Archive for July, 2013

31
Jul

Will Panasonic Bring LiON Rechargeable Batteries To The Sanyo Eneloop Brand?

Panasonic LiON rechargeable batteries

Sanyo Eneloop continues to be the clear quality and performance leader in NiMH rechargeable batteries. But with Panasonic continuing to push its industrial line of LiON rechargeable batteries, will the company eventually add LiON into the mix?

When you think LiON rechargeable batteries, what comes to mind are proprietary battery packs for electronic devices, such as laptop computers and mobile phones. However, LiON rechargeables are not relegated to being mere battery packs — the technology can also be developed into cylindrical battery forms that could fit just about any device.

Case in point: Panasonic’s industrial line of LiON rechargeable batteries. Continue reading ‘Will Panasonic Bring LiON Rechargeable Batteries To The Sanyo Eneloop Brand?’

24
Jul

Panasonic, Sanyo Fined $56 Million For Price Fixing; Sanyo Eneloop Not Involved In Scandal

Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries x 4 AA

Sanyo, and its parent company Panasonic, were recently fined over $56 million dollars by the U.S.¬†Justice Department, along with ¬†a smaller company called LG Chem Limited, which will pay $1.06 million. Both companies were involved in a battery price fixing scheme that was considered so serious that the U.S. DoJ’s fines and charges are criminal.

The battery cells in question were part of a larger issue of the companies price rigging a wide range of auto parts for Hondas, Nissans, Toyotas, and Mazdas between July of 1998 and 2010. Because the conspiracy was so deep-rooted and dominated the market for these components for so long, the charges brought forth were among the most serious ever seen levied in the battery sector. And it isn’t over: Panasonic/Sanyo executives could go to jail over the scandal.

Continue reading ‘Panasonic, Sanyo Fined $56 Million For Price Fixing; Sanyo Eneloop Not Involved In Scandal’

22
Jul

Electrocution In China Using Unauthorized iPhone Battery Charger Underscores Dangers

iphone battery charger

Here on the Electronics Warehouse blog, we’ve talked more than once about the dangers of cheap, unauthorized, or otherwise dodgy rechargeable battery products made in mainland China. Usually, we’ve reported on rechargeable battery brands that are known to catch fire, explore, or at best, underperform, such as BTY rechargeable batteries, or Ultrafire rechargeable batteries, which actually catch fire!

The biggest story to hit the news about dangerous battery products, however, came late last week, and this time, the story involved battery chargers.

Continue reading ‘Electrocution In China Using Unauthorized iPhone Battery Charger Underscores Dangers’




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