Easy Battery Holder

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This is an idea I came up with while I was making my previous Instructable. As I mentioned in there, my first version of the project did not work out very well at all, partially because I didn't have a proper battery holder. This simple, effortless idea would have helped me a lot. 

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Step 1: Supplies

All you need to make this is
  • Battery
  • Packaging of the battery
  • Thick aluminium foil (I got it from a disposable food tray)
  • Glue (optional)
  • Scissors

Step 2: Connections

To make your battery holder, unwrap the battery by hand, to avoid damage to the plastic cover. 
Then, take the strips of foil and cut them down so that they fit in the cover. Fold the foil several times, to make it thicker. Then fold it around the outside of the cover, as shown above. If you want the foil connection to stick, glueing it into the cover might be a good idea.

Step 3: Test

Once everything is connected, test it out. Connect some crocodile clips and a lightbulb or a simple circuit or a motor to it. If it doesn't work, your foil might not be conductive (there might be a insulating layer over it, which you could easily sand off), or your connections are somehow wrong. Or maybe it's the battery.

And that's pretty much all there is to it. This concept can be applied to almost any type of battery, as long as you keep the packaging. I didn't have any other battery packages, so I couldn't make any more battery holders, but I'll make more and upload more photos as soon as I get the chance.

Please comment for any suggestions/improvements/questions, andIf you'd like a Pro Membership, post photos of your adaptions and uses of the battery holder below.

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    ismol

    1 year ago

    Great solution!

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    delbofeson

    5 years ago on Introduction

    hello can you send me the password for a premium account please I am a fourth year student of electrical engineering at the University of Havana and I can not afford it. my email is delbofeson@gmail.com please I'll be very grateful

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    delbofeson

    5 years ago on Introduction

    hello can you send me the password for a premium account please I am a fourth year student of electrical engineering at the University of Havana and I can not afford it. my email is delbofeson@gmail.com please I'll be very grateful

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    delbofeson

    5 years ago on Introduction

    hello can you send me the password for a premium account please I am a fourth year student of electrical engineering at the University of Havana and I can not afford it. my email is delbofeson@gmail.com please I'll be very grateful

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    delbofeson

    5 years ago on Introduction

    hello can you send me the password for a premium account please I am a fourth year student of electrical engineering at the University of Havana and I can not afford it. my email is delbofeson@gmail.com please I'll be very grateful

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    pmai82

    6 years ago

    just what I needed. thanx

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    WPee

    6 years ago on Step 3

    Great idea... easy to through together ASAP.
    This idea could be adapted to just about any of the battery blister packs.

    The multi battery packs could easily be set up for different voltage steps (1 1/2 & 3 & 6 volts) using small pieces of double-sided foam mounting tape.

    It might (almost) become a permanent battery holder. Again good job!

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    sjrothWPee

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks WPee, I like that idea of the double-sided mounting tape. That would probably give it the necessary flexibility so batteries will not fall out. I agree about making the holder permanent. For batteries that wont be replaced too often, that should work well. You could also put screws through the sides of the blister to fasten it to a surface.

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    Ismegordo

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very creative, simple yet Brilliant in design.
    Yes I would have to agree with some of the other comments I could see it as a permanent holder for certain applications.
    And thinking of times that I hadn't done a project because I didn't have a "proper" battery holder this would of solved a lot of the issues and what's even better is it comes with the battery.
    Well Done love to see the upgrade ideas when you do them
    Regards

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    Dr.Bill

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I left the plastic blister on the cardboard and just slit the back to make ah door that I can tape shut. This idea works really good on multi-battery pack giving higher voltages AND the batteries can be wired series/parallel for higher amps.

    This idea is a definate 'Spark'. Kudos.

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    sjrothDr.Bill

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, I'm glad you like it. Great idea with the "door". Unfortunately I came up with this idea after I removed the plastic cover, so I couldn't really be very creative with it anymore.

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    Dr.Billsjroth

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah you can...
    Tape some more card board on to it.
    You could really get crazy with it.