Sanyo Launches Higher Capacity Eneloop Batteries for Power Hungry Devices

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News Posted: Fri, Jun 10 2011 2:54 PM
If you follow the rechargeable battery scene at all, then you're undoubtedly familiar with Sanyo's Eneloop brand, the go-to option for batteries that come fully charged from the get-go and don't lose their juice nearly as fast as your average rechargeable. But if there's a downside to Eneloop batteries, it's that they don't compete with higher capacity units. Or at least they didn't used to.

Sanyo just announced a couple new additions to its Eneloop lineup, the Eneloop Pro and Eneloop Plus. The Eneloop Pro boasts a 25 percent higher capacity than regular Eneloop batteries, making it better suited for power hungry devices like digital cameras, strobe lights, and flashlights.


The Eneloop Plus features an overheat prevention function that suppresses overheating in case of improper use. So if you're a nervous Nelly worried about little Johnny setting himself on fire, this is the battery of choice for toys.

Sanyo's also launching the "Wireless Charging Carrying Case," which can wirelessly recharge Eneloop batteries. Unfortunately, the charger and the new batteries are destined only for Japan, at least initially. The Eneloop Pro will be available starting July 21 and the Eneloop Pro charger set will go on sale September 21. The Eneloop Plus and its charger set will go on sale December 1.
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EHarler replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 3:07 PM

Love eneloops!

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Agree I use them in my Wii motes :) and daughters toys that take AA batteries.

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Inspector replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 11:51 PM

I'll take a few dozen of those please, both pro and plus in a mix? :) I use these for my xbox controllers and wireless mouse. Great batteries :)

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pwrntspd replied on Sat, Jun 11 2011 12:13 AM

FIrst time i saw them was in Costco, and since i hadn't heard of them i decided against buying them. Guess i should reconsider.

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rrplay replied on Sat, Jun 11 2011 1:40 PM

oohhh ...one of these is going on sale on my birthday

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HHGrrl replied on Sat, Jun 11 2011 3:15 PM

It's a bummer that they won't be available here in the US, at least not initially. Wonder how expensive they'll be?

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@HHGrrl Would love to see them in the US sooner rather than later. However, the lower capacity Eneloops are rather expensive compared to other renewable batteries. I assume these higher capacity ones will be pricier.

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So are we racist if we dont upgrade since their last series was white?

Sanyo is the leader when it comes to rechargables! Guess I will have to get My GF's mom to send some over :P

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