Canon NB-5L Battery Holder Doodles

A first cut at a holder for Canon NB-5L batteries with those dimensions, with the intent of connecting them to a battery tester.

NB-5L Battery Holder Doodle
NB-5L Battery Holder Doodle

The cloud in the middle of the bottom holds pin dimensions, which I measured after I’d been doodling for a bit. They come from my heap; they’re nice heavy-gold plated male pins (yeah, I have the other gender, too) intended for a multi-pin connector. They have a convenient hole that’s normally used to verify you’ve actually soldered the wire properly. I plan to stick a music-wire spring in the hole and secure it through the bottom of the holder with a rectangular pocket below the pin that limits the travel in both directions. Drilling the hole completely through the pin to let the spring wire stick out would prevent having it fall out at the end of travel.

The spring pocket dimensions are right down around the very limit of the feature sizes my TOM can achieve. I’m not sure those blind holes will actually open up far enough.

I’m also not sure the Powerpoles will actually fit in there like that. There’s nothing wrong with pigtail leads.

It’s obviously styled after the Official Canon NB-5L charger, although they use nice bent-steel spring contacts that are trivially easy to make in mass production:

Canon NB-5L charger
Canon NB-5L charger

3 thoughts on “Canon NB-5L Battery Holder Doodles

  1. I probably would have done this the lazy way by picking up a cheap charger online somewhere and reducing it to a battery holder.

    1. picking up a cheap charger

      Looks like they’re available for four bucks delivered from halfway around the planet, a business model I continue to not understand. I might be forced to get one just to have a second charger on hand.

      But if you’ve got a 3D printer and need practice building models, well …

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