(Group Buy) Panasonic NCR18650B (CANCELED)

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(Group Buy) Panasonic NCR18650B (CANCELED)

Just for future reference: the group buy has been canceled because FastTech did not offer good conditions for carrying it out.

- They took a minimum of 3 working days to answer any questions, and not 24 hours as advertised on their site

- They have raised the price they told me originally

- They want us to pay the normal price, and then we open a ticket to return us the difference of the discount

- They never responded to some queries

- Competition (WB) started its own group buy offering the same prices, and much more agile (response times and forms of payment)

Personal Conclusion: By the time FastTech is still one of the best stores, because of their prices, shipping speed, quality of products and packaging. But for group buying they are not really trained yet, and hopefully soon improve in that aspect.

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Hi everyone!

This group buy is shared with other forum (ForoLinternas), so I will update the information in both communities.
The idea is to reach 50 orders at least, which I think it will be easy since this is a very good deal.

The item is Panasonic NCR18650B from FastTech. No need for introduction, just say these are one of the best options in terms of quality and price, at least that I could find for this group purchase.

The deal is:

Batteries: 3400mAh Panasonic NCR18650B
Size: 18.5 mm x 67 mm
Payment via PayPal, individually: Each buyer sends payment directly to FastTech
Shipping included: FastTech ships the product worldwide to each buyer (HK Post)
PRICE: $ 12,86 (PER PAIR)

I think it’s a great deal, and is always good to have some 18650s of recognized quality.

Please note that these are non-protected batteries.

This choice is mainly because of the length, since the protected version of this battery is around 70mm long, and that is often a problem with many of the lights we have. Besides, as we know, the vast majority of our flashlights doesn’t need protected batteries as they have low battery warning, automatic shift mode, etc.

Those interested, please post here, so we can see if we get the 50 orders.

Remember that at the same time I will update this group buy along with the other forum. (Of course, please do not post in the other community if already posted here)

Edited by: TomasVarnik on 08/04/2013 - 07:23
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Thanks for going through the trouble of a group buy Tomas Smile

But 0.22 dollar/battery saved (when using the BLF 10% discount code on FT it is $13.31), that is not enough deal for me, sorry.

EDIT: oh wait, the $13.31 on FT is just one, this deal is for two, that is great, I'm in Laughing.

EDIT again: or not, it is indeed two cells for $13.31 with BLF-code, not in, sorry (and sorry I messed up this post)

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djozz wrote:

EDIT again: or not, it is indeed two cells for $13.31 with BLF-code, not in, sorry (and sorry I messed up this post)

:~ Actually is :
  • Two cells normal price: $14,79
  • Two cells with BLF code: $14,05 (5% less)
  • This deal: $12,86 (13% less)
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I would get at least one pair.

Edit- button tops would be my preference, as well.

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Non Protected, non button top, so not such a good choice for me.

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I will take a pair of cells. Maybe 2 pairs.

Thanks!

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I would be interested in two pairs of button tops, but these are flat tops Sad . Any chance of a group buy on button tops?

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hmm.. i could use few pairs.. since i missed out on wallbuys sale Sad

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Just Jim wrote:
I would be interested in two pairs of button tops, but these are flat tops Sad . Any chance of a group buy on button tops?

Yes, of course, as is a group purchase, we should do what the group decides. If we prefer button top, I’ll ask the price at FT, wich I figure should be around $ 13

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TomasVarnik wrote:
Just Jim wrote:
I would be interested in two pairs of button tops, but these are flat tops Sad . Any chance of a group buy on button tops?

Yes, of course, as is a group purchase, we should do what the group decides. If we prefer button top, I’ll ask the price at FT, wich I figure should be around $ 13

Thank you. I would be willing to pay the difference for increased versatility without having to use magnets.

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I’d be interested in at least 1 (pair), maybe 2, if button top.

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In for 1 pr (maybe 2) of button-tops (unprotected) if ~$13. I’d rather see a King Kong or similar 26650 GB, but can always use some more Pannies.

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More interested in protected batteries...

Also more interested in button top vs flat top.

In for 2-4 pairs either way.

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The thing with button tops is that if you don’t want the protection you can just take it off. The exact same battery that you are buying is underneath the protection. It takes about ten seconds.

