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9v-toshiba-heavy-duty-battery

The 9V Toshiba Heavy Duty batteries we are testing here are essentially lower capacity Zinc batteries, even though they are not labeled as such the Heavy Duty in the name points exactly to that along with the lack of Alkaline anywhere written on the battery. These batteries are often found in supermarkets for example and are relatively cheap, so you can often make a mistake of taking them if you need a 9V battery for some device. And while nowadays 9V batteries are not so commonly used, there are still a lot of devices that need them and it is a wise idea to spend your money on something better that will last longer. The particular battery we are testing here is with an expiration date of 01-2016 and according to Toshiba these batteries are suitable for slightly heavy duty to light duty applications such as flashlights, radio cassette recorders and clocks.


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In order to test the capacity of the 9V Toshiba Heavy Duty batteries we are using a constant current discharge rate of 0.05A (50 miliampers) and we have managed to get just 4 mAh out of the Toshiba battery. No, that is not a mistake, it simply means that our test discharge current seems to be a bit higher for these batteries and they simply cannot handle it well. So much for recommending these over any other Zinc batteries as we usually should get about 100-150 mAh as useable capacity in our test scenario under these conditions. In fact we have managed to get more useable capacity out of a Carbon Zinc battery that has expired already than what this new Toshiba battery has managed to provide. At a lower loads the battery should probably handle better and be able to provide higher useable capacity, however that does not make it things any better – in short we are very disappointed from the result.

The performance of the 9V Toshiba Heavy Duty batteries in our tests:

– 4 mAh at 0.05A load

– 0.030 Wh at 0.05A load

1-5v-aa-xcell-alkaline-battery

The 1.5V AA Xcell Alkaline batteries don’t seem as something special, but we’ve decided to give them a try and see how good will they be able to perform in our tests. The batteries we’ve used for testing were with an expiration date of just the year 2017, no specific month, so they should be with either 4 or 5 years of shelf life.


1-5v-aa-xcell-alkaline-battery-capacity

Starting our test of the 1.5V AA Xcell Alkaline batteries as we usually do with a low constant current discharge rate of 0.1A we have managed to get 2063 mAh as capacity. With that capacity they do not manage to get into our top 10 of best AA-size Alkaline batteries, though the level of capacity they offer is still more than decent if the price is right. Increasing the level of constant current load that we are testing with to 0.2A we still get a decent useable capacity, but past that the performance gets even worse, so better not use these batteries for higher power drain applications.

The performance of the 1.5V AA Xcell Alkaline batteries in our tests:

– 2063 mAh at 0.1A load
– 1586 mAh at 0.2A load
– 761 mAh at 0.5A load
– 267 mAh at 1.0A load

– 2.521 Wh at 0.1A load
– 1.858 Wh at 0.2A load
– 0.859 Wh at 0.5A load
– 0.293 Wh at 1.0A load

1-5v-aaa-panasonic-pro-power-alkaline-battery

The 1.5V AAA Panasonic Pro Power Alkaline are supposed to offer premium energy for personal appliances and should be ideal for high and medium drain appliances according to Panasonic. They are almost the highest-end Alkaline batteries that the company offers, the only supposedly better option are the ones in the Evolta range. The Panasonic Pro Power Alkaline batteries we tested here were with an expiration date of 01-2018 meaning that they should be offering at least 5 years shelf life.


1-5v-aaa-panasonic-pro-power-alkaline-battery-capacity

Starting our test as we usually do with a low constant current discharge rate of 0.1A we have managed to get 794 mAh as capacity from the 1.5V AAA Panasonic Pro Power Alkaline batteries, or a it disappointing result placing them more in the mid-range among the AAA size Alkaline batteries we have tested so far. At 0.2A and 0.3A constant current discharge rates the batteries still perform quite well, though at a level of 0.5A there is a more significant drop in the usable capacity you can get, meaning that these batteries are not going to be handling well in devices that have quite high power requirements and are using AAA-size batteries.

The performance of the 1.5V AAA Panasonic Pro Power Alkaline batteries in our tests:

– 794 mAh at 0.1A load
– 593 mAh at 0.2A load
– 492 mAh at 0.3A load
– 159 mAh at 0.5A load

– 0.964 Wh at 0.1A load
– 0.707 Wh at 0.2A load
– 0.568 Wh at 0.3A load
– 0.173 Wh at 0.5A load


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