Massive post on where to get lithium-ion batteries everywhere in the world! Look at Post 2-5 for info, And Canada Post 123

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Massive post on where to get lithium-ion batteries everywhere in the world! Look at Post 2-5 for info, And Canada Post 123

So, after the failure that was the Liitokala Aliexpress stores scam by tricking people into buying genuine-looking 18650s. while they were in fact, fake counterparts with the same capacity, but with higher internal resistance, and different physical characteristics:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

As an example, we first have the Samsung 30Q, or what they like to call, a “Liitokala” 30Q to trick you into buying the cell, and after you discover that it is a fake, they will refuse giving out refunds since it was their branded batteries, and not Samsung’s.

Heck, any 18650, 26650, 21700, etc, from the ANY of the Liitokala stores, can be faked to resemble genuine cells, while selling FAKES. Even Liitokala 26650s have been found to have lackluster performance these recent days, indicating a change in suppliers.

So, to help you guys out living everywhere from the US, to Canada, all the way to Europe and Australia, I have decided to compile a list of stores that sell legitimate cells, and have been proven to do so for a long time.

Also, I did this list to help out guys and gals everywhere, because of crap lithium ion individual cells shipping regulations which prevents inexpensive air shipping.

Let’s begin.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

Edited by: BlueSwordM on 06/11/2019 - 10:48
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You guys have it lucky. You have a ton of stores to buy from 18650s, 26650s, 21700s, 18350s, chargers, flashlights, etc, with quick shipping and easy warranties.

Li-Ion Wholesale: https://liionwholesale.com/

Illumn: https://www.illumn.com/batteries-chargers-and-powerpax-carriers/batterie...

18650 battery store: https://www.18650batterystore.com/

IMRBatteries: https://www.imrbatteries.com/

Battery Junction(mostly for protected brand name cells): https://www.batteryjunction.com/18650.html

Banggood: https://www.banggood.com/search/18650.html

Fasttech: https://www.fasttech.com/category/1420/batteries

Mountain Electronics: http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=59

Vruzend: https://vruzend.com/shop/ This one is a bit special, as you’ll see Smile

Orbotronic: https://www.orbtronic.com/

mAhBattery: https://mahbattery.com/

So, you clearly are blessed in terms of choice.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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NKON: https://www.nkon.nl/

AKKU-TEILE : https://www.akkuteile.de/lithium-ionen-akkus/

18650UK: https://18650.uk/

I would recommend these 3 sources, since they are the most legitimate. Also, by buying from them, you will support the European economy, and will have good customer support.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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Oh boy. Let’s start with this.

Due to very tight air shipping regulations regarding lithium-ion 18650s, most Chinese sellers will not take the risk to ship via airmail, or take the time via boat. Some will however.

In Canada:

Durenergy on eBay: https://www.ebay.ca/usr/durnergy01?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

This is the only seller which will not gouge you with huge prices on 18650s and pay you for shipping. They only carry low drain 2200mAh-2600mAh 18650s, but will be suitable for most lights. They also carry 3000mAh 18650s, along with 2000mAh 20A 18650s, and 2200mAh 10A 18650s, which would be suitable for lights like the BLF Q8.

Outside of Canada:

Here we get in the real of what I like to call, vacation shipping. The only way to get cheap, high capacity high drain cells in Canada will be via boat shipping, which usually takes 1 month, up to 3 months. I’ve bought 18650s that way before, took “only” one month, but can take up to 3 as specified before.

Sunway Store on Aliexpress: https://sunway.aliexpress.com/store/group/Battery/3173029_512165822.html...

I’ve bought cells from them, 6x Samsung 30Qs to be precise, and they test right on target at about 3000mAh down to 2.5V, have good low internal resistance, and still have great capacity at a 5A and 10A drain down to 2,8V(2810mAh and 2760mAh respectively). They also don’t stick out to other legit 30Qs that I bought elsewhere, with 3 poles on the negative terminals, and a non auspicious looking marking. They also make my BLF Q8 very hot Smile

Others have bought cells from them, and have confirmed them to be legitimate. Be aware though. They ship very slowly to respect shipping laws.

