Best 18650 batteries?

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  1. DKowGawd

    DKowGawd Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  2. KrisAinTX

    KrisAinTX Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    AW IMR 18650 2000mAh.

    You should get 8-10 hours of heavy use out of them.
     
  3. tj99959

    tj99959 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  4. DKowGawd

    DKowGawd Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  5. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    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.
     
  6. Enoch777

    Enoch777 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  7. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    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.
     
  8. Jazzi Mike

    Jazzi Mike Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  9. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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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
     
  10. tj99959

    tj99959 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    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.
     
  11. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    Here's an example of VERY low end batts and charger- another good reason I never charge my batts unattended. Also happened to me but I was fortunately there to unplug it. Was using a TR-001 and TrustFire batteries...still get chills thinking about it and thankfully I had listened to the Vets and their precautions otherwise my home may have been a pile of ash not to mention neighbor's homes and lives.
    http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/fo...arger-batteries-come-vamo-18350-kit-pics.html
     
  12. JMarca

    JMarca E-Cig Afficionado Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Have you tried the new Samsung INR batteries baditude? I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a pair just to see how they perform.

    EDIT: Nevermind I just saw you have them on your list = )
     
  13. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    I use only AW IMR batteries from RTD Vapor. I've tried the 18350 Efest IMR's and was very disappointed in them, the AW's perform much better. I also have one CGR18650CH 2250mAh battery which gives similar results to the AW IMR 18650 2000mah I usually use.

    Thrasher has high praise for the Panasonic NCR18650PD 2900mAh.
     
  14. LDS714

    LDS714 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    If you're talking about the green ones, they're not very good. Last less than half the time as any other decent 2000mah batteries. I get about the same life out of them in a Vamo as I do an EH IMR 18350.
     
  15. TampaToker69

    TampaToker69 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    At first I only wanted a great pair of batteries, now I have 10 panasonic cgr18650ch's... gotta have backups for backups. (that's how I justify it) :)
     
  16. Revelene

    Revelene Super Member ECF Veteran

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    AW IMR batteries all day, every day.
     
  17. TampaToker69

    TampaToker69 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    You'll need a good charger as well... I recommend the nitecore chargers. Love them!
     
  18. JMarca

    JMarca E-Cig Afficionado Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Yeah, I have a small arsenal of AW 18650 1600mah batteries, my only problem is they aren't making them anymore. The 2000mah newer version isn't quite as good under stress. That's why I'm checking out the new hybrids, at the price they want for them on e-bay I see no harm in picking up a pair and testing.
     
  19. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    I hadn't heard of this. That was an excellent battery. I wonder if AW will be offering something better in the near future?
     
  20. 4star60

    4star60 Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I've had my VTR for 5 days now. I have the Efest 2000mah battery and it lasts me a day and a half of heavy vaping.... Lovin' the VTR. 4hrs or less charge time with a Trustfire 500mah charger.

    Peace
    J
     
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