Thursday, February 7, 2008

Battery Hack EXPOSED!

Ever see the video that a regular 6 volt battery contains up to 32 regular AA batteries inside? If you've never seen this tightwads' daydream, watch it here:

6 Volt Battery Hack! You'll Be Amazed! - video powered by Metacafe

Pretty amazing, huh? When my digital camera, which uses AA batteries, needed fresh input I remembered this hack and decided to try it. At the grocery store I bought one 6 volt battery by Eveready for $2.31. At home, armed with a screwdriver I pried open the top of the battery, which was quite easy after I got the hang of it.

Unfortunately, instead of finding a treasure of AA batteries I found this:

What in the heck are these?!? I know they're not AAs!

Nonetheless, I consider my $2.31 well spent in the name of science. Now I can stop looking greedily at the 6 volt batteries, imagining the wonderful secret hidden inside. I figure there are three possibilities to why I don't have any AAs from my 6 volt...

  1. Only certain brands have the AAs inside.
  2. The manufacturers changed their technique.
  3. The whole battery hack is a spoof to see if people like me would really do it.

What's your take? Does anyone know the answer? Please enlighten us in the comments section. I still need AAs for my camera, and now I'm $2.31 in the hole ;)


MelissaR said...

You're a brave woman to dissect a battery! BTW, for my digital camera batteries, we found a great deal on a small charger and Energizer AA rechargeables. I think it was $7.99 for the charger and two batteries. I love it!

angelcat said...


I think I'll be going the rechargeable route myself. I'll be watching amazon for some good deals. Let me know if you see one! Thanks for reading, and enjoy your chocolates;)

Anonymous said...

How could you think that there are all of those AA batteries in there? 32 batteries @ 1.5 volts ea = 48 volts...inside a 6 volt battery. Come on!

Here is another video from the same people.

angelcat said...

I know...! I think I was blinded by greed....

Anonymous said...

Depends on the brand of battery
Submitted by Guest on September 20, 2007 - 10:16.

I bought a Rayovac Heavy Duty 6V and after cutting open the plastic casing I found four D cell diameter batteries that were about 1 1/2 times the length of a normal D cell.

Upon further investigation, I have discovered that the 32 AA batteries can be found in the 6V available from Walgreens.

Anonymous said...

not so fast, einstein. 4 series groups of 8 parallel cells each = 6 volts from 32 AA batteries.

come on!

Bill said...

Those "same diameter, but longer than a D-cell" are F-cell batteries.

Same voltage, but higher capacity than a D-cell.

Duracell cheaps out and puts D-cell batteries in their 6V lantern battery.

Buy Energizer lantern batteries instead, or go on ebay and buy an 6V lantern battery adapter that lets you use D-cell batteries.

John[hairyonatinboxdotcom] said...

Check out His battery hacks are for real until the battery manufacturers wise up and change their methods.

The 'planetary' battery is the ultimate deal. This has been experimented with for a long time. Sounds like the earth batteries that the old time telegraph operators used.

The Walgreen 6v battery claim sounds like a spoof also.