recommened these cells to me for any three cell body which are not bored and you don't want to have bored.

    Malkoff says they carry the KeepPower brand of these, they just haven't gotten them on the website yet.

    Illumn (https://www.illumn.com/17500-keeppow...utton-top.html) also carries the KeepPower. The KeepPower website also still lists these.

    I just presumed these were common, now you have ME concerned.

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    Oh good, I hadn't heard of the KeepPower cells and I did look a bit yesterday. Good to know at least one manufacturer is still making them.

    It says, "they are longer than other 17500 cells on the market." I wonder if they're just saying that because of the protection circuit or they are longer than other protected cells. I'll have to measure them next to my protected AW's.
    Last edited by ampdude; 03-17-2019 at 10:18 AM.
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    Default Re: Common LA spring issue with Surefire M3+17500's

    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    It says, "they are longer than other 17500 cells on the market." I wonder if they're just saying that because of the protection circuit or they are longer than other protected cells. I'll have to measure them next to my protected AW's.
    The 17500 KeepFire's I have in hand; recently purchased new measure, 53mm in length, and right at 17mm dia. These measurements are with an old, analog, Swiss made General brand caliper No. 7210.

    Hope you post what you find with those AWs. Evident that LM recommends/encourages the use of AWs, Malkoff recommends KeepPowers etal. So that to me is two trusted power cells.

    -Dave

    Edit: "Holy dimensional perception Batman!!!" Comparing the (3) cr123 (Streamlight) cells side by side with (2) 17500 cells (KeepPower), the pair of 17500s are about 3/16" (0.1875") (4.7625mm) longer than the trio of 123s!

    I think the cause is evident as to why the rechargeables don't play nice!
    Last edited by RamTuff; 03-18-2019 at 01:39 PM. Reason: Addendum

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    I'll have to locate a metric ruler around here somewhere. I don't want to use my steel calipers and short that battery out.
    ampdude

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