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Difference Between CR2016 Battery and CR2032 Battery [Video&FAQ]

Author: Iggy
Date: 18 Nov 2021
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Sometimes, CR2032 batteries and CR2016 batteries that are round, flat, and look like small silver buttons seem to look the same. Since they all look the same, can they be used universally?

Stop! Wait a minute!

Although CR2032 battery and CR2016 battery share similarities, there are actually DIFFERENCES in battery thickness and battery capacity. Therefore, we cannot simply use the two batteries.

If you make a mistake by accident, you will have to place another order to buy it lol. So, in order to clarify the difference between CR2032 battery and CR2016 battery, and not to be confused by the similar appearance when buying the battery, take a look at the content:

Batteries of CR series

Interchangeability of CR2016 & CR2032

Use of each CR battery

Warnings of Button Batteries

Price of each CR battery

Product Description

Related Part: CR2025

Video about Batteries

FAQ

Batteries of CR series

The most common type of lithium-ion battery is a polycarbon monofluoride battery called BR.

The BR-type is the standard for small lithium-ion batteries, casually referred to as "button batteries" or "coin batteries" because of their small, round size. BR batteries are known to operate at high power from start to finish, while also being able to withstand hot temperatures.

Another type of button battery, the CR battery, is a manganese lithium dioxide battery. The initial discharge of CR batteries is higher than the initial discharge of BR batteries, but should be phased out as the battery ages. For this reason, BR batteries tend to be used for electronics, such as cellphones and laptops, where life is important. However, CR batteries are more affordable, making them popular with devices such as smoke detectors, bathroom scales, wristwatches and calculators.

Each CR battery has four numbers, unique to that battery. These four numbers refer to the thickness of the battery itself. When you look at CR2016 vs. CR2032, the CR2016 is 1.6 millimeters thick and the CR2032 is 3.2 millimeters thick. The last two numbers on any CR battery will tell you the thickness in millimeters.

Figure-CR2032

CR2016 and CR2032 interchangeability

CR2016 and CR2032 may vary in thickness, but they are identical in several ways.

They're both 3-volt versions, and none of them is rechargeable. However, it is important to remember that there are variations in ability. CR 2032 has a capacity of 240 mAh, while CR2016 has a capacity of just 90 mAh. The CR2032 can provide 10 hours of use, while you only get about six hours from the CR2016, depending on the power you're using, of course.

Due to their equivalent voltage, there are several cases where CR2016 and CR2032 can be interchanged. However, the fact that they have different capacities and therefore different runtimes can cause problems. You will not get the power from the CR2016 that you will get from the CR2032, and some devices won't function at all.

Figure-CR2032

Use of each CR battery

When weighing CR2016 vs. CR2032, the greatest difference to you is possibly where they are used. They are both similar in that they appear to be found in small devices, many of which are household products. You can not even know that an object uses a battery until it runs out, and you have to replace it.

Since the CR2016 battery has a shorter life cycle, you can find it in things that do not attract much power, such as calculators and watches. Usually, the CR2016 battery can handle the low power draw on such products and deliver months of use, if not years. Items such as PC motherboards, car remotes, bank card readers and toys are made for CR2032 batteries.

Figure-CR2032

Warnings of Button Batteries

The small size makes both the CR2032 and CR2016 batteries a choking hazard. If you have children in your home, make sure your button batteries are kept out of their control. Since these batteries are also used in toys, check the battery compartment of any toy your child plays with to ensure that they are securely sealed.

If someone in your home ingests a battery button, get help right away. Choking is only one threat. If left unchecked, a lithium-ion battery can become lethal in a matter of hours. Do not encourage a person to eat or drink something that prevents forcing it further down the esophagus.

