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Posted: 28/10/2014 22:40:41
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Anyone know where i can get Quality 18650 batteries from.i dont want ultrafire brand cos there crap in my opinion.also want a quality charger.ive had to rob some batteries from an old laptop for now.maplin want £15 each!!! Surely i can get some cheaper quality ones somewhere and avoid using ebay!!

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Posted: 28/10/2014 22:44:51
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Try this place.

http://www.dx.com/?tc=GBP&gclid=CJzRxoK20MECFVHMtAodNFkArQ
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Posted: 28/10/2014 22:58:55
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Thanks for the link.lots of ultrafires.guess ebay ones are copies or recycled laptop batteries.can anyone recommend a brand?

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Posted: 28/10/2014 23:09:37
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I use these people in the UK, good quality stuff.


http://www.torchdirect.co.uk/xtar-batteries.html


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Posted: 28/10/2014 23:22:11
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Thanks guys.2 great sites.

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Posted: 29/10/2014 00:11:21
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Torchdirect are good, I went for those same Xtars, they're excellent and I got a Xstar charger as well which is great.
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Posted: 29/10/2014 06:48:15
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Just bear in mind that with Deal Extreme, postage will take a while due to most places banning lithium cells in airmail.

As for Brands...
Sony, Panasonic, Sanyo and Samsung make decent cells. They do get faked though (Sony VTC cells especially).

What it's for (IE, current draw), will tell you what cells to look at.

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IP: 86.129.83.58 Edited: 29/10/2014 06:50:42 by NewStuff
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Posted: 29/10/2014 09:45:11
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Out of all the 'JunkFire' brands sold on the Hong Kong sites the Trustfire 2500 mAh are possibly most 'passable'. Not 2500 mAh, more like 2200, but they do last and do what they say on the tin. I used them at one time, not any more.

The great revelation is when you replace one of these in your favourite torch with say a genuine Sanyo, and feel mounting surprise on just how long it goes for before needing a recharge.
I expect the other surprise will be in a few years when its still going strong, like the ones in my netbook I bought SH off eBay about 3 years ago.
The expression "false economy" occurs.

I have dealt with a guy who sells on eBay as Ecoluxshop and the stuff he sells appears genuine and reasonably priced. I will stick my kneck out and recommend this seller. I use this seller if I run short and need stuff in a hurry.

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Posted: 29/10/2014 12:50:55
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I went down this road a few months back. As far as chargers go, most people recommended the Nitecore Intellicharger i4. I'm finding it a really decent piece of kit. I ended up with Sanyo cells and as Roy says they really seem to last a long time between charges. IP: 90.245.24.137
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Posted: 29/10/2014 22:32:51
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Forgive my rank laziness to have a search but any recommendations for good places to buy Sanyo cells?

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Posted: 29/10/2014 23:16:57
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gNick wrote:

Forgive my rank laziness to have a search but any recommendations for good places to buy Sanyo cells?


Might be worth a look at these. Currently sing them with good results.

Samsung INR18650-25R

High-discharge capacity, so happy being used with bat-burners. Legit 2.5AH capacity, decent brand.

Got a couple for my e-cig (Silly current draw), and ran a few tests. Very happy with them, and now have 9 (3s3p) powering a nice bright video light I whipped up.

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Posted: 30/10/2014 05:02:43
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I see the guy also has these at 3400mAh.
Pretty beefy!
Supposed to be Panasonic, but no sign of logo.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-x-Panasonic-18650-3400mAh-Unprotected-Li-ion-batteries-NCR18650B-Tested-/301336735076?pt=UK_ConsumerElectronics_Batteries_SM&hash=item462911ad64

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Posted: 30/10/2014 07:08:40
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The image is of panasonic's (wrapping is quite distinctive), but may be a stock picture lifted from elsewhere.

EDIT:-
The seller is Torchy the Battery Boy, legit as it gets. capacity is usually tested at 1A current draw rather than 200mA or so.

In general, the higher the capacity, the lower the discharge capacity is, just something to watch out for.

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IP: 86.129.83.58 Edited: 30/10/2014 07:12:51 by NewStuff
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Posted: 22/01/2015 15:12:16
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I actually source mine from recycled laptop battery packs as it happens.
For £6-£8 posted you can get 6-12 quality cells. I use lots of that size and have bought 6 or 7 packs so far without a single dud cell and have all been quality brands.
I got fed up of buying ebay specials and having to replace them in a matter of weeks
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