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    Want to know what the best brand, longest charge, most reliable, and where to get them. Help me please! Looking to get a iTaste TVR, and I want a GREAT pair of batteries to keep this tank of a PV running strong.
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    AW IMR 18650 2000mAh.

    You should get 8-10 hours of heavy use out of them.
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    I stick to AW or Efest IMR batteries. The real problem is knowing that you are getting what you are paying for. There are more counterfeit batteries around than you would ever imagine. I buy my batteries from Super T Manufacturing simply because I know & trust them. Efest now has a list of vendors on their web site that buy directly from them. That was done because they can not ship direct anymore because of the new air freight ban on batteries. Batteries now come to the US on the 'slow boat' from China.
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    what about these Ultra Fire 18650 3.7V 5000mAH, found them and was wondering if anyone has used them or knows if they're good quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DKowGawd View Post
    what about these Ultra Fire 18650 3.7V 5000mAH, found them and was wondering if anyone has used them or knows if they're good quality.
    They are low end. Most of us avoid any batteries or chargers with the name Fire in them. Well worth safety and peace of mind to buy high quality batteries and charger. Low end chargers fail frequently and take a very long time to charge. Example- 18650 batt on a TR-001 charger= 6+ hrs. On a higher quality charger= 4 hrs tops.
    You'll also want High Drain Unprotected Safe Chemistry batteries. AW are quality batts.

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    AW IMRs are a solid hitter. I think even APV and vapers who use standard resistance should get high-drain, no reason not to. I use the Panasonic CGR18650CH hybrids, 10 amperes output. Work fantastic.

    They also have the NCRs which are 3400mah versus the 2250mah of the CGRs. Can't say how good they are though, never used them, but I've heard they're also very nice. Both are "high quality." You get what you pay for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch777 View Post
    AW IMRs are a solid hitter. I think even APV and vapers who use standard resistance should get high-drain, no reason not to. I use the Panasonic CGR18650CH hybrids, 10 amperes output. Work fantastic.

    They also have the NCRs which are 3400mah versus the 2250mah of the CGRs. Can't say how good they are though, never used them, but I've heard they're also very nice. Both are "high quality." You get what you pay for.
    I also use the Panny 18650 X 2250 mah CGR18650CH and am happy with them.
    AW, Panasonic, MNKE are all good batteries. Regarding ALL batteries only buy from a reputable Vendor as there are lottsa knockoffs out there. Some also remove old batts from electronic devices and rewrap/ sell them. Lottsa scams in the world of batteries.

    Edit: Ultra Fire is known to overstate battery capacity- info/ tests from the Flashlight Forum.
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    Basically Efest, AW, or Panasonic Hybrids are good batteries to start off with. The VTR is a regulated mod, so it has protection in it. It will only work with unprotected batteries. It is kind of scary, the whole unprotected thing, which is why vaping has switched to the above mentioned batteries.

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    You need some mod battery education: Battery Basics for Mods: IMR or Protected?

    You want either a good name-brand IMR or hybrid battery, not a protected li-ion battery. Do not judge the quality of a battery solely on the mAh capacity, that specification is often over-rated by many manufacturers. High drain amp ability is important for a regulated mod (IMR = high drain - safe chemistry - unprotected).

    Avoid any battery with the name FIRE in it, these are a second class battery in terms of quality. Never use an unprotected NCR/ICR li-ion battery in a mod. Never use a generic battery: these are unknown batteries made by an unknown manufacturer and of unknown quality.

    You can't go wrong with AW IMR batteries. The Panasonic & Orbtronic hybrids are also a good choice, although the 3400 mAh Panny should only be used for mechanical mods with only clearomizers or cartomizers due to its 6.8 amp limit.

    AW IMR
    18650 2000mah 10Amp CDR
    18650 1600mah 24A

    MNKE IMR
    18650 1500mah ​20A

    Panasonic ​or Orbtronic hybrid
    CGR18650CH (IMR/hybrid) 2250mAh 10A
    NCR18650PD (LiNiCoAl) 2900mAh 10A
    Orbtronic 18650 SX22 (hybrid) 2000mAh 22A

    Samsung hybrid (LiNiCoMnP)
    INR18650-22P 2200mAh 10A
    INR18650-20R 2000mah 22A

    Sony
    us18650v3 IMR 2250mAh 10A
    us18650vct3 (hybrid) 1600mAh 30A

    Efest IMR
    18650 (IMR/hybrid) 2250mAh 10A
    18650 2000mAh 10A
    18650 1600mAh 30A

    * AW IMR 18490 (1100mah) 8.8A

    *AW IMR 18350 ​(700mah) 6A

    Mod Battery Vendors:

    RTD Vapor

    Orbtronic

    Lighthound

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    Quote Originally Posted by DKowGawd View Post
    what about these Ultra Fire 18650 3.7V 5000mAH, found them and was wondering if anyone has used them or knows if they're good quality.
    Batteries are the last place to go bargain hunting! The difference in price is only about 0.005 cents/day when spread over the life of the battery anyway.

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