What is currently the best value in 18650 batteries

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I need to buy 4 more, and have not kept up on 18650 threads lately.

Not interested in spending $10 per battery, looking for reasonable quality at a lower price point.

Protected cells are preferred. Thanks

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xtar's are still good value

xtar's are still good value

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I've only used trust fires
I've only used trust fires for 5 years with no problems , I did have one aw die in first year however:) gonna get me some flames next to try:)
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Trustfire 2400mah flames.  I

Trustfire 2400mah flames. 

I have been buying mine for around $8 a pair shipped lately. 

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I've only used Trustfire 2500

I've only used Trustfire 2500 mAH for several years now with no issues.

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You could also consider

You could also consider these.

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Trustfire 3000 from Manafont maybe not...

MagPap wrote:

You could also consider these.

I thought the first Trustfire 3000 from Manafont tested good @ 2600mah but the ones purchased later only tested 2000 or 2100 mah or so. This was a recent thread from BLF and a reason I didn't order any.

EDIT reread the thread 2100 to 2300 mah.

Test/review of TrustFire TF18650 3000mAh (Flame)

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The best value are the Sanyo

The best value are the Sanyo UR18650F/M. They have consistent results, unlike the Trustfires.

To get those protected you have to buy the XTARs, or the Sparks.

One interesting aspect of Trusfire cells, that has not been tested yet, is if the capacity reduces randomly in time (not all cells loose the same capacity) in the same way they seem to be made with random capacities. Probably cells the cells are not "binned" as LEDs by CREE for example.

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Hikelite wrote:The best value

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The best value are the Sanyo UR18650F/M. They have consistent results, unlike the Trustfires.

To get those protected you have to buy the XTARs, or the Sparks.

Arent Senybor also Sanyo based? Edit: actually it seems they are coy about this info but removing the wrapper has shown Panasonic apperance.

This guy is a seller but I have no reason to not trust his results:

http://www.torchythebatteryboy.com/p/batteries_21.html

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Xtar 2600mah 18700

How about these.. http://www.pandawill.com/2pcs-xtar-18700-2600mah-37v-rechargeable-batter... Mine arrived in 4 days. Great value for these xtars.

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The best value are the Sanyo UR18650F/M. They have consistent results, unlike the Trustfires.

To get those protected you have to buy the XTARs, or the Sparks.

Arent Senybor also Sanyo based?

 

I do not know what are they based, I only know they are made be a Chinese company in Shenzhen.I know that in UK there's a lot of buzz with Torchies cells. Well that is primarily because of all those 1A comparisons he did. He says 1C  discharge and then the discharge is done with 1A, Then at 2C the discharge says 1A also. If you look at the graphs there's no voltage sag...... Actually the sag is lower on the 5.6A discharge, which is not possible.

 

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I haven't bought high quality 18650s for a while.

I haven't bought high quality 18650s for a while.  Are these HI-MAX batteries still a good value?

http://www.ebay.com/sch/pingyi.co.ltd/m.html?_nkw=18650+2600mAh

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The best value are the Sanyo UR18650F/M. They have consistent results, unlike the Trustfires.

To get those protected you have to buy the XTARs, or the Sparks.

Arent Senybor also Sanyo based?

 

I do not know what are they based, I only know they are made be a Chinese company in Shenzhen.I know that in UK there's a lot of buzz with Torchies cells. Well that is primarily because of all those 1A comparisons he did. He says 1C  discharge and then the discharge is done with 1A, Then at 2C the discharge says 1A also. If you look at the graphs there's no voltage sag...... Actually the sag is lower on the 5.6A discharge, which is not possible.

 

Hmm, I have some more Senybors now and really should get round to doing some more tests but in my tests they outperformed the @&£)fire cells. I will get the internal impedance tester on them also.

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gen1.3_ wrote:How about

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How about these.. http://www.pandawill.com/2pcs-xtar-18700-2600mah-37v-rechargeable-batter... Mine arrived in 4 days. Great value for these xtars.

 

Aren't these fake? Some weeks ago found these and there were some doubts in connection with the company.

here:  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/7184

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What about those 3100mah from

What about those 3100mah from Intl-Outdoor? Are they good?

