Weapons Light Batteries

Discussion in '1911 Gear' started by Otherside, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. Otherside

    Otherside Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2019
    Question for you guys, how often do you change the batteries in your weapon lights? I have had batteries leak or get corrosion when not used regularly. Is there a set schedule?
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
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  2. xerts1191

    xerts1191 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2017
    Ok now that you mention it I’d better go look
     
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  3. ChuckC

    ChuckC Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2016
    Just out of curiosity, what light and batteries are you experiencing corrosion with?
    I change mine when they get dim, never had corrosion.
     
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  4. Hvrnaut

    Hvrnaut Well-Known Member

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    Mar 13, 2016
    CR123’s have a pretty long shelf life. Great point about checking them, however. I’ve got a few.
    Most all of my Surefire lights will not only be somewhat dim during the end of their useful life, but the flashlights will actually “blink” somewhat, letting you know it’s time to change them.
     
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  5. BR549er

    BR549er Well-Known Member

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    Jul 6, 2018
    Friends don't let friends use alkaline.
     
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  6. Otherside

    Otherside Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2019
    It was my old earpro with triple A batteries. I bought new ones and it sat without using it. I go to let someone use the old pair and it was jacked up from leaking batteries. I have a new weapon light and don't want the same to happen.
     
  7. Otherside

    Otherside Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2019
    Does this only happen with alkaline batteries? The new light is cr123
     
  8. ChuckC

    ChuckC Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2016
    What model is the light. Should have a nice gasket on it.


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  9. Otherside

    Otherside Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2019
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  10. ChuckC

    ChuckC Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2016
    Not sure as I’ve never tried one of their units, but it looks like there’s a solid seal on the battery compartment so I wouldn’t worry too much. If you do experience any let us know.


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  11. Descartian

    Descartian Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2017
    I get lithium rechargeables off Amazon. Less likely to leak and you can change them out as often as you like without the cost and wasting partially charged batteries.
     
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  12. BR549er

    BR549er Well-Known Member

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    Jul 6, 2018
    Lithium primary and lithium ion rechargeable won't leak like alkalines. that said, these battery chemistries can be dangerous if not handled properly. They can "vent with flame" if punctured or shorted.

    Consensus is lithium primaries are best tactically instead of lithium ion as they are less apt to fail. they also have less of a resting discharge rate as compared to Li Ion.

    A very good source for primaries, Battery Station in West Plains, MO:
    http://www.batterystation.com/cr123a.htm
     
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  13. BR549er

    BR549er Well-Known Member

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  14. BR549er

    BR549er Well-Known Member

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    Jul 6, 2018
    Orbtronic are available on Amazon and are first rate.

    The other two are available here:
    https://www.illumn.com/
     
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  15. theJanitor

    theJanitor Well-Known Member

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    Nov 14, 2014
    Energizer lithiums in my Comtac earpro. never a problem. Surefire 123's in the weaponlights. you can get them at Lowe's now, if they're hard to find/order.

    I just moved the rifle light to the Surefire Scout Dual Fuel. It'll take the 18650 or the 123.

    If I put a few minutes on the weaponlight, I change them. It's pricey, but a good light (1000+ lumens) only gets 20 minutes of good use. Err on the side of caution with WEAPONLIGHTS and change them before you NEED all 20 minutes
     
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  16. TxTrail80

    TxTrail80 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Mar 24, 2018
    The only things more important than your weapon light battery is your safe battery and your wife’s car battery!
     
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