Tip Of The Day: Battery Hacks

If you find yourself short on the batteries you need out in the field, you might want to consider this battery hack. With careful use of a pair of pliers or a knife, you can make 6 AAA batteries out of a 9-volt battery. If it's a used 9-volt, you might not get full voltage out of all of the batteries, but it could be enough to get you through a job. Also, if you have an older camera or light meter or even a pocket flashlight that takes the 394 (or LR45) button batteries, you might try this hack

If you find yourself short on the batteries you need out in the field, you might want to consider this battery hack. With careful use of a pair of pliers or a knife, you can make 6 AAA batteries out of a 9-volt battery. If it's a used 9-volt, you might not get full voltage out of all of the batteries, but it could be enough to get you through a job. Also, if you have an older camera or light meter or even a pocket flashlight that takes the 394 (or LR45) button batteries, you might try this hack of a 12-volt battery to save yourself about $40. Keep in mind, though, that it's not a smart move to put homemade batteries in anything that's still under warranty, as anything DIY is sure to void it.
—Matthew Panzarino
Contributing Blogger