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Do you own any 26650 batteries?
Yes, I own 26650 batteries
32% (36 votes)
No, but I plan to get some in the near future
27% (30 votes)
No, and I do not plan to get any
20% (22 votes)
Yes, I have some and will buy more in the future
21% (23 votes)
Total votes: 111

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I had zero interest in getting another type of rechargeable Li-ons, but I'm wondering if it is the wave of the future in terms of power capacity. That and it makes those ugly toilet-plunger torches look a bit more balanced.

So I thought I would start this poll to see how many folks currently have them, if they are happy with them, and what recommendations they would make regarding battery and charger brand names.

So what do you think?

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I don't plan to, I like single cell torches so single 18650 is fine for me. Although 26650 may give a little more run time or/and amps, I don't like owning multiple battery types.

If I had have started with 26650s it would be a different story, I think they are great for people that want them though.

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There are four IMR 26650s in my Ingersoll Rand IQv battery pack. Does that count?

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I have one and one on the way for 6-year-old grandson. :hat:

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3 on the way

I'll probably buy many more, especially if they improve, ie panasonic makes a CGR26650CH Sealed

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I have 7 or 8. I need to go count. I'm sure I will also buy more in the future.

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I love these batteries and the lights we can use with them, all be it not exactly EDC.

 

Have 19 batteries and 6 lights from single P60 XMLs to 5 x XMLs.  Plenty of run time, plenty of power!!

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I have two Keygos 26650s, and two Trustfire 26650s on the way. That will give me a four count. I have one 26650 flashlight, and three on the way, making me have a four count of 26650 flashlights. And I am a newbie, thank you!! Wink

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Hi,

 

This is all in my own humble opinion and I do not suggest or infer I am knowledgable on these things- this is just based on my experience. 

 

I've got Trustfires, Keygos and MNKEs.  I have found the MNKEs the best performers.  I have been disappointed

in the Keys as they get such a mention here.

 

Chargers- I used a WF-188 for quite some time until it recently broke.  I've now got an i4 Nitecore charger.  I found with the WF-188 I was always having to "top up" a battery after charging.  They very rarely came out at 4.2amps.  The i4 hits the money every time, plus does all my other batteries (except 32650s and D cells) ta-boot.  I will be sticking with the i4 for a while.  Probably rest my WF-139 for a while which also is a little unreliable at topping off at 4.2. 

 

But to each their own.... 

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I've currently no plans to buy into 26650 format, but if they ever make a 26650 only torch that I can't resist buying I might change my mind.

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One 26650 light, One King Kong ICR and one on the way.

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not till 18650 tech reaches 26650 in terms of equivalent capacities respective to size. thoough i may consider 26650 sleeved hosts till then.. and glad to see new poll .. 

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I own 7 King Kongs.

I must say; Foy has drank the 26650 Kool-Aid.  What's not to like?  They're everything an 18650 is with better run time.  Spend some time with something like a JM07 and I guarantee you'll be singing these fat battery's praises.

 

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A nice L2/L2P 26650 would be excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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http://liionbms.com/pdf/a123/charging.pdf

  60amp discharge? Useful in flashlight modding?

Batteries are a bit tight.Diameter about 26,6mm.

 

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Foy wrote:

I own 7 King Kongs.

I must say; Foy has drank the 26650 Kool-Aid.  What's not to like?  They're everything an 18650 is with better run time.  Spend some time with something like a JM07 and I guarantee you'll be singing these fat battery's praises.

 

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Amen to that brother. These things are perfect for my use in cycling. I'll probably never buy another cycling-specific bar light again (that's probably a lie too). I can't wait for more options in 26650 lights to come out. BTW, it's been said before but I think the biggest changes coming in the next few years will be in battery technology, not more lumens. While it's fun having brighter lights, they really are bright enough now for the most part. challenges are improved run times, size and beam patterns.

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Probably voting No is unfair, because I only use NiMHs, but I voted anyhow, because I can.Tongue Out

If I were to do any Li batts, I would favor the 26650 or larger batts, due to longer runtimes....... maybe.

