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Battery Holder Behavior

Discussion in 'Electronic Components' started by Watson A.Name - Watt Sun, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. I clipped my PS onto the circuit directly and at 1.5V it measured
    186 mA, then I clipped the same PS clips onto the contacts of the
    single AA cell holder and it measured 169 to 170 mA, but veried a bit
    when the clips were moved. The single cell battery holder is a Rat
    Smack 270-401A with the full length of the chintzy leads on it. I'm
    surprised that there was that much diff due to the leads and contacts.
    Must be the very thin wire. When I use them, I usually trim the leads
    down to an inch or so, so that should help.

    I went by RS and bought a couple more 270-412 battery holders.
    They're 3 AAA cells, so I can fit one snugly inside the 'Coffee Mints'
    tin, as I posted here a week or so ago. Makes a nice little 3 LED
    light. Store didn't have them out on the shelves, so I asked the
    salesdroid if they had them in stock, and he punched the number up on
    the screen, and they had them in the store. So I waited for what
    seemed an eternity as he went back in the stockroom and rooted around
    in some boxes and finally found them. I got 3, but he had 7 total on
    hand. One of these, 3 AAA cells, a switch, 3 LEDs with a 33 ohm
    resistor for each LED, and a box to put 'em in make a great little
    couple hour project - you can put one together while you're watching
    some dumb TV program. Now if I could only find a cheaper source of
    'Coffee Mints' tins..

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  2. So, a difference of 0.75 ohms, making the unreasonable assumption that your
    circuit is linear, which it's not. Unlikely to be that much resistance in
    even 26-ga wire, I think. Are these things held together by rivets at some
    point?
     
  3. Yeah, I'm thinking that might be the reason, too (OOps, s/b varied).
    Probably the reason why it changew with movement. The wire tables say
    26 AWG wire is 41 millionms per foot, and each lead it 6", so the
    total for both leads is just about 41 mOhms.

    The rivets can't be soldered because they fall right thru the plastic
    when they get hot. :-( Cheap metal isn't springy enough to make good
    contact. I wonder if some of that conductive glue would help some.
    Any other ideas or solutions would be welcome. Probably the best way
    would be to buy a higher quality, better made battery holder. But
    with some of the holders I use, the odd number of cells puts them at a
    disadvantage. It's uncommon to find 1-cell or 3-cell holders, let
    alone the higher quality.

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  4. Just for the halibut, I soldered together a bunch of scrap leads left
    over from my LED light making. I got 36" length total, most of the
    scraps are marked 26 AWG, but there are 7 strands of very fine wire
    making up each one. I put 200 mA thru it and the V drop measured 25
    mV, which calculated out to about 42 milliohms per foot. So
    experimental results again agree with the theoretical values. But it
    is really chintzy wire for use in a battery holder. It's not uncommon
    for these AA alkalines to be putting out a half amp, such as in a
    flashlight.

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