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07-23-2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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Panasonic vs. Sanyo Eneloops

Panasonic has taken over making Eneloops, so I was wondering if anyone knew if they were as good as the old Sanyo Eneloops... (or maybe better?)

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As a dedicated Eneloop user, I would very much like to know anecdotal reports as well.
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When did they take over? I just bought 36 eneloops (all white, all the latest 2000mAh)... but the packages say Sanyo.
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QuoteOriginally posted by panoguy Quote
When did they take over? I just bought 36 eneloops (all white, all the latest 2000mAh)... but the packages say Sanyo.
Eneloop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Panasonic now owns Sanyo and the latest version Eneloop (model #s BK-3MCC and BK-4MCC for the AA and AAA models respectively with the AA being 2000 mAh) have the maximum number of recharges increased to 2100. The new 4th generation batteries were apparently released in April 2013 with Panasonic labeling. I bought my Eneloop this last fall at Costco and they are clearly labeled Sanyo and are the 3rd generation product (HR-3UTGB and HR-4UTGB). The AAs are 1900 mAh. Apparently there was/is a fair amount of previous generation product still in inventory. As might be imagined, I am not too happy with Costco.

I did a quick look-see and Eneloop are also still sold under the Sanyo name, at least in N. America. B&H sells Eneloop under both brand names, though the most of the Sanyo version appears to be 3rd generation or earlier product based on specs.


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Found these for sale with the Panasonic name: Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger with eneloop AA New 2100 Cycle Rechargeable Batteries, 4 Pack, White: PANASONIC: Electronics

The drop down menu under the price shows all the configurations.

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