NuMH D cell capacity

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NuMH D cell capacity

Post by mebikerider » Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:05 pm

I walked into a major electronics store to try to get some NiMH batteries for my bicycle headlight.

I was hoping to find D cells in the range of 10000 mAh capacity.

But their NiMH D cells had only 2500 mAh! Right beside them on the rack were AA cells, also having 2500 mAh! Why would D cells have only the same small capacity as AA?

Is somebody packaging an AA cell in a D cell casing and trying to sell it as a D cell, or something?

Does anyone know what's going on? Is this some sort of battery scam?
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Re: NuMH D cell capacity

Post by Chris Smith » Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:31 pm

I have D cells that do have tiny batteries inside them about 1/10 the normal size, based on the over weight of the battery.

My D cells weigh like a feather so I know it’s a empty can, with a tiny battery inside.

I also have 2.0 volt lead acid batteries in D size and they feel like solid lead, but their limit is only 2 Amp.

Pick them up and feel their weight and that should answer your question. If they have little mass, they probably are shells.

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Re: NuMH D cell capacity

Post by jwax » Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:02 pm

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Re: NuMH D cell capacity

Post by Chris Smith » Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:36 pm

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Re: NuMH D cell capacity

Post by mebikerider » Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:56 am

Checking around a bit on the web, I found that many vendors do offer NiMH D cells in the 9000 to 12000 mAh range. Their weight is around 163 g. On the other hand, the "Energizer" NiMH D cell at 2500 mAh weighs only 73 g.

The prices generally do reflect the capacity - the Energizer, at 2200 mAh, is around $5 per cell, and prices go up to around $16 or $17 for the 12000 mAh cells. But there do seem to be deals like 6 10000 mAh D cells for $49.50, so for close to the price of the 2500 mAh Energizer, I can get me a bunch of 10000 mAh cells.

Maybe I was a little harsh in calling this a "scam", but it still seems sort of bogus for Energizer to call those wimpy little things "HIGH CAPACITY".
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Re: NuMH D cell capacity

Post by philba » Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:46 am

Originally posted by mebikerider:
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Maybe I was a little harsh in calling this a "scam", but it still seems sort of bogus for Energizer to call those wimpy little things "HIGH CAPACITY".
no, I don't think scam is too harsh. Energizer surely thinks of this as "marketing" but, to me, marketing involves some level of honesty and that is simply dishonest.

In general, one should disregard any "marketing" claims made about a product and determine suitibility from the specifications.

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