Efest IMR18650 3500mAh (Purple) 2016
- Rated capacity: 3500mAh
- Nominal voltage: 3.7V
- Voltage at end of discharge: 2.5V
- Max. charging current: 4A
- Standard charge: 2A
- Discharge current: 10A
- Pulse discharge current: 20A
- Charging temperature range: 0° ~ 45°C
- Discharge temperature range: -20°C ~ 75°C
This is a high capacity and fairly high current cell.
These cells handles up to 10A fine, but I wonder why they have a difference in capacity.
At 10A the surface temperature of the batteries raises about 50°C, this means they are very close to 80°C.
At 20A the temperature raises to above 85°C fairly fast and I terminated the test. Notice the dark red curve, it do not jump up, but down, this means the battery terminated that discharge, not me (i.e. the battery blew an internal fuse and is dead).
The cells are supposed to be fairly good cells, but I do not like the difference between them and they are not 20A cells.
Notes and links
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