Rechargeable MintyBoost

I think the mintyboost is awesome, but at walmart i saw a MusicPower Encore for like $30 bucks and thought it could be much cheaper made from scratch. Basically it is just a lithium battery pack that recharges when pluged into ac and has two usb ports that can power devices from the mains when plugged in or from the battery when not. I think this would make a fantastic instructable; maybe use a cell phone battery(or two) or rechargeable AAs. I can just picture an altoids can hanging from an outlet with a flashing led or something. Also two usb ports would be a great addition to any mintyboost project.

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Rechargeable Battery Help?

I'm sick of throwing away AA batteries, and I go through a lot with my camera flash. The only rechargeable, multi purpose batteries I've used were some generic energizer ones I got some years ago, so I need your recommendations.I'm willing to spend a bit more for a quality charger/batteries that will last. For batteries, I'd like to support Eneloop, as they sponsored an instructables contest in the past. They are significantly better than Energizer/Duracell, right? How does Rayovac compare in price/power?For a charger, I was looking at the the BC-9009 by La Crosse. It has good reviews, charges slowly for a slower drain, prevents overcharging and has all sorts of other features. It comes with 4 AA, 4 AAA batteries and a case for $40. See it here:http://www.amazon.com/Crosse-Technology-BC-9009-AlphaPower-Battery/dp/B00077AA5Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s;=electronics&qid;=1251579646&sr;=8-1I don't know how good the la crosse batteries that it comes with are, though. The BC-700 would work fine and can be bought alone for $30.For packaging reference, I need to have at least 8 AA batteries, but would definitely use any extra AA or AAA that might come with it.So, what do you have to suggest? Thanks!Update: I read that energizers may be better than eneloops for things that use a lot of power quickly (like a camera flash) while the eneloops are better for things that use it slowly (like a remote control). Is that true? I'm concerned about getting batteries that will store a lot of electricity over many charge cycles, but not so much about them holding a charge during storage.

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Best rechargeable AA? Answered

I am looking for some really high capacity aa batterys. I found 4600mah batts on rcdimos.com.... I thought that these looked a bit sketchy. Does anyone know some high capacity aa rechargeables??

Question by astroboy907   |  last reply


weak rechargable battery

I have two drills with weak batterys ,craftsman 14.4 and dewalt 14.4. are there any sudjestions to get them to work better?

Topic by michaelsr.   |  last reply


Recharging a car battery

Hello, My burning question is if I can recharge a car battery with a 12 v 5 Amps DC energy source. The car battery is a 12v 70 A standard battery, i think it uses Lead. I am asking because i do not have any experience in recharging car batteries and i know that mobile phone batteries can explode if you do somenthing wrong, so i want to get it right the first time with a car battery. Thanks.

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LED HOOP- rechargeable

 I am tyring to make my led hoop- what i am trying to do is hook up a rechargeable battery that I can hook the wire straight from the hoop to the wall. what do I do and how? I have been trying to figure this out and just can't figure it out! can anyone help me? 

Question by nickiepip   |  last reply


Rechargable Wireless Mouse

I had this idea a while back and have yet to see one made. Unfortunately I don't have the means to try it myself. What I thought was a wireless mouse which would be recharged with its own dongle. When the dongle is plugged into the computer the batteries inside would be charged up then when it is put into the mouse for storage those batteries would charge up the mouse. I don't really know a whole lot about electronics - despite perusing instructables now and then ;) - so I don't know if this is even possible. But I don't see why it couldn't be done, or why it hasn't been done yet {unless I just haven't found it}. Peace to you and yours, Matthew "Dra'Gon" Stohler

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How to recharge these batteries?

I took apart 2 cordless drill batteries and there were 13 cells in each one, which were Ni-Cd 1.2 volts each. Also there were the numbers C DE35ND on them if that helps at all. I cut 3 off in order to form a 12v battery (it was originally 15.6v) but I dont know how I can safely charge it. I no longer have the charger that went with the drill, but I was wondering if I can just use a wall adaptor to charge them or do I need a better charger? All comments and answers are greatly appreciated!!!

