2 weeks ago, I was helping Li Xiang to look for eneloop rechargeable batteries for her office but to my surprise, I could not find any at all at all major electronics stores in Funan and VivoCity. I was wondering did they leave the Singapore market or their batteries sell so well that all the stores are out of stock (I was hoping the later). Many of my friends and I love eneloop batteries!
But luckily, it was just temporarily out of stock (I hope) and when I went back to Funan’s Challenger last week, there was plenty of stocks!
Last week on the 12th December 2012, eneloop announced two new limited-edition ‘eneloop tones’ rechargeable battery packs. The eneloop uomo for men in enigmatic shades of purple, grey, black and white; and eneloop rouge for women in scintillating hues of pink.
There are 8 glittering AA batteries in each Eneloop Glitter pack and each battery has a capacity of 1,900mAh (1.2V) and can approximately last through 1,800 recharge cycles. The batteries are capable of retaining 70% capacity even after five years of storage.
The Sanyo Eneloop Black Charger Set BC-MQR06 is the latest product from Eneloop. Each Black Charger Set comprises of 4 AA size of eneloop XX rechargeable batteries and an eneloop Black Charger in a sleek black and silver design. It is retailing for S$65.90 at all Best Denki outlets, Meidi-Ya Supermarket, all Selffix D.I.Y store outlets, Sprint-Cass at Terminal 2 and 3, and selected outlets of Harvey Norman and Challenger.
The eneloop XX batteries have a high capacity of a 2,500mAh cell which is suitable for high power consumption gadgets like digital cameras and DSLR photoflash units. It also provides longer battery life than standard alkaline batteries and gives you up to 500 rechargeable cycles.
Sanyo Eneloop Stick Booster KBC-D1BS was announced in Japan back in August 2010 but unfortunately it is not available in Singapore. My mom’s business friend came to visit us on a business trip and I asked him to help me get the Eneloop Stick Booster from Japan. It cost 2980 Yen which is about S$46.30. I like it because of the design.
It is capable of outputting 5.0V/500mA through its output port but unfortunately, you can’t charge your Eneloop batteries in it as there is no input/charging port. It has a rating capacity of 1,900mAH and hence it should be able to full charge your iPhone at least 1 time. For more detail specifications, check out this pdf file.
The Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster KBC-L2B is an upgrade of the Eneloop Mobile Booster KBC-L2A. The model number is a little confusing as it only increment from A to the letter B. I think Sanyo would be better off creating a new model number so that consumers like us can better differentiate which one is new and which one is older.
In terms of design, it is identical except that the Sanyo logo has been replaced by a Eneloop logo. The battery output has been increased so that instead of just producing 2x 500mA, it is now able to produce 1x 1A (1,000mA) to charge high consumption gadgets such as the Apple iPad and Blackberry. However the lithium-ion battery capacity still stays the same at 5,000mAh and can roughly charge your iPhone 4 which has a battery capacity of 1,420mA about 3 times in a single charge. The package now also includes a MiniUSB to MicroUSB adapter.