There are a lot of white lights, lasers andÂ illuminatedÂ optics on the market that use the small, powerful 123A batteries. Â These batteries work great, but they tend to be expensive.
Surefire is now offering a rechargeable 123A battery kit. Â The kit includes two rechargeable batteries, the charging unit and power adapters for both home (110v AC) and the car (12v DC). Â MSRP on the kit is $29 and additional batteries can be bought for $12/pair.
Rechargeable 123A batteries can be used hundreds of times, offering aÂ significantÂ cost savings over their lifetime. Â However, the rechargeable batteries do not hold as powerful a charge, meaning that runtime is only about 50% of the normal runtime on typical non-rechargeable 123A batteries.
Rechargeable 123A batteries may make sense for you. Â However, consider that you can buy a 12-pack of Surefire 123A batteries on Amazon for less than $25 (and get free shipping). Â At twice the run-time when compared to the rechargeable batteries, that is effectively 24 batteries. Â Over time, the rechargeables are still cheaper, but you have to use them quite a bit before you realize the savings.
There are, of course, some less expensive rechargeable 123A batteries on the market. Â Take the RCR batteries for example. Â For less than $18, you get two rechargeable batteries plus the charger. Â Whether or not RCR is a company that stands behind their product is anybody’s guess, but I’ve certainly heard horror stories about flashlights catching fire when using inferior 123A batteries.
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