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#80212 - 12/14/06 05:54 AM AAA/AA battery organizer
SARbound Offline
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I was looking for some kind of battery organizer to allow storage of my batteries... and most importantly, I wanted some process to I know which batteries are fresh and fully charged, which ones are depleted, etc. Didn't like what I found off eBay.

The only intelligent idea I came up with was to drill holes though a piece of wood (haven't measured my AAs/AAAs yet). I guess I could get away with four rows of 10 batteries... one row for charged AAs, one for charged AAAs, one row for depleted AAs and the last one for depleted AAAs.

Any other ideas ? Is my perfectionism getting in the way of doing things in a simpler way here ? <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#80213 - 12/14/06 02:29 PM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2137
Loc: NE Wisconsin
For AA's I buy the small plastic tubs of Rayovac AA's with the locking flip-top and save the tub when the batteries are used up. Then I use the tub(s) to store my NiMH rechargables. Though I tend to prefer Duracell and Engergizer, I like the Rayovac tubs.

For the alkaline batteries I usually just store them in their original containers on a shelf since the packaging has the use-by date (though I usually ignore that). For checking batteries I used an old battery meter I got from Radio Shack a loooong time ago. I'll bet they sell similar devices that are a fraction of the size these days.

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#80215 - 12/14/06 04:56 PM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
halogen Offline
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Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 54

I have some cheap little boxes from Maplin (in the UK) that store either 4 AAs or 4 AAAs, shaped inside to prevent them moving around. I just label these as appropriate.

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#80216 - 12/14/06 05:05 PM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
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Registered: 07/10/03
Posts: 659
Loc: Orygun
Here are some links to ones I've eyeballed. Haven't made any purchases, but I like the idea of keeping my batteries warm and dry.

http://www.lighthound.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=158

http://www.inanycase.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=BATT

http://www.nimhbattery.com/batteryholder-index.htm

http://www.greenbatteries.com/batteryholders1.html

Green Batteries has a wooden holder as you described. Please let us know what you get and how it works out...

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#80217 - 01/29/07 01:31 AM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
paulr Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 448
I like the AA hard shell cases with the little slots for the cells. I just put in charged cells with the positive ends facing upwards, and discharged cells with the positive end downwards. I also have enough primary cells around that I don't worry too much if my NiMH cell stash is charged or not. If I need some charged ones I just charge some.

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#80218 - 01/29/07 12:18 PM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2847
I tried a lot, everything from plastic boxes, to soft cases to wood, etc. I've recently switched to the new low self discharge NiMH so now I only need to store charged batteries and have switched to sort of dedicating batteries to gear by keeping spare batteries with gear rather than keeping all the batteries in one place.

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#80219 - 01/29/07 04:31 PM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
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Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
I am not a big fan of rechargable batteries, for several reasons. So I buy my batteries at Costco. Kirkland brand AA's come plastic sealed four to a pack, Duracell AAA's come four to a little box. The C-123's I have (they were bought online, Costco doesn't have them. Yet) came two to a little bitty ziploc bag. The batteries that are going in my daypack, glovebox, where ever, get the purchase date written on their container, that way I can kindasorta keep track of their freshness...
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#80220 - 01/29/07 04:56 PM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2847
I had quit with rechargebales for a few years but the new breakthrough I've went back to them as they now work as they should have all along.

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#80221 - 02/02/07 09:08 PM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
MartinFocazio Offline

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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 2155
Loc: Bucks County PA
Go to any decent Gun shop - go to the reloading supplies area, and you'll find a variety of cases intended for bullets, but they will fit AA and AAA cells.

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#80222 - 02/03/07 04:05 AM Re: AAA/AA battery organizer
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
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Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Great idea! I'll bet that .357 mag would hold AAA's, and .45 LC AA's...
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