The Rechargeable Battery Compatibility Chart

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A common question at CPF is: "will my flashlight work with rechargeable batteries?" Rechargeables are great; they provide guilt-free lumens by letting you run your flashlight without the expense of primaries (non-rechargeables). However, not all flashlights are compatible with rechargeables. The goal of this chart is to provide a single resource where CPFers can share their knowledge about which flashlights are compatible with which rechargeables.

Generally speaking, LEDs are more forgiving than incandescents. (Incans that use multiple CR123s have a notoriously bad track record.) That said, CPFers have tested a number of different lights (LED and incan alike) with rechargeables - and many work.

If you've tested a flashlight with rechargeables, please add it to this chart! Even if your tests show that the light doesn't work, that's information we need to know! (If you don't see a flashlight listed, that doesn't mean that it doesn't work - just that it hasn't yet been tested or added). This chart is a community effort - it wouldn't exist without the help of CPFers.

Please include at least these basics for each review: flashlight manufacturer and model, whether it works with rechargeables (and has any special requirements), and most importantly the SOURCE of your knowledge so that our users can make an informed decision and read more detailed information if they'd like. If the source is a CPF discussion thread please link to that thread. If it's personal use, please include your CPF name. Folks, let's also try to keep the entries in alphabetical order.

Disclaimer: Please understand that you're using this chart at your own risk. It reflects the experiences of others and is not a guarantee that rechargeables will work with your particular flashlight. In fact, your particular flashlight might fail to work with the very same batteries. It might explode. It might change color. It might bark angrily at you. We just don't know, and we can't guarantee anything. Because this chart is a collective effort, neither the authors, CPF, nor the Wiki administrators will be held responsible for the results of your usage. In fact, all of those entities expressly disclaim any warranties.

WARNING: There is apparently a danger in using rechargeables with magnets: Don't use magnets with li-ion cells! Dead-short danger! (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=112570)


Flashlight Rechargeable Compatibility Source
Aurora 1.5W Nichia Jupiter LED 1x R123A (LIR123A) Protected 3.6V 750mAh from Dae at qualitychinagoods.com. Only turned on for a few minutes at a time. CPF Member JSR (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=12627)
BugOutGear G90 9V Lamp Assembly Unprotected 3.7v-4.2v Li-ion cells (x2) CPF Member a99raptors (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=12359).
BugOutGear (BOG) 3W LED Drop-in Assembly (from BugOutGear USA (http://bugoutgearusa.com)) 2 x LightHound's protected RCR123A 3.7V 750mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's unprotected LIR123A 3.6V 800mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's protected 17500 3.7V 1100mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's protected 17670 3.7V 1600mAh (1 click), 1 x LightHound's protected 17670 3.7V 1600mAh (1 click) CPF Member CoffeeAchiever (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=13679).
DigiLight 9V (may be "VHP") (from BlackRifles.com) 2 x AW's original protected 17500 (1 click) CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
DigiLight DRB-9VHP 9V (from DigiLight USA (http://digilightusa.com)) 2 x LightHound's protected RCR123A 3.7V 750mAh (2 clicks), 2 x LightHound's unprotected LIR123A 3.6V 800mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's protected 17500 3.7V 1100mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's protected 17670 3.7V 1600mAh (1 click)

Note: I'm temporarily retracting my claim that the DRB-9VHP lamp will light with one click when driven by two protected RCR123A batteries. My lamp may be a fluke as many other CFP members report that this lamp requires two (sometimes more) clicks using two RCR123A's.

CPF Member CoffeeAchiever (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=13679)
DigiLight RX-9V Range Extender 9V (from DigiLight USA (http://digilightusa.com)) 2 x LightHound's protected RCR123A 3.7V 750mAh (2 clicks), 2 x LightHound's unprotected LIR123A 3.6V 800mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's protected 17500 3.7V 1100mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's protected 17670 3.7V 1600mAh (1 click)

Note: This SF P-series compatible miniturbo bezel/lamp assembly combines a butterfly shaped mid-throw hotspot/corona with an exceptionally large, bright spillbeam.

