Tests and reviews of different batteries to help you find the Right One…
The 1.5V AAA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty batteries despite their good sounding names are essentially Carbon Zinc batteries, though that is not marked anywhere on the batteries themselves and these are commonly found in supermarkets for example. The batteries we got for testing were with an expiration date of 04-2016, so they are supposedly offering a shelf life of 3 years, but what about their capacity. As is the case with Carbon Zinc batteries you should not expect very high capacity, but let us see what these Toshiba Super Heavy Duty batteries can offer in terms of capacity in our tests.
We have started the test of the 1.5V AAA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty Carbon Zinc batteries as we normally do with a low constant current discharge rate of 0.1A and the result we got was 320 mAh as capacity, not that much as we expected from a Carbon Zinc battery. By further increasing the constant current load to the higher values we test with and the batteries started providing even less useable capacity, something that is to be expected, but while Carbon Zinc batteres do provide less capacity than their Alkaline counterparts they are also not a good choice for applications requiting more power. Nevertheless we got a decent result for a Carbon Zinc batteries from the 1.5V AAA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty Carbon Zinc batteries.
The performance of the 1.5V AAA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty Carbon Zinc Batteries in our tests:
– 320 mAh at 0.1A load
– 195 mAh at 0.2A load
– 138 mAh at 0.3A load
– 58 mAh at 0.5A load
– 0.379 Wh at 0.1A load
– 0.219 Wh at 0.2A load
– 0.147 Wh at 0.3A load
– 0.060 Wh at 0.5A load
The 1.2V AA 2500 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH batteries are supposedly from the higher capacity rechargeable models from GP and we had high expectations when we started testing them. They are rated at 2500 mAh typical and 2450 mAh minimal capacity, though our test results show a bit different picture and in order to avoid a possible mistake we even repeated the tests 3 times and got pretty much the same results. So take a look below to see what you can expect from these NiMH batteries from GP. We’ve already seen that different GP models can provide different results and apparently not all models are as good as you could expect them to be.
We have started the test of the 1.2V AA 2500 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH batteries as we normally do with a low constant current discharge rate of 0.2A and the result we got was 2223 mAh as capacity and that is a bit of a disappointment. With more than 12% less than the advertised capacity and with repeating the tests multiple times just to be sure we are a bit disappointed, though the batteries did manage well at 0.5A and 1.0A, the results at high load with 2.0A were also disappointing. Hopefully the even higher capacity GP NiMH batteries will be able to provide better results than what we’ve got from these.
The performance of the 1.2V AA 2500 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH Batteries in our tests:
– 2223 mAh at 0.2A load
– 2037 mAh at 0.5A load
– 1808 mAh at 1.0A load
– 66 mAh at 2.0A load
– 2.769 Wh at 0.2A load
– 2.388 Wh at 0.5A load
– 1.987 Wh at 1.0A load
– 0.068 Wh at 2.0A load
There are many types of single use and rechargeable batteries available out there and you have many options for use in devices that operate on the more common types of batteries, but the important question is what types of batteries will work best in different devices and situations? Starting with Carbon-Zinc batteries, these you would probably want to avoid as they are just a bit cheaper than the more standard Alkaline batteries, however their life and capacity are usually a few times less than what a standard Alkaline battery would offer, let alone a high capacity ones. So go for Alkaline batteries in devices that do not require a lot of power or are not always on such as remote controls for various devices, Alkaline batteries are also good for low power consumption device that are operating all the time. You can of course also use Alkaline batteries for devices that require more power such as a digital camera or a flash for a digital camera if you are not using it very frequently for example. If you are looking for batteries that need to handle higher current loads frequently, then you better think about going for rechargeable instead of primary batteries.
So, going for rechargeable NiMH batteries, but what type to use – the standard HiMH or the newer Low Self Discharge ones? Well, again it depends on the device you are going to be using them in. For example the standard NiMH batteries are not the best choice for use in low power devices such as remote controls, because of their faster self discharge even when not being used. On the other hand you can go for LSD NiMHs in a remote control without worrying about them self discharging in a year or two even if you don’t use the remote. Now, we said you can use the LSD NiMHs for low power applications, but for a remote control for example Alkaline batteries might be much better choice because they should normally last for a few years and will be much cheaper than a NiMH battery. The real strength of NiMH batteries is that they can handle pretty well in high load applications such as digital cameras or flashes that you are going to be using a lot and very frequently. Usually with NiMH batteries you would charge them right before you plan on using them with the idea that they will most likely be discharged from use like for example going to an event where you will take a lot of pictures. With LSD NiMHs you don’t need to recharge them right before you plan on using them, so it is more convenient, not to mention that when you pick them up at a store they will be pre-charged and ready to be used unlike with standard NiMHs that need to be charged prior to being used for the first time.
Generally speaking, there is no need to always go for the best or more expensive batteries as sometimes they may not work as well as you might expect in the device you got them for. You should consider what you need the batteries for and then decide which of these batteries will work best, and them you may consult our test results to see what battery performs best…