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Maxell LR44 Cells: Packaging Glitch

These look to be Maxell LR44 cells in OEM retail packaging, exactly as advertised, but … one cell seems odd:

Maxell LR44 cells - hologram packages

Maxell LR44 cells – hologram packages

A closer look:

Maxell LR44 cells - flipped cell

Maxell LR44 cells – flipped cell

The production values seem high enough to suggest that they’re Genuine Maxell products, hologram packaging and all, but you’d expect the Maxell end-of-line QC should pick out a flipped cell.

If one were the wondering sort, though, one might wonder why the Maxell USA website search function doesn’t return any mention of LR44 cells…

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  1. #1 by hexley ball on 2016-02-28 - 12:54

    In the interests of science, can you sacrifice one of the cells and do a mA-h test?

    And if you want to go all in, maybe compare the results to the same test run on a brand-name LR44 sourced locally that is less likely to be a counterfeit than these “Maxell” batteries.

    I guessing 35% – 45% of the expected charge capacity is what you will find in the cheapo batteries. That’s based on my experience with CR2032 “Sony” branded knockoffs. YMMV, of course.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-02-29 - 13:29

      It’s time for some battery measurements & rebuilds, so I’ll add those to the queue: for science!

  2. #3 by Red County Pete on 2016-02-29 - 16:15

    A search on Maxell LR44 shows Walmart and Sears selling such, but the packaging is in a different color scheme. Hmm. Who knows who gets what…