Interesting Facts About Electric Batteries

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A battery is an amazing piece of technology that is used by many of the devices that we regularly use. Therefore, our lives are connected and powered by them similar to the way they are connected in circuits. An electric battery can contain one or more electrochemical cells that generate power from the reactions between the battery cathode and anode, which is used to provide power to electrical devices through external connections. These devices can be flashlights, laptops, electric cars, or smartphones. These batteries provide electrical energy through chemical reactions rather than any mechanical motion as in an electrical generator.

The passage of electricity in a battery is done by the movement of electrons from one terminal to the other. This motion of electrons is called electricity in a circuit. The negative terminal, or the anode of the cell, is the source of electrons from where these particles travel to the positive terminal of the cell, known as the cathode. The electric device that needs to be powered up is connected between these two terminals. Batteries come in a number of shapes and sizes, and different devices can require different sorts of batteries with various amount of cells present.

This fascinating invention has several unheard but interesting facts that one should know.

1. The first battery was invented in 1798

Although the usage of batteries is found from the time of Benjamin Franklin, it was Alessandro Volta who built the first electrochemical battery in 1798. It was called the voltaic pile and could continuously provide an electric current to a circuit. His model was a stack of copper and zinc plates, separated by brine-soaked paper disks. Alessandro Volta thought at that time that it is an inexhaustible source of energy and the corrosion effects were an anomaly, rather than a part of the electrochemical reactions in the cell that was later showed by Michael Faraday in 1834.

2. Archaeologists suspect that batteries were present in ancient times

Although there is no certain proof of it, some archaeologists believe that batteries were in use from a much earlier age than it is generally recorded. In 1938, a discovery was made in Iraq of a 5-inch ceramic pottery jar that contained a tube of copper with a rod of iron. The general opinion was that the pot was used for storage purposes. Then, in 1938, he suggested that the people belonging to the age of these artifacts might have used them as a galvanic cell for electroplating gold onto silver objects. However, the origin and purpose of the object remain unclear as there is no evidence supporting any argument.

3. Three billion batteries are purchased by Americans every year

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that each year, Americans throw away more than three billion batteries. That’s about 180,000 tons of batteries. More than 86,000 tons of these are single-use alkaline batteries. If these dead alkaline batteries were to be lined up with one’s end meeting the other, it is believed that only one year of these thrown away batteries can circle the Earth at least six times. About 14,000 tons of rechargeable batteries are thrown away in the United States.

The high amount of wastage of alkaline batteries can sufficiently bring damage to the environment as the battery contains harmful materials and toxins, which can leak into the environment once it is crushed.

4. Ben Franklin was the first to use the term “battery” in electricity

In 1749, Benjamin Franklin first used the term “battery” to describe a set of linked capacitors or Leyden jars he used for his experiments with electricity. The jars were actually panels of glass coated with metal on each surface. These capacitors were charged with a static generator and discharged by touching metal to their electrode. When many of these capacitors would come together in a ‘battery’, it would give a bigger discharge. Originally having the generic meaning of “a group of two or more similar objects functioning together” like in an artillery battery, the term came to be used for voltaic piles and similar devices in which many electrochemical cells were connected together in the manner of Franklin’s capacitors.

5. The first rechargeable batteries came in 1859

The first rechargeable battery was a lead-acid battery, which was invented by Gaston Plante, and it could be recharged by passing a reverse current through it. Plante’s first model of the rechargeable consisted of two lead sheets separated by rubber strips and rolled into a spiral. In 1881, an improved version was invented by Camille Alphonse Faure with a lead grid lattice into which a paste of lead oxide was pressed. This model was easier for mass production of batteries and, compared to Plante’s designs, this was more convenient to use due to its lighter weight. Then, gradually, rechargeable batteries kept developing.

6. Eveready invented the flashlight

The famous brand for batteries and electrical equipment, Eveready Battery dates back to two centuries ago. It was a pioneer in the industry even then and Conrad Hubert, the founder of Eveready batteries, invented the first flashlight in 1898. It is also known as the electric hand torch. Moreover, Eveready was the first brand to introduce the D-size batteries for the first handheld flashlight.

7. The first miniature batteries were introduced in the 1950s

The first miniature batteries were not manufactured until the 1950s, which were also introduced by Eveready Battery in 1955. These batteries were designed for hearing aids. Later in 1956, Eveready produced the first 9-volt battery. This battery is commonly used in smoke detectors today. The most common use of miniature batteries is probably in wristwatches, which were developed and introduced in 1957 also by the Eveready Battery Company.

8. They have long lives even when expired

A battery is not a product that should be tossed away once it is past its expiry date, like milk and other products. The expiry dates simply indicate the time until the batteries will work at their best, but batteries have long lives even after that.

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Charging, Using and Preserving Battery Tips

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Hi, everyone. Do you remember me? I am Joseph Smith. In the modern life, besides directly using electric energy, we always need some packs to store electric. It is called the battery.  

The battery is energy storage pack in the form of voltage direct current (DC) – contains power. At present, there are many types of battery with a variety of quality, features and price. It can include Lead Acid, Sealed, dry graphite, cadmium, nickel, lithium and so on…With each battery of each brand  has strict rules about the use, storage and charging. When purchasing, you must have the full understanding and knowledge of the selected battery.

On the market, we should choose the best batteries with high quality to buy. Remember that you should avoid buying batteries of low quality. Although it’s price is cheaper but it is quickly damaged and causes other problems in the using process, so in the final, you actually have to pay the high costs.

