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#52334 - 10/26/05 05:02 AM Re: K&M Matchcases - ETS Quick Review
pizzaman Offline

Registered: 08/26/05
Posts: 183
Loc: The Great Pacific Northwest

If the creator is open to suggestions...

Very nice cases. I would like to see one sans compass to hold tinder, firestarter, etc. I don't know if leaving the compass off makes it any easier to increase the length.

Good luck, TR

#52335 - 10/27/05 08:50 AM Re: K&M Matchcases - ETS Quick Review
Stokie Offline

Registered: 02/05/04
Posts: 175
Loc: Paris, France
Pizzaman & Schwert

I was thinking too if the creator was open to a suggestion.

Could this case be adapted to be a battery storage case. I, like many have surefire torches and other led lights which use CR123's. Up til now I've not been able to find a suitable container to house my spares. This little package looks like it's just what I've been looking for. Will have to check dimensions and such when I get my first order. But if the creator (Keith) could do his own range all the better.

#52336 - 10/27/05 03:42 PM Re: K&M Matchcases - ETS Quick Review
stevez Offline

Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 75
Loc: Colorado
Be careful. Aluminum is a conductor of electricity. Make sure that you don't complete a circuit when you install the batteries and close the lid.

Sorry, as a former safety inspector, I had to say that.

Surefire makes a CR123 battery carrier. I'm sure that there are others as well.

I'm not knocking the K&M matchcase at all - I own two of them. As far as I'm concerned, they're the best match cases available.

#52337 - 10/27/05 07:14 PM Re: K&M Matchcases - ETS Quick Review
nelstomlinson Offline

Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 29
Loc: Juneau, Alaska
For exactly that reason, I use a Coghlan's plastic match safe to hold two spare CR123s. There is just room for something like a $20 wrapped around the batteries, and just room in the end for a very thin piece of foam to stop endwise rattle. Plus, it only cost $1.19 at the local store.

and countycomm.com has what I think is the same thing for $1.00:
http://www.countycomm.com/matchcase.htm .

#52338 - 10/27/05 07:22 PM Re: K&M Matchcases - ETS Quick Review
groo Offline

Registered: 11/02/03
Posts: 722
Loc: Florida
Cool. Thanks for the link. Holds two CR123, you say... perfect match (heh) for my HDS U60.

#52339 - 10/27/05 07:35 PM Re: K&M Matchcases - ETS Quick Review
Schwert Offline
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Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
A standard K&M case will only hold one CR123a lithium. The stopper is set too deep in the case to allow a pair. If Keith does do a longer verison for the REI matches then it may work....however I too would caution the use as a conductor. Adding some insulating bits on the stopper base and case bottom would probably work, but I carry a SureFire case for my spares or use a plastic tube with press fit plugs.

Thanks for the orders folks.

Keith has advised me that all or most of his red cases are going for a large order and by my count there is only one yellow case left. He is doing a recount, but for now I would probably advise that the standard brass, black aluminum and special order clear aluminum would be the choices.

#52340 - 10/28/05 01:57 AM Re: K&M Matchcases - Battery case idea

Has anyone thought of using an Otterbox Cigar caddy for a battery case.
I havent seen one, and I dont have access to one to have a look.
Has anybody seen one, and what do you think as a battery case?


#52341 - 10/28/05 03:30 AM Re: K&M Matchcases - Battery case idea
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Thought about it, that's about it.

My idea was to find one that would hold a small light that would run on a AA or AAA, 8-10 AAs, 4-6 AAAs, 4 CR123s, and as needed, one or two A23s and a couple of larger coin batteries. Just ended up being a bit bigger than I really wanted to use, and thust I never bought the case.

I'd also look at the new, 10XX microcase line from Pelican.

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#52342 - 10/28/05 09:55 AM Re: K&M Matchcases - ETS Quick Review
Stokie Offline

Registered: 02/05/04
Posts: 175
Loc: Paris, France

Understood about the circuit, was going to insert some fibre washers to act as insulators, thus preventing a circuit from occuring. Don't want my spares to discharge prematurely.

I've seen the Surefire cases but I didn't want to carry six batteries, I thought two would be enough. I have an E1e with KL1 Led head, so on run time one battery in the torch plus two spares should see me through most things. Besides I like the form factor and compass feature of this tube. If they where made a little longer, then I think this would be a good combination.

The other plastic matchcase is worth exploring as a battery case and cheap to, I'll check it out.

#52343 - 10/28/05 02:22 PM Re: K&M Matchcases - ETS Quick Review/battery carr
David Offline

Registered: 10/09/02
Posts: 245
Loc: Tennessee (middle)
While I think the best way to carry 123-size batteries & a SureFire lamp is to use the SF Spares Carrier, it is bulky.

I've found that a Kodak Advantix film cannister (oval shaped) will hold 2x123 batteries just fine. Add a piece of gaffer's or duct tape to keep the lid on, & you're good to go. BTW, the Fuji cases won't work...they're slightly smaller than the Kodak.

You can pick up the cases at practically any photo processing shop, free.


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