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FMurtz
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Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:17 pm   



How come the 18650 batteries in my torch last a short time(relatively)
and ev 18650 batteries last over ten years?
Apparently there are different flavours of 18650 so why can not I get
car type 18650s for my torch?

Peter
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Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:39 pm   



On 21/10/2017 9:17 PM, FMurtz wrote:
Quote:
How come the 18650 batteries in my torch last a short time(relatively)
and ev 18650 batteries last over ten years?
Apparently there are different flavours of 18650 so why can not I get
car type 18650s for my torch?

The manufacturer of your torch will have supplied the cheapest and
nastiest Chinese 18650 cells available to ensure an attractive retail
price for the complete package. A torch buyer won't pay more today for
batteries that will still be going strong at some indefinite future
tomorrow. You certainly can get car type 18650's for your torch. Try the
Panasonic NCR18650B which is a close relative of the Panasonic cells
Tesla uses in their ev's. Tesla finagles the nickel cobalt cathode mix
used in the car cells to suit the charge/discharge pattern peculiar to
use in traction batteries.
A quick check online shows that NCR18650B's from various sellers cost
something over $10 each for singles and something under $10 each for
lots of 10 or 12. Buy in lots of 100 or 300 and the price per piece
declines steeply. There are of course plenty of Panasonic forgeries
coming out of China, complete with wrappers saying Panasonic and Made in
Japan.
It's a great idea to buy a decent Li-ion battery charger that won't
improperly charge and destroy your nice new cells. iMax B6AC multi
chemistry hobby charger is good for around 60 bucks. There are B6AC's
for around 20 bucks which are actually rip=off forgeries of the genuine
article. Avoid because the copied hardware and software does not deliver
the necessary precision.
Here's an excellent Danish website that does reliable test and reviews
of Li-ion cells, chargers and torches.
http://www.lygte-info.dk/

~misfit~
Guest

Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:34 am   



Once upon a time on usenet Peter wrote:
Quote:
On 21/10/2017 9:17 PM, FMurtz wrote:
How come the 18650 batteries in my torch last a short
time(relatively) and ev 18650 batteries last over ten years?
Apparently there are different flavours of 18650 so why can not I get
car type 18650s for my torch?
The manufacturer of your torch will have supplied the cheapest and
nastiest Chinese 18650 cells available to ensure an attractive retail
price for the complete package. A torch buyer won't pay more today for
batteries that will still be going strong at some indefinite future
tomorrow. You certainly can get car type 18650's for your torch. Try
the Panasonic NCR18650B which is a close relative of the Panasonic
cells Tesla uses in their ev's. Tesla finagles the nickel cobalt
cathode mix used in the car cells to suit the charge/discharge
pattern peculiar to use in traction batteries.
A quick check online shows that NCR18650B's from various sellers cost
something over $10 each for singles and something under $10 each for
lots of 10 or 12. Buy in lots of 100 or 300 and the price per piece
declines steeply. There are of course plenty of Panasonic forgeries
coming out of China, complete with wrappers saying Panasonic and Made
in Japan.
It's a great idea to buy a decent Li-ion battery charger that won't
improperly charge and destroy your nice new cells. iMax B6AC multi
chemistry hobby charger is good for around 60 bucks. There are B6AC's
for around 20 bucks which are actually rip=off forgeries of the
genuine article. Avoid because the copied hardware and software does
not deliver the necessary precision.
Here's an excellent Danish website that does reliable test and reviews
of Li-ion cells, chargers and torches.
http://www.lygte-info.dk/


I'll second that. I've been using NCR18650Bs (both protected and
unprotected) for torches etc. for a few years now and not only are they
still going strong but when I monitor capacity they've not dropped more than
a few percent in that time.

I got mine from AliExpress, this store
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/1045132 I paid around $US5 or 6 each IIRC
buying in lots of 5 cells.

For charging duties I use a LiitoKala Lii-500, also from that store. I've
used several different chargers. Lesser chargers might charge the cells as
well but this one is great for testing capacity as well (a valuable feature
when you're ripping old laptop batteries apart and wanting to know if any
cells are still 'good'). I sold my Nitecore i4 after using the Lii-500 for a
while.
--
Shaun.

"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

Jasen Betts
Guest

Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:17 pm   



On 2017-10-21, FMurtz <haggisz_at_hotmail.com> wrote:
Quote:
How come the 18650 batteries in my torch last a short time(relatively)
and ev 18650 batteries last over ten years?
Apparently there are different flavours of 18650 so why can not I get
car type 18650s for my torch?


how deeply are you discharging the cells in your torch?

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This email has not been checked by half-arsed antivirus software

FMurtz
Guest

Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:45 am   



Jasen Betts wrote:
Quote:
On 2017-10-21, FMurtz <haggisz_at_hotmail.com> wrote:
How come the 18650 batteries in my torch last a short time(relatively)
and ev 18650 batteries last over ten years?
Apparently there are different flavours of 18650 so why can not I get
car type 18650s for my torch?

how deeply are you discharging the cells in your torch?

Not very,but sometimes they sit too long before recharge, or sit in
charger for ever.(I am not very reliable at charging)

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