HDS Systems        
Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

  1. #1

    Default Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Hello, I'm new to the 18650 batteries and have been reading up here on the forums about this battery. I'm going to purchase a headlamp which uses the 18650 and I'm looking for any names of reputable shops in the U.S. where I can purchase from. Thanks!

  2. #2

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    It's a lot cheaper to just buy direct from Asia.

    Some distributors have a US warehouse they can ship from if it's in stock, but the only advantage is faster shipping.

    You may have local B&M "hobby shops" nearby, but they will have very limited selection.

    Best is to determine exactly what you want, then ask the best source for US members.

    If you want effective warranty service you will likely have to pay a premium.

    Best not to shop on price anyway, lots of counterfeits, scamming sellers.

    eBay is great for buyer protection, but also look for vendors with high volume and ratings.

  3. #3
    Flashaholic pc_light's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Garden State, USA
    Posts
    482

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    BatteryJunction for all your battery (and flashlight) needs.
    "may you live light and phosphor" - Mr. Spark

  4. #4
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    3,535

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    I now buy my 18650's from illumn, in the US. Never had a problem with them. I've had mixed success with Chinese stores.

    DO NOT buy from any Chinese sites, and do not buy from Amazon or Ebay. You'll get fakes, and they may even be dangerous. Fakes are way more common than they were even a couple of years ago (when I had some success).

  5. #5

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    18650batterystore.com is one of my newest places to shop. I have also used imrbatteries.com and rtdvapor.com where I bought my LG chocolates.

    I won't say "dont buy from battery junction" because they are bad...but if you follow their pricing long enough you will discover what I did...that they rarely have a true "sale" on anything. Sometimes they really do have good prices on stuff but usually you can find better if you search for it. Many times I have seen that their advertised sales are just their normal price but advertised in BIG BOLD RED letters. I have bought from them, but sometimes you do things you don't want to, to get something you want.
    Last edited by lightfooted; 01-07-2020 at 11:40 AM.

  6. #6
    Johnnyh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Syracuse, NY
    Posts
    728

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    +1 on Illumn.com for me. I trust them and they never let me down.
    I only fear that if something happens to me, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I paid for it.

  7. #7

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Many of your local vape shops carry 18650 batteries. Iíd check there too if youíre having trouble finding them.

  8. #8
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Salt Lake City, UT, USA
    Posts
    198

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Another +1 on illumn.com - always have a good experience with them.

  9. #9
    Moderator
    archimedes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    CONUS, top left
    Posts
    14,446

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Thanks for avoiding links in this thread.

    "Where to buy" threads are discouraged here, as they tend to fill up with spam and advertising links, as well as become outdated relatively quickly. They are also sometimes contentious, as customer experiences vary.

    In general, for batteries especially, it is worthwhile and recommended to purchase direct from somewhere along the authorized supply chain.
    ... is the archimedes peak

  10. #10

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    I have had good success with imrbattery and liionwholesale

  11. #11
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Two Rivers, Wisconsin
    Posts
    3,892

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Liion in Pennsylvania has a large selection of 18650's and chargers. I got an excellent Vapecell charger from them in only three days USPS. These seem to be their specialty as few other products are sold.
    I'm absolutely certain that I need another flashlight.

  12. #12
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    353

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Watch out with batteries from Battery Junction. They sell some good ones but also por quality ones that don't have anywhere near the rated capacity and can't handle high drain lights. Illumn.com is very good.


    Quote Originally Posted by pc_light View Post
    BatteryJunction for all your battery (and flashlight) needs.

  13. #13

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    The ideal would be a seller that only sold units where the manufacturer was honest and quality consistently high.

    The industry does not work that way.

    Up to the users to determine what is "good" for their use case and preferences, and research what the truth is with help from experts in forums and other social media.

    A "good" reseller is then one that buys fresh cells from honest distributors, and charges enough that they can support the customers properly with warranty issues.

    In other words, operates honestly themselves.

    They may sell cells that from one POV are crap, but are exactly what another customer wants.

  14. #14

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    If you want local. Any Vape shop. Vape shops tend not to knowingly sell fakes. Stay away from rewraps though IMO. The problem is these places are expensive. $11 to $18 a battery! They have good chargers for $40 or so. If you order from Asia takes longer but $4-$$5 per battery and $12-$15 for the charger.

  15. #15

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Another vote for illumn. Their shop is actually near me in San Jose, CA. I frequently visit and they are good people. Very knowledgeable and helpful

  16. #16
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    South GA/ North FL
    Posts
    356

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Quote Originally Posted by jrgold View Post
    Another vote for illumn. Their shop is actually near me in San Jose, CA. I frequently visit and they are good people. Very knowledgeable and helpful
    I'd be so broke. Lol

  17. #17

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    Quote Originally Posted by bignc View Post
    I'd be so broke. Lol
    Tell me about it, Iím stopping by again tomorrow.

  18. #18
    Flashaholic* BigusLightus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Down the street from Cree HQ in Durham, NC
    Posts
    627

    Default Re: Shops in USA to purchase 18650 batteries and chargers?

    My favorites for 18650 rechargeables:

    Illumn
    ImrBattery
    LionWholesale

    I have only bought Panasonic, Sanyo, Samsung, Sony and LG batteries for 18650 rechargeables.

    MtnElectronics for my 26650s.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •