IKEA kills off LADDA NiMH made in Japan

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It doesn't seem to look good with the Laddas. When I heard about the news, I ordered a few more Laddas from the Ikea online store in Germany. That was at the beginning of May, the delivery date was postponed further and further. Now they say end of May should be delivered. But the batteries are displayed all the time as available on the website.

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I just got some from the Atlanta store. They ship by mail $5.99

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The new laddas are made in Japan and are cheaper than the old Japanese ones. 1900mAh AA, 2450mAh AA and 750mAh AAA. Prices are $6.50, $10 and $6 Australian

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My daughter who’s moving back home for a few months bought 3 packs of the AA Ladda’s for $3.99 each from the Burbank, CA Ikea yesterday. The receipt showed the correct stock number and the correct product description so it wasn’t as if it was incorrectly rung up.

Who knows if it was an in-house sale or incorrectly priced by the store. If she has told me earlier I would have had her pick up me some packs too.

Anyone living near Burbank may want to check out the store. She said that they had a lot of the AA’s left.

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The closest IKEA to me just got them "back in stock at the store" after being "out of stock" for almost a year. About 400 packs of AA and 400 packs of AAA remain at this store for "Last chance to buy". I bought 4 packs of AA and 6 packs of AAA basically just for nostalgia because Eneloops from AmazonUS do not cost much more.

Embossed Date Code for AA LADDAs was "2044-HW" (made 44 week of 2020)
Embossed Date Code for AAA LADDAs was "2045-H3" (made 45 week of 2020)

AA LADDA were 1.316 Volts DC as delivered
AAA LADDA were 1.323 Volts DC as delivered

$1.75 each for IKEA LADDA AA (4-pack of 2450 mAh NiMH for $6.99)
$1.75 each for IKEA LADDA AAA (4-pack of 900 mAh NiMH for $6.99)

 

LADDAs are not that much less expensive than buying Eneloops from AmazonUS:

$2.38 each for AmazonUS Eneloop AA (8-pack of 2000 mAh AA NiMH" for $18.99)
$1.99 each for AmazonUS Eneloop AAA (8-pack of 800 mAh AAA NiMH" for $15.89)

 

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None, real men are not afraid of the dark.

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mapache wrote:
The new laddas are made in Japan and are cheaper than the old Japanese ones. 1900mAh AA, 2450mAh AA and 750mAh AAA. Prices are $6.50, $10 and $6 Australian

thanks for the info!!
so it would seem:
1900mAh = regular AA eneloops
2450mAh = AA eneloop pro / old IKEA ladda
750mAh = regular AAA eneloops

sad to see old AAA ladda / eneloop pro go, that was a rad little cell. right at the edge of what is possible.
but all in all, if the new ones are all made in japan, that’s a win.
regular eneloops are much more durable concerning internal resistance after X discharges.

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Are new eneloops as good as the old ones, or are they, too, going the way of amaloops and LADDAloops?

I’m hearing that new amaloops (el hecho en Chine) are garbage, as in, like, don’t even bother.

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we’ll have to see. but anything made in japan (i.e. by FDK) will likely be good quality, except if the purchasing agents of IKEA forced them to decrease quality by using cheaper metals.
but at that point, I think it would be cheaper to buy chinese eneloops (less pure metals, cheaper machinery, lower cost of labor).
no I think if they’re japanese cells, IKEAs purchasing agents did everyone a favor.

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I’ve tested all 32 AA/AAA Laddas (with Liitokala lii-500S though).
All but one meets or exceeds declared capacity when discharged with 0,5A.
Worst one (AA) was 15-20 mAh worse than declared 2450.

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roostre wrote:

The closest IKEA to me just got them “back in stock at the store” after being “out of stock” for almost a year. About 400 packs of AA and 400 packs of AAA remain at this store for “Last chance to buy”. I bought 4 packs of AA and 6 packs of AAA basically just for nostalgia because Eneloops from AmazonUS do not cost much more.


Embossed Date Code for AA LADDAs was “2044-HW” (made 44 week of 2020)
Embossed Date Code for AAA LADDAs was “2045-H3” (made 45 week of 2020)


AA LADDA were 1.316 Volts DC as delivered
AAA LADDA were 1.323 Volts DC as delivered


$1.75 each for IKEA LADDA AA (4-pack of 2450 mAh NiMH for $6.99)
$1.75 each for IKEA LADDA AAA (4-pack of 900 mAh NiMH for $6.99)


 


LADDAs are not that much less expensive than buying Eneloops from AmazonUS:


$2.38 each for AmazonUS Eneloop AA (8-pack of 2000 mAh AA NiMH” for $18.99)
$1.99 each for AmazonUS Eneloop AAA (8-pack of 800 mAh AAA NiMH” for $15.89)


 

Per the website, only the AAA laadas are in stock in Portland, OR. The 2450 AA ones are perpetually out of stock. Are they in stock at the store?

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Sirstinky wrote:
Per the website, only the AAA laadas are in stock in Portland, OR. The 2450 AA ones are perpetually out of stock. Are they in stock at the store?

