Apple's New Rechargeable AA Batteries Actually Sanyo Eneloops?

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Several tipsters previously pointed us to the similarities in the published promotional specs of Apple's new rechargeable AA batteries and Sanyo's Eneloop batteries, suggesting that Apple have essentially rebranded Sanyo's offerings for sale it its own packaging. New testing by SuperApple.cz [Google translation] published today seems to confirm the suspicion, despite the lack of any definitive physical markings inside the batteries to give away the link.
In all likelihood, this indeed is the Sanyo Eneloop cells, specifically the model of HR-3UTG because they correspond to physical parameters of the articles (new articles Eneloop tests show essentially the same value) but also measured the capacity - if you view the document producer , you'll find it is these cells are indicated by the minimum capacity of 1900 mAh, then the regular 2000 mAh and Apple in this case decided to set the guaranteed capacity, although it is less beneficial according to the manufacturer, and according to our measurements.
The discovery that has rebranded another companies batteries is not necessarily a surprise, as it was unlikely that Apple took on the task of reinventing rechargeable battery technology on its own. The disclosure does reveal, however, that the Apple's batteries are not based on a brand-new battery technology, as Sanyo first developed its Eneloop batteries in 2005 and launched them for sale in 2006.




But the other component of Apple's battery package, the charger, does appear to be an Apple-designed product, with SuperApple.cz finding no tell-tale branding on its internal components while obviously offering Apple's traditional styling. The charger is designed to automatically reduce power usage to 30 milliwatts once it senses that batteries have been fully charged, the lowest "vampire draw" in the industry and 10 times lower than the industry average.

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DylanLikesPorn

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Why the title of the story focuses on the (negative) aspect of rebranded batteries vs. Apple's new charger design? Does MacRumors have a beef with Apple? :rolleyes:
 

Macman1993

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Shocking being as apple has never used things made by another company. Thats why apple doesn't contract LG for displays and even goes as far as to mine its own aluminum. Nor has apple ever acquired another company in order to build off its products. Apple has always dedicated plenty of resources to reinventing the wheel regardless of the plethora of wheels available that could be bought out for less than the actual cost of reinventing the wheel.
 

b.c.

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Eneloops are great for wireless mice with their extremely low self discharge rate, they're what I use in mine. That's probably why Apple sells you 6 - there's always a fully charged pair waiting for you even if you charged them weeks ago. I figured they must be Eneloops from the announcement, it's a good thing IMO
 

Tyre

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You should have done that before this story.

The only thing that makes the Apple batteries and charger worth more than a regular charger and batteries is the inclusion of the Jobs' Reality Distortion Field in every packet.
Or that they draw 10x less energy than the industry standard. But that's inconsistent with us raging against the negative publicity and crying out how Stevie over-priced them but we bought them anyway, so we'll just ignore innovation to soothe our egos.

I'm sure I'll get fanboy'd, but those are just the facts. This product is better than most on the market.
 

justflie

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I love my Eneloops. I already use them in my mouse, keyboard, and a few other peripherals around the house. I'll be buying them (assuming they have C size) for my Roomba lighthouses soon. The length of time these things hold a charge is pretty impressive. It was really a perfect choice for Apple when you consider the use case (mouse, keyboard, trackpad).
 

vincenz

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You should have done that before this story.

The only thing that makes the Apple batteries and charger worth more than a regular charger and batteries is the inclusion of the Jobs' Reality Distortion Field in every packet.
The batteries might be the same as eneloops, but the charger is proprietary. I don't believe you can get a charger with those features anywhere else.
 

Kaiser Phoenix

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Shocking being as apple has never used things made by another company. Thats why apple doesn't contract LG for displays and even goes as far as to mine its own aluminum. Nor has apple ever acquired another company in order to build off its products. Apple has always dedicated plenty of resources to reinventing the wheel regardless of the plethora of wheels available that could be bought out for less than the actual cost of reinventing the wheel.
hahahahahahahaha u made my day
 

spydr

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Why the title of the story focuses on the (negative) aspect of rebranded batteries vs. Apple's new charger design? Does MacRumors have a beef with Apple? :rolleyes:
I am sensing this trend of late in a lot of threads.

Not sure what to make of it.

Apple only claimed that its charger is a new technology and not the battery itself. Am I not right? It simply states that the batteries have a very long shelf life — similar to what Sanyo claims about eneloop. As a matter of fact, Sanyo Eneloop is one of the priciest rechargables you could get. So much for goofballs comparing the Apple's kit to the $7 Walmart setups.
:rolleyes:
 

RTee

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OMG and next we'll learn that Coke and Pepsi actually both use water neither of them bothering to invent their own.

No big deal, expected, and a lame report.
 

Salacion

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If :apple: uses the same eneloop technology, I don't see any reason why wouldn't buy their battery kit. Not only does it look sleak, but the charger also features an energy saving system.
 

likemyorbs

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GOOD. They shouldnt be wasting time creating batteries and spending more time on releasing iOS 4 for iPad and Mac OS X 10.7. priorities!
 

carlgo

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Enloops are superior batteries, so it is good that Apple uses them.

There is a huge and informative rechargeable battery culture at Amazon. Just look at the reviews for the batteries and check out what the engineer guy says. That is why I bought Enloops.
 

iDisk

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iLove my eneloops :), they save me and my friends on our electric bill and allow for a efficient recharge when their levels run low. So much money has been saved not to mention there eco-friendly and hold a less carbon foot-print. :)
 

IamCanadian

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It's not exactly as if this was done without Sanyo knowing about it either. Sanyo likely supplies the batteries with the foil wrapper (instead of their usual white wrapper) directly to Apple. These batteries also appear to be a later generation of the Eneloops with somewhat better characteristics.
 
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