September 20, 2007 by Phil Houtz

Get 32 AA Batteries from a Single 6 Volt Battery? Maybe Not So Much…

No 32 AA batteries in my lantern battery

Before you stock up on 6V lantern batteries to cash in on Lifehacker’s Get 32 AA Batteries from a Single 6 Volt Battery tip, take a gander at the horrifying discovery I made tonight (in a frantic effort to scrounge up enough batteries to power my Pignose amp.)

Inside a 6 volt Heavy Duty Eveready lantern battery you’ll find batteries all right–four useless batteries roughly 3/4″ longer than a D cell.

Guess you can’t believe everything you read on the internets. (Maybe the title Gagfilms should have tipped me off.)


  1. Bucksnort
    March 6, 2012 - 8:43 am

    I got stung by this too. At least for me it wasn’t a total loss. I luckily bought a Duracell alkaline lantern battery. When I hacked into it, I found 4 standard Duracell “D” size batteries – complete with standard labels. So, I guess I bought some very expensive ‘D’ batteries. I’m down a couple of bucks, but at least I can use them in my flash light.

  2. shaun
    January 2, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    I also ripped open a lantern battery and found the same so i moved to a 9 volt the 9 volt battery i found 6 tripple a batterys but at closer inspection the so called aaa batterys they were a quater inch shy in lengh and skinnier.but in an emergancy i guess you could stretch the spring in a flash light

  3. Bertie
    May 29, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    You live..and..You learn…just yesterday; my girlfriend and I, were talking about the subject of the son who has (mr) over heard while we were at Walmart.. So we bought one to see for our selves..before we could get home, my son had the 6v his suprise..he yelled out..!!WHAT THE CRAP IS THIS!!! with that I knew with out double AA’s in there.. after that kind of out burst and feeling a little stupid…one good thing we got out of it..a good hard laugh..
    yes..people we do live..and..we learn..
    I hope who ever started the e-mail is having a good laugh too..
    God is not only good, but he is great..Thanks for the laughs..

  4. K. Kaas
    July 1, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    It is not good engineering practice to put 32 “AA” cells in a series/parallel arrangement to achieve the 6 volts and the power output specified by NEMA. However, it certainly is possible in our crazy world today that some overseas battery mfgr may have actually done this. Now, if there was a malfunction of just one of the sets of the 4 “AA” groups it is possible to overheat one of the “AA” cells to the point of explosion (alkaline version). Case in point, we actually had an alkaline “AA” cell explode in a Shure wireless headset tranceiver a few years ago, the battery case got so hot it burned the backside of one of our floor directors.

  5. David
    April 17, 2008 - 9:04 pm

    Actually, after putting some thought into it (and I’m not quite sure why I’m putting thought to it) you can actually arrange 32 AA batteries in such a way to acheive a 6 volt output. By connecting only 4 batteries at a time, you will get 6 volts. With all 32 batteries grouped into 4 battery groups and wired in a parallel circuit, all you will increase is the milliamphour (mAh) output.

    However, I measured a Energizer AA battery (2 inch) and also a Rayovac 6 volt battery (roughly 3 9/16 inch) there’s not enough room in the cavity of the 6 volt block to stack 2 AA batteries on top of each other…..

    …..unless you can find a 6 volt block that measures a little over 4 inches tall, then you might have something….otherwise it’s just a hoax.

  6. Phil
    April 17, 2008 - 5:00 pm

    David, when you put it that way the hoax seems pretty obvious doesn’t it?

  7. David
    April 16, 2008 - 11:28 pm

    Lets just figure this out in voltage terms…32 AA batteries (which are 1.5 volts each)that may be packed into a 6 volt battery pack, as the tale it told…..

    ….doesn’t anyone look at how much voltage 32X 1.5 volt batteries can product if tied into a series circuit?

    ….I believe if you’d tied all the batteries (32 AA batteries) in a 6 volt “block” you’d get 48 volts of battery power!!!

    … the math.

  8. TJ
    March 5, 2008 - 4:41 am

    Yeah, I just cracked open an Energizer (these things are still Eveready, right?) battery tonight, only to find four individual 1.5V cells in it. They’re slightly narrower than a ‘D’ cell, but almost half again as tall – two of these stacked together are a centimeter shorter than three stacked ‘D’ cells.

    And in an added twist, the nubs on top are negative, not positive.

    Guess I could use ’em in pairs in my 3 ‘D’-cell Mag-lite, so it’s not a complete loss.

  9. alex
    December 13, 2007 - 1:03 am

    i got to the store to buy one to see if it was true. but ifigured it was a hoax and saved myself five dollars. wish i woulda seent his and saved myslef the trip.

  10. Ted
    November 21, 2007 - 11:55 pm

    It would appear that none of you would rather go down in internet video history as hospitalized skateboarders with low IQs.

    “Guess you can’t believe everything you read on the internet”???? Well … duh!!

    I submit that if this is worthy of your validation “true/false”, then there are a billion more stupid claims out there that require your immediate attention.
    Thank God you’re out there to check the truth of what is on the internet.

    No really, I mean it.

  11. Ed
    October 24, 2007 - 7:12 am

    I opened up a Duracell Coppertom 6 V and found 4 Copertop D cell batteries in it.

  12. Jimmy Joe Bob
    September 22, 2007 - 10:59 pm

    Tried with EverReady and the Heavy Duty V6 featured in the film and neither one had the AA batteries. Either the companies no longer make them in this fashion or the original film was a hoax.

  13. Dr. Skip
    September 21, 2007 - 4:19 pm

    I tried this too with Wal-Mart’s house brand of 6V cells.

    I got the same result as above 4 la

  14. matt
    September 21, 2007 - 6:54 am

    i got suckered too walgreens

  15. Drew
    September 21, 2007 - 4:15 am

    This happened to me too. It’s just this brand of battery. Try a different brand. Gagfilms is just as credible as youtube.

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