Do Rechargeable Lithium-Ion AA Batteries Exist?

by Justin Thomas •

Do rechargeable lithium-ion batteries exist in standard sizes like AA, AAA, C or D?

Yes, they are finally available. A company called Kentli has released AA and AAA rechargeable lithium polymer batteries that output 1.5 volts.

Kentli batteries are available on Amazon here.


Lithium-ion batteries normally operate 3.7V per cell — but Kentli put circuitry inside the cells to reduce the voltage to 1.5 volts. The company claims that the batteries have a capacity of 2800mWh which matches Eneloop Pro (the NiMH batteries with the highest capacity).

Additionally, Kentli batteries are lighter than Eneloop Pro. However, they are more expensive. A four pack of Eneloop Pros costs about $17, whereas a 4 pack of Kentli cells costs about $40.

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Other Lithium-Ion Rechargeables


There are also some lithium-ion rechargeable batteries made for high-performance flashlights and cameras, in these sizes: 18650 and CR123.

A single 18650 battery can replace two CR123A batteries, although at a lower voltage (but much higher amperage). However, the 18650 is a wider cell and will not fit into a flashlight that is designed strictly for the narrower CR123As. Most modern tactical LED lights are designed to use a single 18650 or two CR123As, but it’s best to check before buying. See our article on The Best 18650 Batteries for more information.

There are also numerous other types of lithium-ion batteries made for specific laptops and other electronics gadgets. There is currently no standard size for these lithium-ion cells.

Comments 81

  1. I bought 4 Kentli batts when they came out with the AA size. I don’t remember exact details but they underperformed in a small hand sized Dorcy LED with a spot throw. They do work fine in the hallway thermostadt though and I would assume be fine for remote controls and other low drain items. At $40 for 4 I was NOT at all impressed with Kentli.

  2. About the nanotechnology and nanotubes of carbon … I am reading of that crap about 10 years ago, there is nothing on the market yet and nothing on any roadmap in the world for the next 5 years … so, take your fantasy world to other side. Today lithium is the best battery you can find.

  3. Howdy,

    I’m a home inspector. I use a very cheap digital camera with no optical zoom. I have a fancy pants camera with 50x optical for roof stuff etc. However, the cheapo is my main camera because of the speed of having no optical zoom (bought three more used because they are impossible to find since about 10 years ago). I use 18650’s for my flashlights but Eneloops for my cameras. My question: would using a higher voltage lithium AA charge my flash more quickly? I assume so. If so, would a 3.2v AA do it even more quickly? Nothing like the joy of being in a 120 degree attic waiting for my flash to recharge : )

    1. Did you not read the article? I think not. They said the circuitry reduces the voltage to 1.5v

  4. Newer battery technology with Carbon nanotubes will make Lithium Ion and other current technologies obsolete in 5-10 years. Technology is moving at an exponential pace. Gotta love living in today’s time!

  5. Whenever I see news of this kind, I wonder what it will be like 15 years from now? Technology has developed very fast, on the one hand it is good, but the human is disappearing.

  6. I couldn’t agree enough that rechargeable are the way to go. The one-time charge batteries may be a thing of the past sooner than we think, trust me. I certainly feel that it won’t be much longer before one-time charged batteries or standard batteries become irrelevant and rechargeable become what’s normal for us to use.

    Very informative and agreeable post Justin!


  7. I do prefer lithium batteries instead of NIMH as they last much much longer, the NIMH is very quick to charge and was very popular back in the day in power tools like drills for example, builders at construction sites need non stop supply of power however there are exceptions when you can’t lug around miles and miles of extension cables and need cordless tools where you would have hundreds of batteries and multiple chargers recharging these batteries non stop. However there is a massive lifespan flaw in NIMH batteries, because they charge quick their cells die out at a much faster rate than Lithium batteries meaning NIMH batteries go in tons and tons of waste hazardous waste yearly. With lithium batteries the story is different, they take a bit longer to charge but they last a record breaking amount of time which is measured in years and years. Lithium batteries that we’re manufactured for old phones in early 2000 work just as great in 2017. Meaning there’s almost no waste produced from these batteries comparing to NIMH or even worse ones which are using battery acid. Everyone should switch to rechargeable Lithium batteries as we will produce less hazardous waste this way, few years ago most people wouldn’t even look in to this question but nowadays the way population and demand for resources are growing it may very well end up that our children will not have have a breath of fresh air in just few years time.

