CR2032 Battery Guide 2021 Leave a comment

The CR2032 battery has become a household staple just like the AA battery and D size batteries. Used in digital thermometers, LED candle lights, car remotes and many other small toys and electronics. Just like other household batteries the CR2032 is disposable. Due to its long shelf life and cheap price it makes sense to buy these in bulk if you use them regularly.

Finding the right CR2032 battery can be difficult. There are many brands and quantities to choose from. So which CR2032 is best? We compiled a list of the top selling CR2032 batteries. Below you will find the top 5 with CR2032 specifications and other pertinent information to help you decide. When dealing with sensitive medical devices it is best to choose a battery with the best quality control like energizer or maxell. We will cover these below.

#1 Choice – Maxell CR2032 Battery

Maxell CR2032 Battery

Our number one pick is the Maxell CR2032 battery. Maxell is one of the biggest producers of coin cell lithium type batteries in the world. Their quality control is unmatched and as such their range of batteries is suitable for sensitive medical devices. These work to replace all brands and models of CR2032 including ECR2032 and DL2032. With a better than average shelf life of 10 years if stored in a cool dry place. There are cheaper options in our list but if you need quality assurance and a brand you can trust then this is the go to CR2032 battery.

Maxell CR2032 Battery Specifications

Model CR2032 – System Manganese dioxide–Li/Organic Electrolyte
Nominal Voltage: 3V
Nominal Capacity: 220mAh
Nominal Discharge: Current (mA) 0.2
Operating Temperature Range (deg. C) –20 to +85
Weight: 3g
Diameter 20.0mm
Height 3.2mm
UL Recognition MH12568

For full specifications and detailed analysis check out the Maxell CR2032 Datasheet

#2 PKCELL CR2032 Battery

CR2032 battery pkcell
CR2032 battery pkcell

One of the cheapest batteries on our list is made by PKCELL. PKCELL CR2032 batteries are made to strict quality control considering they are a mass manufactured chinese battery. PKCELL not only manufactures batteries including Ni-Mh, Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries, alkaline, lithium coin cells, cordless phone batteries, power banks and other small consumer electronics. With a stated shelf life of 8 years at 80% capacity and compatibility with all models of CR2032 including KCR2032, BR2032 and many others.

PKCELL CR2032 Battery Specifications

Chemical System: Lithium/Manganese Dioxide(Li/MnO2)
Nominal Voltage: 3.0V
Nominal capacity:210mAh(rated at 15kΩ continuous discharge to the end-point voltage 2.0V at 20±30C)
4 Average weight: 3.0g
5 Dimensions(mm) 20 x 3.2

Item Storage Performance Test condition
Accelerate Fresh ≧210hrs test after 12 months ≧190hrs load: 3kΩ, end-point voltage: 2.0V standard Fresh ≧1100hrs after 12 months ≧1000hrs load: 15kΩ, end-point voltage: 2.0V

For full specifications see the PKCELL CR2032 Datasheet.

#3 Panasonic CR2032 Battery

panasonic cr2032 battery pack of 5
panasonic cr2032 battery pack of 5

The Panasonic CR2032 battery is a great choice in both quality and price. Long shelf life of 10+ years at almost full capacity. With a name like panasonic it is safe to say this is a well made battery. High stability and safeguards against leaking in extreme temperatures between -22F and 140F. This makes it a perfect battery for fridge and freezer thermometers and other hydroponic and sensitive electronics.

Panasonic CR2032 Battery Specifications

  • Brand: Panasonic
  • ModelP-CR-2032/5BN
  • Weight: 0.11 ounces
  • 10-year shelf life

For full specifcation see the Panasonic CR2032 Datasheet.

#4 Energizer CR2032 Battery

energizer cr2032 5 pack
energizer cr2032 5 pack

The only reason the energizer ECR2032 is not at the top of this list is because of the price. Energizer demands a higher price and the market allows it. With a quality control system in place that is unrivalled. The energizer ECR2032 battery is equivalent to all other models of CR2032 but with the designated name of ECR2032. If precision electronics or medical devices are used then this is the go to model.

  • Diameter: 20mm
  • Height 3.2mm
  • Classification: “Lithium Coin”
  • Chemical System: Lithium / Manganese Dioxide (Li/MnO2)
  • Designation: ANSI / NEDA-5004LC, IEC-CR2032
  • Nominal Voltage: 3.0 Volts
  • Typical Capacity: 235 mAh (to 2.0 volts)
  • (Rated at 15K ohms at 21°C)
  • Typical Weight: 3.0 grams (0.10 oz.)
  • Typical Volume: 1.0 cubic centimeters (0.06 cubic inch)
  • Max Rev Charge: 1 microampere
  • Energy Density: 198 milliwatt hr/g, 653 milliwatt hr/cc
  • Typical Li Content: 0.109 grams (0.0038 oz.)
  • Operating Temp: -30C to 60C
  • Self Discharge: ~1% / year

Energizer ECR2032 Datasheet

#5 Sony CR2032 Battery

sony cr2032 battery
sony cr2032 battery

A solid choice by a reputable manufacturer is of course the Sony CR2032 battery. Although not known for their battery manufacturing, sony has a great reputation amongst battery enthusiasts. Great for everyday use and an affordable price means stocking up won’t hurt the wallet. Available in blister packaging or trays for industrial use.

