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    Default What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    I was just about to buy a h600fc zebralight and then I realised it could only take unprotected 18650. I can't get unprotected batteries in Northern Ireland but I can get nearly every other. Easiest is olight.
    I already have a skilhunt h03 and was looking another head torch. I heard so much about the brilliant flood on zebralight i was sure that was the torch.
    I use the head torch for everything.
    Farming, car repairs, wiring and walking.
    I want 18650 for good run times and fairly floody what would you recommend now?

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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    it might be worth checking out the Sofirm SP40, I`v got one on order myself and rarely use anything other than protected cells. but do check it out first

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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    Have you looked at Ecolux?
    Norb is a great guy and sells protected and unprotected cells at good prices.
    I'm sure he'd sell to NI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter yetman View Post
    Have you looked at Ecolux?
    Norb is a great guy and sells protected and unprotected cells at good prices.
    I'm sure he'd sell to NI.
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    I've sent him an email to find out, but every one else said you can't post them by air unless they are inside a torch.

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    The battery just cannot be longer than 69mm. There is no restrictions on protected/unprotected.

    Quote Originally Posted by ltec View Post
    I was just about to buy a h600fc zebralight and then I realised it could only take unprotected 18650. I can't get unprotected batteries in Northern Ireland but I can get nearly every other. Easiest is olight.
    I already have a skilhunt h03 and was looking another head torch. I heard so much about the brilliant flood on zebralight i was sure that was the torch.
    I use the head torch for everything.
    Farming, car repairs, wiring and walking.
    I want 18650 for good run times and fairly floody what would you recommend now?
    Sent from my LM-V350 using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltec View Post
    I've sent him an email to find out, but every one else said you can't post them by air unless they are inside a torch.

    I've sent you a PM, it may help.
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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    You can usually just take off the outer-most wrap of a protected battery, and remove the protection circuit, and then you have the original flat-top cell they use. But that's an expensive way to buy flat-top cells. I'd look into some of the European sellers of batteries to see if you can get them that way. They often ship them with labels saying something like "flashlight parts", if you're worried about customs seizing batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltec View Post
    I was just about to buy a h600fc zebralight and then I realised it could only take unprotected 18650. I can't get unprotected batteries in Northern Ireland but I can get nearly every other. Easiest is olight.
    I already have a skilhunt h03 and was looking another head torch. I heard so much about the brilliant flood on zebralight i was sure that was the torch.
    I use the head torch for everything.
    Farming, car repairs, wiring and walking.
    I want 18650 for good run times and fairly floody what would you recommend now?
    H600FC is my recommendation.

    Why? Because your post is WRONG. :-)

    Their headlamps are the only Zebralight 18650 lights that can take protected or unprotected. And that is because they can take longer batteries than their flashlights.

    The protection circuit is not a limitation on any Zebralight, only the length of battery.

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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    I bought a Fenix HM65R not too long ago and the thing is a fantastic headlamp and uses a protected 18650. Definitely the last headlamp I ever intend to buy/need.

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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    Quote Originally Posted by ltec View Post
    I was just about to buy a h600fc zebralight and then I realised it could only take unprotected 18650.
    Wait, what? I just purchased an H604c and I'm running a protected cell in it...I'm using the Zebralight branded 18650. Works like a charm.

    Look under Accessories for the ZL635 3500mAh 18650 Protected Li-ion Battery. "Compatible with: All generations of H600/H60x." 67.2mm long.

    EDIT: Ah. Ships to US customers only. Sorry.

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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    How about something like the Fenix Super Raptor

    https://heavylightstore.com/p98412/f...rraptor-1400lm

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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    Re post #2, I can confirm that the SP40 doesn`t take protected 18650`s, even if you could manage to squish one in you`de never get it back out the tube without possibly damaging the battery.

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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    What about a Fenix HM61R? I've been extremely happy with mine and I've even converted my dad into a headlamp guy after I bought him one too.

    Here's a good thread about it. https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...-all-the-boxes

    You could even get the much sought after Fenix HM61R Amber. https://www.baterky-fenix.sk/produkt...x-hm61r-amber/
    https://www.alza.cz/sport/fenix-hm61...utAutoChange=1
    https://www.kronium.cz/nabijeci-celo...prod_2217.html

    Here's a review. https://www.svetoutdooru.cz/vybaveni...alni-svitilna/

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    Default Re: What headlamp on protected 18650s?

    Check out Fenix HM65R. Your batteries will work AND it has both flood AND spot. Best all around headlamp to fit a variety of needs.

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