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Fewer, Not More Rechargeable Battery Brands By 2017

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A report on the future of the rechargeable battery market is suggesting that there will be only a handful of relevant brands by 2017. Read how fewer rechargeable battery brands could affect you, the consumer.

For quite a long while now, NiMH rechargeable batteries have been mass produced and marketed by a wide range of companies, leading to a rise in accessibility for rechargeables that never existed in the past. Decades ago, when NiCD rechargeable batteries tried to penetrate the marketplace, the issues with the battery design itself, together with the top manufacturers’ unwillingness to commit to a sustainable battery design, kept NiCDs on the periphery. But with NiMH and LiON becoming so universally used, even big brands have gotten into the game, expanding the market considerably.

However, according to a thorough study, the rechargeable battery market is due for a significant contraction of brands and options for consumers. Continue reading ‘Fewer, Not More Rechargeable Battery Brands By 2017’


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?’


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’


What is the best battery for your Flash Photography?

SLR Lounge had done a thorough investigation into what they considered the best AA battery for Flash Photography use, due to low availability of practical real world use for results. This is their testing of Eneloop brand against the top available alkaline batteries currently available.

Per SLR Lounge, this is the criteria that they adhered to:

We used the exact same Vivitar 285HV flash for all batteries tested. After each battery was tested, we allowed the flash unit at least one hour to completely cool down before testing the next set.
We selected the most common sets of Alkaline batteries for our testing including Duracell Coppertop (standard Duracell), Duracell Ultra Advanced, Energizer Max (standard Energizer), Energizer Lithium and finally Costco Kirkland batteries since they are so wonderfully inexpensive… and because everyone loves Costco. We selected the Eneloops as the rechargeables to use for the test because based on our experience, they have held up better than all other rechargeable batteries that we have used.
For all alkaline batteries, we purchased new batteries in their retail packages and pulled them directly from the retail package and placed them into the Vivitar flash test unit. For the rechargeable Eneloops, we purchased new batteries in retail packages and charged them to full power prior to placing them into the Vivitar flash. All batteries were brand new, and the test results were based on their first time use.

Testing consisted of utilizing a flash unit at full 1/1 power connected to a timer unit, with each battery being tested for a total of 75 full power flashes.

After all testing was completed, here were the top 3 contenders for best battery:

#3 Duracell (Standard) – It had an exceptionally quick 1st flash recycle time of 7.3 seconds and a 75th flash recycle time of 14.1 seconds giving it a average flash recycle length of time of 11.68 seconds. They were just sizzling hot to the touch upon removal. This was the best Alkaline toss-away disposable for photography and flash.

#2 Standard Eneloop – The Eneloop posted the speediest beginning recycle time of 6.8 seconds and a 75th flash recycle time of just 10.5 seconds! This gave it a average for the flash recycle time of 8.94 seconds. Also, the batteries was just warm to the touch upon removal.

#1 Eneloop XX – The XX’s were just a cut above the standard Eneloop. It had a slower 1st flash time of 7.1 seconds, yet a slightly snappier 75th flash recycle time of 9.9 seconds giving it an average recycle time of 8.75 seconds. At around the 25th flash the standard Eneloop started to lose power more quickly than the Eneloop XX which brought about a decently noteworthy contrast of .6 seconds on the 75th flash.

Both Eneloop types are fantastic batteries, easily beating out the standard alkaline cell single-use types. It’s a good idea to have a set on hand in emergencies, but for power to depend on, you should get yourself a set ( or several sets) of Eneloops!

Get your Eneloops right here at Electronics warehouse!

By Michael Nace



Are Premium Brand Rechargeable Batteries Really Better Than Generic Brands?

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From Sanyo Eneloop all the down to cheap, generic brands, there is a wide range of premium rechargeable batteries to choose from? But do you really gain better performance from the premium brands?

