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A cheep, basic and easy to build match box battery holder for your AA batteries!
Use it for your next project!!

Step 1: Materials

To make this project you will need a few household items.

1. Matchbox
2. Aluminum Foil
3. Strong Paper
4. Wire
5. Colored Tape (optional)

You will also need a few tools

1. Scissors
2. Glue Stick
3. Batteries
4. Pen

Step 2: Aluminum Foil Contacts

Cut three pieces of Foil to the size of the shortest side of the matchbox. Glue one on to the inside of the box. Then place some tape onto the outside this time on the opposite side. Glue the other two pieces over the tape as shown in the photo.

Ensure there is foil on the bottom inside and outside of the box!!!

Note: the tape isn't needed but it makes your holder look more stylish

Step 3: Markings and Spacer

Because the batteries roll around in the match box they need to have a spacer to keep them in place.
I found that another strip of paper works just fine.
fold it in half and place it into the middle of the match box the way the photo shows.
Draw some +- signs in their correct locations shown in the picture.

Step 4: The Back

To stop the battery cradle falling out, glue a strip of paper onto one of the openings.

Step 5: Tape

If you don't care about how it looks you can skip this step!!

Use a strip of black tape to cover over the piece of paper on the back. Then wrap your tape once around the match box, cut it on the corner and then continue this until you have completely covered the outside of the box.

Step 6: Finished

I designed this battery pack to have multiple uses.
To make an emergency torch just slot an led into the bottom. Wires can also be connected and taped in. Its easy to test with a multimeter and is great for prototyping!


This was my first Instructable
please tell me if you like it!!!
<p>Made a basic version together with a group of teachers in Ghana. We loved it.</p>
<p>Good quick and dirty holder.</p>

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