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DIY Battery Organizer Keeps Batteries Sorted in the Field

If you frequently use rechargeable batteries in the field or while traveling and want an easy way to keep the freshly charged separated from the recently discharged, this clever and cheap hack is just the ticket.

Whether you’ve got extra batteries for your flash, your camera, or other electronics you’re traveling with, it’s a pain to lose track of which batteries are charged and which are dead. At DIY Photography they share a clever hack that involves a simple sticker/label and a DIY container. The orientation of the batteries in the holder gives you an instant peek at whether or not they are charged.

Hit up the link below to download the PDF template for the labels and see how they set up their holders.

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Batteries on Location [DIY Photography]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/4/11

Comments (2)

  1. Lady Fitzgerald

    I have two problems with the article. First, The author seems to promote fast chargers. Using a fast charger is the quickest way to kill a nicad or a NiMH rechargeable. They literally cook a battery to death.

    Second, all the solutions the author suggested are too much work. All I do is keep my batteries in inexpensive battery cases. To show the batteries are charged, I hold the case with manufactuer’s name right side up and put the batteries in with the positive end up. If they are depleted, I point the positive end down. Using case not only keeps the batteries corralled, they avoid any potential for shorting. There is no need to print out fancy labels. The elastic gizmo would be a pain in the neck to use and several sets of batteries stored together in a bag, purse, pocket, whatever, could short out.

  2. Lauren

    Some good tips in there. I’ll be making some DIY battery holders this week. A great way to keep organised.

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