Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
Recently, we are increasingly using ordinary batteries. Yes, they are low cost – buy a kit consisting of a pair batteries, you can even 100 rubles. But one must not forget that the batteries run out quickly enough, especially if they not used in the remote control. Of course, replacing them regularly will not will ruin. But think about nature! Each kit pollutes environment. Of course, in theory, batteries can be recycled. But there are many collection points for used batteries in your the city? In a word, now you understand why more and more people start pay attention to the so-called 18650 batteries. This lithium-ion power supplies in the form of a conventional battery. Such batteries can be recharged regularly, forgetting the need to search or buy new batteries. It is about these power sources that we We will tell in this article.
- Rating of the best 18650 batteries
- Fenix 18650 ARB-L18-3500U
- Olight 18650 ORB-186P36
- Sony 18650 VTC5
- ROBITON 18650-3000 with protection
- Panasonic NCR18650B
- ANSMANN Li-Ion 2600 mAh 18650
- Rombica NEO X8 18650
- Samsung ICR18650-26HM 2600 mAh unprotected
- Bright BEAM YLP SA1826 18650 2600 mAh
Rating of the best 18650 batteries
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the best 18650 batteries||1||Fenix 18650 ARB-L18-3500U||1 899 rub.|
|2||Olight 18650 ORB-186P36||1 500 rub.|
|3||Sony 18650 VTC5||476 RUB|
|4||ROBITON 18650-3000 with protection||539 rub|
|5||Panasonic NCR18650B||430 rub|
|6||ANSMANN Li-Ion 2600 mAh 18650||650 rub|
|7||Rombica NEO X8 18650||750 rub|
|8||Samsung ICR18650-26HM 2600 mAh unprotected||310 rub|
|9||Bright BEAM YLP SA1826 18650 2600 mAh||569 rub|
Fenix 18650 ARB-L18-3500U
This battery differs from cheaper counterparts in good means of protection. As you know, if you use such a source food for one and a half to two years, then inside it can accumulate gas. This results in a risk of explosion. Here it is practically impossible. Firstly, the cells are arranged in such a way that there is practically no gas appears. Secondly, under a special pad there are two pressure relief buttons – they are implemented just in case. also in The product is equipped with short circuit protection. It lies in strong metal shell – you can damage the battery except with an ax. In short, the battery turned out as much as possible safe.
Externally, the battery is almost identical to an ordinary AA battery. The only difference is the presence of a micro-USB port, used to recharge. By the way, exactly during the connection the second difference becomes noticeable to the power grid – on one of The end indicator lights up. If it lights red, then the battery is recharging. If the product is fully charged, then the indicator turns blue – in this case, the wire can be removed from the aforementioned connector.
It should be noted that the battery that got into our rating is slightly longer than a normal battery. This is due to the presence of a protection board – she is in the anode. It protects the power supply from overcharging, overdischarge and overheating. Perhaps the level of protection here is no less than in power banks designed to recharge a smartphone and other devices. The cathode block turned out to be a little less thick – in it has only thermal control. Also present in the battery microporous separator.
In total, this battery is designed for 500 charge cycles. It seems that this is enough for the vast majority users. It’s hard to imagine how long it takes such a battery will provide some kind of electric guitar. And about a flashlight and say nothing – in all likelihood you will change several flashlights, and the Fenix 18650 ARB-L18-3500U batteries will continue work. And it’s not necessary to throw away these elements power after five hundred charge cycles. After so many of them batteries remain operational, just their capacity will be reduced by 70-75%.
In Russian online stores they sell one such battery for 1800-2000 rubles. This may seem like a brutal price. However such a feeling disappears after you know that the capacity one battery is 3500 mAh. This is almost the maximum in this form factor! But in one device you will use two or even three of these batteries. In a word, this The best choice for, for example, a bicycle flashlight!
Please note that such a battery should not be charged with a mains high current output adapter. Try to pick one a charger that produces only 1 A (such equipped smartphones that did not support the technology of fast charging). Ideally, you should get hold of a branded charger a device from the same Fenix company (it will give out current by force 0.8 A).
- Very large capacity;
- There are vents for the release of gas;
- Easy recharge via micro-USB port;
- The case was made of stainless steel;
- Triple overheat protection;
- Capacity is maintained for 500 charge cycles.
- Very high cost;
- Slightly increased length.
Olight 18650 ORB-186P36
This AA battery also has very high capacity. To be precise, this parameter reaches here is 3600 mAh. It turns out that the installation of two power supplies will give you 7200 mAh. Even the most powerful bike light with such the batteries will be able to shine throughout the whole night. Well, already less powerful devices of such a reserve capacity in general will be enough for some almost endless period.
It should be noted that this is a slightly less expensive battery. Behind one copy in Russian retail asking about 1,500 rubles. It is manufactured by a company controlled by Panasonic Already knowing It is possible to doubt the quality of the product.
