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July 6, 2010

Microsoft Bidirectional Battery Holder – Instaload

at 6:25 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks

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Looks like Microsoft is trying to make our lives a bit better with their new battery holder design. What is so cool about a battery holder that needs to be talked about? Well this battery holder can accept the battery inserted either way. I know so many people who just slot the batteries into everything and wonder why it doesn’t work… This device would solve this issue since it doesn’t care how it is installed. Not sure about the name though, Microsoft is calling it InstaLoad, I don’t think of a battery holder when I hear that. One of the devices that I wish had this design is my Canon S5IS, it takes 4 AA batteries so I am forever taking them out and replacing them with freshly charged ones. The battery compartment (shown below) has a bit of smarts built into it, there are some plastic ridges that prevent a backwards battery from being placed in circuit.

Makes you think why all the typical AAA, AA, C and D cell battery holders didn’t have this feature from the beginning. Who knows if we will ever see this holder anyway since it looks like there is a previous patent that will probably prevent Microsoft moving forward with this idea.

Via: EEVblog

Battery Sizes

InstaLoad technology can be used with AA, AAA, C, D batteries. Devices that require cylindrical form factor batteries (disposable and rechargeable) can use the InstaLoad technology, including less common cylindrical battery sizes such as CR123.

Typical Product Applications

Portable lighting, flashlights, battery chargers, toys, consumer electronics, mice and keyboards, and all other battery operated devices using standard off-the-shelf cylindrical batteries can use InstaLoad technology.

General Architecture

InstaLoad is a mechanical battery contact design that does not require special electronics or circuitry. The InstaLoad battery configuration includes a set of positive and negative contacts at both ends, instead of a single positive contact at one end and a single negative contact at the other end.”



Non-Instaload style, batteries need to be installed in the correct manner.

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16 Responses to “Microsoft Bidirectional Battery Holder – Instaload”

  1. Stan Says:

    My take is that if your too stupid to put batteries in correctly, your are probably too stupid to use the device, and don’t deserve the device any way. But of course, here comes Microsof, who loves idiots, and loves to dumb down tech, so people with and I.Q. 10″
    No matches found.

    Need I say more..
    Stan

  2. Stan Says:

    I guess this thing don’t like quotation marks. What I was trying to say:

    My take is that if your too stupid to put batteries in correctly, your are probably too stupid to use the device, and don’t deserve the device any way. But of course, here comes Microsoft, who loves idiots, and loves to dumb down tech, so people with an I.Q. 10
    No matches found.

    Need I say more..
    Stan

  3. Jonathan Says:

    If you dont know how and which way to insert the batteries, you shouldnt be using whatever electronics you want to use..

  4. MrMaigo Says:

    looks fragile… and like 5 times the price

  5. The voice in your head Says:

    Fragile and easily shorted. It’s a clever idea but I see little benefit for the reduced rigidity. How hard is it to match + to + and – to -?

  6. vic Says:

    Wow. And to think these polarized batteries have caused us so much problem for such a long time and we didn’t even know it !
    What I see is additional licensing costs to already expensive products.

  7. Seamus Dubh Says:

    Mind you me I’ve never, repeat, never had a problem installing batteries in the right direction.
    But on another note this is useful for the vision impaired crowd that find it difficult or can’t see the clearly labeled markings.

  8. testman Says:

    Well, using the MS patent will not help you to easy putting battery inside your camera, because they are in serial mode with metal strip only on the cover.

    Which means that even if you can reverse the polarity, you steel need to put the bateries with alternated polarities.

    Such a patent is not an improvment in this specific condition 😉

  9. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Testman,

    It would work but it would need some connections from the hinged side of the battery holder going into the camera. That would add cost so it might be a non-starter.

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  11. Whatnot Says:

    Many battery operated device require more than one in series, but a system like this becomes too complex/costly then since you then also have to make it work if a person puts in 2 batteries the same way, and as the bottom picture shows nothing is cheaper and simpler than a sliver of metal.

    Additionally about the video: 12 minutes? Really? Talk about stupid if you need 12 minutes to explain this, even with the extra points made.

  12. DaveJ Says:

    @Whatnot
    Putting them in series is trivial, you just need two bi-directional contacts per cell.
    Yes, 12 minutes, really. It’s called an off-the-cuff conversational style, you should try it some time.
    If you are going to complain about others peoples video, be prepared to back it up with your own content. Show us *your* video.

    Dave.

  13. Alex Says:

    like stan said…if you’re so stupid to put the batteries wrong, you’d probably be too stupid to use the device, it would also be colstly,
    instead of using this technology, PUT LARGE LABLES INDICATING POLARITY ON THE DAMN APPLIANCES….IT REMINDES ME OF THAT IDIOT
    POWER STEALING DEVICE THAT “COULD BE USED BY SOLDIERS IN COMBAT” people, stop making BRILIANTLY IDIOT INVENTIONS and try to(for examle)
    stopp global warming

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  15. gucci online shop Says:

    think these polarized batteries have caused us so much problem for such a long time and we didn’t even know it !
    What I see is additional licensing costs to already expensive products.

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