Store your extra flash batteries in style


iGo 6 compartment Travel Case

Here’s a simple and cheap AA battery holder/case that you can pick up in the health and beauty section at Walmart. You can use it to store extra batteries for your portable flash unit safely and neatly in your camera bag.

The label says ‘iGo 6 compartment Travel Case’. You’ll find it with the travel supplies like toothbrush cases etc….

Front and Back

Inside you’ll find a side with 5 compartments and the other with one large compartment. The large side is just about the right size to hold 5-AA batteries.

lid removed

‘Unhook’ the doors on the 5 compartment side and pull the insert off the case by pulling straight up.

removing the dividers

I used a small diagonal wire cutter to ‘snip’ the end of the compartments where they contact the sides of the case.

Once those are cut, wobble the compartments back and forth to break them from the bottom. You can then use the wire cutters to smooth up the bottom.

batteries inserted

Once the compartments are cut out another 5 AA size batteries will fit on that side.


It’s a bit snug (certainly not a perfect fit) but the latch mechanism seems pretty secure on these cases and seems like it will hold the case shut just fine.

About Ed Baumgarten

Ed Baumgarten is the full time staff shooter for Mid America Motorworks ( the worlds largest aftermarket supplier of Corvette parts and accessories. Ed shoots product, event and car collections for MAM and portraiture and still life for himself with work published in most major automotive magazines as well as MAM's 6 million catalogs annually. Ed also has a 3D Modeling business at whose client list includes NASA, many major universities and department of defense contractors as well as hundreds of independant 3D artists.

2 thoughts on “Store your extra flash batteries in style

  1. wybnormal

    Why not just go over to the Container Store and buy the 1.99 plastic battery case they sell? No cutting, no dicing, no bleeding.

    here is the text from their site:

    Battery Storage Containers
    Ensure you’ve always got the power you need with Energizer Batteries and store them in our Clear Battery Storage Containers. These containers are a secure way to organize and store your batteries, keeping them separated by size and freshness. Each features a click-seal closure and a living hinge. Made of clarified polypropylene, cases allow you to instantly identify how many batteries you have. There is a movable divider inside each container and the words “new” and “used” are embossed on the lid to aid in keeping new batteries distinguished from old. A hang loop at the top allows you to store the containers on a grid or pegboard. For those who like to extend the life of their batteries, these containers facilitate refrigerator storage. The AAA and AA containers each hold 12 batteries; the C container holds eight. Each will accommodate single-use and rechargeable batteries.

  2. Ed Baumgarten Post author

    The container store is an awesome place for battery cases and many more ‘photographer friendly’ items. I’m sure many readers will have one close to their location, closest one to me is a 4 hour drive ; )

    Thanks for the info.