  8. Without a doubt, rechargeable are the way to go. I feel that it won’t be long before one-time charged batteries or standard batteries become irrelevant and rechargeable become what’s normal. The one-time charge batteries may be a thing of the past sooner than we think.
    Excellent and informative post Justin.

  9. Rechargeable is the way to go. Seriously, I think it’s a matter of time before this becomes MUCH more main stream than it is right now. The one-time charge batteries may be a thing of the past within a decade or two. Great post Justin.

  10. Interesting, I never thought AA battery can be made into rechargeable(And not only a charger but also a flashlight). But seemed price is a little high. cost more than $50

  11. Rechargeable is the way to go… seriously, I think it’s a matter of time before this becomes MUCH more main stream than it is right now. The one-time charge batteries may be a thing of the past within a decade or two. Great post Justin.


  12. Eneloop pro from panasonic are the best batteries I have ever used and only need to use, but I’ll be trying the Kentli next, because I’m really curious of their performance.

    1. Once you try Kentil you’ll quickly change your mind and replace Eneloop Pro batteries for good. I guess it all comes down to what you are using them on, nevertheless you’ll be satisfied with Kentil’s performance.

      1. Kentli cells are certainly interesting but having used a set for a year, there are a number of issues which need to be considered. If equipment works with Eneloop Pro’s 1.2v voltage it makes zero sense to replace Eneloop pro cells with Kentli cells.
        1) the internal DC to DC convertor generates electrical noise, so when I tried to use one of the Kentli batteries in a radio controlled atomic clock, the clock was unable to receive the radio signal.
        2) the internal dc to dc convertor also means that the battery will drain itself over time, and it will be flat within a year or two – this is a higher rate of self-discharge than a Eneloop.
        3) The cost is 3-4 times that of Eneloop cells, for the same amount of energy.
        4) The constant 1.5v output of Kentli cells until they are exhausted means that battery level meters built into equipment no longer work properly – so there is little warning when a Kentli cell is almost discharged.

  13. I think it would be great if there could be a consumer usable AA and AAA li-ion battery version. I find no matter how well we manage our rechargeable batteries they always end up with battery memory.


  14. Interesting, I never thought AA battery can be made into rechargeable(And not only a charger but also a flashlight). But seemed price is a little high. cost more than $50…

  15. Interesting, I never thought AA battery can be made into rechargeable(And not only a charger but also a flashlight). But seemed price is a little high. cost more than $50..

  16. This battery has 2800mWh capacity, this is not the same as mAh!!! At 1.5V that is the equivalent of 1866mAh.

  17. That’s a nice post.Lithium-ion batteries are not available in the same form-factor as alkaline batteries, because using them would cause damage to many of the devices designed for alkaline cells. The nominal voltage of a lithium-Ion cell is 3.7V, while alkaline cells have a nominal voltage of 1.5V.

    1. Another one didn’t read the article!!! My goodness, They stated that they use circuitry to reduce the voltage to 1.5v!!!!

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  19. Love the article Justin – Best rechargable batteries March 2016. Now this is prolly a very silly question but which. Type of rechargeable battery is best for strings of small lights – those tiny lights you wrap around wreaths & plants, NiMH’s (which brand Panasonic or enloop pro) or a lithium rechargeable – like Kentli?

