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Protected Batteries in the Vamo V3

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  1. Mohamed

    Mohamed Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 15, 2013
    I just realized that I could have bought the cheaper unprotected batteries as the Vamo V3 has a protection circuit built in. I've read the protected ones are also a bit longer.

    Will the protected ones still work in Vamo V3 but is overkill or will they not work at all.

    Panasonic CGR18650CG 18650 2200mAh Protected Rechargeable Lithium Batteries (2-Pack)

    That's what I purchased. I've only used the batteries that came with vamo v3 so far...I hope those ones I linked will still work.
  2. Mohamed

    Mohamed Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 15, 2013
    Well good news I tried one of them out. It's a tight fit. They are longer but manage to fit. I think they may be slightly fatter than original as I unscrew in the middle to pull the battery out.

    Anyone know about safety using protective batteries in them?
  3. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Generally, protected batteries will mess with the circuitry in a mod with built in circuit protection. It's best to use unprotected batteries in those types of APVs.
  4. Coastal Cowboy

    Coastal Cowboy This aggression will not stand, man! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jun 13, 2013
    Alabama Gulf Coast
    It might work, but you're going to run into problems with the unit not firing. It's happened to others here.

    AW IMR are the best batteries you can buy. Panasonic's CH/CGR's are a good option, too.
  5. Mohamed

    Mohamed Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 15, 2013
    Well like I said they are working for me just a bit snug and have to unscrew middle piece to get out as they are a little fatter.

    FT says I'd be responsible for shipping since they sent what I ordered...not sure if it's worth the time or the shipping to send them back since they are working for me. I may run into the firing problem and when I do I'll order the correct type next go around. I also have the two that came with the kit which are the correct type I presume.
  6. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    Protected Li-ion batteries aren't the best option for a regulated device that uses buck-boost circuitry to make higher voltage. Regulated mods like the Vamo work most optimally if they have a high drain battery, which an IMR or hybrid battery is. Protected batteries may not have the maximum load current capacity that IMR/hybrid batteries have.

    The same holds true for mechanical mods using a Kick or RBA/RDA. These require the high drain ability of an IMR.
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