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$5 IKEA ‘LADDA’ VS $20 Eneloop ‘Pro’ Batteries Prove They Could Be The Same
By Yoon Sann Wong, 20 Feb 2018
Photographers, if you had a choice between IKEA’s rechargeable ‘LADDA’ batteries that come in a pack of four for $5, and Panasonic’s rechargeable Eneloop ‘Pro’ batteries that come slightly pricier at $20 for a pack of four to power your gear, which would you go for?
Matthew Eargle of AirborneSurfer investigates the differences between the two; all in bid to determine if forking out that extra $15 for the latter is worth it.
Since the original Eneloop was manufactured in Takasaki, Japan, Eargle suspects that there could be an overlap in the supply chain. He delves deeper into the history behind Sanyo, Panasonic, and Fujitsu to find out exactly where the batteries come from. He discovers that all nickel-metal hydride batteries made in Japan could come from the same place and theoretically, could be the same cell, but just with a different label.
Taking things further, Eargle uses his homemade battery tester to discharge both the Eneloop ‘Pro’ and IKEA ‘LADDA’. He finds that both have identical discharge and recharge patterns. IKEA’s ‘LADDA’ possesses a capacity of 2301.56mAh, while Eneloop ‘Pro’ has a capacity of 2300.59mAh.
Overall, it was found that there was less than 0.05 percent difference between the two products.
Watch the video below to find out more.
[via Airborne Surfer, image via video screenshot]
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