    What about something that could expend alot of ongoing energy like a remote controled car, a girl’s toy (i.e. vibrator – yeah, it’s ok to laugh), or those remote controlled helicopters, even video game controllers? Lithium or NiMH’s? Brand?

  20. Chargeable or non chargeable, if lithium polymer batteries are available in AA and AAA sizes, then it’s really very good to know. Thanks for sharing this info. Meanwhile this is key info for xbox games players, they are really into this game for hours, their consoles and remote devices needs power too, So, it’s a great milestone for Li polymer battery makers.

  21. I need to for lithium high capacity batteries double-a for my Sony H300 camera it takes 4 batteries so lithium-ion is much better it doesn’t hold memory tell me how much I have to pay for a charger and hope for high-capacity double-a lithium-ion

  22. An useful article about rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, I’ll search them on Amazon, thanks Kentli and thank you for sharing this information!

  23. Hi, yes I think they have an internal voltage divider so the terminal voltage is between 1.3 (fully discharged, cut off soon!!) and 2.05 (fully charged, basically half of 4.1V)
    this actually drops right down shortly after to the lithium working voltage of 3.7V which corresponds to a terminal output of 1.85V.

    the catch is that they as OP mentioned need a special charger that connects to the normally inaccessible outer ring, inside they have a barrier circuit which prevents the lithium voltage being accessible.
    The chip essentially does three functions namely voltage conversion, PCM and charging/lockout.
    It also has a unique code which prohibits charging if used on another brand charger for safety reasons.

    1. Completely inaccurate description – you mention output voltages of 2.05v and 1.85v which would be damaging to equipment. There is a DC to DC convertor inside the Kentli cells and so they output a constant 1.5v until they run out of power. (This can be a problem in some equipment which has a battery charge indicator because the behavior is different from normal alkaline 1.5v cells which drop in voltage as their capacity gets used up).

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  25. + Charger Combo (Camera) I purchased two sets of these beieartts on different days from the seller CREE Flashlight. The first set I received was defective the included battery charger LED turned went out after about a minute of being plugged in. I wasn’t sure if the beieartts were still being charged, so I pulled them off the charger and measured the voltage with my digital multi-meter. I plugged them back into the charger for an hour, and took another reading. One of the beieartts remained the exact same, and the other actually lost .02 volts. I spoke with Amazon about getting a replacement and was asked to send this set back while another was shipped to me. I decided that I would keep the original set until I had the opportunity to compare them to the replacements (fully charged, of course) and would select the two best beieartts from the set of four.I received the second set promptly (thanks, Amazon!) and put the beieartts in the charger. It worked! About 45 minutes later I had two beieartts charged to 4.16 volts (according to my DMM). I charged the original set of beieartts as well. One came off the charger at 4.17 volts and the other at 4.16 volts. This shows that these beieartts are at least consistent when charged.To test the beieartts’ capacity, I put one in my Zebralight SC600 flashlight. For those that don’t know, this flashlight is amazingly consistent with battery usage. Prior to purchasing these beieartts, I used several different AW protected 2900 MAH cells in the flashlight. On the 330 lumens high mode, I could consistently get just over three hours of use from the AW beieartts. Using the first of the new Ultrafire beieartts, I didn’t even break the two-hour mark before the flashlight dimmed to maybe 30% of the normal output.I repeated this test with each of the four Ultrafire beieartts. I didn’t get more than two hours from any of the four beieartts that I received. This was disappointing, considering that these beieartts were supposedly rated higher (3000 MAH) than my AW 2900 MAH beieartts.Given the faulty charger with the first set and the consistently poor performance from all four beieartts, I cannot recommend these. I will be returning all four beieartts and both chargers.

  26. We currently use NiMH in sealed packs of 4. The current draw of the unit is 1 – 2 amps and we are looking for a more reliable battery. The supplier has been using batteries without any marking. Over time we’ve gotten shipments which work very well and others which we get nothing but complaints from customers. we’re in a down cycle now which is why I’m looking for a more reliable battery and supplier. Because of the charging method used on these batteries is it possible to to put 4 of these into a sealed rechargeable pack? Has anyone figured out how to use the 6v (1.5v x 4) output and also be able to charge them at 3.7v ea as a pack? Is it even possible without incurring a high cost?

