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Is there a gizmo for this, does anyone know?
My first post here, so waving hello.
Is there a tool that can help getting AA batteries out of the thermostat/boiler controller in my living room? The controller is a small box only 30mm deep and the two AA batteries are inserted and removed from an opening under a cover, on the side of the box, the ends facing outwards .I'm having real problems in getting the old batteries out, it's a very bad design. There's no kind of bounce mechanism where if you press the battery it pops out a little way, and there's no way of gripping the batteries to remove them, the user just has to press what little of the battery surface area is accessible and try to ease them out that way which is very frustrating not to mention painful to the fingers, and my damaged spine through the effort it involves.
This morning I needed to replace the batteries and had to lever them out with a thin screwdriver. They're rechargeables so I now have to dispose of them in case they're too damaged to reuse. My very nervous cat went out in case I was swearing at him, poor soul.
Is there any kind of tool, perhaps a strong sucker, that can stick to a battery like those you can get to change recessed LED lights, does anyone know? Or anything else that could do this? If I get a Disabled Facilities Grant I'll add a new controller of better design to my list but a house lift that will take my wheelchair is the priority need.
If anyone knows of something that will help, I'd be really grateful.
Thank you in advance.