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Build a volt box. Wooden box contains a boat battery and a built-in battery charger. Use it both in your boat and as a source of 12 volt current to power portable TV sets, radios, etc.

Tips from the pros on the care and feeding of marine batteries.
BOATING WORLD #141 Jul 1998 pg. 34

Make an electric battery from a lemon.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1965 (v.55#1) pg. 54

How to construct a model of Volta's first chemical battery and test it by constructing a crude galvanometer with a compass and bell wire.
BOYS' LIFE Dec 1971 (v.61#12) pg. 59

A guide to selecting the right kind of battery and tips on battery use.
BOYS' LIFE Jun 1979 (v.69#6) pg. 66

Power-saving tips for battery-powered projects. Thirteen guidelines for minimizing power consumption in battery-powered equipment.
COMPUTERCRAFT Jan 1992 (v.2#1) pg. 31
Added Info COMPUTERCRAFT Aug 1992 (v.2#8) pg. 83

Make an organic battery from a container, galvanized metal, copper, and any type of juicy organic matter and salt water (for the electrolyte).
COUNTRYSIDE Sep 1984 (v.68#9) pg. 24

A battery saving blinker. Simple circuit will blink an LED whenever a battery powered device is turned on. The blinker will remind you to turn it off after use.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Dec 1979 (v.35#12) pg. 31

Understanding and using the nicad (nickel cadmium) battery.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL May 1981 (v.37#5) pg. 26

Living with the lead-acid battery. How they work and how to use lead-acid (automobile) batteries to power amateur radio equipment.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Sep 1983 (v.39#9) pg. 66

The handy-pack, a self-charging heavy duty battery pack for your handi-talkie will provide up to 3 days of power for field operations. The project consists of 7 individual 1.2 volt cells and a two-level charging circuit to allow normal charging and continuous trickle charging. The practical aspects of charging nickel-cadmium batteries are discussed.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Jul 1987 (v.43#7) pg. 20

CPR for dead HT batteries. (1) Helpful ideas on how to breathe more life into moribund nickel-cadmium packs. (2) Build a conversion unit that allows a HT to be powered by dry cell battery packs.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Dec 1988 (v.44#12) pg. 48

Build a rechargeable, replacement battery pack for the Santec ST144UP 2-meter handheld transceiver. Est. cost: $17.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Jan 1989 (v.45#1) pg. 64

Portable operation via battery power. Using deep-cycle lead-acid batteries to power amateur radio equipment for field use. Includes tips on caring for these batteries.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL May 1989 (v.45#5) pg. 64

Primer on Gel Cell batteries. How they work and how to put them to work. Includes schematics for several battery charger circuits.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Feb 1990 (v.46#2) pg. 44
Correction CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL May 1990 (v.46#5) pg. 8

Step-down and step-up regulator circuits for obtaining as much useful power from a battery as possible.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Mar 1993 (v.49#3) pg. 102

How to build a virtually indestructible battery pack from PVC pipe and end caps that rivals the current capacity of expensive, store-bought models.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Nov 1994 (v.50#11) pg. 50
Correction CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Jan 1995 (v.51#1) pg. 230

Micronaut, an ultra-low-power transmitter for "sport QRP". Homebrewed batteries which power the Micronaut utilize ordinary hardware and "Tabasco" sauce. Part 1.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL Apr 1996 (v.52#4) pg. 48

Battery backup power supply circuit (producing 5 volts DC at 300 ma.) is built around the Linear Technologies LT1579 chip.
CQ. THE RADIO AMATEUR'S JOURNAL May 1998 (v.54#5) pg. 46

A quick battery pack to power a miniature project and make without soldering.
DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES Oct 1998 (v.28#10) pg. 72

Battery technology. Important questions and answers to enable you to use them more effectively.

