Are NiCD and NiMH batteries interchangeable?

NiMH and NiCd-batteries are both ideal for high-demanding devices. Since the import of NiCd-batteries has been banned in 2006, NiMH-batteries stand as a great alternative to NiCd. Typically, they have the same nominal voltage of 1.2 volts per cell, making them interchangeable in most cases.


An advantage of NiMH-batteries is that they generally have a higher energy density compared to NiCd-batteries. This makes NiMH-batteries last longer in some cases compared to their NiCd-counterpart.


NiCd and NiMH-batteries have different charging characteristics. NiMH batteries are more sensitive to overcharging. That’s why we recommend using only a designated NiMH charger to charge NiMH-batteries.

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