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That's what I'm wondering, if it will take 2 cr's, will it handle a 18650...
I would hope we get a response? I would love this light IF I could use 18650.
I can't imagine not having the capability to use 18650's if it's safe with 2 RCR123's unless they purposely made the diameter too small? That would be a shame.
Agreed! If it will take an 18650 (without me having to bore it), I'm in.
Pretty sure 18650’s and a pair of RCR123’s are identical in length and diameter - I’ve got flashlights that take both, though not with the ability that this light has, to take either with an adapter tube.
I have far too many flashlights, I have no need for another one. Honestly.
The Path is not compatible with 18650 cells. That 1mm diameter difference would have added a small but non-trivial amount of weight, and - more importantly - would also have required the addition of plastic sleeves for use with slimmer 1 or 2 CR123 cells. We do know that members like 18650-powered lights, and making a version of the Path that accepts them in the future is not out of the question. However, it's more likely we'll develop a specific 18650-powered light when we are not working from the starting point of interchangeable/removable barrel sections.
Understandable with the added weight/sleeves. Not sure I'd ever carry a copper or brass flashlight if I was worried about weight though. :) Looks light a nice light for 1xRCR123 but I'd probably end up losing the extension, for the length with it I'd just as soon use an 18650 light. Interested to see what the future holds for that!
Not making it 18650 compatible when you're factoring in your likely sales demographic might be a bad idea. I have a large pile of un/protected 18650s. I'd love a copper version of this. If I have to use disposable cells, it's a deal breaker. I like the idea and concept. But I don't want to buy disposable cells just for this light.
No worries there - RCR123's are the perfect cell for this light.
Not trying to hassle you. I used to run rcr123's. About 5 years ago, I switched to only 18650s. Personally, the extra everything was worth it. Not everyone feels this way. This looks like an excellent light. I have several all copper lights and I love every one of them. Just the heft makes me happy.
If you're on the fence and you want a truly pockatable light, this looks very nice. I ran rcr123's for at least 5 years and was very happy. My friends that I gifted lights and such to were ecstatic. Holy Carp! was a normal reaction.
I've just moved on from rcr123's. I don't mind the extra length/weight. I'm a total geek though. I love your concept. It just doesn't fit my personal plans. And I think I should just shut my pie hole at this point. Since I'm not your target audience. Sorry to chime in, in the first place.
Thanks for giving some context for your opinions - it's really helpful especially for members who are just getting into flashlights. As a "total geek" for lights, your input is most definitely welcome, even if this particular model doesn't fit your needs/wants. I like 18650s as well, and I tried to EDC an Emisar D4 but it was too big and got in the way of reaching my wallet, and I didn't find a lot of everyday cases that really called for 4000 lumens to be immediately accessible - 650 or 1000 is just fine for my mostly-urban lifestyle, and I have bigger lights for outdoor stuff. I still keep that D4 in my bag, and a Vega with 14500 in the pocket (or AAA with slacks).
I have two lights that can run on 2x CR123's or 18650s. I promise you, the need for a sleeve with CR123's is nonexistent. If the Path had the ability to run on 1x/2x CR123 and an 18650, I would have bought it. I'll keep an eye out for the future.
I have lights that take both rcr123s and 18650s that don't use a sleeve. If this light took both and we're copper, I would certainly be buying one! The difference in width is minimal. I've also bought rcr123 lights that have been bored out to accept 18650s. Works just fine.
Well said, Leadsalad!
@JonasHeineman Wasn't the Path supposed to be a convertible CR123/18650 flashlight, though? I received a survey from Massdrop a while back showing the Path in different configurations (one CR123, two CR123, or one 18650). Did Massdrop run into a technical limitation for that configuration, or did the survey just indicate that people would buy the Path if it was CR123 only?
"Wasn't the Path supposed to be a convertible CR123/18650 flashlight, though?"
You are correct. See my comments above.