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Project by PJwood posted 12-29-2016 02:13 AM 6067 views 19 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To try to coral the various batteries, we though of building a sort of dispenser that would organize the batteries and make it easy to find out which we were low on.

Many such organizers are available in plastic but are not very pretty. I wanted an organizer that could be hung on the wall in the mechanical room.

Looking on line for idea the project that every one seems to use is the one on the left in the image below:

Although it is easy to build, I doubt that I would have the dexterity to insert the batteries and have them laying flat in such narrow channel. Dropping batteries from the top would guarantee that they would tumble in a jumbled mess. That would irritate me each time I look at it, and make it challenging to extract them. Further, it seemed hard to enter the batteries in the channels without lifting the whole assembly of the wall.

Overall this did not seem practical.

So I modified the design to get to the design on the right. The biggest change is that the front window that was originally glued or screwed on the left design is now replaced by individual windows (1) for each channel. These slide up and down in thin grooves (2), cut on the front of each divider. These thin grooves are cut on the table saw and a thin piece of wood glued in the bottom part to prevent the window to cover the lowest batteries.

The back of the wall was of varying thickness (3) to keep the front of the batteries aligned to the window

A few more modifications were a channel for rechargeable batteries separate from the disposable batteries, and a wedge-shape piece of wood on the back of the channel (4) that pushes the lowest battery forward to make it easier to pick.

Finally to encourage recharging batteries a drawer is build in the lower part (5) that contains:
1) the battery charger,
2) the battery tester (to avoid throwing away batteries of doubtful charge)
3) the coin and short batteries

The final organizer, with from left to right the AAA, AA-rechargeable, AA, 9V, C and D batteries

I made multiple rows for the AAA and AA batteries as these often come in large pack. To load them, lift their respective window and insert them.

The little grooves for the plexiglass windows:

The wedge that pushes the lowest batteries forward.

The drawer with the charger, tester and packs of coin batteries.

-- Delicately crafted firewood specialist





12 comments so far

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Ken90712

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#1 posted 12-29-2016 02:30 AM

That’s a great upgrade from the original one I built a cpl yrs ago out of a magazine. Thx for sharing. Love it

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-29-2016 03:05 AM

Great battery dispenser!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-29-2016 07:04 AM

That’s really outstanding.

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 12-29-2016 02:54 PM

Nice battery dispenser. This is something that is overlooked in a home. I like the drawer too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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PJwood

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#5 posted 12-29-2016 05:03 PM

Thanks, I made 4 in one session to cut down on tool setup time, which is not my forte!

-- Delicately crafted firewood specialist

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Northwest29

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#6 posted 12-29-2016 05:48 PM

Like this one for sure – thanks for share.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 12-30-2016 12:28 AM

I am sure everyone will got a charge out this project as I did!
Nice idea and well done.
I don’t have that many batteries but it would still be a worthwhile projecr.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Scott Landry

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#8 posted 12-31-2016 03:54 AM

Great idea! I’m using this for a gift idea next year. Thanks for posting it.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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Carbon_Visions

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#9 posted 01-28-2017 12:28 AM

Very nice indeed!

-- “Quotes found on the internet are not always accurate.” – Abraham Lincoln

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sjbob

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#10 posted 02-10-2017 08:42 PM

Making the windows slide up is a great solution for easy loading – nice!

-- Every project is a learning experience.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 06-21-2017 01:46 AM

Very slick. I love it!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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PJwood

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#12 posted 06-21-2017 02:06 AM

I just happened to refill it this WE for AA and AA batteries (I get the big packs from Costco) and the full AAA fits, and 2/3 of the AA also fit.

-- Delicately crafted firewood specialist

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