How to Run LED Lights off AA Batteries?

I want a way of running LED fairly lights, designed for mains use, off AA batteries so that I can take them camping and the like! These are just bog standard Christmas fairy lights, I refuse to may any more than a couple of quid for this utterly pointless project.

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Running LED Lights off AA Batteries for Camping – Don't Watch, This is Cr*p! [59]

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I bought a couple of 8-cell AA battery holders off eBay. 8 x 1.5V = 12V and I have them wired in parallel to double the capacity… at least I think that’s what I did. Perhaps I needed 24V wired in series? Either way, I put them in a plastic pot and fitted a couple of power jacks so I could plug the LEDs in. I had to eat a copious amount of Harribo Giant Strawberries to complete this wonderful project. Not pretty – works great.

Andy Mac

Andy runs a busy little bespoke joinery business making everything from custom made furniture through to commercial display systems. He's been self employed most of his life, runs various YouTube channels and is co-host of the UK's first commercial joinery podcast.
Andy Mac