    1. Kevin,

      I’m in a very similar situation – 4 NiMH cells AA size, iffy vendor quality, looking for a high energy density lithium (Lipoly or LiFePO4) solution instead in the same volumetric size in NiMH. What I had seen were primary lithium (ie disposable) cells for cameras that were a fixed pack the size of 2xAAs as one piece, sold by Kodak & used in Olympus & other cameras/flashs. The pack had a positive on one side and negative on the opposing side, which would put the Lithium voltage at the same spring terminals for AA cells without terminals on the product battery case jumpers meant for 2 AAs.

      It would thus seem possible for applications of EVEN numbers of AA cells to use half as many lithium secondary (rechargeable) cells, potentially prismatic size packages, in the same space. I’m surprised nobody has created such a package, as the double-AA Li package was standardized on for several camera brands.

  27. 3.7 lipo batteries require a low voltage cut off to prevent deep discharge resulting in a destroyed cell,,can’t see any discussion about how these 1.5cells can be used in devices without this circuitry ,,am I missing something here?

  28. I was searching batteries by voltage and I found some Li-ion rechargeable AAA batteries ( a brand I never heard of B4.) Said brand also have AA sized Li-ion for sale but no product reviews yet so I’m wary. …… I can find tons of 1.2v & 1.5v N cell batteries overseas but not any rechargeable li-ion lithium ones. Stateside the N size battery exists in Nimh and Nicd form only =(

  29. hi there you know i did not know the lithum ion aa batteries running at 3.7 volts at 350 mha capacity vs 1.5 volts thats about 2.5 times longer life cycle means it will run like a 1.5 volt 700 mha too 1,000 mha 1.5 volt battery life cycly

  30. hi there wow only 350 mha batterys aa i have seen aa rechargable aa batters useing 12 grams of water with 1,000 mha and the highest recharagable 3,500 mha batters 10 times high capacity then these batteries infact some recharabele batters are warped in a solar cell out put over 50 mha on aa recharging in sun light

  31. Dear Sirs,

    Can anyone tell me why rechargeable AA/AAA batteries always come with voltage 1.2v and not 1.5v compared with same size normal batteries. Thank you


    1. While it is true that the average alkaline battery has an output of 1.5 volts when it is new, in reality, an alkaline’s lifecycle is such that it quickly drops from 1.5 to 1.0 volts before dying out. Because of this, the average output of an alkaline battery is the same as that of an NiMH rechargeable battery: about 1.2 volts. An alkaline battery really only outputs a 1.5 V voltage at the very beginning of its use. Soon after, it begins to decrease down to well below 1.2 V, bottoming out around 0.6 V.

      Most of the basic consumer electronics function normally using battery power with an output between 0.9 V and 1.5 V. However, unlike alkaline batteries, where the voltage drops quickly and gives you performance that’s well below 1.5 volts, NiMH rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, provide a steady stream of voltage from the beginning of its charge until the very end – about 1.25 V.

  32. Time for an article update. Kentli hav released a 1.5v AA and AAA rechargeable lithium polymer battery.


    They overcome the recharge concerns by making the battery nipple not accept a charge at all, you buy a specially designed charger that charges using a ring contact and charges the battery at higher voltages than it outputs via the nipple.

    These cells have circuitry to reduce the voltage down to 1.5 volts and claim that the battery has a capacity of 2800ah as good as Eneloops Pros but lighter in weight.

    Biggest disadvantage is that they are expensive. For specialist applications they maybe a decent choice.

    It will be intersting to see if the price of these cells comes down and lithium ion technology progresses.

    1. I think you will find that these Kentli 1.5v Lithium batteries are 2800mWH not 2800mAh. Not the same thing. They are rated at less than 1000mAh.

