Tests and reviews of different batteries to help you find the Right One…
We have already tested both the 1.5V AAA Duracell Alkaline batteries and the 1.5V AAA Duracell Procell Alkaline batteries and they both did perform really well by providing very high capacities for AAA-sized Alkaline batteries. Since there is a common belief that the Duracell Copper Top Alkaline batteries are actually the same as the Duracell Procell Alkaline we are going to compare both types and see if they are indeed the same batteries with different labels or there is an actual difference as Duracell claims in favor of the Procell batteries.
You can see that at low current drain the difference is about 7% at 0.1A in favor of the Procell, however as the current draw increases to 0.2A the gap decreases a bit to just about 2.5%. Though at the at 0.3A load the Procell batteries take significant lead with close to 14% and by and going to 0.5A the difference in useable capacity you get gets even higher with about 35% in favor of the Procell batteries. So the 1.5V AAA Duracell Procell Alkaline batteries are actually better than the 1.5V AAA Duracell Copper Top Alkaline batteries especially when the load on the batteries gets higher, meaning that we are talking about different batteries indeed.
Duracell – Copper Top – Procell
0.1A load – 970 mAh – 1038 mAh
0.2A load – 777 mAh – 797 mAh
0.3A load – 553 mAh – 627 mAh
0.5A load – 336 mAh – 455 mAh
So in the end if you are going to be using AAA batteries in a low load applications such as a remote control for a TV for example, then you might just go with the standard Duracell Alkaline batteries as the difference in capacity in such situations is probably something that you will not notice at all… unless you manage to find Procells at a better price than the standard Duracell Copper Tops. For applications that require more power however such as remote controlled toys for example you should consider choosing the Procells as they will definitely be able to offer you significantly more.
The 1.5V AAA Duracell Alkaline batteries are our reference batteries for comparing how other brands’ AAA batteries are performing, because as we know the Duracell Copper Top are performing very well, though they may not be the ones offering the highest capacity in various conditions. The 1.5V AAA Duracell Alkaline batteries we used for testing here were with an expiration date of 03-2019, so they are supposedly offering a long shelf life of 6 years, but what about the capacity they can provide…
We have started the test of the 1.5V AAA Duracell Alkaline batteries as we normally do with a low constant current discharge rate of 0.1A and the result we got was 970 mAh as capacity and that is a very good result close to 1A. Increasing the constant current load to the higher values we use for testing the batteries continued to show very good performance and even in high loads they’ve managed to offer good performance. So it will be interesting to see how good other AAA size Alkaline batteries will compare in terms of capacity in our tests.
The performance of the 1.5V AAA Duracell Alkaline Batteries in our tests:
– 970 mAh at 0.1A load
– 777 mAh at 0.2A load
– 553 mAh at 0.3A load
– 336 mAh at 0.5A load
– 1.174 Wh at 0.1A load
– 0.916 Wh at 0.2A load
– 0.637 Wh at 0.3A load
– 0.378 Wh at 0.5A load
The 9V Duracell Alkaline batteries we test here are rated with up to 5 years shelf life and are marked for use up to 03-2017. Duracell’s website does not have detailed specifications about these batteries, so we have to check them out by testing the actual capacity we can get out of these. And since we are using the standard Duracell Copper Top Alkaline batteries as our reference to judge and compare to other batteries the result we get here is very important for our further tests.
To test the capacity that the 9V Duracell alkaline batteries can provide we are using a constant current discharge test with 0.05A load (50 miliampers) due to the fact that the total capacity of these batteries is not that high and they are not intended for use in situations where high current loads can be expected. The 9V Duracell Alkaline battery we have tested here managed to provide 311 mAh capacity before hitting the 6.6V cutoff voltage. We kind of expected the Duracell to perform a bit better than what we’ve got, but such capacity is to be expected from a decent 9V Alkaline battery anyway.
The performance of the 9V Duracell Alkaline Batteries in our tests:
– 311 mAh at 0.05A load
– 2.300 Wh at 0.05A load