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If you might consider

If you might consider unprotected, I've been looking at these for a while, Sanyo 18650 2600mAh from Intl Outdoor, at $5.85 a piece. Free shipping if bought 3pcs above.

Its brother (2100mAh) has been tested to get 1800mAh, around 85% of claimed. Since it's Sanyo cell, I believe that result will be consistent, and for a 2600mAh cell, good chance you will get a good 2200-2300 mAh from these. Still a great value for the price.

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viffer750 wrote:gen1.3_

viffer750 wrote:

gen1.3_ wrote:

How about these.. http://www.pandawill.com/2pcs-xtar-18700-2600mah-37v-rechargeable-batter... Mine arrived in 4 days. Great value for these xtars.

 

Aren't these fake? Some weeks ago found these and there were some doubts in connection with the company.

here:  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/7184

No, they are the real deal. They have a US and China warehouse. After reading the bad reviews, I decided to risk and purchase them. So far I've had good experiences with Pandawill.
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I recently had a DX Trustfire

I recently had a DX Trustfire Flame go bad on me. Not in a bad way, it just wouldn't charge up anymore. I'd probably had it for a couple of years, but not real heavy use. So I bought some more XTAR 2600's from the longstanding group buy. I think those are very good batteries for a little more than Trustfires. Still a lot less than AW's and equivalents.

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I have 4 TF 3000 soon here,
I have 4 TF 3000 soon here, wait a while before ordering. Quality may vary, going to test them... Xtars with groupbuy price are the safest bet.
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I can recommend the TF Flames

I can recommend the TF Flames from Manafont. I've bought about 100 of them in the past 3 months and I only had one that was DOA.

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I think you're safest with

I think you're safest with the XTAR 2600 at $13.50/pair from Serena or I guess even that Pandawill site if you're feeling lucky. That's all I've been buying lately, for myself and for friends. 

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I have had good luck with

I have had good luck with HiMax 2600's in the past but they seem to have gotten very expensive.

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I have over 50 Trustfire

I have over 50 Trustfire flames from DX some over over a year old all of them still work. The ones I have tested all had decent capacity.

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http://www.intl-outdoor.com/p

http://www.intl-outdoor.com/panasonic-cgr18650ch-2250mah-liion-battery-p-291.html

massive discharge rate, low resistance, not going to explode

imo, they're the best value, hands down

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http://www.intl-outdoor.com/panasonic-cgr18650ch-2250mah-liion-battery-p-291.html

massive discharge rate, low resistance, not going to explode

imo, they're the best value, hands down

They might not be the cheapest but I just ran some testing on these in a light that draws high amps and they truly are outstanding!  Definitely more capacity than the AW IMR's and as long as your application is below 10A then you should be good.

I also used them as a pair in the EYE30 runtime testing and they yielded just slightly less than the AW 2600's:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/7592
(look at chart under: RUNTIME (2 cells) )

 

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Are those protected?  Seems

Are those protected?  Seems the webpage doesn't say.

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http://www.intl-outdoor.com/panasonic-cgr18650ch-2250mah-liion-battery-p-291.html

massive discharge rate, low resistance, not going to explode

imo, they're the best value, hands down

Those are great cells.

I acquired an identical one from Callie's, and it allows for more current in my Direct Drive SST90 than my AW IMRs by over a quarter Amp. (~280mA)

I will slowly but surely be replacing all of my IMR 18650s with these.

 

A very good cell at a fair price is the Sanyo-based Solarforce 2400 protected 18650.  The wrap is a bit brittle, however.

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garrybunk wrote:Are those

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Are those protected?  Seems the webpage doesn't say.

-Garry

no but I think callie's sells them re-wrapped w/ protection.  They are safer chemistry cathode, despite saying li-ion on the side, so for my purposes, the protection isn't relevant (I don't drain my cells to where protection trips....on purpose anyway).

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Solarforce protected 2400s

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I'll also back the

I'll also back the Sanyo-based Solarforce 2400mah. Indeed, the wrap is brittle, which is the only downfall. Otherwise they are quite the performer for the price. They seem to match my XTAR 2600's. 

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