Fake batteries for multimeter measurements

Does anyone know where I can buy those fake batteries for measurements with multimeters mentioned here http://www.freelists.org/archives/bookcourier/06-2005/msg00027.html?
lucavillaAsked:
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
No they are available only in AA, C and D size commercially (http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/diamond_dums.htm), but it is easy enough to make one up yourself.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Like these?
http://www.quality-items-flashlights.com/index.php/cat/c1242_DUMMY-Batteries.html/XTCsid/0148aadca948443a2994b688ac00f958
They simply allow you to complete the circuit without including an extra cell.  You can do the same thing yourself by cutting a small piece of wood and wrapping it in foil.
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lucavillaAuthor Commented:
Interesting. They could be good. I see that they're called "dummy batteries" but I still can't find them in AAA format. Do you have an idea about who can have it?
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nobusCommented:
i think the article wants to measure the current thru the batteries, by inserting a Non conductive battery between others, so your multimeter can close the circuit, and measure the current.
To do this, you would insert a lump with the dimension of a battery, and connectors at both ends

 |                        |  <<--contacts
 |____________|
 |                        |
 |                        |  <<< battery lump
 |____________|
 
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lucavillaAuthor Commented:
nobus, it would be not a bad idea!   do they sell these battery lumps already done?

here is another idea I got from another forum:

"To make a stiff tube, you could take the shell of a ballpoint pen and run a wire inside it. The end of the wire would poke through the [flat] tail-end of the pen body to make the contact, and (before it was inserted into the pen) could be made into the right size contact by forming it into a flat spiral and then applying solder to give a flat disc on the end of the wire.

You could wrap the contact end of the pen with tape to make the end the right diameter for your tube to keep the contact centred, though many ballpoint pens are a similar diameter to AAA cells.

To keep the arrangement in the tube, and in contact with the spring, some wedges made of strips of cardboard, foam, etc could be placed in the tube at the open end of the tube, and you could also use use this arrangement to make the other contact - just have the stripped end of another piece of wire lying in the tube as you insert the wedges, and it would be pressed against the inside of the tube."
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nobusCommented:
you can make them easily with a bottel cork, that you can tailor to the right measures -
at both ends, you can glue some foil, and put a contact wire under it
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lucavillaAuthor Commented:
nobus, nice suggestion. Thanks
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Computer101Commented:
Forced accept.

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