A couple years ago, when Apple released its own brand of rechargeable batteries, there was a great deal of excitement in the tech media. Apple, after all, spends millions of dollars a year in rechargeable battery research, with most of its R&D resources going into improving the LiON battery packs that power its popular mobile products, such as the MacBook, iPhone, iPad, and iPod. It didn’t take long, to reveal that Apple’s AA NiMH rechargeable batteries for its wireless keyboards are actually made by Sanyo Eneloop and rebranded.

Some were disappointed, but for avid rechargeable battery enthusiasts, it was an endorsement for Sanyo Eneloop: if Apple was willing to stick its own brand on Sanyo Eneloop-designed batteries, they must be high quality, right?

That being said, there is a often a wide gap between the price tags of Sanyo Eneloop, Energizer, and other premium brandeded rechargeable batteries and more generic brands. In the end, however, is there much difference between the two? Continue reading ‘Are Premium Brand Rechargeable Batteries Really Better Than Generic Brands?’


Rechargeable Battery Match-up: Ansmann Versus Sanyo Eneloop

sanyo eneloopWhen it comes to rechargeable batteries, it’s hard to tell if premium brands like Sanyo Eneloop can beat out more value-priced contenders like Ansmann. Take a look at this match-up between the two:

It is true that we have been espousing our love and extolling some of the virtues of the Ansmann rechargeable batteries. This affair began with the AA high-capacity, moved on as we found their ability to perform with R/C vehicles, and has culminated in looking at the larger batteries in their line.

What we needed to know next was if this was just a reaction to the new and different. We had to be sure that we were not being lured in by a fresh face on the market. To do this, we called on an old friend. A battery that has stood by us for years, in the face of much adversity. We needed to call out our Ansmann rechargeable batteries and see how they performed, not just in the lab or on the street, but when put up against the Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries. Continue reading ‘Rechargeable Battery Match-up: Ansmann Versus Sanyo Eneloop’


Enter Our Monthly Giveaway: Win an Ansmann Battery Charger!

ansmann energy 8 plus battery chargerJust in time for Christmas — enter our FREE, no purchase necessary monthly giveaway and win an Ansmann Energy 8 Plus battery charger, plus 4 AA NiMH Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries. It’s really easy to enter!

As you may know, the Electronics Warehouse blog is one of the most read blogs in Australia covering news and reviews about rechargeable batteries, battery chargers, and other electronics. But what you may not know is that, every time you leave a comment on our blog, you get entered to win a great prize!

It’s all part of our ongoing monthly giveaway. Each month, we tally up all of our followers on Twitter and Facebook, as well as all of our blog comments and product reviews, and use to choose a winner.

This month, we’re giving away an Ansmann Energy 8 Plus battery charger

Ansmann is a leading brand for rechargeable batteries and battery chargers in the world today: they are well-known for their quality and performance. The charger we’re giving away — pictured above — retails for AUD$110. You can check it out here.

If you’d like to enter for this month’s giveaway, be sure to leave a comment here, under this article, or read about all of the other ways you can enter on our Facebook page.

Thanks, and good luck to you!


Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries Now Hold Charge For Over Five Years

Sanyo Eneloop AA Rechargeable BatteriesSanyo Eneloop‘s claim that their new generation of rechargeable batteries can hold their charge for five years confirms them to be the industry leaders. But does a shelf life of 5 years make a real difference to the consumer?

It seems that with every passing year, Sanyo Eneloop continues to advance its rechargeable battery technology and keep their products are the forefront of the industry. This year’s newest generation of Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries boast new features and performance specs that improve on previous batteries’ longevity.

According to Gizmodo, on a full charge, “. . . their latest rechargeable nickel-metal hydride AA and AAA Eneloop batteries will retain up to 70% of their capacity after sitting unused for five years.” There’s no doubt that this is an impressive new feature, but like many of the features often touted for rechargeable batteries, the practical application of having rechargeable batteries sit on a shelf for five years and still retain up to 70% of the charge may seem like an empty feature for the practical consumer who, aside from building and outfitting a bomb shelter, would probably have no need for rechargeable batteries to retain their charge for so long. Does it really benefit the average person?

