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Batteries For Fishing headlights ??

Discussion in 'Sea Fishing Forum - Shore, Boat & Kayak Fishing' started by Baramundi Bob, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

    Following on from my post on headlights, and the recent post about laptop batteries, can people offer advice on the best batteries to buy for fishing headlights now. Can you also give links to where you can buy them.

    I understand that for AA rechargeables you need as high a ma rating as possible to get longer life. I was using Duracell 2650 ma which are excellent. There are now some batteries in the 2900ma category available and im told the new Xloop batteries are excellent because they dont loose their charge if you dont use them.

    What are you using ?? Please give links and prices.
  2. ianc

    ianc Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

  3. MikeR

    MikeR Blenny

    Uniross Performance AA 2600 Series Rechargeable Batteries in my princeton tec apex. About £6.50 from Amazon, and they are very good. Used numerous other brands in the past, but non as reliable as these.
  4. frank avey

    frank avey Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Ian c
    Those batterys look like A123 1-2volt nicads in series x3 which gives you 3-6volt .
    Each to their own but nicads are taking a backwards step with the more powerfull li ion batteries the way forward .
  5. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

    im using the Fenix ARB-L2S. Expensive but im very happy with them

  6. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

    Thats one hell of a MA rating Matty, they must last ages ?? Do they hold charge untill you use them like the xloops ?
  7. frank avey

    frank avey Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    I know good quality 18650 batterys are dear but £18-95 each .wow .
    Never seen them that dear .glad I use laptop 18650s I got around 70 for twenty quid and they charge up to 4-2volts which is the most they can take .they are 2600mah not 3600mah but they last ages in pairs running 1600 crees.
  8. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

    I bought the fenix HP-30 headlamp and got 2 of the above batteries in a bundle for £25, yes expensive but I'm happy with them. had far too many 18650's die on me in the past
  9. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

    just charged them up to 4.2v Glenn, I will leave em a couple of days and see what they are at and let you know
  10. frank avey

    frank avey Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Senybor and panasonic are supposed to be really good makes but ultrafire seem to be the ones the chinese like to fake and flood ebay with. avoid them like the plague.
  11. mozzer

    mozzer Blenny

    Panasonic make a lot of batts for other people they are what is called the OEM senybor, eagletec, fenix are all Panasonic in disguise
  12. big cliff

    big cliff Rockling

    Vapextech uk batteries are good and not to expensive --- A very good battery is Enloop they are made by sanyo , they are very long lasting and hold there charge if not used for many months
  13. fileybrigg

    fileybrigg Blenny

    The above batteries are the best i have used for years ;)
  14. 3be2

    3be2 Blenny

    Yup - Get some Panasonics if you can (search : 'NCR18650B').

    Be careful if you take Franks route. The batteries can be dangerous and can certainly be made dangerous. The laptop ones are often unprotected as the protection is usually found in the casing.

    Note that a lot of postal services have clamped right down on shipping batteries. I have gotten mine from these people in the past but when you go to checkout now most of the shipping options are 'no batteries' so delivery will take a lot longer than it used to.

    There are still plenty of e-bayers who will just slap them into the post but don't be too surprised if they don't arrive. If they are detected then they won't be shipped.

    Officially they should be shipped by a courrier specialising in hazardous materials which obviously costs a lot more than regular post. Like about 10x the cost of the batteries
  15. ingoe1

    ingoe1 Rockling

    I've just got some panasonic 1900 ma rechargables, can anyone tell me what the run time will be for an apex on full beam/low etc or should I use them elsewhere and get some with bigger ma?
  16. frank avey

    frank avey Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    .li ion batterys can be dangerous but so is driving your car .I can only speak from my experience and I have not had one problem with them .
    As for not soldering them .I only put a drop on the top because they are flat and need building up with a blob of solder to make a good contact but this is not always necessary.
    People build batterys for electric pushbikes from 18650 batterys in series up to 48 volts .youtube is full of videos of soldering these with no.problems.
    Li ion are more tricky than nicad or nimh and the voltages can be far greater .you only need three to make 12-6volts and we all know how a car battery at 12volts can spark if you short them out but treat li ion with respect and use a good charger and never leave them charging if you go out as they have been known to go up in flames.
    Some recomend charging them in a metal or fireproof box but I just keep an eye on them and use a intelligent charger.

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