Updated 17 Aug 2016

Powertech

Rechargeable 2000 (blue) SB-1737

Bottom line: The Powertech Rechargeable 2000 (blue) SB-1737 has good battery life per use and OK long-term endurance.

Rechargeable 2000 (blue) SB-1737
Consumer score
64
Avg price

$4.98

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Test results

Overall score
OK
64
Battery life
Good
71%
Long term endurance
OK
60%
Charge retention
OK
59%
Ruggedness
OK
60%

Good points

  • Good battery life per use.
  • OK long-term endurance.
  • OK charge retention.
  • Fairly rugged construction.

But

(No obvious bad points.)

How we test

We place the batteries in a computer-controlled test rig that charges them, then discharges them at a rate equivalent to the demand of a high-drain device — like a remote-controlled car. Once the cell voltage reaches 1.0V, equivalent to empty for most power-hungry devices, the rig charges them again.

  • We judge each battery’s long term endurance by measuring how many cycles until its capacity falls to half its initial value.
  • The battery’s average capacity over the amount of charge/discharge cycles before failure gives our battery life per use score.
  • Rechargeable batteries gradually lose charge while sitting idle. We measured this rate of “self-discharge” for each battery to get our charge retention in storage score.
  • We also look at the ruggedness of each battery’s construction by placing them in a rotating cylinder (a bit like a gentle tumble-dryer) for 24 hours, before taking them out and sorting them from least to most damaged.

Key data

Product

Avg price
$4.98

Specifications

Type
NiMH
Cycles to failure
104
Total lifetime capacity (mAh)
210000
Measured initial capacity (mAh)
2210
Average capacity (mAh)
1866
Average discharge time (min)
89
Annual charge loss in storage (%)
56