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The 1.5V AA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty batteries are of the Carbon Zinc type, however this is not mentioned anywhere on the battery itself and this along with the fact that the batteries are labeled as Super Heavy Duty gives out the fact that they are indeed Carbon Zinc. This simply means that the 1.5V AA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty batteries that we test here with an expiration date of 04-2016 are not going to provide as much capacity as an Alkaline battery. We are not very happy when we find a Carbon Zinc battery that is not clearly labeled as such as that may be misleading the buyer, especially if not careful enough. As a general rule of thumb Alkaline batteries should have Alkaline written on them as opposed to Carbon Zinc batteries do not have that clearly stated.


Anyway, lets us see what we can expect in terms of performance from these Carbon Zinc batteries from Toshiba. Starting our tests of the 1.5V AA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty batteries with a constant current discharge rate of 0.1A we’ve managed to get 874 mAh capacity and that is actually not bad for a Carbon Zinc battery. Doubling the constant current discharge rate to 0.2A and the batteries still manage to handle pretty well, however by further increasing the load to the 1.5V AA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty Carbon Zinc batteries they are starting to offer significantly less capacity. This is to be expected as Carbon Zinc batteries are intended for use in cases where low power is required.

The performance of the 1.5V AA Toshiba Super Heavy Duty Batteries in our tests:

– 874 mAh at 0.1A load
– 661 mAh at 0.2A load
– 298 mAh at 0.5A load
– 45 mAh at 1.0A load

– 1.065 Wh at 0.1A load
– 0.773 Wh at 0.2A load
– 0.317 Wh at 0.5A load
– 0.046 Wh at 1.0A load


The 9V Sony Ultra Super Carbon Zinc batteries we test here are rated with up to 3 years shelf life and are marked for use up to 11-2015. The Sony 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. Considering the fact that we are talking about a Carbon Zinc battery we don’t have very high expectations, even though Sony labels these batteries as Ultra Super.


To test the capacity that 9V Carbon Zinc 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 Sony Ultra Super Carbon Zinc battery we have tested here managed to provide 151 mAh capacity before hitting the 5.4V cutoff voltage and that is actually quite normal performance for a 9V Carbon Zinc battery as these usually provide less capacity than Alkaline batteries and are a bit cheaper compared to Alkaline.

The performance of the 9V Sony Ultra Super Carbon Zinc Batteries in our tests:

– 151 mAh at 0.05A load

– 0.998 Wh at 0.05A load