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Posted: 9/5/2010 2:51:58 AM EDT
Do Surefire batteries last as long as the other major brand batteries? I know Surefire says they have a shelf life of ten years. But I'm wondering about the actual usage vs the other brands. It seems the Duracell and Energizers are twice as much. I found the Surefire batteries for $4.98 a pair this weekend at Lowes. Walmart has the Energizers for $9.98 for a pair. An anyone done a test?
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 3:21:44 AM EDT
The Panasonic facility in the US is where BatteryStation (New), Duracell, Energizer, Panasonic, Rayovac, Streamlight, and SureFire, CR123's come from.

Look at the pack to see where the CR-123's are made. If they are made in the USA, then buy them.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 5:09:52 AM EDT
Something to keep in mind is that different brand name labels request different output curves for their batteries. So one brand may perform differently than another depending on what kind of device they're used in.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 5:41:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RedFalconBill:
The Panasonic facility in the US is where BatteryStation (New), Duracell, Energizer, Panasonic, Rayovac, Streamlight, and SureFire, CR123's come from.

Look at the pack to see where the CR-123's are made. If they are made in the USA, then buy them.


The Panasonics did best in a comparison I saw somewhere (candlepowerforums, maybe)... I didn't realize they made most other brands there too. Anyway, I got a dozen of them for $20 shipped from a vendor on amazon, and they hold up very well... I will go for Panasonic again next time.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 6:16:32 AM EDT
I buy the Streamlight CR123's. They are cheaper and hold up fine.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:09:24 AM EDT
As log as I can buy Surefires for $21 Bucks a dozen, I'll just keep using them. If I ever DO have a problem in my Surefire lights, I can say "nanny-nanny-boo-boo, I USED the recommended batteries in my light", and semd 'em the smoking hulk. For my other 123A stuff, I trust 'em enough to use them. Never had one leak or explode. I HAVE, however had the $10.00 a pair Duracells leak.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 5:26:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By whiteshark357:
Originally Posted By RedFalconBill:
The Panasonic facility in the US is where BatteryStation (New), Duracell, Energizer, Panasonic, Rayovac, Streamlight, and SureFire, CR123's come from.

Look at the pack to see where the CR-123's are made. If they are made in the USA, then buy them.


The Panasonics did best in a comparison I saw somewhere (candlepowerforums, maybe)... I didn't realize they made most other brands there too. Anyway, I got a dozen of them for $20 shipped from a vendor on amazon, and they hold up very well... I will go for Panasonic again next time.


Yes, CPF.com has two comparisons, both rather informative,with one of them being extremely detailed.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:23:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RetLawman:
As log as I can buy Surefires for $21 Bucks a dozen, I'll just keep using them. If I ever DO have a problem in my Surefire lights, I can say "nanny-nanny-boo-boo, I USED the recommended batteries in my light", and semd 'em the smoking hulk. For my other 123A stuff, I trust 'em enough to use them. Never had one leak or explode. I HAVE, however had the $10.00 a pair Duracells leak.


That's exactly the same way I feel. I actually had a Surefire X400 I had to send back and the first question asked was "which batteries are you using?".
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:33:26 PM EDT
My new Eotech XPS3 came with a Panasonic Made in USA. The Made in Japan Duracell Ultra will NOT fit in it. The ring around the positive end is a couple of thou. too large to fit in the cap. Good thing I have plenty of Surefire batteries.
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