TikToker Explains How To Use AAA Batteries Instead Of AA In Devices

People are only just realising that you can use AAA batteries instead of AA in many devices.
Credit: @momboss_girlboss/TikTok

People are only just realising that you can use AAA batteries instead of AA in many devices.

We’ve all been there. A device that takes AAs dies so you search the cupboards only to find that you’ve only got AAAs in stock.

So it’s either off to the shops or take AAs out of a different device and stick them in the dead one.

But now it appears that there’s a much simpler solution to such a problem.

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Particularly in the gaming world, one of the most frustrating things is when your controller dies, leaving you holding a useless piece of plastic.

Scrambling to find spare batteries is often unsuccessful, and many resign themselves to having to go without gaming for the rest of the night.

However, a new hack has come to light on TikTok, offering an alternative solution for those who find themselves without backup batteries.

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If you have a controller that takes AA batteries, you can use AAA batteries in their place, but with one condition.

To do so, you will need a sheet of aluminium tin foil, which you can wrap around the AAA batteries.

This increases the length of the battery, allowing it to reach the connector, and when combined with the foil, it acts as a short-term fix until you can get your hands on a fresh pair.

It is important to note that this hack is only a temporary solution and will last only a couple of hours at best, so eventually, you will need to replace the batteries.

@momboss_girlboss If you don’t have AA batteries use this hack! IT WORKS! #itworks #RufflesOwnYourRidges #illneverbethesame ♬ original sound – Wynnie Rebecca

However, if you have some spare cash, investing in a rechargeable battery pack could help avoid such a problem in the future.

While many smart TVs have a compatible app that enables you to use your phone as a remote controller, so you don’t have to worry about rushing to the shops.

Commenting on the video, one person writes: “This should be in the Journal of Physics.”

Another adds: “Gamers know about this struggle.”

Someone else shares: “My Xbox controllers used to be stuffed with foil.”

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And for those who struggle with battery life on their phones, TikTok user @kaansanity has shared a hack to extend your iPhone’s battery life.

He says: “In General, turn off Background App Refresh. And in Motion, turn on Reduce Motion and turn off these two.”

@kaansanity This works guys 😳 #iphonetrick #iphonetricks #iphonetips #fyp ♬ original sound – aakaanksh

He advises turning off Background App Refresh and enabling Reduce Motion, as well as turning off Auto-Play Message Effects and Auto-Play Video Previews.

Users should also navigate to System Services and turn off Location-based Apple Ads, iPhone Analytics, Routing & Traffic, and Improve Maps.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.