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Old 08-18-2005, 06:22 AM   #1
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Surefire Battery Advice

The battery on my Surefire has just died. My shotgun is now dark. Any recommendations as to where I may purchase a battery at the best price?

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Old 08-18-2005, 08:05 AM   #2
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I buy mine directly from Surefire. It's a 12-pack and the price is right even with shipping.
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:18 AM   #3
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They carry the 123 battery at Wal-Mart and other discount chains.
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:32 AM   #4
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Around here (OK), Wally world (and many others) carries the batteries for about $5.50 per battery. If you can't live without one for a short time, get one from them; Then order them from Surefire for $18.00 per 12 batteries (price including shipping last time I ordered). I have seen them at ham radio shows for about the same price as Surefire sells them. One of the local gun shops also had a big box of them for $1.25 each, but sold out quickly. Might try calling around a bit; try radio supply places, electronic stores, camera stores etc. . . You might get lucky.
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Old 08-25-2005, 04:29 PM   #5
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There's a guy who is listed here in the equipment section known as Flashlights.com. I've purchased many things from him including boxes of batteries and his prices are the cheapest I've ever seen and his service is first rate too! I placed and order and he got it to me in a few days at most!
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I buy mine directly from Surefire. It's a 12-pack and the price is right even with shipping.
I agree. I have yet to find walk-in retailers -- even the "big box" stores like WalMart -- that can beat the Surefire 12-pack pricing.
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:35 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input, guys. I called SureFire and decided to purchase their 12 pack.

The batteries that I originally had in my Scattergun Tech shotgun were actually 2 batteries wrapped together. The SureFire Rep told me that Federal law now forbids them from shipping these 'wrapped' batteries. He told me that they were wrapped to prevent damage to the batteries when the gun is fired. This will happen when placing two individual batteries in the light, when attached to the shotgun. He recommended removing the batteries when practicing during the day and replacing then at night.

Great news, huh. Oh well, at least I feel much safer since now that the Feds have removed the possibility of a ‘bad guy’ either beating me into submission with flash light batteries or illuminating me to death.
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:44 PM   #8
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Drill Sergeant,

Just buy some heat shrink tubing of the appropriate diameter, tape the batteries together, insert into shrink tube, heat and then trim ends with razor blade (you want to expose the contacts but leave the shrinking tubing longer than the battery bodies on the very outside edges, pushing the batteries together so they can not pull away from each other). Will be cheap and as good as the factory job.
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Old 08-30-2005, 08:03 PM   #9
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wjshark:

Appreciate the good response, however can't let you off that easy. Need some additional information. For instance:

** Where do I buy shrink tubing?

** How to heat batteries for proper (and safe) results?

Thanks in advance, wjshark!
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Old 08-31-2005, 04:35 PM   #10
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Drill Sergeant,

You can buy heat shrink tubing at any electronic supply store, Radio Shacks or a well stocked hardware store. If you buy it at the hardware store or Radio Shack you will probably only find assorted size packs. If you go to a electronic supply store you can buy just the diameter size you need (probably half inch). You can shrink it with any heat source-- a hair dryer or cigarette lighter works fine. It shrinks fast, you do not have to worry about damaging the batteries. If you want to be 100% positve you can also solder a small thin L shaped metal strip to the bottom of the top battery and the top of the bottom battery and then fold them inline (harder to describe then to do) to ensure connectivity; then insert in shrink tubing and heat.
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Smile Surefire Batteries

I get them at Thruway Sporting Goods in Walden, NY. $1.99 per battery, as I remember.
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If you are an Amazon Prime member just look for 123A batteries. Find the best Prime member price and get free shipping.

Amazon.com: 123a lithium batteries
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Old 12-31-2015, 04:16 PM   #13
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Gee I've only been using my SureFire shotgun mount light since 1992 and I've never tied my batteries together after the first set died. Been to several shotgun schools without removing batteries and never had a problem. Shoot tactical matches too. Still have the spare bulb assemblies I stocked up on for fear recoil would take out the filament too.

Having said that, I have to admit my light is mounted on an 11-87P which might change the recoil dynamics somewhat. Although, my piece only functions with 1 1/4 Oz low brass or above. Wimp loads make it a single shot.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:15 PM   #14
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I've changed my light assembly in my Surefire (actually, I think mine says Laser Products) fore end to an aftermarket CREE LED light.
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