And many people confuse that why does your battery quickly become out of use? The reasons can be in your using process.

In this Charging, Using and Preserving Battery Tips, I want to share you some helpful tips to help you charge, use and preserve your battery to keep it more durable.

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Charge Mode (Charging)

Select appropriate electric power

The selection of the appropriate electric power line for the battery charger is a particularly important factor. This can ensure that your battery not only is durable but also has really filled.

If you choose a small charger line (compared with capacity), the battery will fully charge slowlier. However, the smaller the electric power is, the more durable full indeed the battery is.

Conversely, if you select the charge current that is too large (compared with the capacity), the batteries will be quickly filled, but will quickly become corrupt and the full phenomenon is usually fake. It can even explode while charging too strong.

Time for charge

Normally, the standard load flow should be stable from 1/10 to 1/5 battery capacity (except some special batteries enabling faster loading according to technical documentation attached). The standard time to recharge a battery usually 8-12 hours.

When the battery is fully charged, you need to interrupt or switch to maintain load in a subsequent period (Floating charge) in order to make the battery really full (this feature in the simple batteries is usually not available).

Especially, with some of the batteries, the temperature should be closely supervised during the charging process.

Using battery

  • Do not let the battery at temperatures that are too high to avoid overheating
  • Take batteries in a cool place where is solid enough.
  • Avoid short circuit of the battery as well as fall the electrically conductive material to connect 2 poles of battery
  • Do not leave batteries near the place where contains are corrosive chemicals.
  • Do not leave battery near sharp objects, do not crush or take furniture in the battery.

Note: The maximum discharge of the battery is not greater than 3 times the capacity of the battery and the operating time in this mode is not more than 3 minutes continuously.

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Preserving battery

  • Check for cracks in the battery cover. (Especially the area around the pile jar, this place can stand in large pressure when removing or attaching cables jar). You should replace it if it has any cracks.
  • Check the connective cable. Replace the cable if necessary.
  • Cleaning the jar’s pile. Check the jar deposit to make sure the cable and it is not loose (when cleaning, you should pay attention to make the poles not touch to each other.
  • Regularly check the level of liquid in the bottle. You have to ensure the level and the concentration of water follow the guidance of the battery manufacturer.
  • For Sealed batteries, the air will be examined through the directive eyes. Light blue shows that the jar is good and full. Red shows that it is weak.
  • The temperature environment greatly affects to battery life (especially when releasing and loading). The lower the temperature is, the higher the life expectancy of the battery is. The ideal level is 0 ~ 25 ° C. The highest temperature mustn’t exceed 600C.

Charging, Using and Preserving Battery Tips Conclusion

There are many ways you can apply to charge, use and protect your battery but those are the best tips that I often used with my battery and it makes me really satisfied. I hope that Charging, Using and Preserving Battery Tips is useful for you. Thank you for attention.

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Skilled labor openings in this country

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Mike Rowe

Just read a commentary from Mike Rowe about skilled labor openings in this country. Like others of his, and other authors, it is spot on. Simply put, few want to learn how to get their hands dirty. Or after they do, they realize that it is often hard work and wimp out.
To me it seems there is no passion. No inner desire to accomplish something “really meaningful”. To be a part of the building of, or maintaining of, their physical world. No inner pride of knowing they made something of significance. Flipping a switch and light shine. Turning a faucet and things get clean. Flushing a toilet and down goes what is supposed to. Not their dreams, but success in a job well done. Every time I drive the bypass from lower Muncy to the East of Montoursville, I know I had a part in building that road. Helping keep the machines working. That kind of passion and desire is what needs to be taught in schools. To make a real difference and contribution to the world. Not some
computer game that will fade away. Or some biased liberal college course that only seems to offer the ability to say, “You want fries with that?” and a heap of loan dept when they get out.
I have run wires, soldered pipes, built buildings, worked in grease and poop, gotten burned from welding, helped build roads, an am proud of it.
People with high degrees have asked me how I know how to do these things. We each appreciate what each knows and contributes, but the world needs more like me. Yeah, maybe like me. One who has a passion to do things, humor to make it fun, and an understanding that people like me are needed.

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How to survive a long distance relationship

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Ugh. Reminds me of the days when I used to read Thought Catalog. *rant alert* This article has some interesting points but in my interpretation, I think it makes a lot of generalisations.

First of all, assuming that everyone thinks long distance relationships are the worst and that they suck. Yes, it’s challenging at times but this attitude adds to the discourse that short distance relationships are more normal and legitimate relationships. This is why whenever I tell some people that I am in a long distance relationship, I am met with a look of pity. Newsflash: my current situation is not a sad one and my relationship is as legitimate as yours.

Moreover, according to this article, apparently I don’t know my boyfriend that well because we have distance between us. I disagree. Did it ever occur to the writer that some couples have spent some/a lot of time together before they became a long distance couple? Just because we now have to communicate over Skype, doesn’t mean we put on this curated “front stage self” and only know each other on a superficial level. What about communication? My bf and I spend a lot of time on Skype talking about what we did today, what we will do tomorrow, and an array of topics such as ourselves, our plans, social issues, funny stuff, life stories, movies that we’ve watched, current skincare routines (:P), etc. As if we don’t know each other well after talking about all of that!

Okay, I’ll cut the writer some slack for putting forward points like be slow to judge and always have a future plan in mind. But I had to point out what was problematic in this article because I think we need to change the discourse towards long distance relationships. Quite frankly, I am tired of certain people assuming things about my relationship and some parts of this article reinforced that discourse.

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