Question by Electronics Man   |  last reply


USB Device Recharger

For efficiency has anyone tried the ZipLinq X2 model universal charger coupled to the Gomadic retractable cord with tip #37 for the Creative Zen V+. It seemed like a nice setup except it doesn't work.I also tried to use it for my Motorola Pebl and Razr with tip #28. No Joy. Wish someone would try and comment. GomadicZiplinq

Topic by BatRat   |  last reply


Recharge rechargeable battery with a led battery powered lamp?

I am making a lamp cordless using batteries and low poer 12v led strip. My question is can i somehow connect a solar cell so as the light hits it recharges the rechargables batteries that will actually power the lamp. So I dont have to take batteries out and recharge them every few days or week? 

Question by jjb82177   |  last reply


Storing electricity in a homemade rechargeable battery

Storing electricity in homemade rechargeable battery ... I've read lots of things about cranking the shaft of a conventional motor to create electricity. Can the electricity be stored for later use in a homemade rechargeable battery? Also, does anyone have an idea on how to make such a rechargeable battery? Thanks.

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Let's just say i want to recharge a rechargeable battery with another AA battery... Answered

(I know it wouldn't work very well but lets just say that it does) does the positive part of the regular battery go to the positive part of the rechargeable battery? I am trying to recharge a battery and i don't want to ruin the rechargeable battery so i just wanted to make sure that i was going in the right direction...

Question by ML159   |  last reply


Can a "dead" rechargeable battery be resucitated?

I have a Filter Stream Ultra Dust Tamer 4500 that doesn't recharge.  Is there a solution; a replacement part; any help at all?  I really don't understand rechargeable batteries.  I think they may get fried if the transformer is left plugged in too long??  How long is too long?  I know this question applies to all rechargeable batteries with transformers, e.g., cell phones, portable vacuum cleaners, cameras and on and on.  Thank you.

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How do I install a rechargeable battery into a boombox or device that can be charged via ac adapter?

How do I install a rechargeable battery into a boombox or device that can be charged via ac adapter? I'm building a boombox and want to have an internal power supply that can be recharged via  the ac adapter that comes with the battery.  I want to be able to charge it without having to remove the battery.   I'm guessing I need to wire in some sort of switch that switches between power mode and charging mode,  but I really have no idea how to go about it or where to find the relevant information on how to do it.  I'm an electronics noob so any input would be appreciated.  Thanks

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Can you recharge rechargeable batteries with a normal battery clip?? Answered

Can you recharge rechargeable batteries with a normal battery clip like you buy at radio shack? (batteries will be charged via solar charging circuit)

Question by monkhm   |  last reply


Can a battery recharge itself? Answered

Hi there, i have a query. In a circuit powering just an LED can the battery power the LED an recharge itself? Or, having a battery power an electric motor connected to electric motor running it in reverse could that generate electricity to run the first electric motor? In my head i have this image in my head that the 2 motors wired together with a LED could power that LED and themselves from the battery connected for a short while then put back in its package? I'm not blessed with access to a reasonably priced electronics store (honestly, its cheaper for me to import the components from America paying postage to New Zealand than purchasing at the nearest store even through online or phone order) Anyway, so i haven't got the patience to wait 2weeks and spend many dollars to experiment myself i wondered if anyone had or knows if this sort of thing works? Thank you Also, could you explain and list what i would need to do this? Thanks again

