- Jun 7, 2006
- The Magic City
Being the rabid energy consumers that we are, I figured Sanyo would be quite anxious to bring the Eneloops to the U.S. So I couldn't figure out why I was having to order them from Singapore. Then I read something interesting. I haven't got anything official from Sanyo yet, but apparently the Eneloop's self-discharge rate is temperature-dependent. They must be kept under 38ºC (100.4ºF) or they will self-discharge at the same rate as standard NiMHs. The problem here is that the Eneloop is marketed as a direct replacement for dry cells, i.e., they are supposed to be ready for use right out of the package. So Sanyo has two options if they bring the Eneloop to America:
- Let the batteries self-discharge in the back of a hot truck, and drop one of the Eneloop's selling points.
- Ship them in refrigerated trucks and increase the price to compensate.