updated 11:25 am EDT, Tue April 5, 2011
Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster provides power
Sanyo has released a new KBC-L2 rechargeable battery pack it also calls the Eneloop Mobile Booster. The device acts a portable charger that stores energy and then transfers it to mobile devices that use USB chargers. The booster's lithium-ion battery provides 5,000mAh of power.
The charger itself can be recharged using an AC power adapter or directly from a PC or other capable USB host. The former takes seven hours for a full recharge, but the reduced power of a USB port takes about twice as long.
There are two USB outputs for charging devices, and a mini USB to micro USB adapter is included for most phone owners. Charging one device results in 5V and 1,000mA of current, while two plugged in devices at the same time half that current to each. Once devices are plugged in, users need to press and hold the DC Out button, with a blue LED light indicating the start of charging.
The booster is now available in white only, priced at $80.