The BATTERYCLIP From BatteryClip and TNVC

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Now here is an idea I wish I had back in the Corps. With most accessories operating off of CR123 and AA batteries, keeping spares was a pain in the arse as most of the time we simply put them in a plastic baggie in a grenade pouch so they were always on our person as one did not want Night Vision to go out when away from the supply chain. The bags were sufficient, but not convenient.

Stepping up the convenience factor is TNVC who has created the BATTERYCLIP (all caps their choice, not mine), which is simply a spring loaded polymer tube for easy battery management which conveniently keeps the tips from touching and discharging. The clip includes “round count indicators” for those managing power tactically.

Those interested in moving from the proven baggie system can pick them up for $19.95. They are available for 9V, CR123, and AA batteries. Of course, there are an array of colors including tan, grey, and black. 

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Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Tom – UK

    Simple, elegant and efficient. Have to say its things like this that can make life a lot easier.

  • Nick

    What is this, the Stone Age? We have rechargeable batteries nowadays. Who needs a dozen disposables handy?

    There are rechargeable cr123’s as well as the large 3.7V rechargeable cells that take the place of two. I have them in my flashlights. They last longer and can be recharged.

    • Darhar M.

      Rechargeable batteries are useless if you have no way to recharge them.

      Now the armchair warriors may never be far from a power outlet but some folks
      still make it to the great outdoors taking their firearms and lights with them.

      Rechargeable batteries do not hold up well in cold weather either.

      • Matt Bennett

        Haha exactly. How was the answer to his own question not obvious?

      • Mazryonh

        The tech on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries is gradually advancing. Rechargeable versions of CR123As are available, but 18650-size Li-Ion batteries are capable of better power characteristics and are just twice the size of CR123As. Tesla electric cars use an array of thousands of 18650s to power the engine.

        You could always make charging ports on APCs or other commonly-used military wheeled vehicles, or even install solar power panels connected to charging ports on the roofs of bases in sunny locales. How about personal solar panels for troops on extended patrol to at least partially recharge their NVG batteries once the sun rises again?

      • Nick

        There’s several companies making small solar chargers that are small enough to put on top of your backpack.

        Id rather carry one or two of those and a few rechargeables as opposed to dozens of disposables.

        Long after your supply of disposables goes dead, mine would keep powering my add-ons. And let’s face it, a good flashlight can eat through two cr123’s in a couple hours.

        • iksnilol

          If it eats up that much power that means two things:

          A) you are running it on way too high power
          B) the circuitry is poorly optimized and thusly not efficent

    • railphilly

      I have half a dozen aaa rechargeables in a storacell in my work bag, and that’s just for my mouse and noise cancelling headphones. I’d rather carry multiple spares than bother with trying to recharge on the go.

      Though USB charging has replaced a lot of my spare battery needs.

    • iksnilol

      Why not carry rechargable batteries in a caddy like this? That way you have a spare handy and don’t need to charge it up before use.

  • BattleshipGrey

    That’s way too much power in anyone’s hands. They should limit the size of those clips.

    • Spikey DaPikey

      Just don’t tape two together!!

  • Matt Bennett

    I just cant abide by the fact that this clearly should have been named BatteryMag as opposed to BATTERYCLIP.

    • Cal S.

      I think they employ jimmy-rustlers…

  • andrey kireev

    I will need a 50 battery drum version of this… for reasons…

    • Edeco

      My storage needs would best be met by a 4 stack coffin mag.

  • Roy G Bunting

    Needs a waterproof cover.

  • John Smith

    Definately a “cool” idea. But Storacell is a better option both size and cost wise.

    • iksnilol

      Thanks for the tip, am checking them out now 😀

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “What do you mean ‘on our person’?”

  • wetcorps

    >clip

  • I liked these right up until I found out they were $20 a piece. That’s double the street price of a pmag!

  • Graham2

    Neat idea, a sort of Pez dispenser for batteries. I guess Magpul, Lancer etc will now bring out their own versions!

  • iksnilol

    They are obviously magazines.

    xD

  • Mazryonh

    For a moment this looked like a magazine for a bunch of one-shot batteries for a laser rifle to me. Wouldn’t be surprised if this was a mass-production solution for future laser rifles–you “charge” your laser rifle by loading one of the batteries in the chamber from the magazine, and you then eject and load another once the current one is depleted, with discharged batteries retained in another container for recharging (maybe at the nearest APC or solar power outlet).

  • Evan

    I never had a problem with the ziploc bag in the cargo pocket. This thing is just unnecessary, and looks like more trouble than it’s worth.

  • Southpaw89

    They’re clearly just gunning for a head start on laser weaponry.