Flashlights That Use CR123A Batteries
Powering Flashlights for Longer
CR123A flashlights are not new to the industry. In fact, these Lithium-powered lights are some of the most popular products we offer. What makes CR123A flashlights better than the rest? For starters, when you compare a CR123A to standard Alkaline-powered lights, you'll find that they have much longer runtimes. The average CR123A has about a 1500mAh capacity, which is double that of an AA. This means that your Lithium-powered flashlight will last much longer than an Alkaline one. This is especially useful for EDC users who carry their light with them at all times. Tactical flashlight users also find this feature especially useful as you'll never know when you will need to utilize your flashlight - having a CR123A flashlight provides more reliability in terms of longevity.
Higher Voltage = More Light
Flashlights that use CR123A batteries are also using cells that have a higher voltage. Standard alkaline batteries have a 1.5 voltage, whereas lithium CR123As offer 3V of power. Why does the voltage matter in a flashlight? CR123A flashlights, with their higher voltage, are capable of powering a much brighter output. In other words, a high voltage equals a brighter light. The Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA demonstrates this variance beautifully. This handheld flashlight is capable of being powered by either one CR123A or by one AA. When powered by the lithium CR123a, the flashlight can reach a High mode of 350 lumens. Power the flashlight using an AA battery and the maximum output is just 150 lumens.
Loading two AA batteries into a light in serial formation will double their voltage to the same 3V, which in theory should provide similar outputs to that of a single CR123A flashlight; however, two CR123A cells in series double up to 6V of power. Another important factor to consider is that while you are able to obtain the same voltage with two alkaline cells in series as a single Lithium, the alkaline cells are much larger and will, therefore, increase the overall size of your EDC light.
Short & Stout
CR123A batteries are much shorter than the standard AA and can, therefore, be utilized within a flashlight that is much shorter. The EDC user, this is especially useful as size plays a huge role in a light's portability. The smaller the light, the easier it is to throw it in your pocket or your bag. Lithium chemistry is also lighter than alkaline, again making CR123A flashlights less obtrusive in your gear bag. If you are looking for a flashlight you plan on carrying with you daily, then a CR123A-powered light is the best solution.
Lithium Chemistry = Temperature Resistant
A final selling feature of CR123A flashlights is the batteries' ability to resist extreme temperatures. If you live in New England, where the winters are brutal and the summers are hot and sticky, running your flashlights on lithium batteries is the only solution! This chemistry can withstand these, and more extreme, temperatures and won't be as negatively affected. Those of us who work outdoors for long periods of time will appreciate a flashlight that won't quite in the cold or in the heat. As an added bonus, lithium CR123A batteries have a longer shelf life than alkaline cells, thus making it easier to store backup batteries, for when your flashlight finally decides it's had enough.
Greater Performance & Reliability
CR123A flashlights offer greater performance and reliability than alkaline-powered lights. These lithium-powered lights are compact, long-lasting, and incredibly bright. When you are looking for an illumination tool on which you can rely, think non-rechargeable lithium first. Feel free to also check our selection of replacement CR123A batteries. BatteryJunction.com is your one-stop shop for all flashlight and flashlight-related tools and accessories!