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Carbon Zinc/Zinc Chloride Batteries

The zinc-carbon-ammonium chloride “dry” cell battery, or Leclanche cell, is one of the older battery chemistries, having been developed in the late 1800s. The zinc-carbon-zinc chloride system is a “heavy-duty” version of the Leclanche cell. These cells were manufactured in the United States and Europe throughout most of the twentieth century, until production became cost prohibitive. These cells are now made almost exclusively in Asia. Read more

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Product Name  Model  Manufacturer  Chemistry  Voltage  Capacity  PDF   
Carbon Zinc -​ 1209

1209
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
6
11.0AH
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Carbon Zinc -​ 1215

1215
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
1.5
1100MAH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 1222

1222
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
9
325MAH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 206

206
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
9
200MAH
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Carbon Zinc -​ 246

246
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
9
850MAH
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Carbon Zinc -​ 2744N

2744N
Vinnic Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
6
22.0AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 276

276
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
9
5000MAH
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Carbon Zinc -​ 510S

510S
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
6
11AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 6F22MSW

6F22MSW
Vinnic Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
9
325MAH
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Carbon Zinc -​ 711

711
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
1.5
22AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 732

732
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
12
7.5AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 903

903
Rayovac Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
7.5
23.0AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 908

908
Vinnic Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
6
11.0AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 918

918
Vinnic Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
6
22.0AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 922

922
Rayovac Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
12
22.0AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 926

926
Rayovac Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
12
7.9AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ 928

928
Rayovac Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
6
15.3AH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ ER03MSG

ER03MSG
Vinnic Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
1.5
540MAH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ HS14196

HS14196
Energizer Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
45
950MAH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon Zinc -​ PYR03VS

PYR03VS
Vinnic Batteries
Carbon-Zinc
1.5
325MAH
Spec Sheet
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Carbon zinc/zinc chloride batteries were the first commercial dry battery, and are currently available in most common sizes, including AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 volt. They are the least expensive primary batteries, and provide good, low cost performance for general purpose applications such as cameras, remote controls, flashlights, and toys. Unfortunately, these batteries have limited shelf life, and are susceptible to leakage, especially if ambient storage temperatures rise above 40°C.

The zinc casing of a zinc-carbon-zinc chloride battery also acts as its negative terminal. A graphite rod surrounded by powdered carbon and manganese oxide (added to increase electrical conductivity) serves as the positive terminal. Carbon is a key component of the battery’s construction, but plays no actual role in the electrochemical reaction—it serves only to collect current and reduce the resistance of the manganese oxide mix. “Zinc-manganese cells” would be a more accurate name for these batteries.

  • Cell Voltage: 1.5V (nominal) 0.8 (cut-off)
  • Capacity: 60mAh – 30Ah
  • Energy by Weight: 9 Watt Hour/Kilogram
  • Energy by Volume: 0.06-0.12 Watt Hour/cubic centimeter
  • Discharge Characteristics : (recommended drain W to W )
  • Shelf Life: 2 to 3 years to 80% capacity (20° C)
  • Temperature Range: -5° C to +55° C
  • Sizes: AAAA, AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt
  • Applications: Clocks, Communications Equipment, Electronic Calculators, Flashlights, Penlights, Measuring Instruments, Portable TVs, Super 8 Cameras and other Photographic Products, Tape Recorders, and Portable Radios.

Typical Discharge for a Carbon Zinc AA Cell

Typical High Rate Discharge for a Carbon Zinc AA Cell

Typical Discharge for a Zinc Chloride AA Cell

Typical High Rate Discharge for a Zinc Chloride AA Cell

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