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CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 28, 2012 06:21PM
Are they they the same thing?
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: clay
Date: November 28, 2012 06:25PM
I believe so...if I remember correctly, I had the same question a few months ago when I had to change the battery in my bike speedometer. It called for a 123, and all I could find at Wally World was the 123A. In any case, it was the same size and it works fine.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 28, 2012 06:36PM
Now with more A!

(Which in electrical parlance means it has more amps! grinning smiley )



It is what it is.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: billb
Date: November 28, 2012 06:51PM
edit: yes


[en.wikipedia.org]


rechargeable li-ion cr123a are usually marked RCR123A and the voltage is 3.6, not 3.0







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2012 06:51PM by billb.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 28, 2012 07:02PM
123A as in alkaline vs lithium or silver oxide perhaps? Just a WAG.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 28, 2012 07:02PM
Okay, sounds good. I'm not interested in the rechargeables since they have a different voltage, would need a special charger, and the non rechargeables have an ultra long shelf life etc.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 28, 2012 07:36PM
Lithium based non-rechargeables have roughly a 10 year shelf life. So if the choice is between them or alkaline, go with lithium. Higher quality brand name batteries will be less likely to fail and leak during long term storage. So if this is for an emergency lighting or radio type use, don't cheap out.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2012 07:36PM by Racer X.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 28, 2012 07:43PM
They're for a camera, so I don't want them to leak.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: November 28, 2012 07:59PM
AA lithium should be good for at least 15 years (that's how the OEM dates them)

I have a Tekna-branded (probably made by Panasonic) CR123 cell that will be 30 years old next summer - came with my "Micro-Lith" in 1983.

I plan on load-testing it around Labor Day.

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Racer X
Lithium based non-rechargeables have roughly a 10 year shelf life. So if the choice is between them or alkaline, go with lithium. Higher quality brand name batteries will be less likely to fail and leak during long term storage. So if this is for an emergency lighting or radio type use, don't cheap out.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 28, 2012 10:38PM
Didn't know up to 15 or so these days. Great for emergency LED flashlights.
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 28, 2012 11:39PM
What's a good source for these batteries?

At Amazon, it looks like most of the sellers with good prices are selling these as loose groups of batteries instead of in sealed packs

Is this too good to be true, and would these likely be old batteries?
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Re: CR123 versus CR123A batteries
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: November 29, 2012 08:57AM
ebay has been the cheapest for AA/AAA lithium, but expect to order in quantity (30+) to get the best price (around $1 each)

I would only buy from U.S. sellers to make sure you aren't getting Chinese counterfeits.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/29/2012 09:11AM by Bill in NC.
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