Question by Scotty3000   |  last reply


Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries

Hello Everyone! I am planning to make a rear bike light, which has rechargeable batteries through USB. I then decided to use Lithium Ion Batteries for it. But the problem is that I dont know what parts I need. It should be able to light up 4 COB LEDs (Each rated 12V, photo given) Till now, after looking at several other instructables, I am able to say that: 1. It needs a steup transformer from 5V TO 12 V - TP4056 (https://www.amazon.in/TP4056-lithium-Battery-Charging-Charger/dp/B00JQ2VG1A/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid;=1505148914&sr;=8-8&keywords;=lithiumion+batteries)  or https://www.adafruit.com/product/259 2. It needs some sort of protection like:  http://www.batteryspace.com/PCB-for-11.1V-Li-Ion-Battery-Pack-4.0A-limit-----PCM-L03S04-559.aspx 3. Also do can I allign three 3.7V Lithium Ion Batteries to make 11.1V? Please help me out Thanks!

Topic by nabeel.quadri   |  last reply


DIY Rechargeable Cell Chemistry?

Hi i was wondering if there was any electrically reversible battery chemistries that can be made from around the house materials like copper wire, iron nails, galvanized nails, graphite rods, aluminum foil, and other items like those.

Question by LiquidLightning   |  last reply


solar panel and rechargeable battery

If i must using 17.5volt solar panel to charging battery 12v 72ah, what should need to apply between both of the item?

Question by fboll   |  last reply


Recharging batteries while in a project

So I'm thinking of a few projects using rechargeable batteries and I wanted to try something. I want to have a power cord attached to the project that can plug in to a standard AC socket to recharge the batteries. I have no experience with rechargeable batteries beyond putting them into the box and sticking it in the wall. I want to be able to hook up 6 AA rechargeables and have no idea what DC voltage I should be using. I have an old charger for a two way radio that runs at 9V and was designed to charge the 4 AAA batteries inside. Would this work? It would be nice because it's small and even has an LED to indicate the charging status. Is this possible and is there anything other than DC voltage I need to worry about? Also, is it safe to hook that up as long as there's a switch to disconnect the batteries from the project? Any help is appreciated!

Topic by ncontorno   |  last reply


Recharging Li-ions in parallel

Hi I am new to rechargeable cells.For my application, I need 2 Li-ion cells (LIR2032) in parallel to increase the capacity. I am using NCP1835B charger IC . Can I use the same IC to charge them while they are in parallel. Is there any extra protection circuitry to be used? What happens if the 2 cells are at different voltages initially ?Will the trickle current bring one of the cells to proper voltage while not affecting the other one?

Topic by anu_11gem   |  last reply


Rechargeable Battery Pack Install

I have a project that I have been working on, and it currently runs on two different battery packs for different components. I want to put rechargeable batteries in these packs, and I want to install a wall charger to charge the batteries.  I am having trouble finding a good tutorial on the circuitry of this.  Will I need two different chargers for the two components, or can I charge both from the same power supply?  Can anyone help me out? I can post some photos of the project and its current circuitry if needed, its a laser spirograph. 

Topic by ugman77   |  last reply


Rechargable NIMH Batteries Question

I have a laptop battery that was cracked, so i opened it up, and like any other, it had individual NIMH batteries strung together... how to i find out how much voltage the individual batteries can take? I want to make my own battery pack with several of these laptop batteries... battery pack is GP B905 NIMH 12 volt thanks

Topic by Hurdy Gurdy Man   |  last reply


Rechargeable LED Glow Hoops

This hoop is assembled using ProdMod instructions and materials. It's rechargeable, collapsible, stays lit up to 6 hours, is quiet, durable and contains 21 leds - 7 blue, 7 green and 7 slow or fast color changing lights. All hoops are soldered for optimum durability. 40" diameter.Charges in about an hour!Charger is small and compact just like your cell phone charger. Weighs only 5 oz. Easy to carry in your purse or travel bag. Only one simple wire to connect to your hoop. An easy to read indicator light tells when its charged. Charge at any time, no need to wait for the lights to die out.Custom colors and sizes also available. Inquire. http://www.hoopelements.com/shoppe/sled/index.html or http://hoopelements.etsy.com.

