updated 02:55 pm EST, Wed November 11, 2009
Sanyo Stick Booster charger uses AA batteries
Sanyo on Wednesday revealed its new Eneloop Stick Booster. The device is a battery pack that can plug into consumer electronics devices with miniUSB or USB ports such as cellphones, portable gaming consoles and MP3 players. What makes this different from other dry-cell chargers is that, thanks to Sanyo's Eneloop batteries, it can charge devices that require a high current for charging, such as an iPhone.
The charger's aluminum body can house two AA-sized Eneloop batteries, which are included, and has a slide switch to turn the power output on or off. The Booster will cost the equivalent of $34 in Japan when it launches on December 1st. Sanyo regularly exports Eneloop devices but hasn't detailed its international plans. [via Akihabara]