I’ve also ordered 2× 21700s 4000mAh from them recently to see if they ship out the same way, and if the cells are still legit Smile

Aliya store: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/1382210?spm=2114.12010612.0.0.7a5b23dbk...

Same thing. Other people have confirmed the cells to be coming from this store to be legit, with non suspicious terminals, not too low small unit pricing, and shipping fee.

I have tested both the NCR18650GA and Samsung 30Q, and can confirm that they sell completely legitimate cells for Canadians!

There’s also a new player on the bloc. He’s a member on BLF, and has his own store, 18650 Canada
https://18650canada.com/

Rejoice!

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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INTERNATIONAL

Here we go again with the insane shipping rules regarding shipping laws.

Same stores again.

Sunway Store: https://sunway.aliexpress.com/store/group/Battery/3173029_512165822.html

Aliya Store for more variety in cells with slightly higher prices: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/1382210

Lucky’s electronic store: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/1191644

Vruzend: https://vruzend.com/international-orders/

AUSTRALIA

Tech Around You

LANplus

supersports600

UK

18650UK: https://18650.uk/

TorchyUK: http://www.torchy.co.uk/

EcoLux: http://www.ecoluxshopdirect.co.uk/

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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If you want, comment here on more sources for international sources on 18650s, 21700s, etc.

I want you guys and gals to help me out here. So we can help out even more people Smile

NOTE:

As of November 2018, here are the max capacities for common sizes of lithium ion (3,6V-3,7V) cells:

- 18650: 3600mAh

- 21700: 5000mAh

- 26650: 5500mAh

- 18350 : 1100-1200mAh

- 14500: 900mAh

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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There are a few more choices for US people. Mountain Electronics and Vruzend and Orbtronic for example. Pretty much every major 18650 distributor in the US is in my battery database.

Try the largest, fastest, most flexible flashlight search engine: parametrek.com

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I’ve bought from Aliya’s Battery Store (AliExpress) more than once and was all good!
Thanks for the effort of putting this info together Thumbs Up

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Thanks for this thread BlueSwordM.

Here are three Australian suppliers I’ve had good experiences with:

Tech Around You

LANplus

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Banggood and Fasttech – at this time – don’t ship to Greece, I don’t know about other EU countries.

Another EU supplier – which I haven’t tried yet – but looks promising and has directly contacted BLF is https://18650.uk/

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I’ve bought from Aliya’s Battery Store (AliExpress) more than once and was all good! Thanks for the effort of putting this info together Thumbs Up

+1
I am also a returning customer there. (/store/1382210)

Also add Lucky Electronics Store, it is very similar. (/store/1191644)

BlueSwordM, when you use AliExpress URLs, please remove the part right from the ? mark, including the ? as well. That spm labeled stuff is for handling some user preferences (probably language settings as well).

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GearBest, BangGood and Fasttech do not ship batteries to the UK.

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Just an FYI, VapeCell just released a 1000mah 14500.

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www.torchy.co.uk
www.ecoluxshopdirect.co.uk
https://18650.uk

In the UK and probably europe
Serving and endorsed by vaping communities for years and probably cheapest.

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Thanks for doing that BlueSwordM ! Thumbs Up

Illumn can also ship to Canada.

For Canadian based store, CANVAPE.CA have quite a good selection, (30Q, VTC6 and 1100mAh INR 18350 and more…). I saw some 26650 for 5-6$ CAD.

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I remember that Liitokala thread and appreciate all your input there as well as taking the time to put this together for us. It’s so hard to find trustworthy sites these days and it’s people like you and forums like BLF that make the internet a better place.

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OK.

I’ll include all of your suggestions once I come back home.

I love to help out, especially since even people not on BLF will see this thread.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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@raccoon city, nice relation you’ve got there. Size does matter when looking at capacity, marketability, and such.

I’ve done the modifications you guys/gals provided me with.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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Thanks for compiling these lists. As I venture out into new types of cells and am buying more high-performance lights, it’s good to have reputable sources out there to choose from.

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Thanks BlueSwordM. Nevertheless, a couple remarks:

Europe is a multitude of nations, this means there's little consensus in this shipping thing. Customers from nations like Spain, France, Germany and others can buy from FastTech or other asian sources because of railway shipping and TNT-PostNL. However, if we are to name each country and list all possible sources this can really become hard to maintain and turn out into a mess. This can be alternatively done by making a listing of sellers/retailers/sources and specify where they do ship, and please allow all of you to amend here with your contributions.

