Battery Contacts

Batteries have a positive and negative end that need connecting to an electrical circuit. In cylindrical batteries, the positive end consists of a small projection whilst the negative end has a flat base. Both ends of the battery need to mate with contacts, which are metal strips or springs that are found in battery holders or compartments. The battery contacts are connected by wire leads to the electrical circuitry within the device, so that when the terminals press against them, an electrical connection is made.

What do battery contacts look like?

The most common types of terminal found in battery holders are coiled springs or spring contacts and flat tab contacts. Sometimes a battery is wired directly to a device rather than inserted into a holder. For these applications battery contacts are available which are designed for soldering directly onto the PCB. Once the contact is soldered onto the PCB the battery is then connected directly on to it.

Battery contacts can have a fixed or flexible design. Flexible contacts such as leaf spring contacts have a rugged design and allow for the slight expansion of the battery on discharge and for any other battery movement that may be caused by shock and vibration. This feature enables a reliable connection to be maintained as well as being able to accommodate a range of battery lengths.

When are battery contacts used?

Battery contacts are designed for use with a wide range of battery sizes and are available as single contacts for use with single batteries or double contacts for two batteries. Battery straps with snap-on press stud contacts are specially designed for use with 9V PP3 batteries. Battery contacts are made from different materials with a range of plating materials, expanding their suitability across many industries and applications.


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Description Price For Battery Size Number of Cells Terminal Contact Material Terminal Contact Type
RS Stock No. 614-2302
Mfr. Part No.230-1
BrandKeystone
MYR12.40
1 Bag of 10
Bag(s)
12V, AAA, AAAA, N 1 Spring Steel Button
RS Stock No. 279-5457
Mfr. Part No.84-6
BrandKeystone
MYR15.45
1 Bag of 5
Bag(s)
9V PP3 1 Brass Press Stud
RS Stock No. 109-4719
Mfr. Part No.204
BrandKeystone
MYR2.748
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
A23, A27, AAA, N 1 Spring Steel Leaf Spring
RS Stock No. 172-4915
Mfr. Part No.211D
BrandKeystone
MYR2.038
Each (In a Bag of 10)
units
C, D 1 Spring Steel Coil Spring
RS Stock No. 191-3941
Mfr. Part No.594
BrandKeystone
MYR2.42
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
9V PP3 1 - Press Stud
RS Stock No. 172-5968
Mfr. Part No.593
BrandKeystone
MYR2.043
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
9V PP3 1 - Press Stud
RS Stock No. 324-7303
Mfr. Part No.5202
BrandKeystone
MYR1.465
Each (In a Bag of 10)
units
A, AA 1 Spring Steel Coil Spring
RS Stock No. 367-6329
Mfr. Part No.5212
BrandKeystone
MYR2.53
Each (In a Bag of 10)
units
A, AA 2 Spring Steel Coil Spring
RS Stock No. 327-7556
Mfr. Part No.211
BrandKeystone
MYR0.526
Each (In a Bag of 10)
units
A, AA - Spring Steel Coil Spring
RS Stock No. 172-5980
Mfr. Part No.209
BrandKeystone
MYR2.542
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
A, AA 1 Nickel Plated Spring Steel Leaf Spring
RS Stock No. 324-7319
Mfr. Part No.5203
BrandKeystone
MYR1.936
Each (In a Bag of 10)
units
AAA, AAAA, N 1 Spring Steel Coil Spring
RS Stock No. 171-7800
Mfr. Part No.228
BrandKeystone
MYR0.897
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
A, AA 1 Spring Steel Leaf Spring
RS Stock No. 410-1466
Mfr. Part No.5214
BrandKeystone
MYR25.18
1 Pack of 10
Pack(s)
AAA, N 2 Spring Steel Button & Coil Spring
RS Stock No. 367-0602
Mfr. Part No.637
BrandKeystone
MYR1.458
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
AA, AAA, N 1 Steel Button
RS Stock No. 205-0057
Mfr. Part No.629
BrandKeystone
MYR8.321
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
A23, AAA, N 1 Spring Steel Coil Spring
RS Stock No. 205-0063
Mfr. Part No.202
BrandKeystone
MYR2.792
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
AAA 2 Spring Steel Leaf Spring
RS Stock No. 324-7331
Mfr. Part No.5225
BrandKeystone
MYR0.588
Each (In a Bag of 10)
units
AAA, N 1 Spring Steel Button
RS Stock No. 410-1494
Mfr. Part No.291
BrandKeystone
MYR2.041
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
A, AA 1 Spring Steel Button & Leaf Spring
RS Stock No. 367-5398
Mfr. Part No.5213
BrandKeystone
MYR1.595
Each (In a Bag of 10)
units
AAA, N 2 Spring Steel Button & Coil Spring
RS Stock No. 205-0079
Mfr. Part No.210
BrandKeystone
MYR2.532
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
AA 2 Spring Steel Leaf Spring