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Price of each CR battery

  CR2016 CR2032 CR2016 CR2032
Qty. Unit Price Ext. Price
1 0.33 0.34 0.33 0.34
10 0.28 0.281 2.8 2.81
50 0.246 / 12.3 /
100 0.232 0.217 23.2 21.7
250 0.216 / 54 /
500 0.205 0.206 102.5 103
1000 0.194 0.195 194 195
2000 0.18 0.181 360 362

Product Description

  CR2016 CR2032
Benefits of this product Long shelf life of up to 10 years; self-discharge is very low Very low self-discharge; long shelf life: up to 10 years
Use in a wide variety of applications A full line up for use in a wide variety of applications
High voltage (3V) High voltage (3V)

Use in a wide range of temperatures

(-30°C to +60°C)

Usefull in a wide range of temperatures

(-30°C to +60°C)

No mercury added No mercury added
     
Power: ultra compact

Two, three or more conventional batteries can be replaces by a single lithium battery.

That's because there's a lot of power in this ultra-compact design: 3V. Thanks to the Panasonic lithium coin CR2016 battery, even very small devices can now be provided with a powerful source of energy.

The Panasonic lithium coin CR2032 battery has a high voltage of 3V. In short: lots of power in an ultra-compact design.

You have enough with one lithium battery in comparison to 2, 3 or more traditional batteries. Choose the lithium coin CR2032 battery as a powerful source of energy for your small devices.

     
Self-discharge

90% of their original capacity, that's how much power the Panasonic lithium coin CR2016 batteries still have after 10 years.

Their chemical stability, which is due to the combination of lithium and manganese dioxide, is very high. Long-term discharge has been verified at all operating temperatures under low-load discharge conditions.

90% of the original capacity: that is what the Panasonic lithium coin CR2032 batteries still have after even 10 years.

The combination of lithium and manganese dioxide results in a chemically very stable battery. Long-term discharge has been verified at all operating temperatures under low-load discharge conditions.

     
Reliability and safety Panasonic batteries have won approval under the UL safety standards in the United States and wide recognition throughout the world for their high reliability and safety. This is the result of repeated tests on the various safety and performance characteristics of the Lithium Coin CR2016, plus the effects of environmental factors such as temperature that Panasonic has conducted. We have accumulated a wealth of corroborative data on the performance of our batteries that cannot be pinpointed by short-term accelerated tests. Repeated tests on the various safety and performance characteristics of this battery have been conducted by Panasonic. Also the effects of environmental factors such as temperature were tested. Panasonic has accumulated a wealth of corroborative data on the performance of our batteries that cannot be pinpointed by short-term accelerated tests. The result is that Panasonic batteries have won consent for their high reliability and safety under the UL safety standards in the United States and wide recognition over the world.
     
Applications

You can use these batteries in calculators, digital watches, memory back-up, laser pens, car keys, fitness appliances and medical devices like a clinical thermometer and a tensiometer.

Lithium Coin CR2016 has a proven track record for appliances where conventional batteries cannot be used.

Lithium Coin CR2032 has certain achievements for devices where traditional batteries cannot be used.

This battery can be used for memory back-up, digital watches, car keys, laser pens, fitness appliances and medical devices such as tensiometers and clinical thermometers.

 

Figure-CR2025

Figure: CR2025

Features & Benefits

  • Good pulse capability
  • High discharge characteristics
  • Stable voltage level during discharge
  • Long-term reliability
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Product Category: Coin Cell Battery
RoHS: Not Applicable
Series: CR
Battery Size: CR2025
Battery Chemistry: Lithium Manganese Dioxide (LiMnO2)
Output Voltage: 3 V
Capacity: 165 mAh
Rechargeable/Non-Rechargeable: Non-Rechargeable
Termination Style: Pressure Contacts
Width: 20 mm
Height: 2.5 mm
Minimum Operating Temperature: - 30 ℃
Maximum Operating Temperature: + 60 ℃

 

Video about Batteries

 

Video about CR2032 vs CR2016

 

 

Video about CR2032 vs CR2025

 

 

Video about CR2016 & CR2025

 

FAQ

  • Can You Use CR2016 instead of CR2032?

