PenesamiG – Knock-Off Batteries

I'm a big fan of engrish, and cheap product knock-offs entertain the heck out of me, so when I saw that a pack of really cheap led touch-lights were full of knock-off Panasonic batteries I couldn't resist buying them.

PenesamiG Batteries

Each light contained 3 AAA PenesamiG batteries. The packaging looks almost identical to Panasonic's batteries. The big difference? Besides the fact that these things probably last less than 10% as long as a real battery, the darn things squish and bend if you apply any pressure to the side.

I'm now the proud owner of 18 little fire hazards.

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  1. kate said,

    the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire….we don't need no water, let the motherf*cker burn, burn motherf*cker burn…haha sorry that song just popped into my head when you mentioned fire hazard, lol 😛

    May 7, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

  2. unlikelymoose said,

    I'm trying to figure out what that embossed illustration in middle is. a portable waste basket with a gas pump on the top?

    May 7, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

  3. sparx said,

    You've never seen that moose? Its the little "do not throw away" garbage can with an X through it. It's on EVERYTHING.

    May 7, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  4. spudart said,

    PenesamiG batteries are the best. I hear Matthew Jorban uses them.

    May 9, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

  5. Elliott said,

    you got as much as 10% use out of them? I'm impressed! The lights I got (made for TV Products in NYC) gave off no usable light until I replaced the cells with real Panasonic industrial alkalines

    February 7, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  6. sparx said,

    The 10% was a guess.. I actually ended up throwing all these away because a battery in one of the lights started to leak.

    I didn't have any go dead on me, but then again, they were only powering 3 LEDs…

    February 8, 2009 @ 12:10 am

  7. drew said,

    I got 3 of these in a cheap LED flashlight and laughed when I saw them. Very clever. I compared them side-by-side with Panasonic cells and noted that whereas the Panasonic has a little green pine tree on the side, the"PenesemiG" has a little green apple with a bite taken out of it. It this perhaps intended to convey "greenness" or environmental friendliness? Or does it mean that with "alternative" batteries, one's efforts will bear fruit? Or maybe if you eat them, you'll get diahrreah as with eating green apples, only much worse.

    Or maybe it means I'm just being too philosophical.


    June 23, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  8. Robert Roehm said,

    These batteries are the very old US Rayovac battery models, the paper wrapped ones. Ultra-thin tin can, acidic paste slurry, carbon rod with a connector plate on the bottom and a crown on the top of the carbon rod.

    The Chinese changed the packaging so it is only wrapped in a plastic sleeve, and the crown held in by crimping the tin can over a plastic ring.

    These batteries are only good for selling import light-up toys in the evening. Brand new ones, freshly imported (bought on eBay, various knockoff labels) last for about two hours in a single-LED optic toy flashlight. As they do not produce bursts of 1.2 volts or more, these will not work with digital toys except for remote controls. Several DTV converters were shipped with these for their remotes.

    July 12, 2010 @ 7:29 am

  9. pip pip said,

    i wonder if they still sell these

    February 7, 2015 @ 11:20 pm

  10. spudart said,

    I totally did not read these batteries as saying PenesamiG. I thought they said Panasonic.

    September 24, 2015 @ 12:36 pm

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