Updated 17 Aug 2016

Varta

Ready to Use 2100 56706 412 404

Bottom line: The Varta Ready to Use 2100 56706 412 404 has OK battery life per use and OK long-term endurance.

Ready to Use 2100 56706 412 404
Consumer score
67
Avg price

$5.75

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Test results

Overall score
OK
67
Battery life
OK
67%
Long term endurance
OK
66%
Charge retention
OK
65%
Ruggedness
OK
68%

Good points

  • OK 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
$5.75

Specifications

Type
NiMH
Cycles to failure
129
Total lifetime capacity (mAh)
246000
Measured initial capacity (mAh)
2076
Average capacity (mAh)
1722
Average discharge time (min)
85
Annual charge loss in storage (%)
50