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Intro:

2032 and 2025 are literally the dimensions of the battery. A 2032 is 20mm in diameter, 3.2mm thick, and a 2025 is slightly thinner, at 2.5mm thick. They usually both have the same voltage (3V), and assuming they fit in the case, they are interchangeable.

For my scale, I accidentally bought a pack of thin 2025 batteries instead of the thicker 2032 ones.

I couldn't get the scale to work as it was too thin. So I used 2 batteries stacked. Scale works.

Is there another way to get it to work with just one wrong thin battery? Feeding it 6V can't be good for it.

IOW: What could I use to pad the thinner battery?

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    Is your subject right? You specify "2025" two times. – BrettFromLA Jan 3 at 17:37
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    @BrettFromLA I thought the same, but the title is correct, if somewhat misleading. The OP is currently using 2x2025 batteries to get the thickness of 1x2032 battery. He wants to use just 1x2025 battery and somehow pad it so that it effectively has the thickness of a 2032 battery. I.e. move from 2 to 1 of the same type of battery. – Lawrence Jan 4 at 16:53
  • @Lawrence Even if that's right, shouldn't it be the other way around? 1 instead of 2? – goodguy5 Jan 4 at 17:43
  • @goodguy5 He's describing his current situation and asking for help to change it. – Lawrence Jan 5 at 0:49
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The reason two cells worked in your scale is that the scale is internally regulated to compensate for voltage drop as the battery runs down. If the scale worked with two of the 2025 cells, there's no reason to expect it'll suddenly stop working or sustain damage -- if that were going to happen, it would have happened either immediately on inserting the cells, or as soon as the device powered up.

That said, a spacer (for the dimensions you give, a US or Canadian five cent coin might work) on the flat end of the cell is preferred over a second cell. If you're trying to substitute a thinner cell in a device that hasn't previously been tested, this will ensure you get the correct voltage and avoid the risk of damaging the device.

Worth noting that using 6V instead of 3V with cells this size poses no hazard other than possible damage to the device. There isn't enough current available from this type of cell to start a fire (short of a device specifically designed to do so) or produce a shock you can even feel (except on your tongue, or again with a device specifically designed to step up the voltage). With much larger cells (say, the size of those that make up a car battery or radio control model power pack), there's a slight possibility of fire or burns, but even then, 6V won't give a shock you can feel on dry skin (likely not on damp skin, either).

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First you are lucky if your scale still works. Doubling the voltage (as you described) by putting them in series can kill it.

This is not advisable as it's dangerous to use electrical equipment with anything else than what their user manual mentions. However for a short term use, (depending on holder shape and terminals) you can fold some aluminum foil tightly until you get proper thickness with the battery on positive side. Be careful not to short the connections of the holder as there's risk of fire.

Anyhow, since you mentioned a pack, it's best to ask for a replacement.

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    3 V DC (or even 6 V DC) with the current available from a coin cell presents no hazard of shock or fire. It can damage equipment that isn't internally regulated, but it won't kill anyone. – Zeiss Ikon Jan 4 at 12:04
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In this sort of situation, I normally use aluminium foil. It can be folded the required number of times to achieve the 0.7mm that you need. A good tip is to cut a strip of foil, maybe 20cm long and 1cm wide, then fold it until it's a 1cm*1cm square. If it's too thick, unfold, cut some off and re-fold. Having a continuous strip ensures that there is always a path from one face to the other, regardless of the inevitable gaps between layers.

I think the greatest danger you face from using 2 * 2025 is that 2.5mm times 2 is FIVE millimetres - which is quite a bit more than 3.2mm. At the moment, you are relying upon a little spring to compensate for the extra 1.8mm. In my experience, these springs aren't that good and you may have already caused it to lose the ability to properly connect with a 2032 battery in the future. You might be able to bend it back again, but it will be difficult. You might have to continue using 2 * 2025s.

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