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    *Flashaholic* thermal guy's Avatar
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    Default Surefire 8X

    So just picked one up not really sure why lol. Ok so yes I know the stock battery sucks and I know people make adapters to run a 18650. My question is can I just run a 18650 with a spacer and be done or does something also need to be done with the switch.
    If i had one day left to live i would want to be at my workplace.Because every day is like a frickin eternity.

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    You can use a stream light stinger battery. I am currently using one now in a 8NX.
    I also bought an adapter to hold one 18650. I am using that in my other 8NX

    FYI...Lumensfactory makes the only LED to fit the 8 series that I know of. Mine works very well.
    Last edited by NotRegulated; 06-20-2020 at 11:25 AM.

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    As NR stated you can use a Streamlight Stinger battery, you need both + and - contacts at the bulb end of the battery so a standard 18650 cannot be used.

    Options.

    Last edited by Dave D; 06-20-2020 at 11:44 AM.

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    Certain models of the Stinger Batteries are a bit too short to allow constant on when the bezel is tightned all the way. I found 2 nickels wrapped in electrical tape and trimmed round fits perfect for a spacer.

    If going the Stinger battery route, the Empire 3000mah Nimh battery, usually found at battery junction, is the best available. The beam is much brighter and whiter than even a fresh B90. The X80 draws around 2 amps, and I did a runtime test once and the light ran 1hr 30min approx, so the rating is legit.

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    Default Re: Surefire 8X

    Oh. The positive/negative needs to be on same end. Really? Ok so I cannot just use a 18650 with a battery spacer. It has to be a special spacer. Thanks guys. Stinger it is when I need one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotRegulated View Post
    You can use a stream light stinger battery. I am currently using one now in a 8NX.
    I also bought an adapter to hold one 18650. I am using that in my other 8NX

    FYI...Lumensfactory makes the only LED to fit the 8 series that I know of. Mine works very well.
    I saw the lumensfactory led. Itís listed at 800 lumens.Does it look like that to you?
    If i had one day left to live i would want to be at my workplace.Because every day is like a frickin eternity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thermal guy View Post
    I saw the lumens factory led. Itís listed at 800 lumens.Does it look like that to you?
    No, I'd say it's just under 600 lumens, that's because it only runs at 800 lumens if powered by 9v.

    I'd rather of had an adaptor that accepts 2 x 18500 batteries instead of 1 x 18650, there is enough length in the adaptor if it was machined differently.
    Last edited by Dave D; 06-20-2020 at 01:44 PM.

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    Default Surefire 8X

    I just found none of these and upgraded with the LF LED. I canít confirm the brightness because the battery I have hold the charge for about 2 minutes and Iím not sure if itís getting full power.
    I do have one of the 18650 adapters with the McClicky switch on the way.

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