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How To Convert A Polaroid 250 Land Camera To Power On AAA Batteries

Updated: Jan 10, 2022

A few days before Christmas, Jake and I were checking out a local estate sale in Redondo Beach. In the corner of the back room, Jake spotted some vintage camera gear, that he knows I just drool over. In a dusty old box I see the words POLAROID —- needless to say I made a huge scene from a rush of pure joy!!! For years I searched for a quality Polaroid Land Camera that had been taken care of properly, and was in professional working order.

Fast forward to Christmas…… I unwrap a 250 Polaroid Land Camera. JAKE! HAHA My amazingly sneaky husband.


I was able to test the camera to see if it was working, but I knew I would need to convert the battery power to accept three traditional AAA batteries. Vintage Polaroid cameras traditionally use a 4.5v battery. Back in the day, Polaroid recommended the Eveready #531 or equivalent. Unfortunately, this battery hasn’t been manufactured for decades. You could technically use the The Dantona battery for $8.00.. BUT my dollar store hack will cost $4, takes five minutes and actually holds the battery in place way better!!

Here is a step by step walk though on how to AFFORDABLY convert your 250 Polaroid Land Camera to power on AAA batteries. I scored all of the parts needed to covert, at our local Dollar Store. (A list of needed items below)

Before we start! For this tutorial, you will need the following items: 1. A small Philips screw driver 2. Electrical tape 3. A small flashlight (for the battery holder inside) 4. 3 AAA batteries