National NEO Hi-Top AA Batteries

For this museum post we have a couple of National NEO Hi-Top AA batteries.

National NEO Hi-Top AA Battery
EXTRA HEAVY DUTY – Matsushita Electric 05:98

These batteries have been sitting in this Genesis Control Pad box for probably at least 20 years. I don’t even remember where I got them from – based on some googling and finding out how old they are, it would seem that most likely I brought them over from Hong Kong when we first moved here (though the “05:97” and “05:98” markings on the batteries suggest they could be from the 90s). They could have been inside one of my mini-4WD racers, or a Lego Light & Sound unit. I know for sure that I didn’t get them in the U.S.

National NEO Hi-Top AA Battery
Made in Japan – UM-E┬ĚNE 1.5V – Size “AA” (R6)

I was originally planning to toss them out after putting them in the museum, but now that I see how old they are I think I’ll leave them on my bookshelf for a while. As you can see from the pictures, they’ve held up pretty well over the years, with no leakage or bulges. Maybe they really do not make them like they used to!

National NEO Hi-Top AA Battery

National NEO Hi-Top AA Battery

Some links of interest:
Panasonic Company History
1985 TV Commercial

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