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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition

    Neoprene Battery Pouches

    These neoprene battery pouches are made to fit different kinds of common batteries. They turn out to be very useful when prototyping and competing a range of different projects, not necessarily just wearable ones.

    Neoprene Battery Pouches

    Double AA Battery Pouch

    >> Download Double AA Battery Pouch Stencil
    This Pouch can hold either two AA batteries or one 9V battery.
    >> Double AA or 9V Battery Pouch Instructable

    Single AA Battery Pouch (Short Legs)

    >> DownloadSingle AA Battery Pouch (short legs) Stencil
    This holds one AA battery but can be connected with another one via the poppers at the end. This pouch can be made with short or long legs. Long legs are good for connecting to something else but short legs are good for connecting to one another.

    Single AA Battery Pouch (Long Legs)

    >> DownloadSingle AA Battery Pouch (long legs) Stencil

    Triple AA Battery Pouch

    >> Download Tripple AA Battery Pouch Stencil

    3V Button Battery Pouch

    >> Download3V Button Battery Pouch IMPROVED Stencil
    >> Download3V Button Battery Pouch Stencil
    This can hold one, two, or if you make it a bit looser, even three 3V button batteries. Button batteries are a wonderful shape and size for integrating in soft circuits, but they don’t last long in combination with conductive fabric traces, plus they are not rechargeable.

    Previous version

    9V Battery Pouch with 3.3V Regulator

    This holds one 9V battery and regulates the voltage to 3.3V. It is useful if you are connecting to Xbee or Lilypad.
    If you change the 3.3V Regulator (LD1117V33) to 5V Regulator (like LM7805), it can be used to provide 5V for your circuit. In that case, make sure that the pin configuration of your regulator is matching to the pouch arrangement. Check the datasheet of your regulator. For details of sewable 3.3V regulator, check this post.
    The detailed construction plan and stencil PDF  is here.
    9V Battery Pouch with 3.3V Regulator

    Video of inserting two AA batteries and then one 9V battery into a Neoprene Battery Pouch

    6 Comments so far

    1. dan on January 17th, 2010

      did you use these with that dancer video and the bendy circuit sensor things?
      not really sure what else to use this for

    2. admin on January 17th, 2010

      for the performance costume we used cellphone batteries because they are thin and light and last. but these pouches are great for so many things, like the following:
      >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2139

    3. Plusea on September 3rd, 2012

      […] Battery Pouches blog post >> Instructable >> Flickr photo set >> Download Instruction […]

    4. Plusea on September 5th, 2012

      […] This new collection of textile sensor demos includes the Fabric Pushbutton, the Beaded Tilt Sensor, the Knit Stretch Sensor, the Felted Pompom Pressure Sensor, the Neoprene Bend Sensor and the Neoprene Pressure Sensor. It also includes the Neoprene Battery Pouch. […]

    5. Take it apart | on June 20th, 2013

      […] Making a soft battery case for 4 AA batteries. This design was based off of this! […]

    6. […] is lasercut from stretch conductive fabric, singeing it’s edges to keep them from fraying. The battery pouch is sewn on with a silverized nylon thread which then connect the positive side of the battery to […]

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