Here are a few prototype items that Sanyo never put into production.
Nevertheless something to look out for as an eneloop collector. I haven`t come across any Panasonic Eneloop prototype products. This doesn`t mean there aren`t. It just means that I need to search harder...
Don`t ask me what kind of bell this is. It doesn`t look like a doorbell, or does it?
Nothing tells me if there are batteries inside or if it is really just a simple bell. These are just a few of the unique eneloop prototype products
The official name is supposed to be the eneloophone. It stands in something that looks like a cupcake. Maybe its a Qi charger? Anyhow it never made it into production so we might never actually now any more details.
This picture shows the same product as the eneloophone above, but with a fax machine and a cupcake. Something that is definitely more of a `90s thing than a 21st century prototype.
I believe the cup cake is a charge cradle to wirelessly charge the batteries inside the phone.
Eneloop charger board:
To charge your dedicated battery packs wireless with Qi. (not the batteries in the middle of the photograph) When Panasonic took over Sanyo, these kind of charger boards made it into production, but with a different design. They are now called QE-TM101.
Solar panel / charger
This pretty interesting design didn`t made it into production either, it looks different from the ones that did make it into production. See http://eneloop101.com/eneloop-products/
A Japanese website displayed all these kinds of eneloop Universe product: http://kaden.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/news/2007/10/31/1515.html
I don`t have a clue what this is. But it was supposed to be a kind of wireless Lan station that would also work as a battery pack of some sort including a solar panel. It`s branded as Willcom and Eneloop. Willcom is a Japanese cellphone carrier.
I think this would look cool if it was a bluetooth speaker!
Keep in mind that this picture is from 2007, and that the first real eneloop limited editions were available from 2009. This means that the idea was born long before they put them onto the market. I am a little sad these didnt make it.
I really like the design of these..... I want them! With the small font! But I can`t make up what the device is that these are in. Is that a charger perhaps? A wireless charger?
Eneloop vacuum cleaner
Or is it a clock? How far can you go. I can imagine this thing could hang off a wall. But looking at the 2 buttons on the side it might be a wireless vacuum cleaner as well. Oh.. Actually. the round piece that is attached to the wall might be the charge station. And the longer piece is able to be taken off that hook, so it can be used as a vacuum cleaner! ... I guess...
Ever seen anything else rare? Please let me know by contacting me at chibim at eneloop101.com or post it on the eneloop101 facebook page.