[Poll] *Do You Leave batteries in for all your flashlights?*

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[Poll] *Do You Leave batteries in for all your flashlights?*

I know members here have many flashlights. Some have a mix of big and small flashlights. Some use certain flashlights for certain tasks. Some mostly only use a few.
Anyways, my question is…

Do you keep batteries ready in your flashlights or do you only put batteries in when ready to use a certain flashlight?

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In all the time , ready to go when needed.

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I wondered the same thing, Keep them in all the time, or store them in cases.

I have been leaving them in, but loosen the tail caps. I don’t know if it’s necessary to loosen the caps, but for some unknown reason, I feel like it ‘s the right thing to do Cool

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Most of my flashlights don't have batteries in them.

The ones that I EDC do have batteries in them.

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Mine all have batteries in them and they are fully charged.
I’m wondering if anyone actually has batteries they just keep at “storage” voltage.

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Batteries in all and some spares available. Most are mechanical lock out.

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Joshk wrote:
I’m wondering if anyone actually has batteries they just keep at “storage” voltage.

I bought a lot of 18650s so any that aren’t in flashlights, I keep at storage voltage.
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You must have gotten a good deal on them. Link? Smile

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I got most of my batteries from IMR Batteries on Black Friday. The coupon made it slightly better than ordering from Illumn.

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I assume the OP is talking about li-ion cells. I have batteries in 10 or so lights scattered around the house that are fully charged all the time. I also have about 15 that are charged to around 4.15v in the event that I need a battery immediately, and another 50 or so laptop pulls that I keep at around 3.7 volts.

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Yes. Anything in a drawer is locked out.

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No. I have more lights than batteries and I prefer to store batteries in the fridge, though I keep a number of cells in room temperature.

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Only the ones with mechanical lockout. I just did my tri- monthly check on them and found 2 lights discharged down to around 3.51v so something was making contact. There are 2 that don’t have mechanical lockout that were at 4.12v after 3 months.

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Maybe half of my lights are ready to use with full charge batteries and i have a bunch of batteries (pulled from laptop or other appliances battery packs) in stock, some at full charge, some at "storage" level

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All my lights have charged batteries. All my AAA lights have lithium primaries.
The stored Li-ION lights are mechanical locked out (if possible).
If not possible (Cu, SS, Ti) I put a small plastic cup under the tailspring.
Only the lights in my rotation are not locked out.

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Flashlight’s no use without a cell in it Big Smile
I don’t keep many lights so all have cells, the ones used infrequently are locked out & partially charged.

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I have some 250 lights, all with charged cells in them ready to use. Also have quite a few cells on standby, charged and ready to go. Over 300 cells.

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I do. They don’t leak, right?

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where dem poll yo?

I kept them in my flashlights cuz I only bought enough for each so no storage boxes

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Swabs wrote:
I wondered the same thing, Keep them in all the time, or store them in cases.

I have been leaving them in, but loosen the tail caps. I don’t know if it’s necessary to loosen the caps, but for some unknown reason, I feel like it ‘s the right thing to do Cool

I do the same.

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All aa and aaa are loaded… lion (I only have 4) are empty with bats in the same case.

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Usually i don’t.
Only the lights i want to use have batteries in them.
I keep my batteries in the refrigerator nowadays.
I usually store them close to discharged.

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A few…not all

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DB Custom wrote:
I have some 250 lights, all with charged cells in them ready to use. Also have quite a few cells on standby, charged and ready to go. Over 300 cells.

Phooaaaa, man. That allows you to use only few twice a year Wink

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All loaded. LiIon or NiMH. No alkalines.

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Old lights have their cells removed and get stored away in a box. Apart from that, just about everything has cells in. There are some spare cells sitting at full charge, and some more sitting at storage voltage.

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Agro wrote:
No. I have more lights than batteries and I prefer to store batteries in the fridge, though I keep a number of cells in room temperature.

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That is new to me. What are the benefits and could you describe your method of storage ?
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I have 10 or 12 active, meaning yes they have batteries.
If i am just going to store the light, I will not have batteries in it.

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CNCman wrote:
Agro wrote:
No. I have more lights than batteries and I prefer to store batteries in the fridge, though I keep a number of cells in room temperature.
. That is new to me. What are the benefits and could you describe your method of storage ? Thanks Thumbs Up

Less chemical action going on when cold.

Apparently Li-ion cells can degrade when they’re kept warm.

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Like most have said, stored lights are empty. Lights in EDC rotation have lithium cells in them and are ready to go at a moments notice. Extra cells are stored at room temp.

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Box Queens are always empty.

Lights “at the ready” (half-dozen or so daily-use) are always loaded.

Semi-ready, another half-dozen or so stored in a small bag so I don’t lose them, are loaded but locked out. (Usually “special-purpose” lights like the GTs for snooping outside, C8F for portable oomf when a Q8/DC7 would be a bit unwieldy, etc.)

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