Jun 242012
 
BlinkM coin cell holder

Did you know you can power BlinkMs or BlinkM MinMs off two 3V coin cells? Here is a tiny 3d-printable coin cell and header socket holder for BlinkMs and BlinkM MinMs. It snaps together and has mounting holes to turn it into a pendant or mounting additional diffusors for the LEDs.

And you don’t need many parts to build it:
- one each of plastic pieces here (see the STL files on Thingiverse)
- two CR2032 3V coin cells
- one 4-pos female header socket (Digikey S7037-ND or equivalent)
- two short pieces of solid wire (old resistor leads, 26 gauge wire stripped, etc.)

BlinkM coin cell holder

Steps:
1. Push the 4-pin socket into the hole until it stops. It should friction-fit in without any need for glue.
2. On the bottom, feed the two wire pieces in as shown in the photos, and solder them to the two pins on the header socket. These wires become the battery terminals.
3. Bend the wire battery terminals so they make good contact with the cells.
4. Insert coin cells, snap together top piece.
5. Insert BlinkM and watch it play its light sequence.
6. To protect the back, put a small piece of gaffers tape or similar over the terminals.

For more info and pix, see this project’s Thingiverse page or the Flickr pictures.

 Posted by at 9:48 pm

  One Response to “BlinkM Coin Cell Holder”

  1. Awesome! Thanks for the Thingverse model. I don’t know why they are so uncommon but I can never find a holder for *two* CR2032 . One CR2032 is very common but for some reason a holder for two is non-existent! No one wants to use blue or white LEDs in their devices? Sometimes I just cannot bring myself to use a DC-DC upconverter for a very simple/cheap/quick project that needs more than 3V power but still compact. Most of the time there’s no space for the converter anyhow. Thanks!

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