11.1 V Li-Ion vs 13.2 V NiMh
I have an older NiteRider Blowtorch 10W HID light and the battery is in the process of dying now after approximately 300 charge/discharge cycles. I'm looking at battery replacement options and am agonizing over whether to go with the BatterySpace 11.1 V lithium-ion battery and charger
or the standard 13.2 V Niterider NiMh battery
The tech I spoke with at Batteryspace recommends the 11.1 volt water bottle battery. He explained that the higher voltage li-ion batteries run a risk of burning out the ballast on the 10W HID light. That seems strange since they offer other li-ion batteries with regulator switches that can be set to 12 or 13.2 volts, the standard voltage for this light. Does anyone on this forum have experience with 11.1 Li-ion battery on NiteRider Blowtorch? Is it dimmer than with 13.2 V NiMh? How is the runtime? How many charge/recharge cycles is the battery good for?
The weight savings is minimal (6 oz) and the Li-ion battery will end up costing about $50 more because I would need to buy the charger and change connectors. I already have the microbrote niterider charger, which seems to be a vast improvement over their older models. I really like li-ion batteries and want to get away from the (ripoff) proprietary hardware where I can. Also, 300 charges from the last battery seems rather unimpressive. Any advice on this would be much appreciated.