This battery is lithium-ion. Unlike cheaper ones competitors, this model has a high charging speed. Also the manufacturer tried to reduce self-discharge to a minimum values.
The battery is based on an electronic safety board. This structural element controls both internal and external voltage. They also track current loads. This the microcircuit protects against overcharging over 4.25 V. It also saves from discharges below 2.7 V. And also this battery is perfectly protected from short circuit. As for overheating, it is also excluded – thank the built-in thermal fuse for this, disconnecting the load circuit if any problems occur.
The case of this battery has a nice turquoise color. The manufacturer recommends putting your creations in devices with high power consumption. In particular, such a battery useful to the owner of a powerful flashlight, including a bicycle. To make you understand, this power source is capable of give a discharge current of 10 A!
The battery is very reliable. The manufacturer claims that The battery will last at least 500 charge cycles. And even later such a period the power source can be used, just it capacity will decrease slightly. To recharge this battery you need use a device emitting a current strength of not more than 1 A.
Unfortunately, there are no vents to vent here pressure. But you should not be afraid. Gas formation is only possible in If the battery has received at least slight damage. It seems that you are unlikely to throw it on the asphalt and commit with her other similar actions. But the lack of a micro-USB port someone will definitely disappoint. This means that the owner of such batteries you will also need a charger in which AA batteries are installed.
In short, if the Olight 18650 ORB-186P36 has any flaws, they are completely minor. If you will see of this representative of our rating in the nearest store, then you can safely make a purchase – you will definitely not be disappointed in this power source!
- High discharge current;
- Good short circuit protection;
- Overdischarge, overcharging and overheating are practically excluded;
- High capacity;
- Standard length;
- Withstands up to five hundred discharge cycles.
- No vents for gas discharge;
- No micro-USB jack;
- The cost may seem too high.
Sony 18650 VTC5
The Japanese company Sony has been producing for many years batteries and accumulators. Her AA batteries were regularly used us in cassette and CD players. Now the manufacturer has switched to create batteries belonging to the same cylindrical form factor. In particular, in stores you can find a battery called the 18650 VTC5. Surprisingly with his the Japanese decided to concentrate on designing the final the cost of the product, not its characteristics.
To begin with, this battery has the maximum simple design. The Japanese did not supply the battery with a beautiful logo and other drawings. Instead, the battery in green color, on which there is only a stamp with the date of production and some other technical information. As for capacity, then It is 2600 mAh. The product can give maximum current 30 A. This is enough even for the brightest bicycle flashlight, not to mention already about less powerful devices.
This battery charges for about three hours. However, this option depends on the charger used – not it is possible that you have to wait a little longer. But about battery insecurity can be said for sure. The fact is that the manufacturer did its best to lower the price tag. As a result for the product is asked for no more than 550 rubles, which is against the background of the two considered The above models seem like a penny. That is why there is no protection against short circuit and other problems. In short, use Sony 18650 VTC5 as carefully as possible. No charged battery needed hit with heavy objects, and the charger should not give out current is too high. If you comply with all operating rules, then such a battery will last about one and a half to two years.
If you are afraid of the simplest design, then buy shrink. A set of four usually costs 140-150 rubles.
As you already understood, this is one of the most affordable batteries in our rating. No wonder many people sell it online shopping, while buying the above models much more difficult.
- Very high return current;
- Standard overall dimensions;
- Long service life;
- Low cost.
- Capacity cannot be called a record;
- There is almost no protection;
- There is no connector for charging.
ROBITON 18650-3000 with protection
The manufacturer of this 18650 battery has decided even in the name indicate that his product is protected. Really, Despite the low cost, the battery received protection from excessive charge and discharge. And is it important! For example, if on time don’t turn off the powerful bike light, then it can discharge the battery from Sony “to zero.” After that, you can no longer charge it. FROM ROBITON 18650-3000 this can not happen. Not afraid of him and a cheap charger that is not able to detect one moment when the battery is fully charged.
This battery has a familiar design – on isolation there is a manufacturer’s logo, and capacity, and others specifications. By the way, the product capacity is 3000 mAh Not a record, but this parameter cannot be called low either. what Regarding the cost, in Russia it is about 700 rubles. It turns out that buying a pair of batteries will cost 1,500 rubles, even taking into account delivery. It seems to us that this is an acceptable amount. Remember power banks – copies with a capacity of 6000 mAh cost a little cheaper. Well, you definitely can’t connect them to the flashlight.
The manufacturer claims that he creates this battery on Samsung battery base. Unfortunately, the discharge current is not exceeds 3.5 A. This is sad. It is possible that this is not enough some particularly powerful flashlights, including those intended for night bike rides. However, the manufacturer had to save! It should be noted and a low level of protection against short circuit. The insulating layer is not very durable, therefore, physical this battery should not be subjected to stress, it is fraught explosion or simply damage to the battery.