CPF Member CoffeeAchiever (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=13679)
DigiLight 12V "VHP" direct Digilight USA 3 x Wolf Eyes 150B or 3 x 168B cells (1 click), but note: two samples hot-flashed after a few cycles (according to CPFer Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812), one sample was with 150B cells and the other was with 168B.) Note also that 3 x AW's original protected 17500 or protected 17670 cells will NOT light it. CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
Dorcy Super 1 Watt 3.0v R123(16340) from e-lectronics.net and 3.0v 17335 from Dae CPF Member changsn (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=12333)
QuickSilver V 5W (aka 5W VB-16) ( from Emilion's) 17670 or 18650 Li-ion rechargeable cell, or 1xRCR-123 w/o extender tube. Unprotected 18650 batteries have also been used successfully. AW's NEW/thinner Protected 18650's will fit the tube. Note that this is a multi-level light, and you may get diminished output when using the 17670 and 18650s. CPF discussion thread (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?p=1316009)
G&P 3W LED replacement for P60/P90 2 x protected 17500s, 2x Pila 150s CPF Member chrwe (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=12648)
G&P G5R (5R) 3.6V xenon lamp assembly (1.8A) 1 x Wolf Eyes 168B (1 click). Note that 1 x AW's original 17670 protected cell will NOT work. CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
G&P G5R (5R) 3.6V xenon lamp assembly (from Emilion (http://emilionworkshop.com/oscommerce/catalog/)) 1 x LightHound's protected 17670 3.7V 1600mAh (1 click)

Note: My G5R lamp assembly produces a yellow-white beam with a very strong yellow tint. The hotspot is oval shaped with a fuzzy corona. Still, the beam is far superior to that of a typical Maglite. Run time is approximately 55 min on a single protected 1600mAh 17670

CPF Member CoffeeAchiever (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=13679)
G&P G90 (black label, not HP) 2x AW's original protected 17500 (1 click) CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
G&P G90 9V (black label, HP from LightHound (http://lighthound.com)) 2 x LightHound's unprotected LIR123A 3.6V 800mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's protected RCR123A 3.7V 750mAh (double-click), 2 x LightHound's protected 17500 3.7V 1100mAh (1 click), 2 x LightHound's protected 17670 3.7V 1600mAh (1 click), 1 x LightHound's protected 17670 3.7V 1600mAh (double-click) CPF Member CoffeeAchiever (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=13679)
G&P G90 HP (from tradedigit) 2x protected 17500s, 2x Pila 150s CPF Member chrwe (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=12648)
G&P G120 (black label, not HP) 3 x AW's original protected 17500 or protected 17670 cells will NOT light it.

3 x Wolf Eyes 150B cells lit it with 1 click but hot-flashed it on the fifth cycle.

CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
Golston 7W (from Dae) Unprotected 17670s for the "normal" shape (older) Golston; 3.6v RCR-123s for the "cooler" version (but only on specially-requested models; see important notes below). Note that the "normal" shape Golston isn't large enough to accommodate the 18650s. Also note that the new "cooler" shaped Golston (see discussion thread link at right) may work with 3.6v RCR-123s - but only in a special version that must be specifically requested when ordered. Otherwise, the light will die on you. Be careful! CPF discussion thread (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=104662)
Golston 7W New Type (from QCG) Does not actually say Golston on it but identical to a friend's one which does. Designed for RCR123 so a bit dim with primaries. Comfortably brighter than an Orb Raw on high with RCR, slightly dimmer (and a lot greener) with primaries. Works very nicely with a 17670 from a defunct laptop. Lower light output obviously, but a lot lower heat output too. With 2 RCR123's it gets too hot for comfortable holding within 30 mins. Mine has just smoked its resistor - it smells truly vile and I have a bad cold. Perhaps best not used with RCR123 cells. Mine had a 1.9 ohm resistor - they seem to be shipping with 3.4-3.8 ohm resistors now - these should be OK with 2 rechargeables. CPF Member dulridge (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=14614)
Microfire M3 (9V xenon) 2 x Wolf Eyes 150B cells (1 click); 2 x AW's original protected 17500 cells (1 click). Note that 2 x AW's original 18500 protected cells will NOT fit because they're too thick. CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
Nextorch Z1 (LuxI) 1x R123A (LIR123A) Protected 3.6V 750mAh from Dae at qualitychinagoods.com. On primary 123A, light makes about 35lms. On R123A, output goes up to an estimated 40-45lms...nice and bright and not much additional heat generated. CPF Member JSR (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=12627)
Nuwai ALX-352L / ALX-032 Pila 168s. Note that getting this battery to make proper electrical contact requires that you attach a small disc rare-earth magnet to the positive end of the Pila battery to create a positive teat. These magnets are available from Radio Shack (part # 64-1895) (1/8" magnet) for $1.89. FlashlightReviews.com (http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/nuwai_alx-352_alx-032.htm)
Nuwai ALX-271 1L RCR123 750mAh unprotected. Has worked to run one to below 1.5V at which point light cut out and the head was rather hot - but it is with primary cells as well. Cell sems to have suffered no ill effects from this brutal treatment. CPF Member dulridge (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=14614)
Nuwai Q3 (TM-303X) 1x R123A (LIR123A) Protected 3.6V 750mAh from Dae at qualitychinagoods.com. Warms up, but seems to be fine. CPF Member JSR (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=12627) and used by many CPFers.
Pelican M1 2310 LED (with body clickie, not the new M1 soon to be released) 1x R123A (LIR123A) Protected 3.6V 750mAh from Dae at qualitychinagoods.com. Only turned on for a few minutes at a time. Looked about the same output as on primaries, but no heat issues when on for several minutes. Called Pelican, but they didn't know anything about the driver. CPF Member JSR (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=12627)
RICO Alpha 9 (original) xenon lamp assembly in a Wolf Eyes body 2 x AW's original 17500/18500 protected cells (1 click); 2 x Wolf Eyes 150A/150B cells (1 click). Note that the AW cells work in a Wolf Eyes 9M body (45mm head), but are too short in a Wolf Eyes 9D body (42mm head). Spacers would probably solve the problem. CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
Streamlight TL3 (incandescent) Protected 17500 CPF discussion thread; link coming shortly...
Streamlight Twin-Task 1L (Incan/LED hybrid) Not rechargeable-friendly; the xenon bulb will blow if 3.6V rechargeable Li-Ion RCR123s are used. CPF discussion thread (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=106523)
SureFire C3, P90 and P91 lamp assemblies Pila 150S or 300S protected Li-on cells (x2). The P90 also works on protected 17500s from AW. CPF Member chrwe (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=12648)
SureFire L2 1 x protected 14670 from CPF Member AW (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=6500) CPF Member jd37352 (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=14197)
SureFire L4 Wolf-Eyes LRB-168B, MicroFire 168B, Pila 168S. The Pila 600S is a "press fit," and + nipple may need a magnet to make contact. If you put the KL4 head on an E1 body (TW4), you can use any of the 3.7V R-CR123 cells. CPF Member SilverFox (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=1555)
SureFire P90 lamp assembly 2 x Pila 150S or 300S protected Li-on, 2 x AW protected 17500s CPF Member chrwe (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=12648)
