29 Nov '13, 12am

Maglite 18650 Battery Conversion

Maglite 18650 Battery Conversion

Not looking to purchase any components [Travis] performed this hack using simple recycled household parts. You could solder tabs on the 18650′s so they better mimic a typical alkaline battery cell, but [Travis] notes that because most solder tarnishes the electrical conductivity isn’t always the greatest. So instead, he used aluminum foil. It doesn’t look professional, but it does the job and keeps all the components unmodified so the lithium cells can be used elsewhere if needed. To center the batteries inside the Maglite he used a few strips of cardboard from a case of beer — again, this is just making use of what was available. That being said however, if you wanted to do a professional job on it, nothing is stopping you! A 3D printed 18650 to D-cell adapter would look quite nice… Finally, in order to make the battery spring contact the smaller surface area of the lithi...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/11/28/maglite-18650-battery-conv...

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