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Battery Storage Tube Idea

Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by John Moore, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. John Moore

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    Hi All,
    I've been looking for a solution to tote batteries in my laptop bag. I like the cases on countycomm, but man they are expensive.

    Anyway I saw some storage tubes at Hobby Lobby tonight and decided to give them a try. $2.99 for 4 large or 6 small. You can cut them down to size pretty easy and they don't splinter like some plastics. The large fits CR123A or 18650 and the small is perfect for AA.

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  2. tso

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    Nifty. I ordered a Think Tank Battery Holder the other day. I really need to keep an eye on photograph kit, as there seems to quite a bit of EDC potential there.
     
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  3. gazz98

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    Nice. I use the Tenergy plastic cases from battery junction for my EDC bag.
     
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  4. buckshot

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    I had tried tubes like this in the past to carry spare batteries, they were longer though and would hold 2 AA batteries. They didnt hold up well in my bag, they would get crushed, the top would then come off and the batteries would fall out and rattle around in the bag.

    I never tried cutting them down in length, I bet that you will have better luck than I did because of that. I will have to see if I have any tubes left to try again with just a single battery.

    Oh and the tubes I had picked up from Lee Valley who I understand also has locations in the United States.
     
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  5. EZDog

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    The Coleman Waterproof Matches cases from Walmart are pretty much ideal I think.
    They are a buck a piece and will hold a pair of 123s like they were designed to. an AA also easily goes in and might be a loose fit but nearly indestructible in these too.

    And as a bonus you get free waterproof matches too!

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  6. andy3101

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    Maybe you can try to build something out of wire tubes (?) , like they are used for on-surface-mounting of electric wires. You just need a solution to close the endings. We have them in different diameters, costs about an Euro per meter.
     
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  7. hibby

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    Tubes of Solder?

    Solder seems to be a word that a lot of people have trouble translating.
     
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  8. andy3101

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    No, plastic tubes. In Germany , we often use this for wire routing in garages. A german searchword is "elektrorohr", what means electric tube. But I have no idea, what you have to ask for in a DIY-store.
     
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  9. hibby

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    Ahh we call that Conduit Tube in the UK.
     
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    I am not sure. With conduit tube, I only see flexible tubes. But I mean the white fixed ones. Sorry, I don't get a link in here. But maybe you try "elektrorohr" on google.de
     
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  11. EZDog

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    We call it Conduit here in the U.S. too.
    There is Rigid and Flexible either Metal or Plastic too.

    On topic not a terrible idea but way too big and unwieldy I think for batteries and they do make cap pieces for the ends if you are going to give it a try.
     
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  12. hibby

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    I just done a quick search out of intrest and "battery case aa" returned lots of solutions for less than £1 to hold 4 batteries.
     
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  13. Thrasher

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    I use one of those 10 tablet Aleve pill bottles to hold a AAA battery. I also stuck a busted up nerf dart head in there to keep it from sliding around.
    Not much use if you want more or bigger batteries but it works pretty well for AAAs if you have some empty pill bottles.
     
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  14. EZDog

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    I have also been experimenting with these telesoping plastic tubes that CountyComm sells 10 to a pack.
    They screw together to any length and so far I have carried 123.2-123.1AA and 18650 in them pretty nicely.
    The great thing is that they can be screwed down to a tight fit for whatever is in there.
    They are not a hard plastic but are pretty rigid and not easily broken or smashed so far!
    With a piece of tape around the middle I think they are waterproof too.
    They say they are food grade on the package.

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  15. hibby

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    EZDog those tubes remind me of the tubes that some drill bits come in. Might be another source.

    I actualy might still have a few larger ones i rescued from the skip a few years ago.
     
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    I use soda bottles pre-forms when I'm near the ocean and cling wrap if I carry anywhere else.
     
  17. lancehill

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    I just picked up the Bluecell 4 battery hard cases and am waiting for delivery. Super cheap and seem to have good reviews on amazon.
     
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  18. Pazu

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    I usually just use a small plastic wrap to carry 2 AA batteries, it works fine for me.

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    You can also find some hard plastic boxes on Amazon.com.

    (Anyway, this is my first post on the forum, hello everybody!)
     
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    I use these. PowerPax. I have AA and AAA in my bag as I've mostly consolidated my toys to those two cells, but they sell all sizes. Even have a GITD one, which is what I have.


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  20. andy3101

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    My intention with the plastic tube was, I allways see bulky pocket organizers with much space in the corners. And with such a tube, you could store 2-3 batteries in a row and they would need as much space as a big pen.