Rechargable CR123 Batteries

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ray Paseur, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. Ray Paseur

    Ray Paseur Guest

    Do these exist? Anybody know of a USA source?

    Thanks,
    Ray
     
    Ray Paseur, Jan 6, 2004
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    Mike S. Guest

    About 4 or 5 years ago I saw a website from some UK dealer who had NiCD
    packs in a CR123 form factor, and a special charger to handle them. I
    doubt this item sold much, and it's doubtful the product still exists. It
    probably would be possible to find rechargeable button cells of
    approximately the diameter of a CR123, and 1/3 the height, and just buy 3
    to wrap in tape of heat-shrink to make your own.
     
    Mike S., Jan 6, 2004
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    Ray Paseur Guest

    Thanks, all. Good information.

     
    Ray Paseur, Jan 6, 2004
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    G. Louie Guest

    Yes, they exist. A company called Pila makes rechargeable LiIon 123 cells.
    http://www.pilatorch.com/products_access.htm

    USA vendor:
    http://www.jsburlys.com/pilapage.html

    However, they are meant for flashlights that take 2 cells stacked (68mm
    long total). I think I recall a single rechargeable cell product, but
    don't recall it performing very well.

    As mentioned, several mailorder outlets sell very good CR123 cells for
    $1-1.25 each plus shipping. Surefire.com sells them for their flashlights
    at $15 for 12 that are made in USA from a major manufacturer and test
    well. Import batteries can go for $1 each - batterystation.com sells for
    $1 each if you join the flashlight forum "Candlepowerforums.com" (free)
    and learn the secret webpage for CPF battery specials at Batterystation.
    http://www.batterystation.com/cpf.htm
    The import cells generally perform pretty well, too. Duracells are often
    mentioned as performing consistently the best, though. A couple years ago,
    I bought GE/Sanyos from cheapbatteries.com for about $1.75 each for 48,
    and they were fine. Now I buy Surefires.

    Since they have a 10 year shelf life, might as well buy a box if you use
    them.
     
    G. Louie, Jan 7, 2004
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  5. Good luck with your DSLR, Ray.

     
    George Preddy, Jan 10, 2004
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    G. Louie Guest

    You are quite right, so here is the link I finally found. 2 NiMH 1/5A
    cells to sub for a CR123. The size is right, but the voltage is low, just
    like cameras that can use AA NiMH instead of alkaline or lithium. Your
    application may not tolerate the low voltage, and the capacity of these
    may not be satisfactory compared to 123s.

    Info:
    http://www.tinwhistler.net/flashlights/123-rechargeables.htm
     
    G. Louie, Jan 13, 2004
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