BlinkMs are perfect for portable, stand-alone uses. There are many ways to hook a BlinkM to battery sources. Here’s one way that works for all BlinkMs.
BlinkM Battery Pack: Step 1: Get all the parts together
- 4xAA NiMH batteries (not alkaline!)
Tools you’ll need:
- pliers with wide jaws to crimp
- cutters to trim excess wire
BlinkM Battery Pack: Step 2: Thread in battery wires
BlinkM Battery Pack: Step 3: Crimp connector
With pliers set to wide jaw mode, carefully crimp the connector together. Be sure to make sure the two pieces come together straight. If you’re unsure that your pliers can work, you can try using a vice.
BlinkM Battery Pack: Step 4: Inspect crimped wires
Look at the crimped assembly. The wires should be in their channels; the red wire in the 1st channel and the black wire in the 3rd channel.
BlinkM Battery Pack: Step 5: Trim excess wires
Using cutters, trim off the wires sticking out the other side so they don’t short together.
BlinkM Battery Pack: Step 6: Plug in batteries
Now install the completed BlinkM Battery Pack in your project. Good AA NiMH batteries will last up to 20 hours on a MaxM before needing to be recharged.