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To the best of my knowledge from checking out the MAHA MH-C9000 charger it can only do AA/AAA and somewhere I read it can do C/D (if you have some special jerry-rig setup) as well as thier cut off is something around ~10,000mA range. I read that somewhere on the Steves Digicam forums.
I highly doubt the MH-C9000 can charge li-ion RCR123 cells as it's designed for NIMH.
I would go with rechargeables personally to save money in the long run. Get one set of CR123's and keep as a spare and use the rechargables daily. Only use the spares if/when the rechargeables are dead and you're out in the field somewhere and need power NOW. CR123's have a shelf life rating of 10yrs from all I've read.
You can also get some CR123 disposibles from DealExtreme
which offer free S/H world wide. Or if you want everything in one shipment then get from the Fenix Store so you can get all the items in basket.
I have read something about using cheap CR123 disposibles getting rather hot when you're using the high/turbo modes. I think if I remember what I read right it had something to do with the internal resistance of the battery. Good batteries (more expensive) can last longer with less heat if I read right.
Some people bought RCR123's from www.all-battery.com
with thier 900mA cells and reported no issues with the battery fit. Fenix Store reassured me as with others in the forums that the rechargeable cells from Fenix Store don't get stuck in the light.