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LG HB6 Pink 30A 1500mAh 18650 Bench Test Results...great 32A/1500mAh battery, better than ivory HB6

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  1. Mooch

    Mooch Electron Wrangler Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 13, 2015
    These cells were donated for testing by Origin Vape (www.originvape.com). To prevent any confusion with the eGo-type "batteries", I use the term "cell" here to refer to a single 18650, 26650, etc.


    Disclaimer
    The statements, conclusions, and recommendations I make based on these tests are only my personal opinion. Carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

    Testing cells at their limits is dangerous and should never, ever, be attempted by anyone who has not thoroughly studied the dangers involved and how to minimize them.


    A note regarding current ratings and my testing
    If the cell has only one current rating number on it, or if it says "max discharging current" then I have to assume that the company is stating that the cell can be discharged at that current level in any way, including continuously.

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    Bottom Line
    This pink-colored version of the HB6 is a great 32A continuous, 1500mAh battery that outperforms the older ivory HB6 in voltage and capacity. Both the new pink HB6 and new mustard HB4 have a similar increase in performance over their older versions. The pink HB6 equals the VTC4's starting pulse voltage but due to the HB6's lower capacity that voltage starts dropping faster. It runs several degrees cooler than the VTC4 though, hence its very high current rating of 32A.

    So is this first battery available to vapers with a rating above 30A? Yes and no. This is a solid 30A battery that runs cooler than the other 30A batteries. This means it can be used at a higher discharge rate and still equal the temperature of the others. I am giving it a 32A rating so its performance can be directly compared to the other batteries I have tested. However, it can also just be considered a cool-running 30A battery. Like so many things about battery ratings there isn't a single "correct" answer. 32A continuous is what is should be rated at in my testing though.

    A lot of people ask where they can buy the batteries I test. These were donated for testing by Origin Vape (www.originvape.com).


    Continuous-Current Test Results
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    Pulsed-Current Test Results
    These tests are done to show the performance of the cell at higher pulsed current levels. If you are running your mod at these levels be aware that you risk overheating, and possibly venting of, the battery if there is a malfunction or accidental pressing of your mechanical mod's button.
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    Comparison between the ivory HB6 and the pink HB6
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    Comments
    • At 10A continuous it reached about 1425mAh. This is fantastic performance for a 1500mAh-rated cell operating at 10A so I am rating this cell at 1500mAh.
    • At 15A continuous the temperature rose to 56°C. This is significantly below the average temperature for a cell operating at its continuous discharge rating (CDR).
    • At 20A continuous the temperature rose to 64°C. This is still a lot below the average temperature for a cell operating at its CDR.
    • At 25A continuous the temperature rose to 71°C. This is a few degrees below the average temperature for a cell operating at its CDR, indicating that we're discharging near the cell's rating.
    • At 30A continuous the temperature rose to 76°C. This is just below the average temperature for a cell operating at its CDR.
    • At 35A continuous the temperature rose to 83°C. This is the upper limit for the average temperature of a cell operating at its CDR.
    • At 40A and 45A continuous the temperature rose to 89°C and 93°C. These temperatures are too high to set either of these current levels as the CDR.
    • I am setting a CDR of 32A for this cell since at this current level the operating temperature is at the average for a cell operating at its CDR. While operating any cell near its rated maximum current level causes damage to the cell, I would expect decent cycle life from this cell at 32A continuous.
    • I have included pulsed discharges but I haven't set pass/fail standards for pulse testing yet. The discharges were done at 5sec on/30sec off, down to 2.5V. One chart shows the entire discharge at each level. The other chart is zoomed in to show the first 5 minutes to make it easier to see the voltage sag at different current levels.


    To see how other cells have tested and how hard you can safely push them, check out these links:
    List of Battery Tests | E-Cigarette Forum
    18350 Safety Grades and Pulse Performance Data | E-Cigarette Forum
    18650 Battery Ratings -- Picking a Safe Battery to Vape With | E-Cigarette Forum
    26650 Safety Grades and Pulse Performance Data | E-Cigarette Forum
     
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  2. sig-cmt

    sig-cmt Ultra Member

    Sep 28, 2015
    HoustΩn, TX
    Looks as if the pulsed current data is quite close to that of the HB4. What I noticed about the mustard HB4 (of which I have four) is that the profiled height of the cover cap has noticeably increased over that of the brown HB4. Whether this is within manufacturing tolerances or done purposefully in an attempt to emulate a button top, I have no idea. Does the same hold true with the HB6 in regards to the cover cap being taller than that of its ivory predecessor?
     
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  3. Mooch

    Mooch Electron Wrangler Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 13, 2015
    Don't know, been so busy testing I haven't looked. :)
    You could check the pictures in the two HB6 test reports.
     
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  4. Mooch

    Mooch Electron Wrangler Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 13, 2015
    For anyone considering an HB series purchase, wait a day. I'm posting the updated shootout results for the three of them.
     
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  5. sig-cmt

    sig-cmt Ultra Member

    Sep 28, 2015
    HoustΩn, TX
    Hard to tell. Looks to be the same. Based on the blurry shot of the top cap, you had not yet perfected your camera skills in the original review ;) . So I gather that the cover cap from the HB6 wrapped in pink does not noticeably protrude?

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    HB 30A shootouts are definitely my favorite :thumbs: .
     
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  6. Derek Cross

    Derek Cross Full Member

    May 16, 2015
    Very nice how consistently these newer 30amp cells are keeping theyre voltages consistently.

    I purchased 4 hb4 lg's due to your review and they do not disappoint. I love my vtc4 for unregulated mechs but these seem to hit at the same voltage for longer or at least the voltage drop is minimal. @Mooch never lets me down
     
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