Battery Canteens

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The Battery Canteens are a community-created action item. It is a mechanical apparatus with two light bulbs on the top, a screen on the front, a button on the left side, and a gray tank with an antenna on top and a gauge on the bottom on the right side. When "filled" with a power-up, the screen displays a caution sign, and several parts of the item light up.

This item functions identically to the Power Up Canteen; however, unlike the Power Up Canteen that indicates what power-up it is charged with, the Battery Canteens only appear as "full" or "empty", being impossible to tell by looking at the model what type of charge it is currently filled with.

The Battery Canteens were contributed to the Steam Workshop.


Related achievements

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German Engineering
German Engineering
Use a canteen charged with 'ÜberCharge' to destroy 15 robots.

Ghost in the Machine
Ghost in the Machine
Use a canteen charged with 'Teleport to Spawn' and then kill the bomb carrier within 5 seconds.

Kritical Terror
Kritical Terror
Use a canteen charged with 'Crit Boost' to destroy a giant robot.
During a wave, use a canteen charged with 'Instant Building Upgrade' to build a new sentry gun within 3 seconds of your previous sentry gun's destruction.

Vial Sharing
Vial Sharing
As a Medic, share your canteen 5 times in a single wave.

Shell Extension
Shell Extension
During a wave, use a canteen charged with 'Ammo Reload' to refill an empty weapon slot.

Update history

May 17, 2013 Patch (Robotic Boogaloo)

  • Added Battery Canteens to the game.

November 6, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed the bug that made the Battery Canteens and Power Up Canteen unusable.

July 7, 2016 Patch #1 (Meet Your Match Update)

November 2, 2016 Patch

  • Fixed Strange Battery Canteens not tracking stats.

November 15, 2021 Patch

  • Fixed not being able to apply Strange Parts to the Battery Canteen and other Strange powerup bottles.


  • While on the BLU Team, the Battery Canteens always show them as charged on the class selection screen and 3D Character HUD.


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