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Bench Test Results: Nitecore 7A 700mAh 18350...accurately rated, an average performer

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  1. Mooch

    Mooch Electron Wrangler Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 13, 2015
    These tests below only note the estimated ratings for these batteries at the time I tested them. Any battery that is not a genuine Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change at any time! This is one of the hazards of using “rewrapped” or batteries from other manufacturers so carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

    Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

    Testing batteries at their limits is dangerous and should never, ever, be attempted by anyone who has not thoroughly studied the dangers involved, understands the risks, has the proper equipment, and takes all appropriate safety precautions.

    If the battery has only one current rating number, or if it only says "max", then I have to assume the battery is rated at that current level for any type of discharge, including continuous.

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    Bottom Line
    This cell has accurate current and capacity ratings. It is an average performer, a bit better than the overrated AWT 10.5A 850mAh cell.

    The performance of any 18350 really suffers at higher current levels due to their very high internal resistance, leading to huge voltage sag. I recommend staying under their continuous current rating. This results in much more efficient operation and much longer vaping time.

    The two cells I tested delivered 719mAh and 736mAh at 0.2A down to 2.5V.

    I am estimating this Nitecore’s ratings at 7A and 700mAh. Current ratings for high internal resistance cells like these are a combination of the temperature the cell runs at and how badly the voltage sags, i.e., its Wh specs.

    This is the fourth in a group of seven 18350’s I am testing and I will be posting a shootout between all of them after the individual test reports are posted. The top three performers will then be identified.

    Two cells were purchased for the purposes of testing by me.

    Continuous Current Discharge Graphs

    Ratings Graphic

    Performance Specs
    - DC Internal Resistance = 42.6mOhms (milliohms) average for the two cells.
    - Total energy delivered down to 3.2V at 10A continuous = 1.8Wh (Watt-hours) average
    - Total energy delivered down to 3.2V at 20A continuous = 0.3Wh (Watt-hours) average

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    To see how other cells have tested check out this link: List of Battery Tests | E-Cigarette Forum
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