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Mounting batteries in cavities

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Lonnybass, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Has anyone ever used magnets to hold 9v batteries in place?

    I'm hesitant to use the metal battery clip holders since the slots are relatively narrow, and so I'm evaluating a few options for this install. Thoughts welcome!

  2. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    Foam can be your friend
    DWBass, kaoskater08 and T_Bone_TL like this.
  3. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Yes, I'd use foam or felt. Felt will last longer than foam, and maybe look a little neater (if you care). You can get felt with an adhesive back on it too.

    For foam, look at adhesive backed weatherstripping from the hardware store.
  4. Arie X

    Arie X

    Oct 19, 2015
    some tidy felt could look nice. and maybe use small magnets for the cover for a screw-less look.
  5. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    The felt is a great idea! I'm using magnets on the cover and the whole thing is coming together nicely.
  6. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    I have bought beautiful red thick felt with adhesive backing at Woodcraft. They sell it for the insides of jewelry boxes etc. I have it to stick to jigs that hold my bass bodies and guitar bodies when I drill the side mount jack.
  7. saved


    Aug 14, 2012
    I dont know if its realy true,but i have heard that magnets can dhorten battery's life.
    If thats true,then its not a good idea to use them.near your battery box
  8. A magnetic field will not affect battery life.
  9. Frederiek


    Aug 8, 2016
    This ^ That stuff is perfect and it lasts long.
  10. Triad

    Triad Commercial User

    Jul 4, 2006
    Luthier - Prometeus Guitars
    I used magnets (rare earth) and they work perfectly to keep the battery in place. No idea if the player is jumping around like a cocainehead, though... :roflmao:

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