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Old Nov 10, 2005, 9:18 AM   #1
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Borrowed from Electronics Weekly, a UK-based trade magazine:

NiMh cells work from the package

Sanyo is to introduce NiMh cells that can be used straight from the package. Dubbed 'eneloop', the key is dramatically reduced self-discharge: "Residual ratio after one year of non-use is 85 per cent in temperature conditions of 20 deg C," said the firm. AA capacity is 2.5Ah (2.3Ah min.) with 1,000 cycles.

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http://www.sanyo.co.jp/koho/hypertex...1/1101-2e.html

Strange name but this should help the fight against all those proprietary Li-Ion batteries.
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 7:39 PM   #2
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they were supposed to go on sale 11/14. anybody know who is selling them?
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 8:40 PM   #3
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got a reply from sanyo:

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Thanks for your interest in Sanyo batteries.  The new
eneloop batteries have just been announced in Japan.  They
launched them there on Nov. 14.   We plan to launch them in
North America at the CES show in Jan.  They will be
available in the Spring of 2006.  We will also be offering a
charger at that time.
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Looks like the EW journo read the wrong bit of the press release - the capacity is 2000mAh (1900mAh min) instead. And I blindly repeated it here - sorry.

Still, even at 2Ah, this is good news for those that use their AA powered equipment infrequently.

One on-line retailer shows the UK release date as March 2006. Bit of a long wait but I'm sure to be getting some.
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