A battery holder is one or more compartments or
chambers for holding a battery or batteries. In the case of dry cells the
holder is also usually responsible for making electrical contact. In the case
of wet cells normally cables make electrical connection to posts or terminals as
commonly found on automobiles, emergency lighting, backup †batteries.
c.1800ís. Patents were issued for consumer products like flashlights and radios, patent no. 617,592 is dated March 1898 for an early metal flashlight that accepted D batteries.
1898 Flashlight patent
c.1900, Some early battery holders were no more
then a cardboard box with copper contacts.
Example, a used can becomes a battery holder.
c. 1950ís. With the introduction of Polypropylene and the first miniature batteries by Eveready the first big changes took place. Watches, †toys, decorations, hearing aids and flashlights all changed in size and usage.
1953 Flashlight Patent
1959 Flashlight Patent
c.1957. Electric wrist watches arrived on the scene and
quickly gained popularity with the public.
1959 Watch Patent
c.1980's. The first circuit board mounted lithium battery (coin cells) holders appeared. Lithium battery holders were introduced in Dec 1984 under patent no 4,487,820. ††††††††††††††Still widely in use today in almost all personal computers, servers, telecommunications circuit boards.
1984 lithium battery holder patent
c. 1985 PCB with lithium holder and battery.
c.1980ís †Typical PCB mounting coin cell battery holders.
c. 2008 †PCB battery holders are now surface mounting.