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The 1.5V AA Duracell Alkaline batteries we are testing are the typical Duracell Copper Top batteries that you can find pretty much everywhere in a shop or a gas station. The batteries we’ve got for testing are under warranty until 03-2019 and Duracell mentions that these are guaranteed for 10 years in storage. Duracell’s website does not have detailed information about the specs of these batteries or the capacity they are supposed to offer, so we’ve decided to test them so that yo will be able to compare the results to other Alkaline batteries.


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The Open Circuit Voltage (no load voltage) of the 1.5V AA Duracell Alkaline batteries is 1.6V, though it quickly drops to 1.5V under load. We are testing all Alkaline batteries with a constant current load of 0.1A, 0.2A, 0.5A and 1A and measuring what capacity they can provide at these levels, and these Alkaline cells from Duracell are no exception. The Duracell batteries are able to handle quite well higher current drain for a while and although there is an expected drop in the useable capacity you get even at 1A constant current load we got a decent performance out of them.

What we got out of the 1.5V AA Duracell Alkaline batteries in our tests:

– 2348 mAh at 0.1A load
– 1808 mAh at 0.2A load
– 1050 mAh at 0.5A load
– 506 mAh at 1.0A load

– 2.913 Wh at 0.1A load
– 2.189 Wh at 0.2A load
– 1.194 Wh at 0.5A load
– 0.564 Wh at 1.0A load

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The 1.5V AA GP Super Alkaline batteries are the mid-range model that offers high capacity for alkaline batteries from GP, so we were quite interested to see how these compare to other high-end alkaline batteries. These batteries are supposed to offer up to 7 years shelf life and the ones we’ve tested were marked for use up to 01-2019. GP offers also an Ultra lineup of Alkaline batteries that are supposed to offer even higher capacity than the Super lineup that we are testing here, so we should also check these models as well in the future. Bit for now let us see how the 1.5V AA GP Super Alkaline batteries can perform. GP’s website does not have a lot of useful information about the actual capacity that the Super Alkaline batteries should offer, so we are off to test to see what we can expect to get from them.


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Starting with the power profile test of the 1.5V AA GP Super Alkaline batteries we can see that they can handle pretty high loads before reaching the cutoff voltage of 1V that we are using for our tests. We’ve managed to reach up to 1.55A current draw before the batteries hit the cutoff voltage and values over 1 Amp are not that common to find with alkaline batteries, so these batteries from GP are handling pretty well actually up to this point. The open circuit voltage of the 1.5V AA GP Super Alkaline batteries we’ve tested with was 1.58V, though of course that value decreases when the battery is under load.


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Moving on to the constant current draw tests we are performing and starting with a 0.1A load tests for the 1.5V AA GP Super Alkaline batteries we’ve managed to get 2231 mAh capacity which we consider to be quite good. Going for 0.2A constant current draw form the batteries the useful capacity you can expect is 1839 mAh and going even higher the useful capacity gets pretty much in half in our tests at 0.5A and 1.0A as compared to the previous rate. Nevertheless the 1.5V AA GP Super Alkaline batteries still manage to perform very well even under higher constant current draw rates, though as usual for such situations we would still recommend to go for rechargeable NiMH batteries instead as the better choice.

The performance of the 1.5V AA GP Super Alkaline Batteries in our tests:

– 2231 mAh at 0.1A load
– 1839 mAh at 0.2A load
– 991 mAh at 0.5A load
– 458 mAh at 1.0A load

– 2.765 Wh at 0.1A load
– 2.197 Wh at 0.2A load
– 1.122 Wh at 0.5A load
– 0.504 Wh at 1.0A load

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The 1.5V AA Duracell Procell Alkaline batteries we’ve got for testing are what Durcell provides for professional and business use – the Duracell Professional is the business-to-business division of Duracell. The batteries we’ve got for testing are under warranty until 03-2019 and Duracell mentions shelf life of about 7 years for these batteries. What Duracell mentions about these batteries is that they can operate in temperature extremes between -20°C and +54°C, and that the Procell batteries are ideal for applications such as torches, telemeters and measuring instruments, microphones and medical devices.

According to the specifications that Duracell provides for the 1.5V AA Procell Alkaline batteries for a typical discharge performance at 21 degrees Celsius a single cell should provide about 2900mAh at 0.05A discharge current, ~2700 mAh at 0.1A, ~2300 mAh at 0.25A and about 2000 mAh at 0.5A load. These numbers however are not for constant current discharge, but instead for a duty cycle use that includes a few hours a day and we are testing with constant current discharge, so we expected to get a bit lower numbers in our tests.

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The Power Profile test checks how the battery handles different current loads before it reaches the cutoff voltage, the test starts at 0A and gradually increases with steps of 0.05A each 20 seconds until it the cutoff voltage of the cell is reached. In the case of the 1.5V AA Duracell Procell Alkaline batteries we were able to reach a current load of 1.70A before the battery has reached the cutoff value of 1V, meaning that these batteries even though Alkaline are pretty capable of handling quite high current loads.

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The Open Circuit Voltage (no load voltage) of the 1.5V AA Duracell Procell Alkaline batteries is 1.6V, though it quickly drops to 1.5V under load. We are testing all Alkaline batteries with a constant current load of 0.1A, 0.2A, 0.5A and 1A and measuring what capacity they can provide at these levels, and these Alkaline cells from Duracell are no exception. What was interesting here is that the Duracell Procell batteries are able to handle quite well higher current drain for a while and although there is an expected drop in the useable capacity you get even at 1A constant current load we got quite good performance out of them and this is something that is not very common for Alkaline batteries.

What we got out of the 1.5V AA Duracell Procell Alkaline batteries in our tests:

– 2557 mAh at 0.1A load
– 2120 mAh at 0.2A load
– 1287 mAh at 0.5A load
– 619 mAh at 1.0A load

– 3.182 Wh at 0.1A load
– 2.561 Wh at 0.2A load
– 1.482 Wh at 0.5A load
– 0.687 Wh at 1.0A load

Only the battery that we’ve tested with constant current discharge using 1A load got slightly hotter than the ambient temperature of 25 degrees Celsius that we are testing at. At the end of the discharge cycle the temperature of that battery has reached 31 degrees C. We were quite pleasantly surprised by the good capacity and the ability of these Alkaline batteries to handle higher loads with ease and this makes them interesting not only for low drain applications that typically Alkaline batteries are used for, but also for applications where higher current load may be required as they are apparently able to handle well in such situations.

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