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The 1.2V AA 2300 mAh Maxell Rechargeable NiMH batteries we got for testing here are rated as 2300 mAh minimum capacity and that is the number printed on their package and this kind of surprised us as usually NiMH battery manufacturers print with big numbers on the front the typical capacity and somewhere else with small letters the minimum capacity that their cells should provide. The 2300 NiMHs we’ve got for testing apparently are now being replaced with a newer model that offers 2500 mAh capacity, though as it was not yet available in the shop we got these from we got only the 2300 mAh version.


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We have started the test of the 1.2V AA 2300 mAh Maxell Rechargeable NiMH batteries with a low constant current discharge rate of 0.2A (the lowest load for AA NiMHs in our tests) and the result we got was 2328 mAh capacity. This value is well within the minimum capacity rating for the batteries, so we can say these Maxell NiMHs perform very well and furthermore increasing the load to 0.5A and 1.0A the batteries not only manage to still provide very good level of capacity, but the difference is actually quite small between the two and even at 2.0A load we still get good capacity. So the 1.2V AA 2300 mAh Maxell Rechargeable NiMH batteries do manage to perform very well not only in lower load applications, but in a very high ones as well by providing good capacity in various applications requiring more power.

The performance of the 1.2V AA 2300 mAh Maxell Rechargeable NiMH Batteries in our tests:

– 2328 mAh at 0.2A load
– 2182 mAh at 0.5A load
– 2156 mAh at 1.0A load
– 1547 mAh at 2.0A load

– 2.902 Wh at 0.2A load
– 2.640 Wh at 0.5A load
– 2.469 Wh at 1.0A load
– 1.598 Wh at 2.0A load

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The 1.2V AA 1800 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH batteries are a middle range rechargeable batteries from GP with a typical capacity of 1800 mAh and a minimum one of 1750 mAh. These are sub 2000 mAh rechargeable batteries they will probably have a hard time at our 2A constant current load test, but they should handle well at lower rates. Since we just tested the slightly lower capacity 1600 mAh model from GP we are quite interested to see how these compare to them, especially since the 1600 mAh model was able to provide a bit over 1800 mAh capacity at 0.2A constant current load.


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We have started the test of the 1.2V AA 1800 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH batteries with a constant current discharge rate of 0.2A here we’ve managed to get 1829 mAh or a slightly more than the typical rated capacity. This value is just 9 mAh more than what the 1600 mAh model from GP managed to offer at this test, however moving to higher loads the 1800 mAh NiMHs do manage to outperform the 1600 mAh model. So while for lower loads the 1.2V AA 1600 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH batteries might perform roughly the same, moving to higher loads this 1800 mAh version will be the better choice as they are able to even provide some useable capacity at 2A constant current load.

The performance of the 1.2V AA 1800 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH Batteries in our tests:

– 1828 mAh at 0.2A load
– 1729 mAh at 0.5A load
– 1270 mAh at 1.0A load
– 103 mAh at 2.0A load

– 2.219 Wh at 0.2A load
– 2.018 Wh at 0.5A load
– 1.352 Wh at 1.0A load
– 0.106 Wh at 2.0A load

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The 1.2V AA 1600 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH batteries are a middle range rechargeable batteries from GP with a typical capacity of 1600 mAh and a minimum one of 1550 mAh. At first glance there is nothing special about these batteries, they are not offering very high capacity and since they are sub 2000 mAh they will probably have a hard time at our 2A constant current load test. But anyway lets us see how good will these batteries perform in our tests and what we should expect from them…


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We have started the test of the 1.2V AA 1600 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH batteries with a constant current discharge rate of 0.2A here we’ve managed to get 1819 mAh capacity and that kind of surprised us as these batteries are rated as 1600 mAh typical capacity. Furthermore getting a bit over 1800 mAh from a 1600 mAh NiMH battery at a 0.2A constant current load is nothing short of great performance, going to 0.5A constant current load we got 1614 mAh and that is also a bit over the typical capacity that these batteries are rated for, so another great result. At 1.0A constant current load these batteries still managed to provide over half of their rated capacity though we should note that the voltage they provided during most of their discharge cycle was very close to 1V, so this can cause some problems like premature invoking of low battery cutoff. And going for 2.0A constant current load as expected is a it too much for the 1.2V AA 1600 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH batteries, in fact our power profile test show that they can handle up to about 1.7A load. Nevertheless these NiMH batteries from GP Batteries are performing very good and could be rated more like as 1800 mAh and not as 1600 mAh as our tests have shown.

The performance of the 1.2V AA 1600 mAh GP Rechargeable NiMH Batteries in our tests:

– 1819 mAh at 0.2A load
– 1614 mAh at 0.5A load
– 815 mAh at 1.0A load
– 0 mAh at 2.0A load

– 2.205 Wh at 0.2A load
– 1.836 Wh at 0.5A load
– 0.823 Wh at 1.0A load
– 0 Wh at 2.0A load


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