Fashionable rechargeable batteries, such as Panasonic Eneloops, are excellent merchandise. These AA and AAA batteries are little workhorses that may be reused hundreds of instances earlier than they’re now not dependable, that means a single rechargeable battery can maintain dozens out of the landfill.
However there’s a purpose my black Eneloop charger is hidden beneath cobwebs in a nook. It’s each bit as engaging as my electrical drill.
Depart it to Ikea to deal with simply this downside in its refreshed Ladda batteries ($10/4) and Tjugo charger ($25). Whereas the firm has produced rechargeable batteries since 2018 (which many consider to actually be white labeled Eneloops), they featured a reasonably typical design, with a reasonably typical wall charger. Ikea’s solely particular Ikea design contact was that its batteries have been wrapped in white.
This week, nonetheless, Ikea launched updates to its rechargeable line that give some nod to aesthetics. The Ladda batteries themselves at the moment are a blue-green muted by a liberal bit of grey—the type of calm colorway beloved by fashionable home items.
A brand new, small, four-slot wall charger accommodates each AA and AAA batteries in every slot, so you should use the similar charger for all of your batteries. (This charger doesn’t seem to be obtainable on the U.S. website simply but.) In the meantime, the new Tjugo charger options eight charging slots. Such an enormous battery charger may look fairly monstrous, so Ikea designers mellowed it out by making the Tjugo close-up look like a ebook. Actually, its outer shell wraps round identical to a ebook jacket to mix in on a desk or shelf.
The entire battery-in-disguise method is a bit reminiscent of these fake shaving cream cans you could purchase to conceal valuables from robbers. However then once more, why not conceal your batteries whereas charging them? We go to unbelievable lengths to snake our TV cables via our partitions, and shove our Wi-Fi routers inside cupboards, merely to declutter and bury away the ugly technological infrastructure that makes our home work. Ikea simply constructed its personal hiding place proper into its product.
The brand new line of batteries is out there now.