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Difference Between DL and CR Batteries

DL vs CR Batteries

When it comes to unusual batteries like the coin type batteries, it is a bit more important to get the exact type that you are looking for to ensure that it is the correct fit and voltage and avoid having to buy the battery again. This is the case when it comes to CR batteries like the CR2032 and DL2032. The main difference between CR and DL batteries is just the maker. CR is basically a generic designation just like AA and AAA. It is used by almost all battery makers. On the other hand, the DL designation is used by the battery maker Duracell.

The probable rationale behind changing from the generic designation to a unique one is to differentiate their product from what is commonly available. Duracell may want to differentiate their product because it has a higher capacity and they want that reputation to spread. Not really very easy when the batteries at this category are used in low power devices and would typically last for months if not years.

What this change actually does is raise some confusion as consumers would typically look for an exact match to the battery that they have. Actually, the DL and CR batteries are interchangeable as long as the numbers that follow are the same. Given the example above, a DL2032 battery can be used to replace a CR2032 battery and vice versa.

The numbers stamped in the battery are not random; they are actually a description of the physical dimensions of the battery. The last two digits pertains to the thickness of the battery while the first two (or first for batteries that only have three digits) pertain to the diameter. So, for the 2032, it basically says that the battery has a 20mm diameter and is 3.2mm thick.

Summary:

1.DL is just a CR battery made by Duracell
2.DL and CR batteries are interchangeable


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11 Comments

  1. If there is no actual difference, then why do the DL2032 batteries only last less than a month in my scale while the CR’s last almost a year in most cases?

  2. Thanks! Really helped! Please note typo on the 3rd paragraph, last line (RC instead of CR)

    Thanks again!

  3. why do my new dl3032 not work in my bathroom scales.? They’re to replace the cr2032. I’ve bough 3 sets now as i thought they were all faulty. Help please

    • Hi Jo,
      It seems to me that, unless there’s a typo, you’re trying to replace 3032 with 2032, and that won’t work. DL and CR are interchangeable, but the first ones start with a 3 and the second ones start with a 2, and that is not interchangeable.

      Regards,

      Alex

  4. Interesting observation – We refreshed NEW generic CR2032 batteries in our Subaru key fobs. They didn’t work. I interchanged these batteries back with the DL2032 batteries that were already in the devices. The key fobs worked again (???) I interchanged several times to confirm. Weird!

    • TomO, You are correct. My wife’s Hunydai fob stopped working and I put in a new cr2032 which measured 3.2 volts. Didn’t work. I put the dl2032 from my fob with 2.8 volts in her fob and it worked. I put the new cr2032 in my fob and it didn’t work. Go figure ?

  5. Very informative and well written. Thanks for the summary at the end to reinforce the points made.

  6. Called TAYLOR, the manufacturer of my scale, and they told me that whenever someone uses the DL2032 as a replacement for the CR2032, that the scales give an error message. Off to the store to buy the correct batteries.
    I guess “CORRECT batteries not included.”

  7. This is disappointing. I just spent 6 bucks on a pack of two DL2032 and now I am finding out they aren’t as good as the cheaper batteries? that is absolutely terrible!

  8. My results are the opposite of all of yours. I have a glucometer that I have been using CR 2032 batteries and they started dying like every 2-4 weeks. This meter is only about 1 year old but is a replacement for another one that had problems. I left a negative review on the manufacturers website and they called me. She said that they were going to send me a new meter and also a DL2032 to use in my current meter, that they have found they last longer. So it lasted 4 months which is better than what had been happening. I still had a CR so put it in temporarily til I could get a DL and it lasted a week, it died today. I pulled the new meter out of the box and it came with a DL. We’ll see how it does.

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