Oh Sanyo, you do like to flirt with our Crapgadget label, don't you? Having already given the world battery-powered neck and hand warmers it never asked for, Sanyo is today expanding the Eneloop warmer family with a slinky new waist furnace. Thin film heaters are embedded inside that dashing-looking velcro belt above and power is drawn from the Eneloop mobile booster on the side, perhaps the most useful thing about the entire setup. It'll share its juice with iPhones and portable media players, while recharging can be done via USB. Sadly, that aforementioned neck warmer is getting a new 2010 version thanks to excellent consumer interest over in the key target market of Japan, so it's looking like these body warmers are going to be with us for a while.
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SANYO Releases "Rechargeable Waist Warmer" Equipped with Thin Film Heaters

New member of the eneloop universe warms your belly and waist!


Tokyo, September 8, 2010 – SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce the release of the "Rechargeable Waist Warmer" as a new addition to the 'eneloop warmer series' on October 14, 2010 in Japan. At the same time, the 2010 version of the "Rechargeable Neck Warmer", another member of the 'eneloop warmer series', will also be released. The new "Rechargeable Neck Warmer" has become easier to use than the previous model which proved to be very popular.

SANYO has been developing the eneloop universe products since November 2006, as a product line to expand the eneloop rechargeable battery concept of a 'lifestyle that values reusing and recycling'. The 'eneloop warmer series', a product group of the eneloop universe products, helps people to keep warm.
SANYO will continue to develop and expand its 'eneloop universe products' while emphasizing a lifestyle that values reusing resources, allowing people to enjoy the conveniences the series offers, as well as a sustainable energy lifestyle.

1. Warms the belly and waist with the hyperthermic effect of the thin film heaters
Thanks to its light weight and flexibility, the heater unit, including the thin film heaters which are made of carbon and special materials, fits the body easily and does not stand out when worn under clothing and can be used all year round, at home or at the office. As a cordless rechargeable device, it can be used in a various situations, such as when commuting by bicycle or motorcycle, during winter sports or outdoor activities, such as fishing in winter. The product is available in 2 sizes; M and L for both men and women. The belt is adjustable and can be washed by hand (excluding the heater and the power source).

2. Uses the "eneloop mobile booster (KBC-L3A)" as a power source, which is also capable of recharging mobile phones such as the iPhone and mobile devices such as portable game consoles and portable audio players
The power source is the 'eneloop mobile booster (KBC-L3A)' which is capable of recharging mobile phones such as the iPhone, and other mobile devices such as portable game consoles and portable audio players. The small and light weight booster equipped with a high capacity lithium-ion battery that fits into the pocket on the outside of the belt, and can also be replaced at the end of the battery life.
The booster can be recharged through a computer USB terminal or its specialized AC adapter (AC100~240V).

3. Designed for effective thermal conduction and to prevent overheating
The heater unit is equipped with 2 thin film heaters to warm both sides of the backbone on the waist, which tend to get stiff or cold. The thin film heaters are designed to warm a surface of the body to 38 to 40℃*5 on average, to prevent overheating.

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