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How do you recognise formats of batteries?

Formats have a name and can also have a code. The names are more or less the same in all countries, though other terms may be used popularly. The codes are different everywhere, e.g. the international IEC code and the American code. Also, each brands often uses its own codes. This often makes it difficult to recognise the codes on packaging. Still, the IEC code is the most common. In the IEC code, the battery types can be recognised by the letters. For instance, Alkaline is called LR, zinc carbon batteries have an R as first letter.

IEC-code Amerik. Code Naam Volksmond Afmetingen
(L)R3 AAA Micro Mini-penlite, potlood 10,5x44,5
(L)R6 AA Mignon Penlite 14,5x50,5
(L)R14 C Baby Engelse staaf 26,2x50
(L)R20 D Mono Grote staaf, mono 34,5x61,5
6(L)R61/6F22 E 9 Volt E-blokje 26,5x17,5x48
3(L)R12 - Normal platte batterij, 4,5V 26x22x67

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