October 26, 2021

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Thyrm CellVault XL — Waterproof Battery / Gear Storage Solution

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Thyrm CellVault XL

I have mentioned the Thyrm CellVault®  in several Spotter Up articles. It’s the most practical way that I have found to carry spare batteries. Thyrm offers two models, the smaller original CellVault and the larger CellVault XL.

Carrying spare batteries is an absolute must. I needed a way to carry extra batteries for my weapon lights, holographic sights and tactical flashlights, which run on 123A lithium batteries. Although there are a number of battery carriers on the market, none of them met all of my requirements. Then I learned about the CellVault XL. Not only did it meet my needs, its innovative design offers a versatility not found in other battery carriers.

A CellVault XL (left) is shown next to original CellVault for size comparison. The XL has twice the capacity of the original. SureFire flashlight with Thyrm SwitchBack is also shown.

Thyrm LLC is a family-run business founded by Andrew Frazier to create innovative products for tactical and wilderness applications. In case you are wondering, the company is named after the giant Thyrm, King of the Jötnar, who Norse mythology tells us stole Mjölnir, the hammer of the thunder god Thor and the symbol of his power.

The company’s first product was the SwitchBack® tactical flashlight ring. Introduced in 2015, the SwitchBack was developed in collaboration with Chris Costa of Costa Ludus LLC to enhance flashlight manipulation and control. It’s a great idea and works quite well. The company has come out with a number of products since then, all innovative and designed to fulfill an existing need.

Thyrm introduced the first CellVault in 2016. The CellVault came about when an officer with the Stockton, CA PD came to them with the idea of finding a way to carry extra batteries on his person without having to rearrange his kit. Existing battery carriers took up critical amounts of space.

The CellVault XL is the big brother of the original CellVault. The XL has the same basic form as the original, but with twice the capacity. It fits a wide range of batteries and can be used to store many other items, as well.

The XL contains a removable tapered center divider to organize and secure batteries. It allows twice as many batteries to be carried. With the divider removed, larger batteries, such as two rechargeable 18650s, or other gear can be carried. The divider prevents 123As from falling out if the XL is inverted. In order to release the 123As one needs to squeeze the tube. The divider also prevents 123As from rattling, even when the XL is only partially filled.

As with the original CellVault, the XL is made of rugged, injection-molded food-grade polymer. The mounting is also unchanged. The XL measures 1.8 x 1.9 x 5.1 inches (4.57 x 4.83 x 12.95 cm) and weighs 1.8 ounces (51.03 g) empty. For comparison, the original measures 1.3 x 1.1 x 5.1 inches (3.30 x 2.79 x 12.95 cm) and weighs 1.6 ounces (45.36 g) empty.

The CellVault XL features a removable battery divider. Batteries may be removed without removing the XL from gear.

The XL mounts to one available PALS webbing column or to straps via an integrated polymer clip that latches with an audible click. It takes only seconds to attach or detach to gear. The contents of the XL can be accessed without having to remove it.

Lanyard loops at both ends provide additional attachment options. The bottom lanyard loop can also be used to dummy cord the locking latch for additional security if desired.

As with the original, the XL is built to withstand harsh outdoor environments. It’s O-ring sealed, dustproof and waterproof, although it’s not designed for prolonged submersion. Rain or a shallow dunk aren’t a problem, but don’t go diving with it. Thyrm recommends checking the lip and O-ring for debris and wear over time that could prevent it from being waterproof.

The XL can store two 18650 batteries (with divider removed); four AA batteries; six 123A batteries; or eight AAA batteries. It can also be used store fire starting and survival gear, first aid gear, medications, snacks, or valuables, anything you want safely stored protected from the elements. It’s uses are really only limited by your imagination.

If you plan on storing medications or food products in XL, Thyrm recommends washing it thoroughly prior to doing so and to also consider using a food-safe plastic bag. You can use a test tube brush, bottle brush or tooth brush to clean the inside of the tube.

The XL complies with FAA regulations for carrying spare lithium batteries protected from damage and short-circuit on board of commercial aircraft. See 49 CFR 175.10(a)(18) for complete regulations or call your airline, as there are additional requirements.

To Sum Up

To sum it all up, the Thyrm CellVault XL is an outstanding piece of kit and highly recommended. It’s available in urban grey, black, olive drab, flat dark earth, clear black, clear red and rescue orange. The MSRP is $29.99. All Thyrm products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

SpecificationsThyrm CellVault XL

Manufacturer: Thyrm, LLCModel: CellVault XLSize: 1.8 x 1.9 x 5.1 in. (4.57 x 4.83 x 12.95 cm)Weight (empty): 1.8 oz.(51.03 g)Construction: PolymerBattery Storage Capacity: two 18650 batteries (with divider removed); four AA batteries; six 123A batteries; or eight AAA batteriesWaterproof: YesPALS/MOLLE Compatible: YesAvailable Colors: Urban grey, black, olive drab, flat dark earth, clear black, clear red and rescue orange.Country of Origin: Made in USAMSRP: $29.95

Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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