Topic by HoopElements 


Portable,rechargeable mobile charger? Answered

I've come up with a plan to make a potable mobile charger for my galaxy phone with a rechargeable 9 volts battery.My original mobile charger(220 VAC input) says it gives an output of 5VDC at 0.7 amperes and hence I decided to make it with the given ratings.So here's my plan-I'll use a 7805 to regulate the 9VDC from the battery to 5VDC.The 7805 gives a maximum of 1 A output.So here's my question should I use a current regulator(LM317) to limit the current from exceeding 0.7 amps or will the phone's battery draw the sufficient amps from the LM7805?Maybe it might be a good idea to assist the output with a resistor as a safety measure.So,what do you say?

Question by Adarsh_tronix   |  last reply


Rechargeable led light power system

, any ideas on how i can make this unit rechargeable? and by that i mean to where u plug a cord into the unit and it charges the internal battery for the battery is not removable in the unit so its kind of same idea as charging your cell phone. below is a drawing of the unit.

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12v trickle charging rechargeable AA battery's?

Just wondering if anyone knows whether it is would be possible to charge 10 AA rechargeable battery's in series with a standard 12v solar panel without any specialist kit ? Thanks

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inexpensive high AmpHour 12V rechargeable?

I'm  looking to build a battery-powered speaker system for use on job sites, that will need to be louder than the equipment being used. For this purpose, I plan on using a tripath amp and some pretty decent speakers I have lying around, but the tough part is power. I need between 12V and 13.6V, with a relatively high AH rating. I considered a car battery, but don't want to have to trickle charge. I considered a Power Wheels battery and charger, but I've been seeing bad reviews on lifespan Any thoughts?

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How to Charge Rechargeable Batteries Via a Micro USB Port in a Portable USB Charger

I recently made one of the Altoids box USB chargers that have been popping up all over the site and it turned out great, but now I'm looking for a little more of a challenge, so for my next endeavor I'd like to make a portable USB charger which uses rechargeable batteries that can be recharged while still in USB charger through a micro USB input (like how you plug in a phone to charge the internal battery).  I've seen a few projects that use solar panels to achieve a similar result but (perhaps just due to my own limited knowledge) I couldn't figure out how to make it work with a micro USB port. Also, if possible, I'd love to be able to use the 18650 (EFest IMR) as the rechargeable battery/batteries.  I have a few of them that I use for e-cigarette mods and they hold a good amount of juice so why spend more money on rechargeable batteries when I already have some.  But if using more conventional batteries would make things easier then that's not a problem at all. I can't wait to hear the community's input on this.  And to those who are the knowledgeable ones in this field, don't feel obligated to say everything entirely in layman terms for my benefit  - what I don't know I will look up; how else are we supposed to learn new things anyway?  Thank you for your time and for any help you can offer! -John

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a few battery questions

I got 2 questions1st. i was shopping at target today and noticed that the big energizer rechargeable "D" size batteries has the same mAh rating as the smaller "AA" rechargeable energizers i have at home (2500 mAh) can any one explain this?2nd. i've seen some pics around the site of custom "D" sized "AA" battery holders that hold 4 "AA's" in a "D" sized space ( https://www.instructables.com/id/SA59T0CFB11L31B/ ), but i haven't seen any instructions on how to make them. can some one make an instructable about this? (preferably one that can be made to hook up the" AA's" in parallel)

Topic by clasic_traveller_diehard   |  last reply


solar charged bateries?