SureFire P91 xenon lamp assembly (~2.4-2.8A) 2 x Wolf Eyes 150B/150A/168B/168A cells (1 click). Note that 2 x AW's original 17500, 18500, or 17670 protected cells will NOT light it. (Also note that if the P91 is used in a Wolf Eyes body, the head can't screw down completely.) edit: using cells below 1300mah capacity is not advised for this high drain rate lamp(for safety concerns). the *new* AW 17670 will light this lamp on the first click every time with no safety issues. Unfortunately, 2 of Aw's 17670 did not light up my P91 on the first click. But it will light it up with two rapid clicks.(Edited by a99raptors) CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812) edited by MDOCOD (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=11647)
SureFire U2 Protected 18650. Note that not all versions of the U2 are compatible; the 18650 will likely fit in the older models as-is, while intermediate versions have a "sleeve" inside the tube that needs to be removed for the batteries to fit. In latest production models the inner diameter of the body is smaller and 18650 won´t fit anymore ! Pila 600s works if inserted via the bezel end---sleeve may need to be removed on newer U2 models. Output is the same as with CR123As. CPF discussion thread (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=103007)
Ultrafire 9V, Digilight 9V, G&P 9V 2x Protected 17500 or Pila 150S or 300S. Note that unprotected cells could be used, but there is a very real risk of overdischarge. Top off batteries regularly and do not allow dimming. CPF discussion thread; link coming shortly...
Ultrafire 12V, Digilight 12V, G&P 12V 2x Protected 17670 or Pila 168s or 600S. Note that unprotected cells could be used, but there is a very real risk of overdischarge. Top off batteries regularly and do not allow dimming. Can also use with stock lamp underdriven, or swap out lamp to a 9V version for optimal brightness and whiteness. CPF discussion thread #1 (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=104236). 2 (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=106864).
WirlNet "BREEZE" CR2 Side x side. Lux V version Compatible ONLY with AW Protected RCR2s for all settings and power levels. The light may be run on quality primary CR2 cells as well, but will achieve reduced output for the same settings. Do not use non protected RCR2 cells in this light. CPF Member HarryN - designer of the light.
Wolf Eyes 3.7V D26/D36 xenon lamp assembly (new version, 100 lumens, intro'd Feb. 2006) 1 x Wolf Eyes 168B or 168A (1 click). Note that 1 x AW's original 17670 protected cell will NOT work. CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
Wolf Eyes 3.7V D26/D36 xenon lamp assembly (old version, 80 lumens; same as original Pila 3.7V) 1 x Wolf Eyes 168B or 168A (1 click). Note that 1 x AW's original 17670 protected cell will NOT work. CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
Wolf Eyes 9V D26/D36 xenon lamp assembly (new version, 200 lumens, intro'd Feb. 2006) 2 x Wolf Eyes 150A/150B (1 click); 2 x AW's original protected 17500/18500 (1 click). CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
Wolf Eyes 9V D26/D36 xenon lamp assembly (old version, 130/135 lumens; same as "old" 9V Pila) 2 x Wolf Eyes 150A/150B (1 click); 2 x AW's original protected 17500/18500 (1 click). CPF Member Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812)
Wolf Eyes 9v D26 new version with short "dash" on label 2 x rcr123's unprotected from Lighthound.com 800mah (single click) WALL OF LIGHT! Brighter than P61 on 2xcr123's, 30-35min runtime. CPF Member PBS357 (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=13901)
V2, regulated (from qualitychinagoods.com or lighthound.com) 1x R123A (LIR123A) Protected 3.6V 750mAh from Dae at qualitychinagoods.com. Specifically designed for R123As. Output is fairly low on a primary. CPF Member JSR (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=12627)
Princeton Tec - Tec40 (widely available, REI carries them) 4 NiMH AA, in conjunction with KPR139 bulb (3.85v, 1.2A, topbulb.com). Much better output than stock, nearly 2 hours runtime on Energizer 2500, and the kpr139 is slightly brighter and much more durable than the kpr103 bulb that is often used in this setup. Host will take the heat, consumes 7 watts in this configuration. CPF Member Nubo (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=7471)


Started on March 13, 2006 by FlashInThePan (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?userid=13038). Special thanks to CoffeeAchiever (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=13679) and Paul_in_Maryland (http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/member.php?u=8812) for their numerous entries and edits (especially the early ones; this chart wouldn't have gotten off the ground without you!), and thanks to all CPFers who have contributed to make this chart so useful! Comments, additions, suggestions, and changes always welcome!

Please note that at the top of this page (and all other pages on this wiki) there is a tab dubbed "discussion" which is perfect for comments, suggestions and whatever else people would like to discuss about particular pages, without actually doing so on the page itself. Thanks! --IlluminatingBikr 19:14, 14 Mar 2006 (EST)

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