Choose the right battery.
ELECTRONICS ILLUSTRATED Nov 1963 (v.6#6) pg. 103

Simple wet cell battery uses lemon juice and water for electrolyte.
ELECTRONICS ILLUSTRATED Sep 1965 (v.8#5) pg. 54

Power supply using C or D size alkaline-energizer cells to make a solid-state CB set truly portable.
ELECTRONICS ILLUSTRATED Jan 1970 (v.13#1) pg. 56

Tip on extracting AAAA 1.5-volt alkaline power cells from inside "Energizer" brand 9-volt batteries.
ELECTRONICS NOW May 1994 (v.65#5) pg. 15

Cause of lead-acid battery discharge when stored on a concrete floor is explained.
ELECTRONICS NOW Jun 1995 (v.66#6) pg. 16
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Jul 1995 (v.66#7) pg. 12
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Aug 1995 (v.66#8) pg. 12
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Oct 1995 (v.66#10) pg. 14

Understanding source impedance. Measuring a battery cell's internal resistance.
ELECTRONICS NOW Aug 1997 (v.68#8) pg. 63

Tip on adding a battery backup to a cordless telephone (or other low-current DC device).
ELECTRONICS NOW Sep 1997 (v.68#9) pg. 9

The how and why of carbon-zinc batteries.
ELEMENTARY ELECTRONICS Sep-Oct 1970 (v.10#4) pg. 73

Battery buying basics. How to select the right battery that suits your needs and your budget. Includes tips on making your batteries last longer.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #253 Nov 1984 (v.34#9) pg. 82

How to get long life from batteries in outdoor power equipment.
FLOWER & GARDEN Apr-May 1985 (v.29#3) pg. 28

How to care for batteries on electric-starting outdoor power equipment.
FLOWER & GARDEN Apr-May 1988 (v.32#3) pg. 93

Replacing rechargeable batteries. How to find and replace wired-in NiCd cells in such devices as razors, photoflashes, portable telephones, appliances, etc.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS Dec 1987 (v.4#12) pg. 78

Building voltaic cells which use a table salt electrolyte.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS May 1988 (v.5#5) pg. 62

All charged up. Keeping current with today's better batteries, both single-life and reusables.
HARROWSMITH COUNTRY LIFE #126 Feb 1996 (v.20) pg. 44

Portable power. Tips on the best battery options for all your electronic requirements.
HOME MECHANIX #740 Dec 1989 (v.85) pg. 59

How to select and use deep-cycle batteries for sport and recreation activities, such as powering electric trolling motors.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #649 Jun 1982 (v.78) pg. 58

How long will a battery last? Includes a table which gives rough estimates of life for various types and sizes of batteries for different load conditions.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Jul 1985 (v.2#1) pg. 68

The Ni-Cd battery. Myths and mastery of nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries are explored. Includes circuits for building a battery charger.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Mar 1986 (v.3#3) pg. 28

Battery basics. An inside look at different battery types and guidance on which ones are best for particular applications.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1987 (v.4#6) pg. 16
Added Info MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Oct 1987 (v.4#10) pg. 5

Do-it-yourself electronic components. How to make your own inductors, coils, resistors, capacitors, electromagnets, solenoids and batteries.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1989 (v.6#6) pg. 54

Tips to increase the life of nickel cadmium batteries.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Jan 1971 (v.35#1) pg. 128

Tip: Charged nicads can be safely carried in old 35mm film cans.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Nov 1979 (v.43#11) pg. 115

How to read the manufacturing and date code on Mallory batteries.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY May 1981 (v.45#5) pg. 21

Short course on the care and use of nicads.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Jun 1986 (v.50#6) pg. 10

How to take care of camcorder batteries for longer life.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Mar 1988 (v.52#3) pg. 34

Tips on using a Polaroid Spectra film pack battery to power toys, a slide viewer, desk fan, etc. A used film pack battery will provide up to an hour's worth of electricity.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY May 1988 (v.52#5) pg. 46

Guide to selection and maintenance of storage batteries used in home-scale electrical generating systems.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #74 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 114

Tips on extending the life of standard dry-cell (non-rechargeable) batteries.
POPULAR COMMUNICATIONS Jul 1989 (v.7#11) pg. 63

Voltage-regulated battery power supply will furnish a constant 9-volt output and extend battery life well beyond "end-point" voltage. Whole unit fits into a plastic soap case.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Nov 1966 (v.25#5) pg. 85

Battery power supply lets you select 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 volts, in either positive or negative polarity from a bank of 12 "D" cells. Est. cost: $6.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Feb 1968 (v.28#2) pg. 46

Addition of one component to a transistor radio will increase battery life up to 30%.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Feb 1968 (v.28#2) pg. 66

Diodes allow wet cell storage batteries to be wired in parallel without setting up a circulating current loop.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Feb 1968 (v.28#2) pg. 86

Tips on choosing the right battery. A cost comparison of 12 different 1.5 and 9 volt batteries.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Jan 1969 (v.30#1) pg. 53

