Are IKEA LADDA Batteries Really Eneloop Pro?

Are IKEA LADDA Batteries Really Eneloop Pro cells? Eneloop Pro cells cost about $20 for a 4-pack, but IKEA has NiMH rechargeable batteries with similar specifications for only $5! Are they the same battery? We’ll dive deep into the history of Sanyo, Panasonic, and Fujitsu to determine where the batteries really come from and if IKEA LADDA is as good a deal as it sounds!

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what the hell are you freaking kidding

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me

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$15.00 for four pack of batteries that’s

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highway robbery

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I go through a lot of batteries if

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there’s one thing I can’t stand is

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throwing things away unnecessarily you

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see Captain Planet taught us that we

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need to be mindful of the things that we

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use that was the whole reduce reuse and

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recycle mantra the 1980s and 90s so for

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the longest time I’ve been wanting to

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switch over to rechargeable batteries

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the problem is that they’ve been

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ridiculously expensive and

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underperforming I’m looking at you now

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CAD chemistry

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however recently I’ve been seeing more

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and more about these eneloop batteries

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from Panasonic and now they have a low

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static discharge which basically means

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they have a really long shelf life and

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they’ve got a pretty respectable

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capacity to boot the problem is is

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they’re just stupidly expensive hey

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buddy you me who’s in the market for

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some rechargeable batteries I see I can

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get us a good deal on these here and a

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loop sees none a minute those aren’t in

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the loops we’ve got IKEA Amazon Duracell

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hell you even got some weirdo brands

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I’ve never heard of course days all any

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loops nickel metal hydride 2450 milliamp

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power under charge cycles they just got

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different brand names on different brand

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names that’s all it’s just a big

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conspiracy you know like like the

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Illuminati or Costco no way dude I am

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not buying no el cheapo chinese-made

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nickel metal hydride cells all ready to

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set burn out on me way before their

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useful life was over and you can watch

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that video by clicking the link up here

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in the corner yeah whatever it’s your

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dime Mac you know now I’m wondering any

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loops are supposed to be so different

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from all the other batteries out there I

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mean come on if everybody’s selling

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batteries with the same chemistry at the

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same specifications as in a loop

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couldn’t they all just be coming from

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the same manufacturer it’s not like

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Panasonic is really known for their

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batteries here in the US and it’s not

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like there aren’t a million factories in

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China pumping out white label

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electronics for all the major brands to

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slap their name on – right two thousand

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four hundred and fifty million dollars

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five hundred charge cycles made in Japan

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made in Japan made in Japan there can’t

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be that many individual battery plants

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in Japan there has got to be some

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connection in the supply chain the

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following is a sordid tale of corporate

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takeovers sell offs and outsourcing

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the nickel metal hydride battery

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technology we know as eneloop was

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developed by the Japanese electronics

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manufacturer sanyo over ten years ago in

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2009 Panasonic purchased the Sanyo

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corporation as part of that deal the

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factories that made eneloop batteries

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were sold to Fujitsu who made in a loop

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for Panasonic as well as these white

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label versions for industrial purposes

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when an advanced line of batteries

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optimized for high impulse high drain

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devices like camera flashes called

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eneloop Pro was developed Fujitsu

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manufacture that as well in 2014 when

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Panasonic began global distribution of

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the eneloop brand legit soon moved

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production of the original in a loop

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line to their factories in China and the

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only nickel metal hydride batteries

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still produced in Japan are the inner

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loop pro cells that come from Fujitsu

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last remaining Japanese battery factory

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thus all nickel metal hydride batteries

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made in Japan come from the same place

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and at least theoretically could be the

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same cell with a different label

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meanwhile I’ve noticed that IKEA has

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recently changed the appearance of their

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Latta rechargeable nickel metal hydride

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batteries from these Braun labeled ones

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that are made in China to these

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literally right labelled ones with the

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same specifications as eneloop pro at

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this point I think it might be time to

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take a trip to Ikea it’s a fart dawn at

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first glance which would be a great name

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for her

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work work work work work don’t put this

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new computer dodging and then we have

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450 million are batteries made in Japan

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so pretty sure that these are gonna be

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in a loops just with a different frame

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like so

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so you’re have enough battery tester I

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built a few weeks ago this is where it

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all comes together first thing I’m gonna

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do is discharge a brand new set of Latta

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and eneloop pro batteries I might as

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well grab some data here too so I have a

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baseline measurement

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turns out that both brands batteries

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have a similar and pretty typical

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discharge I’m not too worried about the

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capacity or the running time right now

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just because I have no idea how old any

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of these cells really are

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so we’ll compare capacity after giving

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them all a full charge now that both

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sets of batteries are fully charged it’s

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time for the real test I ran all eight

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batteries through the test device

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average the results and determine a 2%

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margin of error for the trials I only

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discharged each battery down to 0.9

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volts as a safe margin because nickel

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metal hydride cells can become damaged

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if allowed to drain below point 7 volts

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still this is plenty of data to plot a

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discharge curve and determine practical

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capacity as you can see the discharge

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curves are nearly identical between the

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two battery brands as for the capacity

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according to my tests the double-a

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eneloop pro cells average 2300 point

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five nine milliamp hours

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and the Latta 2300 and 1.56 milliamp

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hours that’s less than five one

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hundredths of a percent difference

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between eight batteries so the question

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remains our ikea ladder batteries really

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just eneloop pros with a different label

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on them well I have a better question

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for you if IKEA batteries are five

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dollars for our four pack and eneloop

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pros are twenty dollars for a four pack

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and they have almost identical

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specifications does it even really

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matter still I am ninety nine point nine

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five seven percent sure that they are

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the same battery if I just potentially

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saved you a whole bunch of money click

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