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MADISON - Rayovac
have announced they will work together to produce rechargeable batteries with greater capacities and shorter charging times.
Sanyo will be working with Rayovac's I-C3 technology, which the company says can recharge Nickel Metal Hydride, or NiMH, batteries in 15 minutes. I-C3, or In-Cell Charge Control, is a system that puts a pressure control in each battery to regulates the charging mechanism, rather than allowing the charger free reign over the process.
Through the partnership, the companies hope to refine the technology. Sanyo brings high-capacity battery technology to the table, and it will experiment with different battery sizes and adapt Rayovac's technology into a Sanyo-branded product for Japan and other Asian countries. Sanyo will also manufacture the new rechargeable batteries for Rayovac.
"We view our relationship with Sanyo as an exciting and significant development in our ongoing objective to remain at the forefront of rechargeable battery technology," said David Jones, Rayovac's chief executive. "By teaming up with Sanyo, an established worldwide technology leader in rechargeables, particularly in the important OEM category, we expect to capitalize on the established strengths of both companies."
Rayovac, headquartered in Madison, started as a battery company and has expanded into certain consumer electronics, including cameras, flashlights and razors. Sanyo, a wide-ranging technology products company founded in Osaka, Japan, has operated in the United States out of San Diego since 1961.