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Ordered a couple Keygos 26650s to use in my JM07, overall though at this point in time it seems the best batteries are only 4000mAh and many are in the 3500mAh range giving only 400mah more than the 3100mAh Panny 18650s, so at this point they still seem somewhat pointless to me.

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70 votes, pretty evenly split so far.

Unless a single-26650 light comes along that is so much better than any 18650 light that I have, I don't want to mess with a new charger and new battery type.

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Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

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trooplewis wrote:

70 votes, pretty evenly split so far.

Unless a single-26650 light comes along that is so much better than any 18650 light that I have, I don't want to mess with a new charger and new battery type.

I plan on using my Xtar WP2 for my 26650s, have heard that it works.
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I use my Solarforce 18650 charger to charge my King Kong 26650s, one at a time.  Odds are, the 18650 charger you have will work with some fiddling.

 

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trooplewis wrote:

Unless a single-26650 light comes along that is so much better than any 18650 light that I have, I don't want to mess with a new charger and new battery type.

 

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Lennart wrote:

http://liionbms.com/pdf/a123/charging.pdf

  60amp discharge? Useful in flashlight modding?

Batteries are a bit tight.Diameter about 26,6mm.

 

probably not, 3.3V, 2.3 AH.   Well, with multi-cell light they could be.  That's probably what's inside the $100 sears c3 battery/charger I just ordered for pickup today SealedSealed

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I am with Lensman and trooplewis.

I have chargers all over the place and I like that I can charge the batteries I use (primarily 14500s and 18650s, with some 16340s and 18350s thrown in for good measure) whenever I need to or feel like it. I really don't want to buy a dozen new chargers when the 18650s and 14500s I have work just fine for what I'm using them for.

I don't rebuy the DVDs I own on Blu-Ray either.

If there was a really awesome 26650-only light, I might reconsider and get a couple of 26650s though.

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Oxy Moron wrote:

I am with Lensman and trooplewis.

I have chargers all over the place and I like that I can charge the batteries I use (primarily 14500s and 18650s, with some 16340s and 18350s thrown in for good measure) whenever I need to or feel like it. I really don't want to buy a dozen new chargers when the 18650s and 14500s I have work just fine for what I'm using them for.

I don't rebuy the DVDs I own on Blu-Ray either.

If there was a really awesome 26650-only light, I might reconsider and get a couple of 26650s though.

I am a newbie, so bear with my opinion. Wink

I don't think there ever will be a 26650 only light, for the simple reasons, all 26650 lights inherently will take a 18650. No way around it..

Just like if you buy a 357 magnum handgun, it will never be just 357 only, it will also take 38 special.. ditto for the 44 magnum and 44 specials.

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You got it correct, cehoward. But that just adds to the versatility of the 26650 format. I carry a spare 18650 and reducer with me on bike rides so I can put it in any light if needed.

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BetweenRides wrote:

You got it correct, cehoward. But that just adds to the versatility of the 26650 format. I carry a spare 18650 and reducer with me on bike rides so I can put it in any light if needed.

Between, I am a good grasshopper!! Wink I am on my Centurion Ironman, with both the M10s up front with the Keygos cells. However, in my bag, I got spare Hi Max 18650s, and two adapters..Plus a charger too. Wink

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I've got...

I've got 20 cells that size.  Here's the breakdown:

6 Sony 26650VT (LiNiCoMn)

2 A123 (LiFePO4)

2 Cn LiFePO4 26650

1 Batteryspace 4AH IMR

9 E-one Moli IMR26650

The BS and 3 of the E1 Moli cells are in single cell lights, all the others are in two cell lights (no spacers).

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bose301s wrote:

trooplewis wrote:

70 votes, pretty evenly split so far.

Unless a single-26650 light comes along that is so much better than any 18650 light that I have, I don't want to mess with a new charger and new battery type.

I plan on using my Xtar WP2 for my 26650s, have heard that it works.

Yes Xtar WP2 works just fine with King Kongs for example, one at a time Smile

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