Simple adapter converts 6-volt lantern battery into RTL 3.6-volt integrated circuit power supply. Est. cost: $5.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Apr 1972 (v.1#4) pg. 42

The care and feeding of nickel-cadmium batteries. How they work and how to use them correctly.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Mar 1976 (v.9#3) pg. 39

The Polapulse battery. A look at the 6-volt wafer battery which is built into Polaroid SX-70 film packs.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] May 1981 (v.19#5) pg. 88

Do-it-yourself batteries. How to make and experiment with wet, damp and dry cells.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Jun 1981 (v.19#6) pg. 84

All about batteries. A look at the major battery families, and how each can be used to its best advantage.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Aug 1990 (v.7#8) pg. 57

Uses for dead 9-volt batteries. (1). Salvage the terminal assembly for use as a battery clip on another project. (2) Salvage manganese-dioxide for chemical experiments. (3) Use the insulating bottom material to make a trimmer-capacitor adjustment tool.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1992 (v.9#6) pg. 71

Everything you need to know about little batteries. Tips on selecting the correct battery for your needs.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1980 (v.154#5) pg. 151

How to read the code on battery packages to tell when they were manufactured.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Jul 1977 (v.81#1) pg. 62

How to test tiny button cells and the larger 9- to 510-volt batteries.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Oct 1977 (v.81#4) pg. 58

Dry-cell dispenser for home supply of flashlight cells.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1964 (v.185#1) pg. 166

Tips for servicing household appliances such as electric knives and razors which are powered by nickel-cadmium cells.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1968 (v.192#3) pg. 130

Everything you always wanted to know about common batteries (from small camera ones to 6-volt lantern size). Simple battery tester for 1 to 5 volt batteries.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1971 (v.198#1) pg. 46

Buyer's guide to small batteries. A look at the various sizes and types and which ones are right for different applications.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1979 (v.215#2) pg. 79

NiCad batteries. An early death can be reversed if you follow this simple procedure.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Nov 1977 (v.48#11) pg. 75

List of basic test equipment to set up an electronics test bench. Also includes tips on using external batteries on test gear, along with plugs and jacks that eliminate the chance of getting the wrong battery plugged in.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Feb 1978 (v.49#2) pg. 70

Which battery type is best. How to choose between carbon-zinc, alkaline and mercury.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jul 1978 (v.49#7) pg. 44

All about batteries. Part 1. What's new in batteries. How to choose the right battery for your application.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Sep 1984 (v.55#9) pg. 59

All about batteries. Part 2. Rechargeable batteries and how to use them.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Oct 1984 (v.55#10) pg. 55
Added Info RADIO-ELECTRONICS Apr 1985 (v.56#4) pg. 26

Using the Polaroid "Polapulse" battery to squeeze high power capacity into a very small space.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Feb 1987 (v.58#2) pg. 61
Added Info RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jun 1987 (v.58#6) pg. 14

All about batteries. Tips on selecting the right batteries for a particular application.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Mar 1990 (v.61#3) pg. 42

Battery technology. Important questions and answers about batteries to enable you to use them more effectively.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jan 1991 (v.62#1) pg. 45

Chemical ion flow module reveals the presence of an internal electric circuit within a battery.
RADIO-TV EXPERIMENTER Apr-May 1969 (v.26#2) pg. 45

Build an electrostatic battery, properly called an electrophorus. Conduct experiments with it using a straw electroscope.
RADIO-TV EXPERIMENTER Aug-Sep 1969 (v.27#1) pg. 59

Wooden board with several battery holders and some wiring can serve as a low-voltage power supply, a continuity checker, a bulb tester, a code practice blinker, etc. Est. cost: $2.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS May 1968 (v.39#5) pg. 66

How to make an electrochemical cell. A voltaic pile and two fuel cells (one using hydrogen and one using alcohol). Also, a circuit for a cell-powered radio receiver.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Nov 1967 (v.217#5) pg. 131

A compilation of data from correspondence with manufacturers regarding the charging characteristics of nickel-cadmium storage batteries.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Nov 1974 (v.231#5) pg. 132

Dry cell batteries. Selecting the right one and using it correctly.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #268 Nov 1998 (v.23#4) pg. 15

Tip on reducing battery compartment corrosion and increasing the reliability of the contacts.
SUPER-8 FILMAKER Dec 1980 (v.8#8) pg. 8