Sony 18650 VTC5



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OFFICIAL STATEMENTS FROM SONY ARE THAT THE VTC5 HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. Beware - online vendors claiming to have new VTC5 batteries are often selling fake and counterfeit batteries that are potentially dangerous. Contact us for further information on availability. 

Update: Sony VTC5s are all fake blog post

Update 2: The VTC5 is back, and readily available. They have been tested and verified authentic. However, they are most likely manufactured in Mainland China now.

Battery specifications

The Sony VTC5 is perhaps the most notorious lithium-ion 18650 battery of all time - but wrongly so. Many vendors claimed it to be a 'step up' from the VTC4 but naming conventions are not that simple. Actually the VTC5 was a step down for many modders because its max. cont. discharge rating is actually 10 amps lower. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this, as many trusted vendors falsely claim higher specs. This is all due to bad Chinese suppliers that exaggerate specs, and vendors that fail to enact due diligence and test their batteries thoroughly.

Battery specifications:

  • Model: US18650VTC5
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Chemistry: NMC
  • Max. continuous discharge current: 20A
  • Nominal capacity: 2500 mAh
  • Nominal voltage: 3.6 V
  • Discharge end voltage: 2.5 V
  • Charging voltage: 4.20 +/- 0.05 V
  • Standard charging current: 1.25 A
  • Length: 65.20 mm
  • Diameter: 18.35 mm
  • Weight: 44.30 g

Download the official Data Sheets:

Sony VTC5 Official Specifications

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