Eli5: stickers that prevent battery drain on packaged products.

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It’d probably help if I knew the term but I don’t even know that. You see it on some toys or things like disposable vapes. You have to pull the tabs or stickers off for the product to operate. What’s it called and how’s it work?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

I’ve made a few, I usually just cut up plastic from old packaging or something. You just need a piece of plastic that keeps the battery from touching the contact. I make them a lot for obnoxious kids toys, so I can leave the batteries for weight, but not have the sounds.

Anonymous 0 Comments

I’ve seen those tabs. The plastic actually goes down into the battery case and comes between the battery electrodes and the contacts in the device, so no electric current can flow. It seems they’re just called pull tabs.

Anonymous 0 Comments

I’ve seen those tabs. The plastic actually goes down into the battery case and comes between the battery electrodes and the contacts in the device, so no electric current can flow. It seems they’re just called pull tabs.

Anonymous 0 Comments

There is non-conductive plastic film that physically disconnects the battery from the rest of the circuit. It sits between one of the terminals of the battery and its contact point. Modern devices are often always on at low power if they don’t have a mechanical switch that can be flipped. They are waiting for a button press to power up fully. Left in storage for months, they could drain the battery at this setting. Rechargeable cells usually shouldn’t be discharged completely or they are damaged.

Anonymous 0 Comments

There is non-conductive plastic film that physically disconnects the battery from the rest of the circuit. It sits between one of the terminals of the battery and its contact point. Modern devices are often always on at low power if they don’t have a mechanical switch that can be flipped. They are waiting for a button press to power up fully. Left in storage for months, they could drain the battery at this setting. Rechargeable cells usually shouldn’t be discharged completely or they are damaged.

Anonymous 0 Comments

I’ve made a few, I usually just cut up plastic from old packaging or something. You just need a piece of plastic that keeps the battery from touching the contact. I make them a lot for obnoxious kids toys, so I can leave the batteries for weight, but not have the sounds.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Electricity needs to flow in a “circuit” to work – it needs to go from one side of the battery, through whatever you’re using the battery to power, and back into the other side of the battery. If you block one side of the battery, then the electricity can’t flow.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Electricity needs to flow in a “circuit” to work – it needs to go from one side of the battery, through whatever you’re using the battery to power, and back into the other side of the battery. If you block one side of the battery, then the electricity can’t flow.