NERF Blasters – What Batteries shall we use?

RE-CHARGEABLE BATTERIES – WHICH ONES SHOULD I USE IN MY NERF BLASTER?

Your NERF RIVAL Blaster or in fact any NERF Blaster that uses battery power to drive motors to propel your NERF Dart or ball into the air really does matter. Why you might ask because there are batteries on the market and there are batteries on the market!

Over the past four years we have tested them all as we need to have the batteries that last the longest and give the maximum amount of volts to the motors without blowing them or burning them out.

Everyone knows you can use Lipo kits (from remote Control cars) and 3.7 volt, 14500 AA Lithium Rechargeable Batteries with various mAH ratings from 900mAH to 2,300mAH. 

For the science aspect remember this: A Milliamp Hour (mAh) is a unit for measuring electric power over time. mAh is commonly used to describe the total amount of energy a battery can store at one time. The higher the mAh, the longer the battery will last, theoretically.

RE-CHARGABLE BATTERY TEST 2018

Re-chargeable AA – 1.2volt labelled

  • Duracell Duralock – 1300mAH – actual ave volts on full charge 1.39
  • Energizer – 2300Mah –1.43
  • Ansmann – 2850Mah –1.41
  • Uniross Hybrio – 2100Mah –1.41
  • Uniross – 2400Mah –1.48
  • Maplin – 2000Mah –1.41
  • Maplin Hybrid – 2100Mah –1.41
  • Sanyo Eneloop – 1900Mah – 1.43
  • V-cell – 2100Mah – actual ave volts 1.42
  • Sanyo Eneloop Pro – 2400mAh –1.43
  • Powerex Maha-Energy – 2700mAh –1.45

Re-chargeable AA – 1.6volt

  • BPI -NI-ZI – 2500mAH – actual ave volts on full charge1.82
  • PK CELL – 2500mAH –1.92

Re-chargeable C-Cell

  • Duracell – 2200mAH – actual ave volts on full charge 1.33
  • Duracell – 3000mAH – 1.35
  • Energizer – 2500mAH – 1.34
  • Maplin – 2800mAH – 1.35
  • Maplin Hybrid – 3000mAH – 1.34
  • GP ReCyKo – 3000mAH – 1.42
  • Ansmann – 2500mAH – 1.41
  • Ansmann – 4500mAh – 1.45
  • Powerex Imedion – 5000mAh – 1.44

Re-chargeable D-Cell

  • Duracell – 2200Mah – actual ave volts on full charge 1.31
  • Duracell – 3000Mah – 1.32
  • Energizer – 2500mAH – 1.36
  • Memorex – 4000mAh – 1.38
  • Dshop – 3000mAh – 1.37
  • GP ReCyKo – 3000Mah – 1.41
  • Ansmann – 5000mAh – 1.40
  • Ansmann – 10000mAh – 1.38
  • China Import – 12000Mah – 1.37
  • GTL Energy – 13800mAh – 1.37
  • Maplin – 2800Mah – 1.35

Best 14500 – 3.7volt batteries

  • UltraFire – 2400mAH – ave volts 4.54
  • LeiFire – 450mAH – ave volts 4.38
  • UltraFire -2400mAh – ave volts 4.45

The TEST: (blaster used, The Nemesis) 

The Re-chargeable NERF Battery Pack -1500mAH, 7.2volt, actual 7.31volts, great runs times but down on power/range compared to some 6xD or 6xC cell rechargeable batteries. One major plus is the weight, very light with a battery pack, the downside £25.00 each but comparable with 6C or 6D cells.

ROF of 7 balls per second, ranges of 30/35m, run time 3.9 hrs in five-minute spells before re-loading balls.

In order of ‘Greatness’ for Run Times, ROF and Re-chargeability, Longevity and Price, anything not listed in the top 5/7 I really would not recommend for high drain motors on NERF equipment.

AA:

  1. GP ReCyKo – 2050Mah – undoubtedly the most unheard of but top of the tree for all reasons.
  2. Ansmann – 2850mAH – These three were simply the next best on all the tests but the most expensive
  3. Powerex Maha-Energy – 2700mAh
  4. Sanyo Eneloop Pro – 2400mAh
  5. Sanyo Eneloop – 1900mAH
  6. Energizer – 2300mAH
  7. Uniross – 2400Mah & Maplin – 2000mAH

C-Cell:

  1. GP ReCyKo – 3000mAH – undoubtedly the most unheard of but top of the tree for all reasons.
  2. Ansmann – 2500Mah
  3. Maplin – 2800mAH
  4. Powerex Imedion – 5000mAh
  5. Energizer – 2500mAH

D-Cell:

  1. GP ReCyKo – 3000mAH – undoubtedly the most unheard of but top of the tree for all reasons.
  2. Ansmann – 5000mAH
  3. Maplin – 2800Mah
  4. Memorex – 4000mAh
  5. Energizer – 2500mAH

Re-chargeable AA – 1.6volt

  • These batteries have more power than traditional AA’s but never churn out anything less than 1.8-1.9 volts and last a very long time. Six of these in any NERF RIVAL with a AA-C cell adaptor or AA-D cell adaptor is awesome.

ROF of 8/9 balls per second, ranges of 35/37m, run time over 5hrs in five-minute spells before re-loading balls.

4 of these 1.6volt cells in a C-Cell adaptor for a NERF Elite Regulator will give 30m ranges all the time. Re-charge times 1hr/1.5hrs only in special charging unit.

6 of these 1.6volt cells in a Speedswarm gives 2.3 darts per second, ranges of 15/20m, run times well over 8/10 hrs.

3.7volt batteries

  • Basically 3 of these with 3 blanks gives around 11.1 volts rather than 7.2 volts for various blasters but after many tests the only blaster we use this in the Speedswarm to make the barrel rota faster. ROF up from 1.3/darts per second to 2.5 darts per second, ranges of 15/20m, run times well over 6 hrs.

The clear test winner by a long way: GP ReCyKo – 3000Mah C & D Cells

Basically, the GP ReCyKo range of batteries from AA, C & D cells all out performed everything from the brands we know well with only Sanyo Eneloop Pro coming anywhere near in the AA size department.

The D-Cell seems to have incredible run times, consistency, power and I am sure at an average of 1.42 volts per battery it generates 8.52 volts through a RIVAL Nemesis, up 1.32 volts on standard rechargeable batteries. The ROF for the RIVAL Nemesis, was up from 5/6 balls per second to 8/8.5 balls per second, ranges of 30/35m, run times of over 8hrs in five-minute spells before re-loading balls. 

These batteries have only one downside and that is they are incredibly heavy for a D-Cell but that’s because they are crammed full of power. The ultimate D-Cell battery at an excellent price of £22.50 for 6.

The C-Cell version is just a smaller version and exactly the same make-up as the D-Cell hence why it also out performs everything on the market.

There you have it, batteries are very, very important for NERF fun and after years getting it wrong we now know where to get the best and ultimate batteries on the planet……..E-Bay.