Mooch’s Bench Test Results: BAK N18650NCP - 30A 2500mAh 18650...about equal to Samsung 25R

Test Report Summary: This tested out as a pretty good performing 20A cell. Except for a slight dip in voltage at the start it is essentially equal in performance to the Samsung 25R5 down to about 3.1V.

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BAK is a huge China manufacturer and cells from companies like these will become more important as cells from Samsung, Murata, LG, etc., become harder and harder to buy.

The datasheet lists a 30A “max continuous discharge current” but also lists a 75°C maximum cell temperature limit and a 3.0V voltage limit.

Since this cell would reach about 90°C when discharged at 30A this confirms it is a “temperature limited” and “voltage limited” current rating. This means that you could run this cell at 30A but must stop before it drops to 3.0V or reaches 75°C (which is pretty hot).

The two cells I tested delivered 2554mAh and 2549mAh and had DC internal resistances of 19.2mOhm and 19.5mOhm. This is fantastic consistency and both cells exceed BAK’s 2400mAh minimum and 2500mAh typical capacity ratings.

These cells were donated for testing by 18650BatteryStore ( Thank you!

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Have you tested other Chinese cells from BAK or FST?

No one ever reads my posts. :weary:
But to answer your question, not yet. :grin:


Sorry didn’t make it that far, my bad

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I love reading these, thanks for all of these that you’ve done.


Have you tested the molicel p42A yet?



No soup for you! :crazy_face:


Do you see this as a temporary supply issue (covid, evergreen, etc)
Or a bigger supply/demand issue that soon they’d start to only sell to big customer contracts? (EV car makers, etc)

Does BAK produce any 30q, 40T, 35E equivalents?
It’d be interesting to see how they stack up


Who needs these if p42a?

Jk, this article has some relevant bits. It seems BAK is going into 21700 cells

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Huge, huge demand mixed with lingering Covid issues worldwide.

No end-user community or distributor has ever been able to buy cells direct from the big manufacturers though. All of the non-Molicels come from big customer excess inventory, unauthorized sales, and diverted shipments.

I don’t know. I haven’t tested any other BAK cells yet.


Any way to estimate number of charge cycles?

Not really.
Datasheet cycle life specs have very little to do with how cells are used in a board. Here’s the datasheet spec though…