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

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Lots of lights 

Everything has a battery in it ..Locked and loaded ,ready to go.

90% of all cells are charged to 100% 

maybe 40 18650's sitting at 50%

a few alkalines in lights just to keep life interesting 

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I have batteries in all flashlights. Every few months I check and charge them. When leaving for vacation I will allow all tails on the flashlights for safety reasons.

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I have charged-up batteries in all my flashlights. I rotate an EDC at least weekly and charge it back up when I switch to my next favorite EDC. I only have 2 extra lithium ion batteries, and 1 of them is for my wife when her ZebraLight no longer stays on high. Thus she’s not out a flashlight for too long.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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I have more lights that batteries. I tend to keep one or two lights per form factor ready to go, with the rest sitting empty in a display cabinet.

Joshk wrote:
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.

Yes. A few 14500 that I needed 1 of, but which came in packs of 2. A pair of 16340’s will be joining the storage pile soon as I’ve come to the conclusion I don’t favour that form factor.

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All the lights that I’m not using sit on the shelves in my gun safe. None of those except for maybe two of them have batteries in them. The ones I keep in my emergency bag all have cells in them, but I keep the tailcaps loose to help mitigate drain. I’ll pull them out every couple of months to top them off. If I need a light right away, I always have one or two in my pocket so no need to keep cells in the lights I’m not using.

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Yes for AA/AAA lights. No for high drain batteries like 18650s, 16340s..

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Always in and charged, charged spares as well

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Yes for NiMh.

No for liion. I mostly keep them in case at storage voltage until needed.

My wife was looking for a light on my shelf and was frustrated that none would turn on.

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My EDC and mid ranged lights always have fully charged cells in them.

My large lights with battery carriers[ 3 or 4 cells] are Fully charged in a large pill bottle with a silica gel pack inside.Ready to go.

You can't hide me from me.

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I’m about 50/50. I have a lot of lights that I keep batteries in because I often buy specific batteries for specific lights. I’m kind of an idiot though because I just charge them up and let them sit. When a light makes it back into regular rotation I’ll often do a refresh cycle on the batteries and a capacity test. So far despite years of neglect almost all my cells are holding up quite well.

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All lights fully loaded and spare cells in a tool case, some fully charged some not.

Some lights have been sitting unused for years and when i finally think about checking them i find old cells i forgot about, like the Trustfire “flame” i used in my early days with this addiction. Facepalm

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about 50/50 for me. I keep trustworthy cells in more often used lights but keep lesser used lights empty. I also try to rotate my cells throughout so one never sits long in queue with a full charge.

my rotation;

16-18650s,

2-18350s,

4-NiMh sub-C,

20+randomloops AA & AAA size,

4-14500 Li-Ion,

4-14500 LiFePo4,

p.s. I recently found an alkaleak puking all over the top of one of my speakers. It was next to the light I intended to use it with of course. Facepalm at least it’s a scrappy-looking piece of woodwork to begin with.

Party and the light survived!

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Haha, you might be a flashaholic if…

SK1LL wrote:
p.s. I recently found an alkaleak puking all over the top of one of my speakers. It was next to the light I intended to use it with of course. Facepalm at least it’s a scrappy-looking piece of woodwork to begin with.

Party and the light survived!

Cool Smile

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I have many more flashlights than batteries. Batteries are expensive!

I keep batteries in my EDC lights, plus my “house light” (L6) and my Z1, currently. The only light that has a connected circuit is the FW3A, everything else is either locked out or has a mechanical switch.

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All of my personal flashlights are stored with batteries. I might be an oddity though. All those lights use Eneloops and are either twisties or tail-clickies. Smile

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Around a hundred have batteries in and some spares of each type are charged and the rest of the batteries are at storage voltage in a metal cabnet

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OMG I only have 10 batteries…Total!

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Hank33 wrote:
OMG I only have 10 batteries…Total!

One day you’ll remember that time… looking at a drawer full of cells. BLF will help you get there, don’t worry. Wink
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Yeah thats strange, the other night I had a dream I'd own a box like this somedaysmile

 

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Batteries in two EDC 26650 lights and two 18650, around 3.9 to 4.0 volts – they get recharged or replaced around 3.6 to 3.7v. No batteries in the other lights; their batteries are in cases at 3.6 to 3.7v unless their is a high wind advisory and then some backups and LT1 batteries get charged. We get a few power outages every year.

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Also I have an 8-cell Maha NiMH charger and I keep cells in that.
Contemplating getting the Sofirn 8-cell NiMH charger as well, so I have more cells ready and waiting when the earthquake happens.

I’m not real sure about leaving cells indefinitely in a NiMH charger, but so far so good.

