Sony 18650 VTC6 Battery Review

Sony 18650 VTC6 Battery

The tests provided below indicate the estimated ratings of these batteries at the time of testing. It is important to note that batteries not manufactured by Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change anytime. This highlights one of the risks of using "rewrapped" batteries from other manufacturers. Therefore, thorough research is strongly recommended before purchasing any battery.

Improper handling or misuse of lithium-ion batteries can result in significant risks to personal safety and property. These vape batteries should only be used within a protected battery pack and should never surpass the battery's continuous current rating. Maintaining the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition is essential.

Testing batteries at their maximum limits is hazardous. They should never be attempted by individuals who have not thoroughly studied the associated dangers, comprehended the risks, obtained the necessary equipment, and taken appropriate safety precautions.

Please note that any rating in my rating tables is subject to change as different grade cells emerge in the market or when counterfeit products become prevalent. It should always be assumed that the ratings provided in the tables are permanent and will remain the same. Always ensure you have the latest version of the tables before considering any battery purchase.

If a battery only displays one unspecified current rating or solely states "max," it must be assumed that it is rated at that specific current level for any type of discharge, including continuous release.

Sony VTC6 Battery In Summary

This serves as a retest of the highest-performing Sony VTC6. Assigning accurate ratings to this Sony battery and the Samsung 30Q for these retests has proven challenging.

Sony designates a continuous current rating of 15A for this battery cell but permits temperature-limited operation above that level. It is possible to operate the battery at levels above 15A, but only until a specific temperature, 80°C, is reached, after which the discharge must cease.

However, it is crucial to note that this is not a high-performance "power" cell like the VTC6A designed explicitly for high current usage. Instead, it is a high-capacity "energy" cell for low to moderate power levels and extended runtime. The voltage sag and power loss in the cell at higher current levels become significant. It is advised not to exceed 20A.

The four cells tested, Illumn and Liion Wholesale, exhibited the expected consistent performance across cells.