      1. These indicated in mWh because that is the standard unit for lithium ion capacity ratings. You can easily convert to mAh.

        mWh / V = mAh

        2800 mWh / 1.5 V = 1866.666 mAh

        The product appears to be very real. As far as I can tell, it’s the first rechargeable AA li-ion product on the market that correctly regulates its voltage to 1.5 V.

        Kentli’s marketing site
        Teardown of these Kentli AA lithium ion rechargeable batteries
        Some guy’s YouTube video review of the PM5 model
        Order directly from Shenzen

        I just placed an order. We’ll see how it goes.

  33. I bought 1.5V Lithium AA batteries in May 2014: ‘Energizer Ultimate Lithium’. When brand new, they read 2V. There is no ‘additional ring’ for a different voltage. Is this new information, or did they just come onto the market? And why would they not be rechargeable? Why would they burn or explode when charged? My cordless tools all run on Li-Ion, and those batteries recharge very quickly. Seems to me if you don’t overcharge them, they shouldn’t explode.

    1. Those Energizer Ultimate Lithium are actually Lithium Iron Disulfide, not to be confused with Lithium Iron Phosphate. The Energizer gives an average of 1.5 volts and is nonrechargeable, while the other is rechargeable, and gives 3.2 volts. The discharge curve for the Energizer would be flat from 1.5 down to about 1.25 volts, then quickly die with virtually no warning. Trying to charge the Energizer would result in the creation of metallic lithium dendrites, resulting in a fire or explosion.

  34. As a matter of fact there are 1.5V Lithium-ion battery, at the positive end there is an additional ring for 3.7V/4.2V charging and the center is 1.5V output.
    It is more expensive for sure but the matter is it does exist.

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    1. I have a number of energizer advanced lithium batteries left over from my camera ,I tried charging them in a regular nimh charger it worked they charge to a higher voltage with the average being about 2.8V some didnt charge and became quite warm but not hot but at least 75% of them worked at least once

      1. I accidentally charged some energizer advanced lithium batteries over night I was using in my tooth brush. I put them back in and they worked for a week. When I went to recharge them again, I noticed they were not rechargeable. I put them in the recharger for three hours and they worked for another week. I did this a third time, but when I tried the again, they were dead, dead, dead.

        I have not tried to do that again.

  36. I think it would be great if there could be a consumer usable AA and AAA li ion battery version. I find no matter how well we manage our rechargeable batteries they always end up with battery memory.

  37. Some people use a 14500 and a spacer for the (rough) equivalent of x2 AAs.

    Some people reqire their electronics to take x2 14500s in parallel instead of x2 AAs in series.

  38. This blog is incorrect. Rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries do exist in AAA and AA sizes. They are VERY common, are named based on their dimensions which are (AAA) 10440, and (AA) 14500 cells.

    If the author of that book suggested otherwise, the book is a joke as this isn’t something one would have to be an engineer to know, NOBODY who knows modern day batteries does not realize they do come in AA and AAA sizes.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting they are interchangeable in devices meant for alkaline or NiMH/NiCd AA or AAA cells due to the difference in voltage, but they most certainly do exist and the author of the book seems to have created a work of fiction that is probably best avoided.

    1. Yes, the same size, but different voltage – so people should not use them as replacement AAs.

      1. I personally use a 14500 as a AA replacement.
        I use ONLY ONE 14500, and an empty AA spacer (with a wire inside connecting the + and – terminal), to replace two AA batteries.

        Works fine on most of my gadgets that require an even number of AA batteries, and have them in series.

    2. Does nobody read?

      “Lithium-ion batteries normally operate 3.7V per cell — but Kentli put circuitry inside the cells to reduce the voltage to 1.5 volts.”

    3. Beware that link. Not only is at Amazon-referral spam, but it goes to a NON-RECHARGEABLE battery.

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