This is the same 18650 Lithium Ion Cell that you know and love, but now includes pre-attached solder tabs! These round high capacity cells have been mainly used in flashlight type applications but with its capability to be used as a drop-in rechargable cell at 3.7V with a capacity of 2600mAh. This battery has been made even better with the attached solder tabs. You now have a much wider range of applications to drop this battery into while still remaining simple to install!
These 18650 Cells have a standard discharge current of 0.2C to a maximum of 1C and can handle about 300 charge cycles.
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I had previously purchased 18650 cells from eBay- the nameplate ratings said anything from 6AH to 4.2AH. The 6AH measured to be 800mAH and the 4.2 AH cells were 1.9AH. These off brand cells are never as good as their ratings. The SparkFun cells were spot on. Don't be fooled by sellers rewrapping cells. Very satisfied.
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Quality construction and battery, good discharge curve. Tabs are weakly soldered and come off easily.
So like a lot of people I needed some 18650 cells for a project but I also dont want to solder straight onto a cell. Given that I lack a spot welder that seemed the only way to go.. but then I found these!
They act as my starter pack now before I actually need to handle decent current. Which is why we have 4/5 stars.
The discharge rate on these are fairly meh.
My wife found within her stuff a forgotten cylindrical USB power bank, featuring a dead Lithium rechargeable cell. It surprised me finding almost no such cells with solder tabs on the market. But I needed one because I can't spot-weld. Luckily there was this one. I could build it into my device, charge it from the computer's USB jack and charge an iPhone 5. The phone got full, and the power bank not empty. The left-over charge couldn't replenish the phone a 2nd time, so I have to be happy with the successful single run.
I got this to replace an old one in a cordless screwdriver and so far seems to have done the trick! I installed it and it worked better than the old one immediately, recharging it for the first time now. The solder tabs were a bit flimsy to insert in the connectors, but managed to get them in and secure.
I replaced the battery in a screwdriver with this item and now the screwdriver is up and running, so overall I'm happy. The solder tabs are so weak that I was convinced I was going to break them during assembling.
I order many cheap parts from other sellers with questionable quality, but if it's about batteries I need them to be reliable and safe. I made a good decision and ordered them from here. They worth the price, convenient to use because of the attached soldering tabs. I haven't measure the actual capacity but the batteries are heavy enough and work well enough to believe.
I like the Lithium Ion battery with the tabs because the tabs allow me to have a lot of flexibility in how I arrange my set of tabbed batteries. I can configure the cells in parallel or series or a parallel/series combination while allowing me to remove them easily for charging.
Only problem with the tabs is they are a little too flexible/malleable/bendable and so I feel like they can break off easily if I don't handle them with care. If they could be a little more stiff so I can push a female connector plug onto the tab or pull off the female connector without fear of breaking them for example that would be great.