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Old 04-24-2012, 10:33 AM
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Availability of CR123A batteries?

I recently bought a Steripen Adventurer Opti which takes only CR123A batteries. I was torn between it and the Classic, which takes AAs (available almost everywhere), but chose the Opti for the weight savings.
Threads from 5 and 6 years ago mention that the CR123A batteries were hard to find, especially in foreign countries. Does anyone have recent experience traveling abroad, especially in the developing world, with finding CR123A batteries? How about in small towns? Thanks.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:11 PM
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get some good rechargeable batteries and a solar charger, I hear the sun works outside of America, too.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:46 PM
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Those CR123 batteries are readily available down here and in parts of Asia, and over in Europe...

And they're s'posed to be dirt-cheap - in little 3 or 4 battery holders..
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Remember the classic needs lithium AA...not alkaline so availability is gonna be similar when looking for CR123A. You could buy rechargeable AA as long as they are the higher mAh I believe in the 2250 on up rating. I have a bunch of those but they dont hold a charge well and cycle times are limited. They are cheaper in the long haul if you use it a ton, just dont let them sit...charge them right before your trip. As much as most probably use their steripen I bet the return on rechargeables when you spend 30 bucks on the charger and 2-4 batteries you would probably be better off just getting the disposable. If you travel to a 3rd world where you do have power...get a CamelBak All Clear...charges via USB.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:54 AM
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I recently bought a Steripen Adventurer Opti which takes only CR123A batteries. I was torn between it and the Classic, which takes AAs (available almost everywhere), but chose the Opti for the weight savings.
Threads from 5 and 6 years ago mention that the CR123A batteries were hard to find, especially in foreign countries. Does anyone have recent experience traveling abroad, especially in the developing world, with finding CR123A batteries? How about in small towns? Thanks.

From my experience, you can find CR123A batteries just about anywhere. If your'e concerned about availability, they're only the size of a coin, so take a few spares along.
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