Capacity Test of Fake 18650

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Introduction: Capacity Test of Fake 18650

In this Instructables let's find the capacity of Fake 10400mAh Power bank.

Previously I used This power bank to make my own power bank because I bought it for $2.

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So let's get started

Step 1: Opening

Let's first open the power bank

One's we have opened it cut the wires of power.

since there are 4 batteries and the total capacity is 10400mAh so the capacity of each battery is 2600mAh

Step 2: Charging

Battery was not fully charged so first charge.

let's first charge them using TP4056 module

Step 3: How to Calculate Capacity

We can simply use 1ohm 5 w resistor in series with the battery to test the capacity

but, voltage will decrease over the time and so our current ( resistance will be 1ohm)

and in this case we need to use integral function which is quite inaccurate

Step 4: LM358

Since using integral will be quite inaccurate let's use constant current source.

we can built a constant current source using LM358

let me explain how it works

1) When Vin is higher then Vref output is high which turns our MOSFET On

When MOSFET is trued on there is voltage drop across the resistor and our Vref is now High

2) When Vref is higher than Vin Output is Low and this cycle repeats

Step 5: Capacity Test !

One's the circuit is done adjust the potentiometer to get the current of 1A

It took 15 min for the battery to discharge completely.

Step 6: Calculation Time

Alringht so the,

Current was 1A

and time was 0.25 hr

so the capacity of the battrey is.....

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250mAh

Step 7: My Thoughts !

I think they forgot to divide Every thingby 10

Because Actual capacity of the Power bank 1000mAh and not 10400mAh

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The capacity of battrey is 250mAh and not 2600 mAh

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exact copy of great scott? nice

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Constant-current-load/

Nice Physics Math calculation in Electronic Field my friend... Continue studying this field and learn more about Quantum Electron Arithmetic Calculations and Quantitative Arithmetic Calculations of Electrical Energy... Excellent demonstration my friend...

I used a discharger not known the discharge resistance, the values shown to discharge 1A current from 4.20V to 3.0V took 23 min 17 sec, can you calculate the mAH?

Here you can find a very good list of 18650 battery tests, including top brands, and cheap/fake ones too.

250mAh seems unlikely low. I would repeat it, even with lower currents.

The quoted mAh capacity on most battery labels are for smaller current draws; thus, a 1000 mAH battery seldom delivers 1000mA for 1 hour. However, it will come close to delivering 10 mA for 100 hours! Of course some lousy batteries won't even do that ! Your test should be really conducted on the expensive (not cheap imports) to make sure. Somehow I suspect even they will not be significantly better, at least for the extra bucks you'd have to pay for them.

I think we probably must be careful with products made from China.

do you know one constructor of batteries that is not made in china ?

for my part... no one !

samsung, LG, Panasonic,motoma are 4 different brands that I recommend having tested both for capacity and load capability

And they are often the most counterfeited brands too boot.

It takes a bit more effort to beat the counterfeiters at their own game than simply buying brand label.

About the only certainty is brand name batteries are always by far the most expensive costing 2-4x as much as the generics and the counterfeits.

Even then you could still buy a bad one simply going on price alone from a seller who takes advantage of people who think price = quality.