  • Diameter: 20mm
  • Height 3.2mm
  • Operating Temp: -30C to 60C
  • Self Discharge: ~1% / year
  • Nominal Voltage 3V
  • Nominal Capacity ( 2.0V cutoff) 220mAh
  • Standard Discharge Current 0.2mA
  • Weight 3.2g
  • ASINB005HSW33C
  • Item Model Number : VC0S2_CR2032

Sony CR2032 datasheet

There are many other brands of CR2032 available and we have many in stock. From tray packaging and industrial use to blister packaging for retail resale. We listed our 5 most popular CR2032 battery. Many more options and quantities are available on our website. If you need help choosing then don’t hesitate to contact us.


What makes a good CR2032 Battery?

CR2032 batteries are referred to as a lithium coin cell. They are interchangeable with all models with the preceding 2032 name. The name is derived from the dimensions of the battery, being 20mm x 3.2mm. Lithium batteries are much more suited for high drain devices as opposed to their alkaline couterparts.

Capacity – The standard capacity of a CR2032 battery is 225mAh but this could be higher or lower depending on the manufacturer and also the age of the battery. The milliampere-hour may also vary slightly from battery to battery. For instance energizer panasonic CR2032 has a stated capacity of 225mAh whereas an energizer has 235mAh. This determines the amount of energy the battery has.

Voltage – CR2032 batteries are rated at a standard 3V (three volt). Testing the batteries may produce differing results. This is due to age and also manufacturing process. Testing a fresh CR2032 should yield a result of 3V but slightly higher or lower is normal.

Operating Temperature Range – All brands of CR2032 battery are very tolerant to extreme temperatures out of the normal operating range. The standard range is -20 degrees C – 60 degrees C. Some brands have a wider operating temperature but depending on your application or device you may want to check the datasheet of the specific manufacturer to determine the best suited battery for your needs.

Long Shelf Life – Lithium coin cell batteries are well known for their long shelf life. Often exceeding 10 years are 80% capacity. Batteries are best stored in a dry cool place in the recommended operating range. Keep batteries away from damp and wet areas including very humid basements and attics. The extreme temperature change will eventually degrade the batteries longevity.

No Leak Design – CR2032 batteries are encased in a stainless steel enclosure and pose very little risk of leaking. Only batteries stored in sub optimal conditions will degrade enough that they may leak. If a battery has been left in a damp or wet place and you are concerned then dispose of it appropriately.

CR2032 Battery FAQ

Q: Is a CR2032 battery rechargeable?

A: A CR2032 battery non rechargeable coin shaped battery. The rechargeable equivalent of a CR2032 battery is called the BR2032 battery. These are a very uncommon battery. Definitely do not try to charge a standard CR2032 as this could cause a fire.

Q: What is the difference between a CR2032 and CR2016 battery?

A: CR2032 battery dimensions are 20mm x 3.2mm whereas the CR2016 battery is half the height registering at 20mm x 1.6mm. This essentially means that two CR2016 batteries can be used to replace a single CR2032 battery. This is not recommended but for a short term solution this will work fine. Capacity of CR2016 is much smaller than CR2032 so don’t use this a long term solution.

Q: What is the difference between a CR2032 and CR2025 battery?

A: As noted above the only difference between these batteries are the physical dimensions and the capacity. CR2025 has dimensions of 20mm x 2.5mm. These cannot be used to replace a CR2032 without some insert to negate the empty space.

Q: Are CR2032 and CR2025 batteries interchangeable?

A: Not exactly. See the above answer.

Q: How do you dispose of CR2032 batteries properly?

A: Because oCR2032 batteries contain dangerous chemicals it is essential to dispose of them properly. Most states and countries have specific rules governing the disposal of lithium batteries. Definitely do not dispose of them with your regular trash. Even if the contacts are separated they could pose a fire risk. Google your state+county to check for local ordinances regarding lithium battery disposal. Most localities have a designated battery recycling drop off location.

Q: How long do CR2032 batteries last?

A: As discussed earlier CR2032 batteries have a shelf life of between 5-10 years if stored correctly. The power your device uses will determine how long the CR2032 will last.

Q: Which is the best quality CR2032 battery?

A: This is not an easy answer. Depending on your use the answer will vary. Sony, energizer, Maxell and Panasonic are all big brand names but this does not mean the little guys are producing lesser quality batteries. Check datasheets and manufacturer websites.

Q: Is a DL2032 and CR2032 the same?

A: Yes they are interchangeable. Duracells designated name for the CR2032 is DL2032. Duracell does this with most naming conventions on their batteries. Using the DL prefix.

Q: What does the CR stand for in CR2032?

CR means it’s a lithium primary (non-rechargeable) battery.  “CR” is the chemical representation of chromium.

Q: Where to buy CR2032?

A: Well this answer is easy. See our full selection of CR2032 batteries.

Q: When to replace a CR2032 battery?

Once your device requires a certain voltage and the CR2032 no longer has enough capacity to maintain this voltage then the device simply stops working. This is when to replace a CR2032 battery.

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