Battery Equivalents and Replacements

370, 371, LR69, LR920, LR921, SR69, SR920SW Battery Equivalents, and Replacements

sr920sw mLR920 and SR920SW are popular alkaline and silver-oxide batteries commonly found in the wrist and other watches, remote controls, some toys, small flashlights, and similar.

These batteries are usually labeled as SR69, SR920W, SR920SW, SR920PW, SR920, SR921, SR69, 171, 370, 371, LR69, LR920, LR921, SG6, AG6, etc. leading to confusion when proper battery equivalent and replacement battery is needed.

Fortunately, most popular battery brands use SR920SW, 371, 370, LR920, or AG6 when labeling their LR920/SR920SW batteries.

Updated: March 26, 2022.

LR920/SR920SW Batteries Features and Specifications

LR920/SR920SW batteries are 9.5 mm in diameter and 2.1 mm in height and they come in two versions: alkaline chemistry and silver-oxide chemistry. Their features and specifications are given in the following table:

Chemistry Alkaline Silver-Oxide
100% SOC Voltage 1.6 V 1.6 V
Nominal Voltage 1.5 V 1.55 V
Cut-Off Voltage 0.9 V 1.2 V
Notes Voltage significantly drops over time Voltage is very constant over time
Typical Labels LR69, LR920, LR921, AG6 SR69, SR920W, SR920SW, SR920PW, SR920, SR921, 171, 370, 371, SG6, AG6
Typical LR920/SR920SW Capacity 25-30 mAh 40-55 mAh

Note: Some manufacturers label even silver-oxide batteries as 'AG6' or similar, in order to emphasize that their battery can be used as an alkaline AG6 replacement. The accurate label for the silver-oxide battery is SG6, not AG6.

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Alkaline LR69, LR920, LR921, or AG6 batteries have a 100% SOC (State of Charge) voltage of ~1.6 volts, but the nominal voltage is 1.5 volts.

Their cut-off voltage is 0.9 volts and the typical capacity when being slowly drained from 1.5 volts to 0.9 volts is 25-30 mAh.

If alkaline batteries are used in electronic devices that have a cut-off voltage of, for example, 1.2 volts, the use of alkaline batteries in such devices is not recommended due to the very low actual capacity and unreliability of the device itself.

Alkaline LR69/LR920/LR921/AG6 batteries are cheap batteries, with a shelf life of 3-4, even up to 5-6 years, depending on the brand.

When used in devices that support low cut-off voltage, these batteries are also very reliable batteries.

Silver-oxide SR69, SR920W, SR920SW, SR920PW, SR920, SR921, 171, 370, 371, SG6, or AG6 batteries have 100% SOC voltage of 1.6 volts, and a nominal voltage of 1.55 volts.

Their cut-off voltage is 1.2 volts and they feature much more constant voltage during operation than alkaline batteries.

When being slowly drained from 1.55 to 1.2 volts, their typical capacity is 40-55 mAh.

Silver-oxide SR920SW/370/371 batteries are commonly used in wrist watches, small electronic devices, small flashlights, remote controls, and even toys.

Their shelf life is typically 5-10 years, although there are models with a shelf life of just 3 years, but also with 10+ years.

Silver-oxide SR920SW/370/371 batteries do cost slightly more than alkaline LR69/LR920/LR921/AG6 batteries, but they offer larger capacity, more constant voltage and they often have a longer shelf life.

In very low drain devices, the use of silver-oxide batteries is highly recommended - use a good SR920SW battery and forget about it, often for years.

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Silver-Oxide 9.5 x 2.1 mm Batteries Comparison Chart

The following comparison chart lists some of the most popular silver-oxide 9.5 x 2.1 mm button/coin cell batteries with their most important features and specifications:

Capacity Operating Temperature Annual Self-Discharge Rate Discharge Current
Duracell D370/D371 40 mAh, 30 kΩ down to 1.2V @20°C  0°C to +60°C  <10% @20°C  61.2μA, over 30kΩ @20°C 
Energizer 371/370 34 mAh, 33 kΩ down to 1.2V @21°C - ~2% @20°C 45μA, @1.47V over 33kΩ @21°C
Renata 370 SR920W 40 mAh, 25.5 kΩ down to 1.2V @20°C -10°C to +60°C <10% @20°C 61.2μA, over 25.5kΩ @20°C
Renata 371 SR920SW 40 mAh, 25.5 kΩ down to 1.2V @20°C -10°C to +60°C <5% @20°C  61.2μA, over 25.5kΩ @20°C
Seiko SR926SW 46 mAh -10°C to +60°C - 60μA

As one can see, high-drain SR920S/370 batteries are intended for applications that periodically require relatively high drain pulses, but at the expense of a somewhat larger self-discharge rate.

Low-drain SR926SW/371 batteries are designed for applications that require constant current without strong current pulses. Also, such batteries offer a lower self-discharge rate and hence, longer shelf life.

SR920SW/371 and SR920S/370 Batteries Safety Issues

SR920SW/371 and SR920S/370 batteries are small and shiny objects that can be attractive visually to the kids and pets - that is why they come in pet/kids safety packages.

Although SR920SW/371, SR920S/370, and similar batteries don't contain mercury, cadmium, lead, and similar heavy metals and other pollutants and toxins, if they are swallowed, they can cause electrolysis and chemical burns.

So, if they get swallowed, contact the nearest emergency center and act according to their instructions.

SR920SW/371 and SR920S/370 Batteries Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are some of the most common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about SR920SW/371, SR920S/370, and similar button/coin cell batteries:

Are 370 and 371 batteries interchangeable?

Generally speaking yes, 370 battery can be replaced with 371 battery and vice versa, but at the risk of somewhat shorter runtime.

What battery is equivalent to a 371?

371 is a 9.5 x 2.1 mm low-drain silver-oxide battery, hence, its equivalents are SR920SW battery, D371 (Duracell) battery, V371 (Varta) battery, etc.

Is SR920SW the same as SR920W?

These batteries have the same size, but the SR920W is a high drain battery, while the SR920SW is a low-drain battery.

Is there a 371 watch battery? What is the equivalent of a 371 watch battery?

Yes, 371 watch battery is a silver-oxide 9.5 x 2.1 mm low-drain battery. Its equivalents are SR920SW, D371, V371, etc. batteries.

Is the 370 and 371 watch battery the same?

These batteries feature the same physical dimensions, nominal voltage, and even capacity, but the 370 battery is a high-drain battery with a somewhat higher self-discharge rate than the low-drain 371 battery.

What voltage is a 370 battery?

The nominal voltage of the 370 battery is 1.55 volts, cutoff voltage is ~1.2V, while OCV (Open Circuit Voltage) of the new battery can be up to 1.65 volts.

sr920sw mLong Story Short: if you are looking for SR69, SR920W, SR920SW, SR920PW, SR920, SR921, 171, 370, 371, SG6, AG6, LR69, LR920, LR921 battery equivalent, and replacement, go for battery labeled SR920SW - it is a silver-oxide battery with a nominal voltage of 1.55 volts (also very often printed on the package), stable voltage and good capacity.

If your device used alkaline LR69, LR920, LR921, AG6 battery/batteries, check if it can run using silver-oxide batteries - 0.05 volts difference is often negligible, but check it, just in case.

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