26650 and 18650 batteries

Hello all

Ok so I have started to acquire a decent arsenal of torches.

1. a 85 w ebay HID

2. a Power on Board 35 watt HID Spot light

3. a 20 million power on board halogen spotlight

4. Solarforce SP03 - Modded by 18sixfifty (Best LED light I have) (4 18650)

5. A trustfire Tr J18 (3 18650 or 3 26650)

6. A trustfire TR J12 (2 or 3 18650 or 3 26650)

7. NEW SKY RAY KUNG Super Bright 3800 Lumens 3x Cree Xm-l T6 LED Flashlight Torch (4 18650)

8. SkyRay King 6x CREE XM-L2 T6 LED 5-mode Flashlight 8500Lm Torch 4× 18650 Lamp (4 18650)

9. UltraFire CREE XML T6 LED Flashlight 5 Mode Zoomable Torch (1 18650)

10. C6L BLACK 2000 LM Zoomable CREE XML T6 LED 26650/18650/AAA Flashlight Torch Lamp (1 or 2 18650 or 26650)

11. 500 Lumen underwater dive light

12. GSX 220 Lumen Handheld LED Flashlight (cr123)

13. A couple of cheaper lasers (cr123 and 18650)

A majority of these take 18650 or 26650 batteries. I have researched a lot of the threads on battery comparisons and it seems like there has not been much updates on them.

Just trying to find out the safest and best quality battery out there that won’t make me get a 2nd mortgage.

Sanyo, Panasonic, tenergy, sony, etc? Protected vs unprotected? are the Fire batteries as bad as they are made out to be?

I really don’t want to spend $15 a battery…… but will if I have too….

Just wanted to see if there is anything out there that is a must have.

thanks for your input in advance!

$8-12 will get you top of the line max capacity 18650/26650 cells (26650 cells are typically a bit more expensive than 18650).

Protected is safer than unprotected but isn’t something you should Solely rely upon.

You can’t go wrong with a Panasonic 18650 cells.
You can’t go wrong with a genuine King Kong 26650 cell.
Sanyo/Samsung are typically good cells but don’t have the capacity of Panasonic cells.

….fire cells are as bad as they are made out to be. You might get lucky and get a cell that functions. If it does function it will likely have little capacity and high resistance. Probably labeled as having a protection circuit but actually has no such thing. Might be missing internal failsafes that quality cells have.

You get what you pay for in Liion cells.

You can't go wrong with just every cell Richard sells here: mtnelectronics.com 18650-26650. There's a ton of cells I like, again, decent competitive pricing, US shipped. Check stock first.

These: mtnelectronics.com 18650 protected are excellent, and great value. Best for multi cell lights with cells in series, or parallel.

These: mtnelectronics.com 26650 protected are good for the J12 and J18 -- any 26650 light with cells in series.

Richard researched the protection circuitry in advance of buying/selling these, so they are the better design that will actually work - he tests out everything he sells.

It doesn't look like you have any lights requiring high amp, low resistance cells - otherwise I'd recommend the Efest 35A's or SONY VTC5's he sells --- these are best for single cell lights.

Thanks Guys! I have searching a lot of sites and it seems Richard has the best deals on the better batteries……