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  • vipers Tuesday, March 4, 2008 7:54 PM Reply

    Despite having a naturally cheap streak, take a look at the link if you are thinking about using these batteries in a 2+ cell configuration. A one cell light doesn't have the same issues, and I would be okay using these there.

    Lithium batteries can be dangerous. Be smart.
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  • matrix-neo Moderator Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:16 PM Reply
    so the moral of the story is, don't buy cheap primary cells get protected secondary cells, or if you do get cheap primaries always check voltage to prevent mixing cells
    i suppose if they put a battery check strip on each cell that would help when you don't have access to a MM, but that would push up prices
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  • informologist Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:29 PM Reply

    Would you happen to have a link to a page that has more technical details on this problem (that burnt shirt overload). That CPF thread seem to lack a few specifics.

    Granted i always check mine first.
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    post edited by informologist on 3/4/2008 at 10:06 PM
  • vipers Thursday, March 6, 2008 2:20 PM Reply
    Here's a link with more detail:
    [url http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=124776[/url]

    Searching on candle power forums can also provide many other threads related to lithium safety.
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  • informologist Thursday, March 6, 2008 4:44 PM Reply
    Thanks Vipers.

    I'm quite familiar with the risks involved with lithium cells.

    I am more interested in the actual instance and the burnt shirt.

    The burn pattern on the shirt would be interesting to see from directly above.

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    post edited by informologist on 3/6/2008 at 4:45 PM
  • informologist Friday, March 7, 2008 11:16 AM Reply

    I would tend to agree with you. The burn on the shirt was a little suspect.

    Many of the so called lithium battery incidents shown on CPF are Mythbusters `Duhhh...Let`s see what it will take to get this battery to blow up a safe` style of overkill.

    I've used 32 of these WF cr-123 primary batteries and never had a problem.

    Granted there will always be some unfortunate fool that will mix and match.
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    post edited by informologist on 3/7/2008 at 11:32 AM
  • DDN84 Saturday, June 27, 2009 8:44 PM Reply
    As someone already mentioned, these batteries are not designed for high current drains (got very hot in my P2D on only High after ~30').

    These batteries should not be used in multi-cell applications without measuring their voltages first. I measured my pack of 5 cells and resting voltages are all slightly different: 3 cells are around 3.10v, one is 3.01v and one is only 2.84v.
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