Sanyo announced two new improved eneloop rechargable battery models with the eneloop pro and eneloop plus. The new eneloop pro battery has a 25% higher capacity than regular eneloop batteries, making it especially suitable for gadgets with high power consumption, such as digital cameras, strobe lights and flashlights etc. The new eneloop plus battery, with its overheat prevention function which suppresses overheating in case of improper use, is ideal for toys.
In addition, SANYO will also launch the Wireless Charging Carrying Case which can wirelessly recharge eneloop batteries. The carrying case is compliant with Qi, a standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) who are working towards the international standardization of wireless recharging technologies.
The eneloop pro will be available from July 21, 2011 and the “eneloop pro” charger set will go on sale from September 21 in Japan only. The eneloop plus and its charger set will be available from December 1, 2011, also in Japan only. I an eneloop user since years. It is disappointing that Sanyo is not releasing the eneloop pro world-wide this year.