1.2V AAA 840 mAh Maxell NiMH Battery Tests

16 Nov
2013

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The 1.2V AAA 840 mAh Maxell NiMH batteries are standard NiMH batteries and although their capacity rating may seem low at first there is something important that you should note about the rating. Most other NiMH battery manufacturers do list their product capacity ratings as typical values with large text and have a minimum value written somewhere with small text or not written at all. Unlike them Maxell has decided to list the minimum guaranteed capacity for their batteries as the actual battery capacity, so the 840 mAh rating here is the minimum guaranteed one, not the typical and there isn’t a typical rating written anywhere. So it will be quite interesting for us to see what is the actual performance of these Maxell AAA NiMH batteries in our tests…


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We have started the test of the 1.2V AAA 840 mAh Maxell NiMH batteries as we normally do with a low constant current discharge rate of 0.1A and the result we got was 1048 mAh as capacity, a surprisingly high result. We’ve seen other brand name AAA batteries rated at 1000 mAh to provide such capacities and these batteries form Maxell are rated as 840 mAh minimum capacity, so they are obviously able to provide significantly higher capacity as their typical rating. GOing with higher constant current load even at 0.5A these batteries still do manage to provide a bit over their rated minimum capacity and that is a great performance. We are really impressed with the results and Maxell could’ve easily rated these batteries with a typical capacity of 1000 mAh as they are clearly showing results similar to those of good quality 1000 mAh AAA NiMH products.

The performance of the 1.2V AAA 840 mAh Maxell NiMH batteries in our tests:

– 1048 mAh at 0.1A load
– 904 mAh at 0.2A load
– 848 mAh at 0.5A load
– 776 mAh at 1.0A load

– 1.309 Wh at 0.1A load
– 1.111 Wh at 0.2A load
– 1.012 Wh at 0.5A load
– 0.979 Wh at 1.0A load



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