Stackable Battery Holders

by adoniram, published

Stackable Battery Holders by adoniram Sep 9, 2015

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These stackable battery holders are a design I did for Checkerboard, Ltd. and were a Quirky.com community selected design. Checkerboard gratiously allowed me to post them here on Thingiverse - if you're interested in getting them printed on a high res printer, please support their hub on 3Dhubs!


Easily wall-mounted on two screws. Stackable and will sit on a table. Three simple parts

How to Assemble

There are three sizes available. Each size has three files. Download the files for your size. I recommend printing and then hot-gluing the parts together. They are friction fit and include tabs to ensure a tight, permanent lock.

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I have had my 3D printer for 48 hours. Printed this last night and today I have put it in use! Fantastic design. Thank you so much!!!

Prints well, but the batteries jam if you fill it with more than a single layer of cells. Was this ever tested before publishing?

Nov 28, 2016 - Modified Nov 28, 2016

Jeez guys, no need for so much negative feedback. Instead of complaining, tell him what problems you have with it in a polite and respectful manner.

Not only does this design not function (The batterys jam, repeatedly. Id rather just leave them in the plastic), the design is broken. I had to put this through 3 different mesh repair softwares, and I still couldn't get the damn thing to print. I wound up pulling dimensions through meshmixer and remodeling in solidworks.

Needs sides on the ramp. If you tip it slightly sideways, all the batteries fall out.

I'm rather disappointed that this was featured. It doesn't work. The design looks nice. I got a fantastic print out of it. Unfortunately, the batteries jam up in it every time. This thing http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:310472 doesn't look as nice, but it works.

Compact Tabletop Battery Holder

Not working for me, neither AA nor AAA version. Batteries just get stuck and don't slide properly when the holder is full.

Hey - sorry to hear you had trouble with my design. Can you describe how it gets caught? I'd be happy to adjust it.

Basically what happens is that if you have a battery on the second level, right by the exit, it can hold back a battery on the bottom level that wants to go out the exit chute. The only way to avoid it is to have the batteries separated internally, instead of just having them all in a single open compartment.

I made one that looks similar, but has internal dividing ramps, so the batteries don't jam.

Battery Dispenser - 24x AA - Stackable

Newest battery dispensing gizmo... the BatteryMag!

BatteryMag - 14x AA Dispenser

I agree. It simply doesn't work as designed.

Sorry. Can you describe how it gets caught? I'd be happy to adjust it.

The bottom two batteries will remove, after that the rest of the batteries are just wedged in place. It is necessary to tap on the top of the battery stack to knock them loose.

The designs that work have an internal baffle system or set of guides to keep the weight of the batteries from creating a wedge style jam.

I love the idea. I did have difficulties when printing the numbers, so created my own.

About time this got featured! I love these things

What are the overall dimensions of this?

Crazy artifact shows up if you print new base on side to minimize supports. A new ramp shows up which jams batteries. Crazy. I have never seen this problem occur. If you print new base on its back, no problem and no "mystery" ramp. I have repeated problem several times through Makerbot slicer.

Great upgrade with the new ramps inside! Cover is now much stiffer which makes it hard to flex over pins. I shaved pins to make it work.

I must have an older one. The batterieys don't flow out as they should. I agree with you the odd base design, is odd....

Battery jamming issues? Nope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6jQL9AoyPA


Had to raise height to make way for inner zigzagging of the batteries. Did this attempting to understand how Blender works with no priori CAD/3D experience, so bare with me, it throws many errors on slic3r. But its certainly prints and works quite well as the video attests.

I'll post a remix...

Do you have the AAA version done yet? Great job by the way.

Thanks matn1, I wish I had saw your fix before I printed this out. I'm surprised the original poster hasn't fixed his design yet. The battery holder is a great idea but the battery jamming on exit basically makes it useless.

18650 add to project, pls

First thing I looked for when I came across this. +1

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I cant print the curve part on the AA Base :(

How many AA, AAA & C batteries can these holders hold?

this would be perfect if you had an A4 organizer >.<

How do you print the A3, A2 and C signs properly?

I'm having a few issues with the base of the AA holder. I'm not sure if this issue applies to the base of all the different sizes, but repetier says that it's not a manifold. Sometimes the Gcode exports fine, but with this one it doesn't work. When it's on its side, the exported Gcode looks like this: http://prntscr.com/9wv0uy

If I move it around a bit, and try a few times, I eventually get some Gcode that works. I'm using slic3r, by the way. I just wanted to let you know that this issue is present.

needs 18650 model

Me too!!

you'd have to be careful about polarity when loading them in, but definitely would be awesome

Love this design, on the base part, I did it with a raft but it seems the material "separated" on both sides?

See image: http://imgur.com/DJK0AWm

Trying to print the cover now...

you should have flipped the model on its side, it makes the print better. Support would have fixed that as well

The AA Battery Cover Gcode is really jacked up. It splits up about half way... sorry :)

Hi ltlderek - I haven't actually provided any gcode here, the files are STL and the gcode would be produced by your slicer. If you can tell me how to reproduce it, I can take a look at the mesh, but the mesh is quite simple.

I have this same issue. The AA cover is too narrow for the base to fit, if you force it, it will split. This also means that it isn't wide enough to AA batteries at all...

I've printed it twice with the same issue both times. Not sure if scaling it up slightly will help, or throw some other stuff off.

Hi Fattmann - that definitely should not happen. The tolerance of the cover has an internal gap of .25mm to either side of the base. If the base is larger than the cover, you might want to check out your printer's calibration with a calibration cube. The tolerances are very close but the base is undersized relative to the cover, not the other way around.

Thanks for sharing! I just printed this and found a couple of issues with the design:

  • Batteries get jammed at the exit. The batteries on top add enough back pressure to prevent batteries from flowing down the ramp.
  • The snap-on walls need to be glued to keep a rigid frame.

I have the same issue about the batteries jamming at the exit.

  1. Yeah, this seems to happen for two reasons: the filament itself can cause a lot of friction and the angles between the throat of the battery exit and the base are too close to 90º. It's something I'd like to adjust eventually but haven't had the chance.

  2. Definitely! I included that in the build notes.

Yes, would love a fixed version for the battery stuck issue. Love this design, but this one flaw makes it really hard to use :(

Any chance you'll be able to adjust the design to handle the jamming issue?

If I have tight tolerances with things fitting inside an object, I scale it up .1%, and go from there. I've had good luck so far printing other things that are size dependent so far. I'm looking forward to giving these a go. I plan on doing this right off the bat for both the base and lids on for these. That should give the batteries a little more clearance.

Unfortunately I see this issue with the AA and AAA holders, and only one remix tries to address it for AAs (but, as it turns out, it no longer holds batteries, letting two fall out at a time).

Maybe it's just a matter of elongating the space above the mouth inside with a ramp, to prevent the down pressure from affecting the battery trying to leave the mouth? Just a guess doing this in my head.

What type of support settings do you recommend?

If you print the cover face down and the base on its side, you can print this without supports. For printers with warping issues (printing ABS on a cold bed, that sort of thing), you may want to print with a skirt. That's about it. I do not print them with supports myself. The base has integrated supports (you can see it in the "Thingiview") between the two flanges and the screw mounts. You simply remove them when finished with your fingers or a knife.