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Tropic Lightning Registered since 09th Oct 2009Sun 21-Oct-12 04:09 PM
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"CR123A Question"


Midlothian, US
          

Hello Gang,


I have a question. I have acquired the R1C1 and 4 SB-R200's, this comes with a problem. CR123A batteries are expensive. I did a web search and found a site that sells rechargable CR123A batteries. My question is are these rechargable batteries a worthwhile investment? I have spent too much money on gear to have it ruined by being cheap on batteries. The site is http://www.cr123batteries.com/?gclid=CKTcrL-7krMCFS-RPAodkFoAUw.

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Slohand1 Silver Member Charter MemberSun 21-Oct-12 07:53 PM
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#1. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Los Angeles, US
          

Tim:

I think you have answered your own question!

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Sun 21-Oct-12 10:11 PM
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#2. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Tacoma, US
          

Yes, for some reason CR123's seem to pose a real problem for rechargeable battery manufacturers. Perhaps the volume just isn't there for them to bother.

I've tried a few, and have had decent luck with a set of 4 Tynergy RCR123A rechargeables in my R1C1 kit. I would not rank them as good as an Eneloop (who doesn't make a CR123) but they seem to hold a charge decently.


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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 22-Oct-12 02:23 AM
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#3. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Hi Tim,

I have been using the Tenergy RCR123A Li-ion rechargable batteries in my SU-800, SB-R200's, and my Sekonic L-758DR for the last few years and they have worked quite well.
I purchased them at Battery Junction .
The current batteries and charger in the link appear to be slightly different from the ones I purchased a few years ago but it is more than likely just cosmetic.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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fisherd80fun Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd May 2009Mon 22-Oct-12 12:47 PM
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#4. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Essex, US
          

I have the same batteries. Just be sure not to overcharge them. They "fry" easily. I ruined two of them

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberMon 22-Oct-12 02:25 PM
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#5. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Powder Springs, US
          

All reports here, have indicated that they can be used successfully. I have read where the rechargeables have a higher voltage and can damage some things like Surefire flash lights. I don't know how to determine what can and cannot be damaged. Evidently Sekonic meters and Nikon flashes do OK.

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Mon 22-Oct-12 03:16 PM
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#6. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Tacoma, US
          

There are some 3.8 volt rechargables out there sold as CR123. I bought 2 by mistake but have not used them in a SU-800 or SB-200. They'd probably be OK in a flashlight.

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberMon 22-Oct-12 04:52 PM
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Powder Springs, US
          

Actually, they are not OK in Surefire flashlights. I guess the higher amperage burns the LEDs up.

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spanglerokapi Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2008Tue 23-Oct-12 05:00 PM
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#8. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Aylesbury, GB
          

Whilst I agree that theCR123A cells are a little pricey you do get an awful lot of flashes before they need replacing!

Andrew

  

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Nitehawk5169 Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2010Tue 23-Oct-12 05:24 PM
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#9. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Williamstown, US
          

Tim,

I use RCR123A from Delkin Devices and have had no mishaps. I use them in my (4) SB-R200, SU800, and My Sekonic L-358 light meter. Whichever brand of rechargeable batteries you use, it has to be cheaper over time than the throw aways. As pointed out by Mick, make sure you use the correct voltage battery or you may damage expensive equipment with no recourse for warranty or repair. Thanks Marty for your link to the site that has something that I could not find anywhere else and I had to improvise. That is the little plastic case to store the batteries. Neither Delkin nor other battery sites I perused had these cases. I have been using a hospital glove and placing the batteries in the finger tips of the gloves to keep the ends of the batteries from touching and creating a fire hazard.

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberTue 23-Oct-12 11:18 PM
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#10. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Powder Springs, US
          

Yes, that appears to be a good source for them. Thomas Distributing has evidently elected not to carry them. I wonder why. They used to.

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Nitehawk5169 Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2010Wed 24-Oct-12 03:42 AM
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#11. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Williamstown, US
          

Scott'

I ordered the plastic cases and I ordered one of their battery packages because I noticed that their package includes a car recharger unit. Now I have a backup source to keep things running.

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BWPaterson Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2009Thu 25-Oct-12 08:02 PM
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#12. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Lansdale, US
          

You may want to stay with a known manufacturer who uses rechargeble batteries. Surefire makes flash lights for law enforcement which in most cases are rechargeable. If they did not work they would not be bought. I have used the CR123A batteries by them without trouble since I keep one of there high intensity lights in my car.

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberSat 27-Oct-12 02:53 AM
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#13. "RE: CR123A Question"
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Powder Springs, US
          

Mike,

Let us know how they are working for you!

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