Anyone thing this kind of thing can be done?http://crave.cnet.co.uk/greentech/0,250000598,49301285,00.htmim not sure if flexible solar panels are avaliable

Question by minus273degrees   |  last reply


Solar powered blinking Led (with photo switch)

I was wondering if anyone has or will post an instructable showing how to build a self-contained solar/rechargeable blinking LED (or LEDs)  I have a telephone pole I would like to have illuminated for oncoming traffic.  Reflective tape isn't cutting it.  I was thinking a LED strip that blinked would be a better "notice" to drivers. It would have to be self-contained and powered given the location, hence the solar/rechargeable aspect.  It would also have to turn on at dusk and off at dawn. (off when light out, on when dark, so a photo switch needed) Any ideas how this can be done?  I was thinking hacking a solar powered yard light to power a LED strip but I have no idea how the electronic parts work or if the charge is enough to do so.  I am sure there are parts in one of those lights that I can use.  Harbor Freight is my buddy. Any help appreciated.

Topic by xrobevansx   |  last reply


How to control DC motor speed, distance, and direction through Bluetooth???

Hello all:  Absolute electronic noob here looking for advice.  Thank you all in advance for your input.  What I am trying to make is a small inexpensive rechargeable device that will take small various objects back and for at variable speeds all controlled via Bluetooth.  “Android/IOS.  I would like to keep the device no larger than 6 to 8 inches but, if necessary can go larger.  I am hoping I can control the speed as well as the distance the objects travel via Bluetooth. As far as direction I would like a set back and forth stop point.  At this point the entire project is in my head.  I apologize for my electronic ignorance.  Again Thank You.

Question by DougB53   |  last reply


I am trying to find and/or make a battery that can be charged while giving off a charge. and ideas?? Answered

I am currently working on a project that requires a battery that's capable of being charged while at the same time give off an even smaller amount of energy. Any and all details to either obtain something like this or even make one would be greatly appreciated.

Question by Magnet_Dude   |  last reply


Design help for battery powered LED lighting for display case? Answered

I wonder if people might have suggestions for battery powered lighting for a display case? The all glass case (except for base and canopy) now has an AC powered four MR16 halogen system. I want to replace that because of the heat, and because I don't want a power cord running from canopy down the glass sides. Ugly. I'd like to replace those bi-pin halogens with LED lights and power it all with a rechargeable battery. The canopy over the six foot tall case is 4" deep by 15" wide by 70" long, open at the top. I'd like to conceal the works in that 4" space. I'd want the battery(s) to be easily removeable and reinstallable for external charging. Long life to maximize intervals between charging would be a big plus. The lights would typically only be used when we have visitors. Maybe for as long as a couple of hours several times a month, but probably typically for much shorter periods. Ideas? Thank you. --David

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Hack Needed: Rechargeable Halogen Spotlight

Greetings all, I'm in need of a hack to replace the lead acid battery in a rechargeable halogen spotlight purchased at a local store. The spotlight came with a AC recharger but 15 charge time hours returns only approximately twenty minutes of usable light. I'd much like to replace the power source with something of a longer duration than the current one third of an hour. As much interested in simply rewiring the device to work from my car's AC outlet if possible. Mind I only have a few dollars invested in this device still I'd like to see if a replacement power source is worth the effort. Thanks to all who reply.http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/third/fixit.htm

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Connect timer w Rechargeable 9v to Solar panel?

I am using a rechargeable 9v battery in my irrigation timers.  I would think it would be easy to hook up a small solar panel to charge the batteries during the day and then I don't have to worry about them failing and me not noticing until my garden goes brown.  Two wires join in a pastic coated cap that hooks to the 9volts.  Can't I just take the cap apart and connect the leads from the little solar panel?

Question by solartimer   |  last reply


Are there any Instructables that utilize or modify the different parts of a solar powered/hand crank rechargeable radio?

I got a pretty new rechargeable radio that comes with a solar panel, a hand crank, and DC power. I was wondering if there were any ways to make the solar panel or hand crank useful to power or charge something else. Any ideas would be cool, just thought it would make an interesting project being as I got the radio for only $10.

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Is it possible to make a battery powered comb that is also a flatiron?