I found them at the IKEA store in "Renton, WA." (near Seattle).

Website currently shows stock for this store as 385 (4-packs) of AA and 447 (4-packs) of AAA.

What surprised me was seeing them back in stock this week after being out of stock for almost a year.

How many flashlights does a "real man" need?

None, real men are not afraid of the dark.

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roostre wrote:

Sirstinky wrote:
Per the website, only the AAA laadas are in stock in Portland, OR. The 2450 AA ones are perpetually out of stock. Are they in stock at the store?

I found them at the IKEA store in “Renton, WA.” (near Seattle).


Website currently shows stock for this store as 385 (4-packs) of AA and 447 (4-packs) of AAA.


What surprised me was seeing them back in stock this week after being out of stock for almost a year.

It’s because they are not using FIFO. Employees are screwing up the inventory.

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Hjeh, this is gonna be like people hoarding toilet-paper during the peak of coronoia. LOL

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Lightbringer wrote:

Hjeh, this is gonna be like people hoarding toilet-paper during the peak of coronoia. :))

Not me, still using TP stashed for "Y2K" (Millennium date-code software bug Armageddon).

How many flashlights does a "real man" need?

None, real men are not afraid of the dark.

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roostre wrote:

Sirstinky wrote:
Per the website, only the AAA laadas are in stock in Portland, OR. The 2450 AA ones are perpetually out of stock. Are they in stock at the store?

I found them at the IKEA store in “Renton, WA.” (near Seattle).


Website currently shows stock for this store as 385 (4-packs) of AA and 447 (4-packs) of AAA.


What surprised me was seeing them back in stock this week after being out of stock for almost a year.

Thanks! I’d like to get them locally since shipping totally kills the value aspect. I may grab some 900 mAh AAA’s before they’re gone.

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Not me, still using TP stashed for “Y2K” (Millennium date-code software bug Armageddon).

My stash is for The Zombie Apocalypse™.

No zombie is gonna sniff me out because off ass-rot, that’s fer sher.

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Just got some fresh LADDAs Crown 

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Made in Japan and 1900 mAh. They are probably regular Eneloop clones, this is an absolute win in my book!

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Where did you get those? In store? Online? The wrappers and packaging is different from the last ones I bought.

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Got them directly in the store.
They are not listed yet on the homepage.

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Was at IKEA in West Sacramento, CA on Friday 5/28 to buy dishware and it found the white LADDA AA & AAA (made in Japan) endcap was fully stocked.
$6.99 for a 4pack AA
$6.99 for a 4pack AAA

I’ve got a thrower, a flooder, and an EDC too. Still looking for a bigger thrower, flooder, and a new EDC, give or take a few. I’m a flashaholic.

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maxl96 wrote:
Just got some fresh LADDAs

Very glad to see 1900mAh and made in Japan confirmed. I hope HKJ or another thorough tester is able to review a set soon.

I’m surprised to see Ikea offering both 1900mAh and 2450mAh. I assumed we would only see a single variety. The packaging seems to indicate 1,000 cycle and 500 cycle ratings respectively.

I could use some more NiMH cells in both AA and AAA, and want standard capacity, so this is looking like good timing.

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Good to know that the new Laddas are still made in Japan. I have now received my delivery and it was still the well-known white ones.
Can you actually see somewhere on the package or on the battery the date of manufacture?

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iamlucky13 wrote:
maxl96 wrote:
Just got some fresh LADDAs

Very glad to see 1900mAh and made in Japan confirmed. I hope HKJ or another thorough tester is able to review a set soon.

I’m surprised to see Ikea offering both 1900mAh and 2450mAh. I assumed we would only see a single variety. The packaging seems to indicate 1,000 cycle and 500 cycle ratings respectively.

I could use some more NiMH cells in both AA and AAA, and want standard capacity, so this is looking like good timing.

So if they say 1000 cycles they aren’t quite the same as the normal 1900mah eneloops, they state 2100 cycles.

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Zgema wrote:
... Can you actually see somewhere on the package or on the battery the date of manufacture?

The Date Code for the "white LADDAs" is very lightly embossed on the battery wrapper and hard to see with a format similar to "2044-HW" which would indicate a manufacturing date of week "44" of year "2020". I don't know what the letters following the dash indicate.

How many flashlights does a "real man" need?

None, real men are not afraid of the dark.

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Bought more…even though I didn’t need them. Now I have enough for the apocalypse…. and a few more.

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Looks like very good news. Can’t quite tell the colour of the new ones in the photo – grey or light blue?

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In my eyes they are a mix of grey/green/blue

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exciting! thanks for the pics!

my 2450s and 900s are supposed to be delivered end of this week, we’ll see.

for the 1900s, 1000 cycles points to them using less pure (= cheaper) metals for the electrodes, so these should behave more similar to gen1 eneloops than gen4. anyways, ~13 years MTBF is still a lot and internal resistance should stay low for many recharges due to ratio of anode and cathode.
only testing will show.

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1900mAh and 1000 cycles only? Are you sure they are really rebadged eneloops?

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