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    Default Magnetic charging cables

    I'm seeing these new type of charging cables, magnetic, that stick onto a flashlight for battery charging. I see these on Fenix lights, maybe on others as well.

    I'm not so crazy about this idea. I don't like the idea of proprietary charging cables.

    I just bought a Fenix PD36R which has a USB-C charging port. While somewhat common, They are not as common as micro USB, so I went out and bought a bunch of the cables. Admittedly I am a little paranoid about having plenty of spares around.

    What are your thoughts on these magnetic charging cables? If you lose it you're out of luck.

    Many thanks for your insights.

    Joe

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    Default Re: Magnetic charging cables

    Im not a fan of them if they are light specific. There are magnetic cables out there that you can use on just the cells which I think is actually a good idea because they look like you can charge multiple cell configurations without having a charging cradle. These would be good to throw in a back pack or vehicle and not have to worry about it taking up much space. I will admit I do not own one of these cables yet.

    I do find that the magnetic lights are hard to carry as stuff always seems to find its way to the magnet. You must also be very careful about putting it near your electronics as well. I once threw my H2 into my pocket next to my cell phone, had a permanent black spot on the screen.

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    Honestly, not a fan of them either. Seems you have to put whatever it is you're charging in an out of the way spot. Just seems far too easy to break contact. Especially if a pet jumps up on the table or accidentally bumps into the table.
    "The World is insane. With tiny spots of sanity, here and there... Not the other way around!" - John Cleese.

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    Default Re: Magnetic charging cables

    Not a big fan of in light charging of any kind. Much prefer to remove the batteries and charge them externally, in a charger. Helps to have a universal charger that charges all types of batteries that I use.
    Wayne

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    Thanks all for replies.

    I'm looking at an EDC light now. Some look very attractive but require the C123 battery. I'm not crazy about having to add yet another battery type to my inventory. Same goes with charging cables.

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    Default Re: Magnetic charging cables

    I broke down and purchased the Olight universal charging cable from Amazon. I think it is a good thing to have, the magnets are strong and hold the cell quite well. In fact I feel I could leave it in the cup holder while drive mountain dirt roads and not worry about it disconnecting. think it would be a worthy addition to a bug out bag. It does have the disadvantage of sticking to every metal thing that gets close to it.
    I do however want to find some sort of magnet proof storage case for it. I think it would wreak havoc on any electronics that get to close.

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