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This is something that crossed my mind as I was get things together for my BOB. We talk about standardizing our weapons platforms and what munitions you can get hold of post SHTF. So shouldn't the same be said of our flashlights, radios, etc. Personally i don't want to have to pack around 5 different types of batteries. IMHO C and D cels take up to much room that can be used for more important supplies. AA, AAA, and cr123's seem to be the most popular for flashlights and small hand held equipment.

Just wondering if anyone else was thinking of this or if I was just having a stupid moment.

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silverwolf55,

I like your thinking. It's something to consider when purchasing new equipment. I've got so many D-cell MagLites that I wouldn't want to part with though. Also have a 6 D-cell shortwave radio that runs forever, so I guess "D" is going to be a primary size for me.

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OK OK i'm also guilty of not wanting to part with my d-cell mags either. ok ricks and smoke here's an alternative solution. Replace regular batteries with rechargables and invest in a small solar battery charger for your BOB while still keeping it standardized. Packing the charger wouldn't be any different than carrying extra batteries. Just somemore food for thought.

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Here's the link:

 

Sanyo Eneloop

 

Product Features and Technical Details

 

 

Holds charge up to 3 years. Each eneloop will maintain 75% capacity after 3 years of non-use.

Recharge 1500x. New and Improved! Each eneloop can be recharged 1500 times.

Pre-charged and ready to use in your favorite devices

Less than 4 cents per recharge. Save money. Over thier lifetime each eneloop costs less then 4 cents per recharge.

INCLUDES: (8) AA eneloop, (4) AAA eneloop and (1) 4 battery charger

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You could use it in conjunction with the a product like the (link embedded) GOAL ZERO Sherpa 120 Explorer Kit. It's a bit more expensive ($599) but would allow you to recharge your batteries using solar energy and also run any other elctronic items directly as well. It looks like one of the more robust and durable products out there as far as a packable solar panel system that you can plug most items into.

 

Info:

 

Goal Zero Sherpa 120 Explorer Kit - 27 W Solar Panel, Sherpa 120 Battery, AC Inverter

 

Functions as a Power Pack and a Battery Charger

Nomad 27 is made from powerful mono-crystalline solar cells, Sherpa 120 Power Pack is equivalent to 70,000 AA batteries

Charge the Sherpa 120 with the Nomad 27 solar panel in about 6-10 sun hours

Inverter has 110V-220V output and plug receptacles.

Daisy-Chain the batteries or panels together with other Goal O products to increase output or capacity

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I think the Sanyo Eneloops are great and the best product out there (I've seen) as afar as rechargeable batteries go. As far as the solar recharging unit... I'm not sure. I've heard good reviews of the Goal Zero but they are expensive. The thing to consider though is how much stuff do you want it to be compatible with/be able to run. I liked this model because I can plug most anything into to (packable items). Alot of them just come with USB chargers or DC. I guess you could pick up an aftermarket inverter with another solar panel array and see if it worked. Does anybody else have any good input on the Solar panel part of this prep?

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This is something that crossed my mind as I was get things together for my BOB. We talk about standardizing our weapons platforms and what munitions you can get hold of post SHTF. So shouldn't the same be said of our flashlights, radios, etc. Personally i don't want to have to pack around 5 different types of batteries. IMHO C and D cels take up to much room that can be used for more important supplies. AA, AAA, and cr123's seem to be the most popular for flashlights and small hand held equipment.

Just wondering if anyone else was thinking of this or if I was just having a stupid moment.

Actually, I thought this was another gun thread! (old artilleryman - go figure):rolleyes:

I certainly agree that unique batteries can be a really bad thing post TEOTWAWKI. If you have standard batteries the odds of getting replacement batteries and chargers go way up. For some uses, C and D cells are the best because of capacity. Some of my radio gear will drain a AA or AAA very quickly. It all depends on application, I guess.

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I think you are on the right track this is why one reason I don't buy a "fancy" flashlight because most of them take a unique type of battery and it usually costs more money for the battery. Whenever i'm looking for new or supplemental equipment I try my hardest to make it match the battery sets I already have.

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Unfortunately the more electric gear items I acquire, the more types of batteries I have to inventory. I keep all the favs from D-C-AA-AAA and some 123s (for gun optics and flashlights), but I also have to have some 9V and also some of the watch quarter size flat batteries. I also use one other weird battery for my Leupold lighted reticle, so it never seems to end. Definitely it is smart to keep battery use in perspective. If I had my preferences, I would not use 123s at all. None of them seem to last and they are dog expensive (except the Surefire pack). I use recharge units in my cameras and gear like that but of course that could always come back to bite me later in a blackout or deadout. Good posts.

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This is something that i have been thinking on a while, and I have come to the conclusion that having a flashlight that can use multiple batteries would be great. I found this one, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gerber-Omnivore-Multi-Battery-AA-AAA-CR123-Flashlight-/190334343169?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item2c50cf9801 Radios and the like I tend to lean toward AA batteries. just about everything I have uses AA batteries. Everything except my surefire, and my Nova flashlight. They take 123's. All said and done, I like AA powered gear. Then i can move batteries around to make due with what I have on hand. If you have D cell batts, and have dead AA's for soemthing important, try this,

hope this helps.

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All lithium batteries are expensive whether they are CR123s, AA or AAAs. CR123s will last as long as any other type batteries. It the devices that you put them in that is usually the problem. I have Surefire lights that eat up CR123s. But my 4 Sevens and Fenix light that have 2 to 3 times the output regulate power drain better. Plus, lithium batteries shelf life is better. I just wish I could find CR123s that are rechargeable. C and D size batteries can be a lot of weight in a pack.

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Sanyo and sony Eneloop NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries

 

appear to be the best tech now no memory and recharge many more times than any other type

 

I have standardized to AA and AAA puck lights and small led flash lights for their ability to run for

many hours add a solar charger and a plug in charger and you have a good chance to keep going

for a long time

 

it has ticked me off that companies have not made a dual AA or AAA battery option for C and D batteries

like the insert in a led 3 AAA flash light to up amps and keep the 1.2 volts and allow the unit to

control the voltage with a regulator or down sizing the amperage to power the unit using the batteries

 

 

here is a somewhat simple solution you need as many of these as you need cells for each item your trying

to power and some things need more amps to even function so trial and error but it will not damage your

device it will not work or have a shorter use time, it better than nothing.

http://www.greenbatteries.com/battery-adapter.html

 

I hate CR123 batteries not because they are bad but because we could just as well use 2 AA

rechargeables miniaturization is great but if we have to have a different battery for it and no option

to use other batteries as an insert that allows the user to choose 1- CR123 or 2-AA

we just keep older tech and pile new on top yelling jenga jenga jenga

{jenga=a game that stacks wood blocks the object is to remove one at a time without toppling the stack}

 

and everyone whines about recycling and dumps filling up but rechargeable batteries are not the norm

insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

 

IMHO

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I have some lights with 123s but I rarely use them now. I like the simpicity of Maglites now. Plus the AA, C and D cells will work for most of my other electronics.

 

amen. i like my maglites and streamlites over everything ive seen. best bang for the buck in my opinion.

batteries everywhere for it. long run times for the $$. and they are built tough.

i think the tactical lights are a joke.(JMO) expensive batteries, way shorter run times, harder to find

batteries, and for what really, a bit brighter? nope not for me guys.

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