No, the CR2016 is thinner and a bit smaller than the CR2032.

  • What Are 2016 Batteries Used for?

Panasonic Lithium coin CR2016 batteries provide long-lasting reliable power in various devices. The CR2016 is frequently used in fitness appliances, digital watches, car key remotes, calculators, toys and more.

  • What Does CR Mean in Batteries?

CR is the generic designation that is used by the entire batteries maker but lithium batteries are also having chromium. All the batteries who have this chemical substance in their batteries they can use this abbreviation CR. On the other DL is the short abbreviation of the battery making company Duracell.

  • What Devices Use 2032 Battery?

Lithium Coin CR2032 has certain achievements for devices where traditional batteries cannot be used. This battery can be used for memory back-up, digital watches, car keys, laser pens, fitness appliances and medical devices such as tensiometers and clinical thermometers.

  • How Long will CR2032 Batteries Last?

10 years

The simplest way to look at battery life is to look at the total charge in milliamp hours, and divide it by current consumption. In an application drawing a constant 1 microamp or less, this comes out to over 10 years.

  • How long will a CR2025 battery last?

The 3 Volt CR2025 coin cell battery lasts about 4 to 6 months with normal use.

  • How long do CR2016 batteries last?

10 years

  • How do you stack CR2016 batteries?

Remove the two batteriesfrom the remote by sliding batteries out of the battery holder. 4.) Stack the new CR2016 batteries as shown with (+) facing up on both and slide back into battery holder. Re-attach cover with the three phillips screws.

  • Can you use a 2025 battery in place of a 2016?

Your assistance is greatly appreciated. The 2016 is 20mm in diameter and 1.6mm thick. The 2025 is 20mm in diameter and 2.5mm thick. The added thickness of the 2025 would prevent it from fitting properly in the watches you mention.

  • Can you use 2025 batteries for 2032?

2032 and 2025 are literally the dimensions of the battery. A 2032 is 20mm in diameter, 3.2mm thick, and a 2025 is slightly thinner, at 2.5mm thick. They usually both have the same voltage (3V), and assuming they fit in the case, they are interchangeable.

  • Are all CR2032 batteries lithium?

A CR2032 battery is a non-rechargeable (primary) lithium coin or “button” cell battery that is 20mm diameter x 3.2mm thickness. The CR2032 battery has a voltage of 3 volts and a capacity of up to 240mAh, depending on manufacturer specifications. The CR2032 is the most common lithium coin cell battery currently used.

  • Is a 2025 battery lithium?

Energizer 2025 Lithium Coin Batteries provide reliable, long lasting power for your important devices. Lasting up to 10 years in storage, these lithium batteries provide reliable power when you need them.

  • Can CR2032 lithium batteries be recharged?

CR2032 are not rechargeable, they are all lithium primary batteries. They do make batteries in that size that are rechargeable, but they are not direct replacements because they peak at 4.2V.

  • Can you use a 2032 battery in place of a 2025?

2032 and 2025 are literally the dimensions of the battery. A 2032 is 20mm in diameter, 3.2mm thick, and a 2025 is slightly thinner, at 2.5mm thick. They usually both have the same voltage (3V), and assuming they fit in the case, they are interchangeable.

  • Can CR2032 replace BR2032?

It is not recommended to use the CR2032 instead of BR2032. BR2032 battery has better temperature range and less self-discharge so in the long run the BR2032 voltage would be better to use.

  • What is a CR2025 battery used for?

Coin Lithium - CR2025. Panasonic Lithium coin CR2025 batteries provide long-lasting reliable power in various devices. This battery is frequently used in car key remotes, medical devices, digital watches, fitness devices and other electronics.

  • Which side of CR2025 battery is positive?

CR2025 is as shown in image. positive terminal is upper side and negative terminal will be at lower side.

 

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