9V battery case for projects

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An audio amplifier, for use between a pair of speakers and the line out socket of a computer, is fitted into the case of a PP3 (9V) battery.

The amplifier works on 12 Volts which may be tapped from inside the computer. A socket is fitted for connecting the speakers, and the input is fed in by a cable to be terminated in a stereo EP jack.
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Step 1: Tpa1517 stereo amplifier

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This is a stereo power amplifier of about 6W per channel (according to the manufacturer of the chip, Texas Instruments) which has a remarkably low component count.

The chip, two large electrolytics, and three smaller capacitors will make the amplifier complete. I am adding an output socket too, on board. The input shall be via a stereo cable and there has to be a 12 Volt supply line, as well.

The picture is of the major components arranged on a blank piece of PCB.

Step 2: Populated board

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The rest of the components have been placed on board. The chip is soldered upside down, dead bug style, and the exposed thermal pad can have a small heatsink soldered to it.

The capacitors are connected with flexible wire taken from Hard disk flat cable, and so the input capacitors can move and short out. They shall be placed in position and encapsulated in hot melt glue.

Step 3: Ready for potting

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The ends of the capacitor leads have been bent up so that they will be accessible after "potting". Hot glue easily melts when the component lead is heated with a soldering iron, so alterations would be easy.

If the regular epoxy potting compound is used, this won't be that easy.

A  sort of enclosure is made by taping thick paper around the board, and the hot melt glue melted and flowed around the components using my hot air tool fitted with a narrow nozzle.
Is it a lithium 9 volt battery ?
Mic1001 year ago
Nice idea Thanks
osgeld3 years ago
small amp in a 9 volt battery casing sounds familiar (url) no worries though, I swiped the 9V battery shell idea from kipkay
Tim Temple3 years ago
The worry about opening a 9V battery is just to avoid possible lawsuits by suicidal lunatics. Those little cells inside couldn't leak unless you opened it with a sledge. They sure won't squirt. The cover was crimped down on the cells with a lot of pressure. There are those who would throw ammunition in a camp fire and try to sue for injuries incurred.
Canas3 years ago
Sounds interesting, but is it safe? It looks like you removed all of the guts from a 9v battery, but I recall Popular Science saying to not do that after a few letters received about the project.
trailleadr3 years ago
Nicely done.                                                                                                                  When I first glanced at this project on the front page, I was thinking you were going to retain the 9v terminals and use another 9v to power your project. Since that would make it so you wouldn't have to worry about a battery enclosure. Obviously after reading it, a 9v battery wouldn't work as well as a direct power source from your computer for this project.