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We are not big fans of Carbon Zinc single use batteries as a cheaper alternative to alkaline batteries, but from time to time we still pick up some cells to test and reaffirm that we do not like them. Carbon Zinc batteries are designed to be used on devices with smaller power consumption and they do not offer as much capacity as their alkaline counterparts, but they do come cheap and are widely available in various stores. We are giving the 9V GP Powercell Heavy Duty another chance as we have tried to test one of these a couple of years ago, but it has arrived with at the end of its shelf life. The one we received this time is slightly fresher with 10-2019 expiration date, so this time with half a year left of its shelf life we have decided to include it in our test results.

As expected the 9V GP Powercell Heavy Duty Carbon Zinc battery did not do much better than our previous try, it has managed to give out just 32 mAh capacity at our constant discharge test with 0.05A. The previous test of expiring 9V GP Powercell Heavy Duty battery with just one month left was a bit better with 38 mAh, but this can be a result of different storage conditions. Anyway, we warn you once again to be careful when buying Carbon Zinc batteries to always check the expiration date and always go for fresh ones (never buy these online if the expiration date is not stated!), or better yet – go for alkaline batteries instead.

The performance of the 9V GP Powercell Heavy Duty Carbon Zinc batteries in our tests:

– 32 mAh at 0.05A load

– 0.234 Wh at 0.05A load

The company GP Batteries is a pretty old and popular name when talking about batteries, but they also started making power banks with the advent of this new product category and they already have a umber of products available. Here we are testing one of their smaller capacity models – the 5000 mAh GP Portable Power Bank (FP05M) that looks and feels nice in terms of design and functionality and specs wise seems promising. It has an aluminum body, a convenient LED indicator for remaining capacity and support for 2.0A charging input and 2.1A charging output.

5000 mAh GP Portable Power Bank (FP05M) Specifications:
– Battery Type: Li-Polymer battery 3.7V 5000mAh
– Input current: 2A
– Output current: 2.1A
– Number of outputs: 1
– Size: 120 x 66 x 13 mm
– Weight: 165 grams (approx.)
– Operation Temperature: 5C ~ 40C
– Recharging time: 5 hours (approx.)

With the 5000 mAh GP Portable Power Bank (FP05M) we have performed our usual 1.0A and 2.1A constant current load tests and you can see the results on the discharge graph above. It is interesting to note the interesting jagged pattern of the discharge cure for both currents we have tested with the electronics of the power bank apparently trying to keep the output voltage closer to the 5V, so the output Wattage would not drop more even though the mAh capacity might still seem higher as we have seen on some other products. We are seeing good results under 1.0A and especially good under 2.1A load for a 5000 mAh power bank, so good job for GP Batteries for this device.

The performance of the 5000 mAh GP Portable Power Bank in our tests:

– 3023 mAh at 1.0A load
– 2896 mAh at 2.1A load

– 15.05 Wh at 1.0A load
– 14.02 Wh at 2.1A load


The 1.2V AAA 1000 mAh GP NiMH batteries we test here are of the standard NiMH type and are rated at 1000 mAh typical capacity and 930 mAh minimum guaranteed. Our experience so far with GP batteries has shown that some models are performing great while others not so well, so it will be interesting to see to which group we can add these batteries. So time to start the testes…


As we usually do we have started the test of the 1.2V AAA 1000 mAh GP NiMH batteries with a low constant current discharge rate of 0.1A and the result we got was 1085 mAh and that is pretty impressive for a battery rated at 1000 mAh. Going further with a load of 0.2A and we managed to get 1005 mAh which is still over the typical rating of these batteries, and with even higher load we still manage to get good results, though not that impressive as at 0.5A we are are a below the minimum rating. Still we are seeing very good performance from the 1.2V AAA 1000 mAh GP NiMH batteries.

The performance of the 1.2V AAA 1000 mAh GP NiMH batteries in our tests:

– 1085 mAh at 0.1A load
– 1005 mAh at 0.2A load
– 876 mAh at 0.5A load
– 796 mAh at 1.0A load

– 1.325 Wh at 0.1A load
– 1.211 Wh at 0.2A load
– 1.029 Wh at 0.5A load
– 0.874 Wh at 1.0A load