What's the use of a handheld torch that's as bright as the sun if you can't get the right-sized batteries for it when you're in a pickle? In the shooting community, the CR123 battery is ubiquitous, powering everything from lasers to night-vision devices. But when you step out of its Picatinny-paved plains and into the rest of the world, you come to realize that CR123 batteries can be as hard to find as an honest politician.
The last thing you need when contending with a natural disaster or a surprise power outage is to have to find some uncommon batteries in the dark or as chaos erupts around you. Thankfully, AA batteries have been abundant for decades. You can even scavenge them from a TV remote when in a bind. In this edition of HighLights, we focus on flashlights that feed off these familiar cylindrical power plants.
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