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 get your cardboard and draw the net on it. See the image below for the measurements.
Step 2: Cut out the net
Step 3: Score the net
Step 4: Cutting the top flaps
These will form the top of the battery pack.
Step 5: Folding the net
Then join the two edges with tape as seen in the second picture.
Now fold the two small flaps in (picture 3) but don't tape them.
...and fold the two top flaps in (picture 4) and tape them down. Note the direction the top flap points. The pack will be inserted into the controller with this flap pointing OUTWARDS.
Step 6: Adding the foil
Step 7: Adding a label
Step 8: Make a small hole in the back
Step 9: Finished!
You can use normal Alkaline AA 1.5v batteries in it or NiMH AA Rechargeable batteries.
Make sure you don't mix Rechargeable and Non-Rechargeable batteries in it!
Follow the instructions on the label to insert the batteries. Then slide the pack into the controller and press the top firmly in.
It should stay there well, but dropping the controller or a very large rumble may make it come loose. If this happens, just push it back in.
If the controller won't turn on, try this troubleshooter:
a) Are the batteries the right type?
b) Are they inserted in the correct directions?
c) Are they both the same type of AA?
d) If they are rechargeables, are they fully charged?
e) You might need to put some loose foil in the bottom of the pack.
Also, always be careful when using knifes. They cut real bad.
Enjoy your new battery pack!