Queen Battery QB10440 300mAh - a 3.7V AAA-size Li-ion battery

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thunderheart

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10440 size is more known as AAA - it means that the cell is 10mm in diameter and 44mm long. In Lithium world 10440 is a rare size but you can find 3.2V LiFePO4 and 3.7V Li-ion models just by googling "10440". To feel the difference let's take a look at 10440 (AAA) next to 14500 (AA) and 18650:
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This review's hero,Queen Battery QB10440, is a flat-top unprotected 300mAh-rated cell which also can be ordered with add-on protection PCB and button-top cap.
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The battery was bought from my reliable supplier (Queen Battery) and tested withZKETECH EBC-A20and a self-made battery holder. It's a PC-connected battery tester supporting 4-wire measuring and discharging at up to 20A.
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I've used version 3.0 of my battery holder based on 0.5mm thick pure copper terminals
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I've followed all the prescriptions of theIEC61960-2003standard concerning battery's capacity measurement. Before each discharging cycle each battery was charged at standard charge current mentioned in its datasheet to charge end voltage. Before each discharging or charging i've held a 1-1.5hrs pause. The environment temperature was 23.0-24.5C. To be sure in results i've done each testminimum twice(usually 3-4 times).


Queen Battery QB10440 300mAh

The cell's heat shrink tube shows brief specifications but has absolutely no data about production date or batch number.
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The main specifications from Queen Battery QB10440's datasheet:
Nominal capacity:320mAh
Minimum capacity:313mAh
Nominal voltage:3.7V
Standard charge current:150mA (0.5C)
Max charge current:300mA (1C)
Charge end voltage:4.20V
Max continuous discharge current:600mA (2C)
Discharge cut-off voltage:2.75V
AC impedance at 1KHz:?70m?
Weight:9g

Measured DC IR at 300mA in fully charged condition was 6310m? (using EB Tester Software's Resistance test)

Measured weight of the tested cell was 8.6g and the actual dimensions - 10.242.9mm
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Queen Battery QB10440 300mAh capacity test results:
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In case of QB10440 0.2C (for checking nominal capacity) is equal to 60mA and 0.02C (charge cut-off current) - 6mA. In both cases my battery tester allows 100mA as the minimum value which could be set, so instead of 6mA i cut the charge at 100mA and instead of 60mA test i did 100mA one. Even in those conditions QB10440's capacity was about 350mAh at 100mA discharge!!! I suggest that once it's charged using 6mA cut-off and discharged at 60mA it's capacity will be around 400mAh. At 300 and 600mA the curves look good. This guy handles 2C rate easily but i'd not recommend to go much higher than 600mA. This cell is not meant to power amp-hungry devices.

So, quick pros and cons:
+ more than 350mAh real capacity
+ up to 2C discharge rate
- 2.75V discharge cut-off current (harder to find a suitable protection PCB. Solution is to buy protected cells).

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ozz93666

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As usual another very professional review from thunderheart .

I've no idea what people do with these cells , obviously cannot be put in domestic products which take alkaline AAA ...

Compact size comes with a penalty theyhave exactly half the WHrs/gm that 18650s have...

For small devices prismatic seems more convenient , same capacity ...

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Already has wires attached and weighs in at 7 gm ... saving 1.6gm
 

thunderheart

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ozz93666 said:
As usual another very professional review from thunderheart .

Thanks ozz93666!

ozz93666 said:
I've no idea what people do with these cells , obviously cannot be put in domestic products which take alkaline AAA ...

The simplest scenario i use is the modification of alkaline-based small devices to work with rechargeable Lithium. Many of them are designed to work with 3S 1.5V alkaline (4.5V) and fail with 3S 1.2V Ni-MH (3.6V) cells. Add a TC4056A board with battery protection to this cell and forget about alkaline and Ni-MH))
 

BlueSwordM

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Well, there are mostly for the flashlight community. :)
 

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ozz93666 made me think about shooting a video about Alkaline/Ni-MH to Li-ion conversion))))))) Today i started it. Hope to not be too lazy and finish it soon))))))
 

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thunderheart said:
ozz93666 made me think about shooting a video about Alkaline/Ni-MH to Li-ion conversion))))))) Today i started it. Hope to not be too lazy and finish it soon))))))

I often use LiFe for such conversions. Especially where there are 2 AA batteries used. I make a spacer with a 1s bms inside of it. Gives a reasonably similar run time to normal NiMh batteries, without self discharge issues.
 

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In that case, wouldn't Eneloop 1900mAhs be best here?
 

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BlueSwordM said:
In that case, wouldn't Eneloop 1900mAhs be best here?

There are no 1900mAh AAA Eneloops. Eneloop pro (AAA) is 950mAh/1.2V which means 1.14Wh. 3 cells would give 3.42Wh.
3 x QB10440s in parallel would give more than 3.84Wh.
The best would be Panasonic NCA103450 if the 3xAAA holder would be cut to fit the prismatic cell. It would give 8.63Wh (in fact it would givemuch more because the transmitter would discharge it at much lower current than 450mA at whichNCA103450's energy is 8.63Wh). It's also the cheapest way to go.


Geek said:
thunderheart said:
ozz93666 made me think about shooting a video about Alkaline/Ni-MH to Li-ion conversion))))))) Today i started it. Hope to not be too lazy and finish it soon))))))

I often use LiFe for such conversions. Especially where there are 2 AA batteries used. I make a spacer with a 1s bms inside of it. Gives a reasonably similar run time to normal NiMh batteries, without self discharge issues.

I love them but they cost unreasonably tooooooo much. I mean AA and AAA ones.
 
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