Need a spare battery pack?
Lost your charger cable?
Rechargeable pack gone missing?
You can easily make your own battery pack that will take standard Alkaline or NiMH rechargeable AA batteries. The project is simple, is made of household materials and is of course safe and sturdy.
Tools You Will Need:
- A sharp cutter like a craft knife, pocket knife, Stanley knife, etc
- A pen or pencil
- A metric ruler (centimetres/millimetres). A 30cm one works good.
Materials You Will Need:
- Some moderately stiff, slightly thick cardboard. I used a flap off a large beer box, so you don't need that much. See the pictures for a better idea.
- Sticky Tape. Also known as Sello Tape. Basically, just transparent plastic tape that can be found in just about any house.
- Plain paper
- Aluminum foil, the type used in baking and roasting, etc.
The story behind the idea:
Every now and then I visit my friend in Newcastle. I take my Xbox controller along for co-op games. Last time I visited I was in a hurry to pack up and accidentally took one of his controllers instead of mine. My controller uses a AA battery pack that came with the unit, and my friend uses the Plug n' Play recharger kit. I didn't have a recharger cable at home so, after the recharge pack went flat, I set out to make my own battery pack.
Step 1: Drawing the pack's 'net'
First we need to make a 'net' for the battery pack. When the net is cut out an folded, it will become a rectangle.
First get your cardboard and draw the net on it. See the image below for the measurements.