To check whether batteries are charged or not, you don’t have to put them in a device or even buy a battery tester. There is a simple trick for this.
If you want to know whether a battery is full or dead, you should drop it on a table. This is because they behave differently when they hit the tabletop, depending on their charge level. atechbook explains why batteries behave differently on impact.
Inside gel of empty batteries becomes solid
The test works for all cylindrical, non-rechargeable alkaline batteries – that is, primarily the common types AA and AAA. From a height of ten to 20 centimeters, you simply drop them onto a tabletop, work surface or similar and observe what happens. If the battery jumps up a little from the floor, it is empty. If it simply tips over after hitting the ground, it is full.
The reason for this reaction is a jelly-like zinc mass that is inside. This cushions the impact of the battery when fully charged. If the battery discharges, however, the jelly-like paste becomes solid and can no longer cushion the fall. The battery jumps up. The higher a battery flies in this test, the lower its charge. If the battery jumps about as high as it is long, it is probably dead. If you want to be absolutely sure, you can also do a comparison test with a guaranteed full battery and compare the jump heights.
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Another battery trick
This is not the only trick on the subject of batteries. If you ever do not have the right battery size at hand, the following trick can help. Did you know that you can convert a small AAA battery into a larger AA battery with very little effort? You can see how it works in our TECH-HACK video or read it in the instructions on atechbook. All you need is a piece of aluminum foil.
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