A QUICK BATTERY HOLDER -- for Electrical Experiments

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Introduction: A QUICK BATTERY HOLDER -- for Electrical Experiments

About: I'm a refugee from Los Angeles, living in backwoods Puerto Rico for about 35 years now and loving it. I built my own home from discarded nylon fishnet and cement.

This is a quick way to hold wires to the terminals of a AAA or a AA battery for electrical experiments. Two modified clothespins are mounted to a 3/4" thick wood spacer. The clothespin springs maintain pressure on the battery terminals.

Two holes in each of the clothespins allow for attachment of the wires.

I just nailed the clothespins to the wood with 3/4" finishing nails. You could also use a little glue if you wish.

Step 1: MODIFY THE CLOTHESPINS

Slide one half of the clothespin sideways out from under the spring that holds it. Cut the end off one of the halves. Make sure that when the battery is in place, the terminals of the battery will make contact with and be held by the contact points on either side of the holder.

If you don't have a tiny drill bit to make the holes with, you can just drive in and pull out a 3/4" finishing nail. If the wood splits, it may still work. If it splits badly, try another clothespin. Sometimes they don't split.

Step 2: NAIL THE CLOTHESPINS TO THE SPACER WOOD

Use a 3/4" finishing nail to nail the short half of the clothespins to the spacer wood. I nailed them with the springs in place. Just be careful not to hammer the springs, and finish driving the nail with a nail set.

Step 3: INSERT THE WIRES THROUGH THE HOLES

Stick the wire through one hole and back through the other. Bend over the end of the wire to hold it in place.

The clothespins come apart easily sideways. Putting them back together is easier by sliding the tapered end in under the spring until everything snaps in place.

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    31 Discussions

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    trocatintas
    trocatintas

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I wanted a battery holder to test voltage, so i did a little change. I glued some aluminum foil to the inside of the moving parts, in such a way that it touches the peg's coil, that way i can insert the multimeter probes through the coils holes.

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    capn_midnight
    capn_midnight

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I've always used a couple of coins strapped to the terminals with a rubber band. The coins provide surface area to pin the wire to the battery, and the rubber band provides the tension. Very compact, and no gluing or nailing necessary.

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    Thinkenstein
    Thinkenstein

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    That's a very good idea, and one easy to improvise quite often. It definitely makes the solution pocket-size.

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    5STARGBLOOD
    5STARGBLOOD

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Any one have any suggestions on were to get goo wire for this all my wires suck

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    doo da do
    doo da do

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Radio shack, and from old electronics. Gotta love the recycle part.

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    Grathio
    Grathio

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent idea! I'm going to make several. As soon as I figure out what I did with my old clothes pins.

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    Thinkenstein
    Thinkenstein

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I wish I knew where to get the clothespins that used to be available, the ones with the really strong springs. All the ones I have found in recent years are wimps.

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    Dr. dB
    Dr. dB

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ...when lawyers design clothespins....

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    GENIUS!!
    GENIUS!!

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I LOVE MAKING THINGS SO RIGHT NOW IM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT SOMTHING I CAN MAKE JUST BY USING ONE BATTERY THANKS ALOT :)

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    GENIUS!!
    GENIUS!!

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    PLUS TO GET THOSE STRONG CLOTHEPINS JUST TRY UR LOCAL $1 STORE NEAR U

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    Thinkenstein
    Thinkenstein

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the suggestion. Maybe somebody still makes them.

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    wobbler
    wobbler

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Putting heading in caps in design terms is fine. It's called "adding weight" and it allows you to discern the importance of infromation and to give a page structure. Sheesh, some people don't recognise good design when they see it! Oh yes, before I forget, great idea by the way.

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    Thinkenstein
    Thinkenstein

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, wobbler. I have some sign painting and advertising background. I'm also learning to tone things down some in group music making. I've been too loud before. There is a balance. I think the thing is to catch the viewer's attention without offending him. I was thinking of mixing caps and small letters, perhaps more artistically in future instructables. It's an idea to play with, anyway.

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    depotdevoid
    depotdevoid

    11 years ago on Introduction

    That's a very simple solution for a somewhat vexing problem, I like it!

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    Thinkenstein
    Thinkenstein

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Glad you do. I hope to come up with a solution for multiple batteries soon.