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Sanyo Rechargeable AA Batteries

June 30 2011

by Philip Northeast

CHATSWORTH, Calif. June 30, 2011.

Sanyo, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rechargeable batteries, introduced a new  AA-size battery,  the XX, the highest capacity eneloop rated at  2500 mAh.

Sanyo say their eneloop technology means the XX AAs are ready to use right out of the package and retain up to 75% of their charge for one year of storage.

The latest Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-Mh)  XX eneloop batteries from Sanyo are suited for digital cameras and accessories with high power consumption, such as DSLR photoflash units. Advancements in technology allow SANYO’s XX rechargeable eneloop batteries powered by to outperform alkaline batteries in many high power drain and low temperature applications according to Sanyo.

Sanyo XX eneloop NiMh AA batteries

Sanyo XX eneloop NiMh AA batteries

DSLRs such as the entry level Pentax models, such as the K-r, Kx rely on AA batteries as their main power source and they can be demanding on Ni-Mh batteries. These cameras prefer batteries that provide a stable voltage throughout their discharge cycle, and Sano say their XX powered by eneloop meet this need.

“Standard eneloop batteries are perfect for powering common household devices but XX powered by eneloop provides 25% more power for extreme usage requirements. And speaking of extreme, XX powered by eneloop provides rechargeable battery power even when temperatures get down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Tom Van Voy, Vice President and General Manager of the Digital Solutions Division for SANYO North America.

Optional battery grips for some DSLRs can use either the same  Li-Ion battery pack as the camera or AA batteries. This allows sharing of spare batteries between other devices such as flash units, making AA batteries a versatile backup option.

Some photographers who are not photo enthusiasts can become frustrated when they do go to use their digital  camera and find the batteries are always flat. Sanyo say other rechargeable batteries lose their charge much faster while idle than the XX eneloops.

The XX powered by eneloop package of four-AA batteries will be available next month at an MSRP of $US24.99.



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