In fact, it does.

Continue reading ‘Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries Now Hold Charge For Over Five Years’


Sanyo Eneloop AA Battery Chargers Lead the Market In Quality, Features

Sanyo Eneloop‘s industry leading AA rechargeable batteries are only rivaled by their accompanying AA battery chargers. Take a look at two of the leading models of Sanyo Eneloop AA battery chargers on the market today.

When investing in rechargeable batteries, buying the batteries themselves is only the beginning: while you may need to invest in dozens of batteries for whatever battery-dependent hobby of yours may be, it is important to not overlook the importance of a high-quality battery charger. Fortunately for the consumer, most of the top rechargeable battery companies not only sell batteries in packs, but also in tandem with battery chargers as well.

Particularly if you’re looking to invest in AAs, you’ll want to take a look at Sanyo Eneloop’s products. Sanyo Eneloop is by far the product leader in the consumer rechargeable battery industry. Just to give you an idea of how solid they are: Apple uses Sanyo Eneloop for their own apple-branded batteries for some of their battery-powered peripherals. Continue reading ‘Sanyo Eneloop AA Battery Chargers Lead the Market In Quality, Features’


NiMH Rechargeable Batteries Versus “Instant” Rechargeable Batteries

Read how giving people a pre-charged option for buying NiMH rechargeable batteries changed the industry forever — and what the real differences are between standard and “instant” rechargeable batteries.

For the decades that NiCad rechargeable batteries were king, one of the main reasons why they failed to catch on in mainstream popularity were the fact that many consumers couldn’t be bothered to charge them initially. While NiCad rechargeable battery technology was toxic and clumsy compared to today’s NiMH rechargeable batteries, it was nothing more than the fact that NiCads didn’t come pre-charged in their packs. Simply put, batteries are often purchased on an as-needed basis, making an uncharged pack of rechargeable batteries unhelpful for many consumers who are not shrewd enough to plan their battery useage schedule.

It is for this reason why, in today’s consumer electronics market, more and more NiMH rechargeable battery manufacturers are offering pre-charged or ” “instant” alternatives to their standard rechargeable batteries. Now, when your digital camera is completely dead, or if you’re an organisation who recently invested in a large quantity of devices that all need AA rechargeable batteries, you can now go to the store and pick up NiMH rechargeable batteries that offer both the “instant gratification” of alkalines with the longevity of rechargeables. It was the rechargeable battery industry’s way of further competing with the immediacy of disposable alkaline batteries.

Now that the choice between pre-charged and standard rechargeable batteries exists, which ones are better?

Vapex’s AA rechargeable batteries offer the best comparison. In price, they are generally identical — you can pick them up on EW’s website for AUD$14.99 a 4-pack. So, if the prices are the same, why would anyone buy the un-chanrged over the pre=charged? The answer has to do with battery capacity and mAh.

All rechargeable battery companies are careful to make sure that they give their standard NiMH rechargeable batteries a bit more capacity than their pre-charged counterparts, as an incentive for investing in them over the instants. Using the Vapex example, they just recently released an upgrade of their instant model — they now have a quite impressive Instant AA 2500mAh NIMH Rechargeable Battery option. These Vapex “instant rechargeable batteries” actually feature more mAh than even Sanyo Eneloop’s competing model.

But for as impressive as this may be, Vapex’s standard AA Rechargeable Batteries are 2900 mAh. So, what you lack in an instant charge, you make up for in capacity.

To be sure, the set-up for standard NiMH rechargeable batteries can take much longer. Imagine, for example, that you need to buy several dozen AA rechargeable batteries for a set of new walkie talkies. It could take you days to charge all of them, which may not be an option if you need them to work straight away. In this case, you’re going to probably want to go with instants.

In the end, the decision on whether to buy instant or standard rechargeable batteries will depend on how important mAh is in your purchase, and how much time you have to charge them (if any at all).

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