Who is eneloopy?
According to Panasonic, eneloopy was born in Osake, Japan on October 31st 2006. And is since then the eneloop mascot.
Its job? Checking the voltage of your batteries!
Does it charge batteries? NO.
1st eneloopy mascot
In November 2006 Sanyo held a happy loop campaign (ハッピーLOOPキャンペーン）in Japan to celebrate eneloop`s 1st anniversary. 5000 pieces would be given away during this campaign. In 2007 Sanyo also held a campaign in the US where people could send a Mail-in-offer in order to acquire a eneloopy dog for free. They also gave away 2000 in Europe according to this French website. It seems that this version was never available for purchase.
What it does:
Eneloopy would use it`s nose to indicate if there is still a charge left in an AA battery (and AAA with an adapter). Unlike the 2nd edition, the first eneloopy would only light up it`s nose with a blue LED light. This would indicate if there is still some charge left, but it does not indicate how much charge is left.
2nd eneloopy mascot (NC-ELP1)
On November 5th, 2009 Eneloop mentioned in their Press Release their global shipments of eneloop batteries reaching 100 million. The same date as when their first eneloop Tones were introduced, also celebrating their 100 million cells being shipped. The 2nd eneloopy doggy characters were available in Japan from November 14th. Probably a day or two earlier as I was able to get limited edition Eneloops a few days before actual release date 😉
What it can do:
It does the same as the 1st eneloopy. It checks the voltage of batteries. But there is a clear difference as it uses different colors to indicate the remaining charge that is left. They were available in Japan only in combination with batteries and/or a battery charger, coded N-TGR02ALPS.
In China they put a set on sale where it included a set of Eneloop Tones with eneloopy.
2nd eneloopy special editions 😉
Eneloopy wouldn`t be eneloopy if it didn't have some limited editions.
Because of the following design contest in 2010 there were a few more "special editions".
Since Eneloopy appeared in the early days of the Eneloop hype, the following items are rare and difficult to find. Some I have never seen in person while living in Japan. Have a look.