How are you storing them?  I see the “10 year shelf life” on the packages but is there any best practices for them? 

Where is the best place to buy? 

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I keep 123’s stashed everywhere (on my person, lunchbox, locker, home, etc...) either loose or in plastic 4 cell storage thingies I got off CountyComm and use the oldest ones first. The best place I’ve found to get them is in my Watch Commanders office, he keeps a huge flat of them in there and always says “help yourself” any time I stick my head in...PM for his address.

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I carry mine in an old (relatively speaking) grey round plastic thing. It has a lanyard, and holds 6 batteries (and I think a space for a spare bulb).  It is supposed to be waterproof and looks pretty rugged.     Without getting up off my lazy ass, walking out in the rain to my rig and digging it out, I am certain it is made by Surefire.   I use a sharpie to mark the purchase date on the batteries, and rotate them out accordingly.

Bill, Idaho posted:

I carry mine in an old (relatively speaking) grey round plastic thing. It has a lanyard, and holds 6 batteries (and I think a space for a spare bulb).  It is supposed to be waterproof and looks pretty rugged.     Without getting up off my lazy ass, walking out in the rain to my rig and digging it out, I am certain it is made by Surefire.   I use a sharpie to mark the purchase date on the batteries, and rotate them out accordingly.

Sounds exactly like what I have. And yes, mine is SureFire. I've had it in my duffle for close to 15 years. Tossed around and carried in and out of work the whole time. No issues that I've ever noticed  

The stor a cells rock. I have numerous of them. In my safe, in my patrol bag, in my junk drawers so batteries aren't loose.  

Does the Thyrm regular fit 18650s?  Or am I better with the XL

I found the Pelican case with foam insert from batteryjunction (dot) com and they're awesome. $16 holds 12 batteries so I can just grab the case and toss it in my ruck for AT or camping. My Surefire batteries are from my deployment in 2008 and they still work great being stored on my gun bench in the Pelican case.

RocPO posted:

The stor a cells rock. I have numerous of them. In my safe, in my patrol bag, in my junk drawers so batteries aren't loose.  

Does the Thyrm regular fit 18650s?  Or am I better with the XL

Thyrm are a waste for 18650s. You can put one battery in the single tube with nothing else and two in the dual tube.l with nothing else. Look elsewhere

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Does the Thyrm regular fit 18650s?  Or am I better with the XL

Just saw a holder for 6 18650 on the aforementioned battery junction. Part # MEC-ARMY-B18 for $7.90

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