There is no doubt that this product can survive 300 charge cycles. Even if you make night bike rides all summer, This is enough for several years of battery operation. If implies a rarer use of batteries, then you will never need to replace them at all.
This is probably the best choice for those who do not want to spend on 18650 batteries are a lot of money. Of course you will not get maximum level of protection, but to other characteristics it’s hard to find fault. If you do not talk about the power of the current, of course same.
- There is at least protection against overcharge and overdischarge;
- Not very high cost;
- Decent capacity;
- Can be found in many stores.
- Not very high discharge current;
- There is no connector for charging.
If we recall the Japanese companies whose batteries we used 10-15 years ago, the brand immediately comes to mind Panasonic. Batteries distributed under it usually had very low cost, while they were enough for long operation of the device. Now find these batteries almost impossible. But batteries are sold in stores NCR18650B.
As with Sony batteries, these batteries also painted green. Here, too, there is no manufacturer’s logo and other design refinements – only an insulating layer is present stamp with technical and some other information. For example here reported nominal capacity of 3400 mAh. It’s great a result that will suit even the owners of powerful flashlights and other devices that consume electricity with great appetite. Arrange such people should also discharge current, which can vary from 1.6 to 6 A. By the way, it is the first value that makes it clear that 18650 batteries are not suitable for use in Tetris or remote control – they need batteries with low current efficiency.
The manufacturer warns that its products must be inserted into devices having a discharge controller. The fact is that the composition Panasonic NCR18650B does not include protection board. This means that he the battery is not protected against overdischarge. Does not understand the source power and the moment when it is fully charged, therefore to the choice The charger also needs to be approached wisely.
In a word, this is the simplest battery that follows to purchase if necessary to save. For one instance in Russian stores ask about 430 rubles. But don’t rely on long product life. It is unlikely that it will survive 300-500 cycles charging.
- High capacity;
- Decent discharge current;
- Low cost;
- Standard dimensions.
- There is no protection board;
- There is no connector for a charger;
- The battery is unlikely to last a long time.
ANSMANN Li-Ion 2600 mAh 18650
The best choice, if necessary, to save can be considered Products under the ANSMANN brand. However it is not means that such a battery has an extremely low price tag. Not, Russian online stores are asking for almost 800 rubles. But but you get a protected battery. The manufacturer claims that his creation is protected against short circuit and deep discharge. This means that the device is installed inside ANSMANN batteries can be damaged – this is unlikely to result in explosion, or at least fire. Well, protection against deep discharge allows you to use these power sources in devices, deprived of a power controller – for example, in cheap flashlights.
The protection circuit installed here also saves the product when overload. This means that even some kind of glitch in the electronic a cigarette will not cause purchased batteries to toss out. By the way, the owners of such devices such a source power supply for sure. This is indicated at least by the discharge current, which can reach 5 A.
What did the manufacturer save on? Firstly, he did not embed here micro-USB connector. That means you have to get a charger in which to insert AA batteries. But most of all, 18650 batteries from ANSMANN disappoint with capacity. Here it is 2600 mAh. Very far from the record that we talked about at the very beginning given rating. However, complain about this option Only owners of bright lights can. They really have to spend money on some more capacious batteries. The rest, as it seems, of the aforementioned stock capacity that’s enough.
- Very low self-discharge
- Discharge current can reach 5 A;
- There is protection against deep discharge and short circuit;
- Not afraid of overloads;
- Not the highest cost;
- It withstands a large number of charge cycles.
- There is not enough connector for charging;
- Low capacity
Rombica NEO X8 18650
At the very beginning of this collection, we talked about the 18650 battery, which supported charging with a USB cable. But that instance had a very high price tag. Are there similar options cheaper? Oddly enough, yes. Micro-USB connector has a source power supply called Rombica NEO X8 18650. Moreover, this The battery is equipped with an appropriate cable! That’s just many people will immediately throw it away. The fact is that the wire has well a very short length – about 10 cm. Of course, such a battery can literally hang under the charger if it plugged into a wall outlet. But it looks unaesthetic.
So, what else can such a battery boast of? Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is value. 1000 rubles – This is far from the lowest price. However, you are unlikely to find more more affordable 18650 battery with a charging connector if talk exclusively about products from famous brands. Also someone will appreciate the pleasant design with the “eight” in full battery. By the way, next to the technical information is PCT logo. This means that high quality is guaranteed.
As expected, the product received a charging indicator. With his with help, you will learn in time that the battery is fully charged up. However, this battery can be kept connected. to the power grid for an arbitrarily long time – it is protected from overcharging. It’s only a pity that the manufacturer doesn’t informs. It is completely unclear whether the battery is protected from short circuit? Can it be used in devices not having a power controller – for example, in flashlights? No, all 18650 batteries can be used in similar flashlights. But not all of them are protected from deep discharge, after which the power source can be thrown out. In a word, I would like to receive answers to these questions, getting rid of experiences.
