Howto Video: Make a Coin Cell Battery Pack with Shrink Wrap

I really like coin cell batteries, specifically CR2032 models, but using them requires a small holder. This works well enough, but if you need to use several in series, things get out of hand size-wise. Here’s my solution: shrink wrap and hot glue to attach one or more coin cells together for an easy way to power your small device.

The concept is pretty self-explanatory, but check out the video below for a few tips on how to do this, as well as what I plan on using this with. You’ll need to use very large shrink wrap to fit over one or more of these batteries, and I used this package from Amazon. Between that and a few other heat shrink packs I’ve purchased, hopefully I won’t need any more for some time (but who knows).

For other coin cell ideas, check out my polycarbonate Christmas tree star, or my drink coaster made with four of these batteries. Also, you may notice that my video thumbnail style is a little different here. I’ve been experimenting with it, so I’d love to hear your feedback!

New Garage Improvements

For the last year or so, I’ve been renting a house, and thus wasn’t able to make any large improvements. We finally found one to buy, and though the house itself is almost exactly what we want, the garage needed a few upgrades.

Perhaps “needed” was a bit of an exaggeration. If I was just using it for storage, there was nothing really wrong with it, but I’d wanted sealed floors for some time, and outlets were extremely limited. To solve these issues, I hired a local company to put in a Spartacote coating on the floor, and a local electrical company to put in three four-outlet boxes near where I’d be doing most of my work. I also set up storage for tools in parts, which turned out quite well. Check out my progress in the video below:

Note that I didn’t get paid by Spartacote or anyone else to make this video. I’m quite happy with how the floors turned out, but there are also DIY options that may work well forĀ  your purposes.

I debated on whether I should put this video out, and what form it was going to take. Hopefully you find it interesting, and thanks to those that helped me hash it out! A lot of my work lately has concentrated on storage and practical improvements, which would seem to be the natural result of moving.

Howto Video: TS100 Soldering Iron Storage Case

I love my TS100 soldering iron (Amazon). After you plug it in and press the start button, it heats up to your desired temperature in a few short seconds. It’s extremely compact and portable, however, the box that comes with it requires you to disassemble to iron in order to put it away. I came up with something that I see as a major improvement, in that all you have to do is unplug it and slide it into a very secure and padded piece of PVC material.

Check out my simple build in the video below. It’s extremely tough, and lets you throw it in your toolbag very easily! I also picked up a holder for it here (Amazon), which is honestly a little big for it. On the other hand, it’s an improvement over sticking it wherever I could find space, so I’d recommend getting something similar to go with it, if not that exact one.