I have enough 18650’s but if you do king kongs in the future let me know.

I’m a junky, I mod lights so I can sell lights so I can buy more light to mod so I can sell lights to buy more lights to mod.

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I’m in only if they are button top and protected. I have far too many unprotected now.

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I’m interested if they are button top.

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18sixfifty wrote:
The thing with button tops is that if you don't want the protection you can just take it off. The exact same battery that you are buying is underneath the protection. It takes about ten seconds. I have enough 18650's but if you do king kongs in the future let me know.

I think the question here, is not about the protection, but just the button top option: http://www.fasttech.com/products/1420/10001980/1345500 

(Without the protection circuit.)

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infinitusequitas wrote:

18sixfifty wrote:
The thing with button tops is that if you don’t want the protection you can just take it off. The exact same battery that you are buying is underneath the protection. It takes about ten seconds. I have enough 18650’s but if you do king kongs in the future let me know.

I think the question here, is not about the protection, but just the button top option: http://www.fasttech.com/products/1420/10001980/1345500 

(Without the protection circuit.)

Ok I see. So you want unprotected button top, some want protected, and the current buy is for unprotected flat top.

Good luck to everyone on deciding. I have enough of them anyway so I’m out.

I’m a junky, I mod lights so I can sell lights so I can buy more light to mod so I can sell lights to buy more lights to mod.

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Those who want protected batteries, well, this is not the right deal. Protected batteries have their benefits, obviously, but also have certain qualities that make them not so interesting for some people. (Sudden cut of power, and too much lenght, just to name a few)

This group buy is for unprotected batteries, and within that category I think the best will be the button top.

For those who have doubts, I leave an image:

(In some cases you can use a small rounded magnet on the positive side, to “convert” a flat top into a button top)

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Still in for a couple of button tops.

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I’m in for a pair of button tops.Imagine pulling just 2 amps,the voltage drop from flat top to magnet,then magnet to spring,plus

the internal resistance in the magnet,nah,gotta be button tops(gold plated Cash .BTW anyone know if they’ll fit a DGQ 18650.

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I was going to get some button tops but the width is listed at 18.5 which won’t fit the light I’m wanting them for. Sad And they’re 67 long if that matters.

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I’m in for one maybe 2 pairs if button top.

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tallboybass wrote:
I was going to get some button tops but the width is listed at 18.5 which won’t fit the light I’m wanting them for. Sad And they’re 67 long if that matters.

Too bad, I’m sorry. What flashlight is? Just to keep track …

PS: About the 67mm, I don’t think that’s an issue with any light, isn’t it?

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Billy X wrote:
I’m in for a pair of button tops.Imagine pulling just 2 amps,the voltage drop from flat top to magnet,then magnet to spring,plus

the internal resistance in the magnet,nah,gotta be button tops(gold plated Cash .BTW anyone know if they’ll fit a DGQ 18650.

The Panasonic unprotected 3100 button tops work in my DQG, so I assume these will as well.

Jim

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TomasVarnik wrote:
tallboybass wrote:
I was going to get some button tops but the width is listed at 18.5 which won’t fit the light I’m wanting them for. Sad And they’re 67 long if that matters.

Too bad, I’m sorry. What flashlight is? Just to keep track …

PS: About the 67mm, I don’t think that’s an issue with any light, isn’t it?


It’s a Convoy S5…an unprotected Sanyo 2600 won’t even fit!

I’m sure you’re right about the length, just thought I’d throw it out there.

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I have two of the group buy SupFire M6’s on the way and I will need more batteries.
Would the NCR18650B in this buy be a “best choice”? Would they fit?
Thanks All

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This is the worst time for battery group boy in history, after Pulsar organised two excellent group buy that many of us took advantage of I think many of us need some time to refill our wallets. I really want/need this batteries and was planning to get them from FT but this timing sucks. I doubt that I will have enough $ even for 1 pair (and I need at least 4 pairs)…

P.S. protected version would be much better for GB IMO.

 

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They would be a great choice, and yes they would fit.

Only area of concern is I'm not sure if the lights have low voltage cut off... if not you may want to stick to protected batteries instead.

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If they are button tops, I'm in for 4 pairs

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