Unfortunately, this is one of the most demanding representatives of our rating. If you want to use similar batteries in powerful bicycle light illuminating the entire park, then 1900 mAh may seem like an insufficient value. And some an electronic cigarette will be enough, not to mention more simple devices.
Perhaps this is a great option for those who do not have a specific Charger designed for use with AA batteries. However, try to charge the Rombica NEO X8 18650 with the most simple network adapter. Not worth it use a powerful 2 A charger – not the fact that the built-in protection board can limit the current strength.
- The cost varies from 800 to 1000 rubles;
- There is a connector for a charger;
- The kit includes a USB cable, albeit a very small one;
- Long service life;
- Standard sizes and minimum weight.
- Low capacity;
- The protection board is hardly full;
- Not very high discharge current.
Samsung ICR18650-26HM 2600 mAh unprotected
In this rating there are 18650 batteries from famous manufacturers. But they are all remarkably similar. For some unknown reasons, large companies do not want to actively advertise your brand on the packaging of your product. As you already Guess, the Samsung ICR18650-26HM battery also has a solid color color. No, brand is mentioned, but only in in the form of a stamp, among other technical information.
There is no protection board in this battery. In fact it’s just a blank for some other company, specializing in the production of similar products. But it does not mean, that the workpiece cannot be used right now.
The capacity of this product is 2600 mAh. It seems that this will be enough for most buyers. In fact, even this the parameter seems astronomical when you see the price tag. IN Russian retail this power source is sold for only 270 rubles! It’s a pity that you also need to acquire special charger, which are installed AA batteries. And try to buy quality model equipped with a fan, otherwise you may run into overheating. If everything is in order, then wait for recharging. battery in just 2.5 or 3 hours.
The manufacturer claims that his creation will withstand approximately 800 charge cycles. It seems to us that it is implied that after this the number of cycles the battery will completely lose its capacity. we sure that certain losses will begin after 150-200 cycles. However, this is an acceptable number.
There is nothing more to talk about such a cheap battery. it the simplest element of nutrition, the existence of which is very justified low price. If you have the opportunity to spend a larger amount, it is best to consider a more reliable battery. No wonder we talked about so many of them.
- Very long service life;
- Discharge current can reach 5.2 A;
- Very low self-discharge
- The minimum price tag.
- Capacity will still not suit everyone;
- There is no micro-USB connector;
- There are no remedies.
Bright BEAM YLP SA1826 18650 2600 mAh
Recently, on the virtual shelves of online stores batteries spreading under Russian brand. Moreover, some of them come in packaging, where most of the information is in English. This suggests that the manufacturer is going to sell his goods not only in Russia but also abroad. For example, in others countries will definitely be in demand Bright BEAM YLP SA1826. This the battery is sold for only 500-650 rubles. For a resident Spain is a penny! Importantly, for the money you get battery with charging socket! That means you don’t need to look for a charger designed for batteries type AA. Any network adapter you can insert into is suitable USB cable Whether the battery is charged is evidenced by a light indicator located on one of the ends. Cable in It is not supplied with the battery, but it is not seen a problem.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not specify what means of protection endowed with this battery. But there is no doubt that here overcharge protection is present – otherwise there would be no it makes sense to endow this battery with a micro-USB port. But others remedies may not be here. It means you need to carefully use the battery in flashlights and other devices without discharge control.
The capacity of the product is 2600 mAh. Again, not a record, but for Such a price tag is quite bearable. It seems that even such a capacity should be enough for the lantern to glow throughout the night, which he wouldn’t be powerful.
The length of the battery is 70 mm. Diameter does not exceed 18.6 mm. Alas, the manufacturer does not mention not only used protection technologies. He does not write about discharge current either. However, it is definitely not low, because 18650 batteries created exclusively for flashlights, electronic cigarettes and others quite powerful devices. But about the life of the manufacturer still wrote. Approximately 500 charging cycles await the user. only after such a quantity will their capacity be reduced to unacceptable values.
Such is the result of a domestic battery. Perhaps this is the best choice for those who have not tried this battery in business. It is possible that in the future you will want more powerful model with record capacity and enhanced current output. But it’s possible that the battery will be arrange for many years.
- There is a built-in connector for charging;
- Low cost;
- Long service life;
- Can be found in many stores.
- Not very high capacity;
- Increased by 4-5 mm length;
- The capacity of some copies does not match the declared;
- Few remedies.
This is the list of the best 18650 batteries. Don’t forget that not all devices support the use of such elements of nutrition. For example, the smart scales that I talked about most recently, most of the time they are in standby mode, in connection with which their manufacturers recommend using conventional batteries. In short, before installing batteries read the instruction manual.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.