Replace Any Battery Cover





Introduction: Replace Any Battery Cover

Ever drop a TV remote and break the battery cover? Don't worry. It's easy to make a replacement. All you need is some scissors, paper, and a piece of plastic. I used the side of a soap container.

For my fix, I needed a battery cover for my old Casio CTK-450 keyboard. I've had it since I was three and I've probably been missing the battery cover since I was four.

You can use this technique to replace any battery cover that uses the tab and clip design.

Step 1: What's Missing?

Look at your remote/electronic doohickey and imagine the cover that used to be there. If you still have the broken piece, that's even better. Now hold your paper up to the void and trace a pattern where the original cover would go. Be sure to include the main plate, any fixed tabs, and the flexible clip.

Step 2: Cut It Out

Cut out your template and give it a test fit. Trim where necessary and then tape it to your piece of plastic.

Step 3: Cut It Out(For Real This Time.)

Cut around your template to create a flat slab of battery cover.

Step 4: Just a Few Folds And...

Just fold all of the tabs like in the original and you're done!

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    I'm a little confused - how do you make the bit that actually latches the cover closed and keeps it there?

    That's the bit I've never managed, and without one, it will just fall out under the weight of the batteries.

    It's just a straight rectangle. When you bend it, it just makes a springy loop that pushes up under the case.