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Myself writes: “This is a simple solution to the problem of batteries shorting on random junk in the kitchen drawer.  I think I might get a little mileage out of the drill press this week and make one of these!”

One advantage to the for-sale version: It has a built-in battery tester.  And at $14.50, it might be worth just buying one.

The version pictured (from Z-Battery) stores up to 10-AAAs, 25-AAs, 8-9Vs, 10-Cs, 8 Ds, and 5-button-cells.  Wow!

I’ll admit that I’ve replaced pretty much all the AAs around the house with inexpensive NiMH AAs, but I used to keep a box full of “individually-packaged” AAs and 9Vs from Sam’s Club in the closet.  I still have a ton of 9Vs from when my portable stereo recording rig used them.  I was stocked up with dozens when I finally converted the whole rig — recorder, preamp, phantom power, and all — to run on a dedicated SLA.

If I was still recording regularly, I’d have one of these, ASAP.

Battery Storage Organizer with Battery Tester [ZBattery.com]


4 Responses to Reader Find: A Battery Rack

  1. SuperJdynamite says:

    eBay has a bunch of these.

    One eBay store advertised their wares as “the best rack on the Internet”.

  2. James says:

    Actually, I think a homebrew version of this would be great for rechargeables. My charger can only charge 2 AAAs at once, but my remote control, and many other devices, take 4. This means that I have to remember which batteries were charged or not charged and it’s easy to lose track.

    You could integrate a battery charger and split it into two sides: incoming and outgoing. When batteries need to be recharged, put them in the incoming side and fill the recharger whenever it’s free. Put charged batteries in the outgoing side and they’ll be there when you need them.

  3. Nick Carter says:

    I made my own from a piece of scrap plastic.
    Uncharged batteries are put in upside down (neg end up) and charged are right side up (pos up), although I still have to refresh my wife’s memory from time to time.

    Make sure the holes are nominally larger than the batteries…

  4. Myself says:

    The testers go for $4 or so, and most outfits will throw one in for free if you order more than a handful of batteries at once.

    I don’t use D cells, but I have the upsize adapters that turn Cs into Ds for occasions when I need them, so I only plan to drill four D-sized holes to hold the adapters. The AA-to-C adapters can nest inside them, so I don’t need any C-sized holes. Then it’s just a metric assload of AA-sized holes, and maybe a shelf up top for Ns, 2032s, 2016s, LR44s, 9-volts, and whatever else…

    I don’t plan to keep specifically “discharged” batteries around, those go onto the charger immediately. But NiMHs lose some charge just sitting around, so every day I pop the least-recently-topped-off set into the charger, and pull the fresh ones off.

    Currently I have a cardboard box with a pile of 4-AA plastic holders that works pretty well. I take the set from the charger, put them into a holder and shove it at the front of the stack, take the rearmost set and move them into the charger, and the whole stack shifts back. When I need a set for anything, I take from the front. I think in a wall-mounted holder, this would work as a rolling gap, to avoid having to shift every cell in the group every day.

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