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Panasonic claims double battery life with new Oxyride cells
January 7, 2005; 3:30 p.m.
Panasonic Oxyride batteries
In independent lab testing, new AA-size Oxyride cells lasted twice as long as alkaline cells, according to Panasonic. That means the batteries will yield three times as many snapshots with a digital camera, with a shorter flash recovery time, according to Panasonic. The company also says Oxyride should deliver up to 50 percent more juice on power-hungry tech devices such as portable audio players.
Panasonic, which developed the Oxyride technology, also plans to market AAA versions of the cells. The batteries will hit the market this spring.
The Oxyride technology:
The prospects: You can get alkaline batteries at a better price, but when the juice really counts--on vacations, for instance--the Oxyride batteries might prove valuable for users of digital cameras powered by AA or AAA batteries.
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