Wellp… 

 

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Nice thread Blue! That VRUZEND site is very interesting & it looks like they are INTERNATIONAL also. Thumbs Up
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Edit: This appears to me to be an excellent resource of places to buy from. Barkuti mentioned that it my or may not apply to some countries in Europe. But as he also stated, it would be a huge undertaking to list each country individually.

That, as far as I am concerned; is where the individual buyer does his or her homework for their particular country. While you have provided the basic list of suppliers, it will be up to the buyer to determine if they do indeed ship to their particular country.

Then hopefully they will share that info here & you can add it where appropiate, if you so desire. Thumbs Up

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Yep. For some reason, I forgot about Micah and his shop.

Why did I order cells from Chinese sellers again?

Oh yeah. To see if they actually get to me. If not, I’ll just buy 18650s from Vruzend now.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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I will add bto (battery trade office). Honestly I don’t know they are sending in Europe, but since they have an English version of the site they probably send.
https://www.bto.pl/en/default.b2c.aspx

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I get my fix from a supplier in Alibaba. szvbatt,y
Usually, buy in bulk 30-40pcs of 18650/26650/26350 for myself and my friends.

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!Leaking 18650 https://imgur.com/gallery/Kv65p6p!

Most posts here suggest where to buy from.
There are many sellers out there pretending to sell original batteries.
Beware!!
Bought 4 ncr18650b from aliexpress. (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4PCS-Original-LiitoKala-18650-Battery-34...PCB-Protegido-bateria-3-7-V-Rechargebale-Li-ion/32819895203.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4d96Jx8r) Price was about 10$ for 4 pieces. I knew that the price was very low, got the risk. Charged only once. Used for a flashlight. Unfortunately 2 cells started leaking after 2 months. Has anyone seen something like this? Very disappointed !!!

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Thanks for this thread !

Now to find legit NCR18650B or GA at the lowest price

anyone in NE ILLinois into get togethers?

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justanotherguy wrote:
Thanks for this thread !

Now to find legit NCR18650B or GA at the lowest price

Not sure about the absolute lowest price…..
……….. but absolutely sure they are 100% legit.

My go to place to buy batteries…… Liion Wholesale . Thumbs Up

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Fixed your messy post before quoting gzoom. In the simple post editor only the image link is to be set between exclamation marks, and you need a direct link to the image file. You may also want to resize to fit the image somehow, as lots of people do not care and just upload monster sized images which would screw up the forum layout. My recommendation is for you to learn and use the advanced post editor, which can also apply the simple post editor's emojis as they're just character strings:

gzoom wrote:
Leaking 18650

Most posts here suggest where to buy from.

There are many sellers out there pretending to sell original batteries.

Beware!!

Bought 4 ncr18650b from aliexpress (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4PCS-Original-LiitoKala-18650-Battery-3400-mAh-PCB-Protegido-bateria-3-7-V-Rechargebale-Li-ion/32819895203.html). Price was about 10$ for 4 pieces. I knew that the price was very low, got the risk. Charged only once. Used for a flashlight. Unfortunately 2 cells started leaking after 2 months. Has anyone seen something like this? Very disappointed !!!

You bought “LiitoKala batteries”, not genuine NCR18650Bs. This is key.

Check the international post above. If you wanna buy from AliExpress in my wise opinion stick to Aliya's or Lucky'sSunway's is known to be good but is now calling their cells “Aerdu”, this already is twisting and can make your life harder if going dispute thus I do not like.

To finish this off, someone comments there on imgur “you shouldn't keep your batteries more than 6 months anyway”. You can tell that not so bright fellow cells can be used for years or even decades when properly taken care of.

 

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Thanks a lot Barkuti for the information about posting images properly!!
Quality batteries last for a long time. I can’t tell about li-ion, but i have some Sanyo and Eneloops Ninh for more than 10 years and still work fine!

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Found 10 GA batteries on ebay, 58.99 shipped,from US

Any tips on authenticating these?

anyone in NE ILLinois into get togethers?

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