For marketing class, we have to design a product and packaging. It has to be something that could be an actual product, although we DO NOT have to create a functioning prototype. I would like to design a comb that, when you turn it on, is also a flatiron and is powered by a rechargeable battery. My teacher doesn't think a battery could heat it hot enough. I want to the comb heat to at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Is it possibly for a rechargeable battery to heat a device that high? Thank you!

Question by creativemariar   |  last reply


Battery recommendation

Hello, I'm looking for a rechargeable battery for a project and I'm not having any luck finding a suitable one.  Here's what I need: The battery will need to be between 12 - 18v with between 1-2 amp.  This will be powering a set of speakers, so not really sure what type of amp hours I need.  The battery will need to fit into a tin lunch box.   An idea I had was to use a 12 or 18v battery for Power Tools - not sure if it will work though.  I also found this, http://www.altex.com/12V-Lithium-Ion-Rechargeable-Battery-Set-LBP-124500-P150057.aspx not sure if it is powerful enough though. Any thoughts/ideas is appreciated.  

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Portable battery pack using smart Blackberry D-X1 batteries

Firstly: Big admirer of your collective works. Secondly: My electronics/electrical knowledge is practically non existant. (my ideas are great IMHO, execution blows FACT) I have been given half a dozen D-X1 Blackberry batteries. They run at 3.7v. I thought of daisy chaining them to make a large, rechargeable pack charged by USB B mini, then connecting a USB A port to them and using it as a portable (And relatively flexible) power source for my USB powered gadgets. They charge well, and hold a decent quantity of power if the Blackberry is anything to go by, they were free (yay!) and I have a bunch of them. I'd like to make them into a device that attaches to my rucksack strap. The latter is a detail, the real issue is how to make 4 or 6 D-X1 batteries into a rechargeable pack. Any ideas for the electronically subnormal?

Topic by Spiced Ham   |  last reply


Do I need a charging circuit if my power source outputs 9 volts and 2 amps? Answered

I plan on using maybe 6 rechargeable 9 volt batteries in parallel to run some computer speakers I put into a cigar box and would like to charge them just by plugging the wall wart into the power source from the speakers. Does the need for a charging circuit change based on how much power comes in or is it necessary whenever you want to charge batteries? Also if anyone wants to suggest a better battery setup, that's great. The speakers need 9 volts and ~4.5w. Thanks.

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Can you overcharge a rechargeable battery?

Is it possible to overcharge a rechargeable battery? If so, how, and how can you prevent it?

Question by phalanx447   |  last reply


How to charge a rechargeable 9v battery?

Hi guys, I am using a lot 9v volt batteries so I thought why don't I buy rechargeable but I found out that the charges where expensive. so does anyone know a circuit to make a charger?

Question by bobbiy   |  last reply


how to recharge a battery of 12V using a dynamo give 9V? Answered

How to recharge a battery of 12V ? I am trying to recharge a battery of 12V using a dynamo.Can I use a dynamo of 9V to recharge the battery of 12V? 

Question by tarz_00   |  last reply


What is the easiest way to recharge a capacitor? Answered

I'm in need of a way to recharge a capacitor ( or more ). The disposable cameras circut is trashed ( it didn't work even before then w/ the right setup ), and I can't afford another. Is there some way to avoid the circut in favor of a more direct route? I need to recharge it for use as a shocker or coil gun, and have an AA battery holder as my power source as well as a switch to fire. Please help.

Question by StartedBullet   |  last reply


How to use a rechargeable battery in a circuit?

I want to use a rechargeable battery in a circuit, but I'm having trouble understanding it. Let's say I want two switches... One to use an alkaline to charge a rechargeable battery, and another to power an LED using that charged battery... can some draw the absolute SIMPLEST way to do that using a AA battery and this battery:http://www.coolight.com/LIR2032-Rechargeable-Coin-Cell-Battery-3-6v-p/1xlir2032.htm(The LED works fine with 3.6V)Remember, I'm very dumb, don't assume I know ANYTHING!Thanks!

Topic by perkinsb1024   |  last reply