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40+ Torches (now. Reduced them)
35ish have battery in, the rest are in boxes sans Battery.

Spare Battery’s.
Around 18/20. 26650/18650/14500/10500. plus a 4 set of Li-Po aaa’s.
Oh. and a half dozen half size cells too. To suit some short arse torches I tried.
Prefer the 18650 and 26650’s myself.

One thing I have noticed.
The second hand cells from lappie battery packs. (Sony. LG etc.)
ARE giving better. LONGER Power and time. That any Chinese cells

In standard. NOT super output torches, S2/C8/+ and others similar. those cells do a great job in normal usage.

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Yes to both. If its a light for use its kept with battery. If its put away and not in use/rotation/etc then its stored without a battery.

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I’ve just enough cells to fill my EDC and the lights dotted around the house (maybe, 6 total). Remainder are stored empty in a small plastic tool-box.

I’ve a few multi-cell lights and only 2 sets of married cells, so invariably there’s a Q8 or the GT which is occasionally empty.

Any spare cells live in the battery box, mostly charged and ready to go.

I have more NiMh AA’s than I know what to do with… Obvious solution is to buy another AA fueled light Big Smile

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Just because…

A single Li-ion is a cell, if joined in a pack of two or more and wrapped in a pack it becomes a battery… a battery of cells means more than one. Like a car battery is 6 cells.

Proprietary battery packs such as that in an Olight SR90 Intimidator have multiple cells linked together to form the pack, thus… a battery.

So, technically, virtually all our lights use cells.

Just saying.

edit: why anyone would keep such a volatile component as lithium in the potentially reactive humidity of a refrigerator (with FOOD?) is totally beyond my capability to understand!

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DB Custom wrote:
Just because…

A single Li-ion is a cell, if joined in a pack of two or more and wrapped in a pack it becomes a battery… a battery of cells means more than one. Like a car battery is 6 cells.

Proprietary battery packs such as that in an Olight SR90 Intimidator have multiple cells linked together to form the pack, thus… a battery.

So, technically, virtually all our lights use cells.

Just saying.

edit: why anyone would keep such a volatile component as lithium in the potentially reactive humidity of a refrigerator (with FOOD?) is totally beyond my capability to understand!


Clip/magazine.
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I used to have batteries in most or all of my flashlights, but decided to only put them in the flashlights I was actually using. That means I still have 20+ flashlights ready to go, and a box with over 100 batteries (not counting AA and AAA) in a cupboard. I am about to reduce the number still further and add even more batteries to the box. I seem to only use single cell lights with Anduril, or AAA pocket lights these days.

Bonum commune communitatis.

Yarp.

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I hear ya pennzy, but these ain’t bullets and bullets ain’t cells and guns ain’t flashlights. Whole nuther conversation right there.

But hey, you went there so lets look at that. A magazine is a spring loaded box that carries or holds loose rounds of ammunition in order to feed a semi-auto or auto loader. A clip is not spring loaded nor is it a box that encapsulates the loose rounds, rather it clips a number of rounds of ammo together to allow instant loading in the weapon designed for this style of reload. So a clip is not a magazine any more than our cells are batteries.

An M1 Garand in .30-06 has what amounts to a built in magazine that is reloaded with clips. If you were to relate this to our flashlights the tube is the magazine and we feed single rounds of ammunition (cells) into it. Wink

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^ Thanks Dale,
Appreciate a man who knows his firearm and energy nomenclature Wink

I dont have that many lights anymore (maybe 20) sold or gifted alot of the ones I wasn’t using, so I have cells for all my lights now, with some charged spares available for when I ned a quick swap, or to throw in a pack when I go on my frequent road trips or jaunts to the mountains. All if my cells stay charged, since they get used often.

I live and work on a medium large ranch, (few thousand acres) with lots of farm animals and corresponding predators, and the very occasional unsavory 2 legged critter. Ny night vision isn’t nearly as good as it used to be (years of being a welder affected that I suppose) so I use a flashlight almost every night, and even during the day alot to see into deep shadows on equipment, barns, etc. Which light I use depends on how far I need to see. Every light I have gets used..some just occasionally, some multiple times per day.

I have li-ion cells that are coming on 7 years old, and doing fine after being fully charged and stored in flashlights with infrequent use.

One light in particular has some olight protected cells that have lived in a fenix tk35 in my truck glove box for 6 or 7 years. I’m suprised they are handling the temp extremes ok.

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Sorry, I have this thing about the black and white of right and wrong.

And sometimes I drink too much coffee too fast which causes me to get a little carried away… my bad.

Perhaps the new med my Dr. put me on is causing me to over react, all the same, getting carried away is still my bad. Again, sorry.

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