Introduction: TicTac PowerPack: an Ecologically Friendly USB Powerbank From Free From Old Laptop Batteries

Picture of TicTac PowerPack: an Ecologically Friendly USB Powerbank From Free From Old Laptop Batteries

Want an essentially free high capacity battery bank thats easy to make and get? No this isnt a scam.

Hundreds of laptop batteries get thrown away each day. Many still have good cells but cannot be used as the laptop is outdated. So rather than letting these batteries get sent off to a third world country to rot in a pond we can reuse them.

These batteries can be found in almost any computer repair shop. Ask for defective or usless laptop battery packs and they will be happy to give you them for absolutely free.

Or if you have one at home you can save yourself a trip.

Step 1: Sourcing Your Materials

Picture of Sourcing Your Materials

I used a cherry cola tic tac box to fit my 18650 Cells although a cheap case like shown can be purchased on ebay with the boost circuitry.

and i used an old power bank circuit from a cheap power bank. This power bank was purchased from the dollar store for $3 CAD. Even though it would work by itself it didnt work well due to the Battery used in the power bank being crap. As you can see from the Photos the battery leaked electrolyte and rusted this caused the battery to only have half its supposed capacity.

Better cells can be extracted from laptop batteries.

Step 2: Extracting the Cells

Picture of Extracting the Cells

DO NOT USE POWER TOOLS

Use a screwdriver to pry the 2 pieces of plastic open. Once the plastic halves are separated these batteries can be taken out. For mine there were 6 18650 cells. Many times the cells will be overly discharged. As long as it is roughly over 0.5V it should be fine to charge. Be sure to monitor the batteries while charging. There is no point in recovering batteries under 0.5v as generally they have internal discharge and wont hold as much capacity.

Step 3: Preparing the Tic Tac Container

Picture of Preparing the Tic Tac Container

Remove the label on the TicTac container and mark out where the charge circuitry goes. Cut out the holes for the Micro USB and the USB.

Trim off part of the bottom of the lid to allow the 18650s to fit and cut out 2 slots on the sides to allow the charge circuitry to fit.

Then do a test fit

Step 4: Painting

Picture of Painting

I painted my Tic Tac box with Bedliner and then with Matte Black paint. The Truck Bedliner allows for a better texture and look.

Step 5: Batteries

Picture of Batteries

Separate the batteries into 2 18650 cells in parallel.

Solder a wire to the positive end and to the negative end. (I know I know my wires are the wrong way round)

Solder the wires to the charge circuitry and test to see if it works.

Once its done place the batteries into the Tic Tac container and fill in the gap with tissue paper.

Take a USB cable and place it in through the cap and onto the charge circuitry. Then hot glue it in place.

Step 6: Finishing

Picture of Finishing

Close the power bank and it is done.

If you liked this project please vote and favourite this. Thanks

Comments

Carl Stone (author)2017-08-20

Cool project bro! I was thinking how to carry some good power in a relative small size, then you came with this. Voted you! :D

AlexZhang (author)Carl Stone2017-08-20

Thanks

atalaya2 (author)2017-08-18

hey i would like to make this instructable you know any way i could aquire free laptop accus?

AlexZhang (author)atalaya22017-08-18

You can go to your local computer shop and ask for some defective laptop batteries

About This Instructable

1,431views

19favorites

License:

More by AlexZhang:Recovering 18650 Lithium Batteries With Only a PaperclipMason Jar Solar LED Fairy Lights$1 USB BATTERY BANK FROM OLD LAPTOP CELLS
Add instructable to: