The Best D-Size Rechargeable Batteries Of 2014

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There are now a number of low-discharge D-size cells available. These cells are as powerful as powerful alkaline batteries, and they hold 85% of their charge for a year. The highest-capacity D-size rechargeable cells are rated at 11000-12000 mAh (milliamp hours).

Here are our recommendations:

The Highest Capacity D-Size Batteries: Powerex

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The Powerex batteries pictured above are rated at 11,000 mAh, and they are good quality batteries. On Amazon, they get 4.9 out of 5 stars from 15 reviewers. They cost about $30 for a pack of two on Amazon. They are a good choice if you really need the maximum capacity from a D-size cell.

A similar product is the Maha Imedion battery, which offers a capacity of 9500 mAh. They priced slightly higher at around $34 for a two pack.

The Most Affordable D-Size Batteries: Tenergy

Tenergy D-Sized Rechargeable Batteries

Tenergy makes D-sized rechargeables which are rated at 10,000 mAh (milliamp hours). These batteries are about half the price of the Powerex batteries, but they offer a capacity of 10,000 mAh (milliamp hours). They are priced at about $36 for a pack of four cells. These batteries have the same low-discharge chemistry, and will hold most of their charge for a year.

The Worst D-Size Rechargeable Batteries

I don’t recommend getting Energizer D-Size rechargeables, because they are AA cells that have been repackaged in a D-sized shell!

The Best D-Size Battery Chargers

See our post The Best Chargers For C And D Sized Batteries.

 

Comments

  1. EfficiencySeeker says

    I can’t believe Eneloop doesn’t have their D size batteries in north America still. I guess there just isn’t enough of a market for them here?

  2. Benoit says

    Some infos are missing here for a truly complete test :

    the weight (in gr) of each brand battery ! Yes it does matter for comparing with some other brands that claims the same mAh but are lighter, ie: fraudulent (I know by experience).

    Next, you left out two other brands for the comparison :
    EBLĀ® 10,000mAh (Amazon) @ $45/8
    – D Ni-MH 11,000mAh (eBay) (no name) @ $46/10

  3. tt says

    How are the no name11000mah D batteries from e-bay?(yellow,red sleeve, claim that they are made in Japan) Any thoughts? I was tempted to try them, but I have read of various fraudulent batteries, like the BTY AA,AAA’s that were complete junk and less capacity than a Ni-cad, and a Ultracell D battery that was really 4000MAH instead of the claimed 11000MAH. Also, the EBL sounds vaguely familiar to the Walmart and online brand I got once where the cell consistency was so bad, they were worthless for using in a multi cell application.

  4. says

    I fell for the ebay green C & D cells. After finding them near useless, I cut one each open: THE D CELL HAD LESS MATERIAL THAN A STD AA BATTERY! DITTO THE C WAS LIKE AN AAA!

    No wonder the 10ah D cell only was good for about 1000mah!

    Yes, weight told it all: the green D weighed same as a tenergy AA

  5. tt says

    Thanks Mike. I unknowingly bought from a chinese website called Light In The Box. I got 6 10000MAH D cells to replace my failing D Tenergy Premiums. I might have to pay duty on the shipment. Will be comparing the weight of these cells. If they feel light, I plan on returning them. I don’t know if it will be worthwhile to ship them back, but I won’t be out the full $ though. A true 10000MAH D cell should with about 6 ounces. The website after ordering said wight in kilogram 0.11KG,= about 100 grams which amounts to a regular high capacity Nicad. Too bad I didn’t have the $ then to try Powerizer size D. I might have gotten at least 150 cycles at the full capacity.

  6. tt says

    Edit for mispelling: a true 10000MAH D cell should weigh about 6 ounces. Sorry about the misspelled words. I am waiting for the package in the mail. When it arrives, it should weigh approximately 36 ounces. Now I know why the shipping was so high at Battery Junction. I believe that they charge by weight. Sorry that you got burned, Mike. I hope you got to return them and get at least SOME of your money back. Unfortunately, paying more does not always guarantee quality. While Powerex has a true 11000MAH capacity, their large variance in capacity also makes them unsuitable for a multi cell application, even with a low voltage shutdown system. I am using Eneloop Pro AAAs, which work well. I wish they had C and D sizes, but with everything seemingly getting smaller and moving to proprietary batteries, there is virtually no market for C and D sizes anymore. I have a good charger, but its fussiness with AAAs on shutting off in a timely manner has me pretty much locked into a single brand. (Eneloop Pro)

  7. tt says

    Delete the Edit for misspelling duplicate entry. Sorry Mike. It is getting late. I was having trouble with the confirmation message.

  8. tt says

    I am posting an update here, Mike. I just received the no name brand from Light In The Box, ever heard of them? Well, the batteries for all sizes aren’t much better than the ones on Fleabay, Ahem, E-bay. I fully charged them, and though they said they were 10000MAH, they were almost 2 full ounces lighter than the Tenergy Premiums, and I felt them heavier near the bottom, causing me to suspect maybe just a sub C cell, possibly NiCad in there. When I saw that it was a Chinese website, and found the BTY batteries after ordering, I knew that ordering there couldn’t be good. I played 5/8 of a CD on the boombox, and the battery light was just as dim as if I had played the CDs for about 8 hours on the better rechargeable batteries. Also, there was a sticker on the package saying it didn’t meet European Union standards or something similar, so I am suspecting they were mislabeled NIMH, and were actually Nicads, as they didn’t even get warm in the charger. NIMH would heat up slightly on even the Maha C808M charger. I measured the voltage, and it was slightly less than halfway on the battery tester between the back of the letter G on the word good on the biggest meter on the tester, and the black bordering the weak ? yellow section. Now they are supposed to issue me a RMA. I decided to ship them back, but whether they will pay for the shipping remains to be seen.

  9. tt says

    I sure do wish that we had the Eneloop Pro on D size format here. I’m sure they would be about 12000MAH. The site I contacted decided to not have me ship the bad product back. I guess it would not have been worth the shipping. Nicads are NOW illegal in Europe, so be careful of ordering anything that looks low priced.

  10. Roc says

    Nobody has mentioned Radio Shack’s house brands. They Have 2, “Enercell” solid green with black print and “Radioshack” green with White band and print. Both weigh about the same, and say 5000mah. I bought some on close-out. Both varieties were nearly dead when taken out of the pack. There was no date on any of them, so unless they were on the shelf a few years I would guess that they are NOT low discharge chemistry. They all say Made In China, so I’d guess that they are not rebranded high quality Japanese batteries. I bought a bunch of C and D cells at 25cents per two pack.

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