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Apple AA batteries may be rebadged Sanyo Eneloops

updated 04:45 pm EDT, Thu August 12, 2010

Apple rebadging Sanyo Eneloop AA batteries ?

Apple's rechargeable NiMH AA batteries and associated charger are just rebranded 1.2V Sanyo Eneloops, according to a teardown report. Tests included measuring performance of the Apple batteries and comparing it to the Eneloops, which matched up.

The Eneloop batteries are strong performers, capable of retaining 75 percent of their charge after long periods of non-use, even as long as three years. The AA batteries are rated at a 1,900mAh minimum.

Six of the Apple-branded batteries along with a charger cost $29, while Sanyo sells a bundle of eight with a charger for the same price. [via Engadget]

by MacNN Staff





  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not much mark-up

    So Apple sells a more compact charger, that works with peoples' existing plug adapters, but has two fewer batteries bundled? That actually sounds like a fairly good value to me.

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    Ignoring the price difference, this is great news. I've been using Eneloops for a year and change now and they perform worlds better than any other NiMH I've used in the past. They don't have as high capacity as some brands, but they definitely hold a charge for a LONG time. They work great in low drain devices so it seems like they would be ideal for Apple's wireless peripherals.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It took you HOW LONG to work this out??


  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    So Apple sells a more compact charger, that works with peoples' existing plug adapters,

    What kind of plug is on the eneloop charger that won't work with people's existing plug adapters?

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