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    Default SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    Hey all...
    First Time Posting... and the question is a tough one...
    I have the question out to a few dealers, one that I saw from this forum. * Which I was Very happy to find others with the same virus that I have **Flashlights**.
    Back to the Question.
    I'd like to buy a SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/light. They don't seem to make them, my lovey wife tried to buy me one for Xmas, from two different places, They were just pulling our chain and *still having issues with them giving us our money back...
    Anyone know where I can get one? (That they really have it in stock)? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    You might try jcciv a member here at CPF. He is also Surefire parts on eBay.
    Welcome to you as well hope you find one.
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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

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    Anyone know where I can get one? (That they really have it in stock)? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    a recent cpf post

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    I have one that Im not using. I was going to use it to hold SF123s, but it is full of holes. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] wouldn't do too well in a hurricane.

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    We have one Hurricane lamp assembly in stock, if anyone needs it.

    Dan

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    Wow! what service! Dan Is the MAN! Looks like your good to go.
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    If you want to use this thing to hold your batteries... thats FINE.

    If you want to use this thing to burn through 12 CR123s... DO NOT DO IT.

    I can NOT think of a WORSE way to use 123 batteries. Wow, the thought of it even frustrates me.

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    Slingshot ammo would be worse.I have 2 of them and I use them to hold new cells I doubt I ever use it as a light it self but no harm in being able to.
    Topper

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    Anyone have one that they are willing to ship to Canada?

    Boltgun

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    Welcome, SureF1reFan and Boltgun. A little about the history of the hurricane light. It's not a practical light and was never intended to be one. In the old days (say up til a few years ago), CR123A cells at retail cost $7 each or more, and you couldn't buy them online for $1.25 like you can now. That of course made 123-powered flashlights quite expensive to operate. Surefire lights came with batteries included when you bought them new, and as a large reseller, Surefire was able to buy cells from its suppliers at quite low prices. But they had non-competition clauses in their contracts with the battery vendors, that forbid them from selling batteries except as part of a flashlight package. So they weren't allowed to give their customers a price break on batteries by selling batteries at a discount.

    Hence the Hurricane light. A plastic box with twelve CR123A's inside, plus a 10-cent incandescent flashlight bulb and some contact clips, plus some half-winking marketing explanation about how this was, um, the perfect fallback illumination device in the event of an emergency. Of course it really was just a way of selling CR123's low (for the time) prices, while fulfilling the conditions of only selling batteries to go with a flashlight. They sold the Hurricane light with 12 batteries for somewhat less than you'd have to pay to just buy 12 batteries at the store. People of course bought the Hurricane lights just to use the batteries in other lights, which was what Surefire intended all along.

    These days there's an open market in CR123A's and Surefire (and everyone else) can sell them without needing subterfuge. However, amazingly, the Hurricane light unintentionally created a market of users who think of it as an actual, practical product. While it will indeed work exactly as described, it's a long way from ideal for that purpose and other lights do a much better job.

    You might try a Milky Candle from CPF'er Milkyspit, if you want a long-running emergency light that uses 123's. It's far more efficient than a Hurricane light.

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    Surefire now has the $270 Hurricane Light. It runs for 40 hours on the FREE!! INCLUDED!!! 2 x SF123As!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crackup.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    I only got the Hurricane light to use as a battery storage box. It was only an extra $5.00 with the purchase of a dozen batteries.
    After reading the instructions, seeing the H-light in action, I realized "What a waste!"

    I saw that I could use my Twintask 2L in 3 LED mode and get more light output for a much longer period of time than what the SF H-light could do. 28 hours vs. 8.2 hours on a pair of batteries - plus more usable illumination!

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    Wow, 8 hours on two cells? I was just going to ask how long its runtime was spec'ed for, till you mentioned it.

    I must say I prefer the *ahem* 6 level H-lamp [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Regardless, the hurricane lamp is now a collector's item and a convenient battery storage case, except that it's not waterproof. If I didn't have an SC1 and a very nice case from Amondotech... I bid $15 on an auction from a CPF'er and was immediately outbid by proxy. Oh well, I don't have more than $15 to spend, not after the other lamp cleaned out the wallet... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/broke.gif[/img]

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    I too had an interest in one, at least saw the bulb on the surefire website. Sounded like a neat idea, assuming when it was made leds were still new technology, hince the regular bulb they run in it. The idea either to sell batteries or provide a way to suck old batteries dry sounds great either way.

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    I have an extra one if anyone wants it (PM me if interested). I purchased it for a mod I never got around to.

    -Mike

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    Interesting. I have one of these and I could never get it to work. I did what the manual told me to do and it just won't work. I have tried 2 lamps with it and countless used up batteries. Anyone got any tips? Thanks

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    The six middle spots with holes need the cells positive up the three on the top and three on the bottom negative up
    lamp fits in hole over a positive spring goes over negative on top or bottom. Thats the best way I can explain it.
    Topper [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] oh yeah try new cells.

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    Topper's right. Also the metal plate in the bottom is marked for polarity.

    Larry

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    I have no interest in one knowing that cr123s are not that efficient compared to other cells if size is not an issue. Meaning I would be better off if making a light to use different cells. If I go through a bit of them for use as a reading light, I will get some holders or a tube and just add them in to power an emergency light.

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    Is there an LED lamp available that might replace the incandescent lamp that came with the hurricane kit? If so, it might(hopefully)make it into a more efficient device.

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    An H-Vf star *could* be the ticket with a little creative mod work. Give you 20+ hours on one cell! I think I read a rumor that the device was really intended to get around contractural obligations with Duracell in order to discount the batteries. I got mine way before there were SF-"branded" bats. (Al, you lurking?)

    (Edit: I somehow missed paulr's [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] post above. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] )

    Larry

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    Default Re: SureFire Hurricane Batt Pack w/ Light

    A bright 10mm LED might just fit, though I have no idea. Or, a 5mm LED with enough padding to fit into the bulb hole. The idea is to add some high value resistor to knock the current draw down to acceptable levels, and you'd have a great light right there on two cells.

    Q4H LDs are still available from the Shoppe.

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    I'm lurking...

    The history has been told. It was a means of allowing SureFire users to buy DL123A batteries at a more attractive price because they were part of product (Patented product too)

    In reality, the 12B's were not the most ideal method of storing 123A batteries I found, and I guess there is no longer a large market for them.

    Al

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