The one item we use pretty much every day
Batteries are the bane of my existence.
Almost every single toy Allie has requires batteries of some kind.
I use a baby monitor throughout the day. This small device takes three AA batteries. Right now, as I stare at this thing, it whirs as it is monitoring my daughter in her sleep. There is a small light on the front that turns red to indicate that, yet again, I need to change the batteries. It is a constant struggle with this thing. How long do I have before it will not work?Will the life of the batteries inside of it completely diminish before I have a chance to change them? Do I even have anymore AA’s at this point?
Where can I get a big enough amount of these wretched things without spending an arm and a leg? Then, a light-bulb appears above my head!!!
Amazon has been my lifesaver for so many household items. But, batteries are the #1 on my list. These in particular are 24 count Energizer MAX for just $9.94! That is a great price in my opinion. I’ve seen packs of 10 for $13 at stores near me. This is a great find.
On with the show
I have tried, without succeeding, to weed out most of the battery operated toys. But, as I have come to find out, this is a lesson in futility. There is no way to get rid of battery operated toys. The second you get most of them out a birthday or holiday comes around and family and friends buy more of these toys. It is a vicious circle.
Now, there are rechargeable batteries but they come with a problem of their own. With these types you must not lose the charger thingy. These things are usually pretty small devices and can get lost so easily. Also, you must have a pack up set to replace the batteries while the ones from the toy are charging. This battery problem will never end!
And don’t even get me started on C, D, 9 volt, AAA, XYZ, 3.14 apple Pi…. ABC it’s easy as 123…… Who can keep track??
I’m upsetting myself already.
Let’s get into some interesting history of batteries and where they started.
When was the first battery created?
In 1800, Volta invented the first true battery, which came to be known as the voltaic pile. The voltaic pile consisted of pairs of copper and zinc discs piled on top of each other, separated by a layer of cloth or cardboard soaked in brine
I am wondering if that is why we call them “volts”.
What is a battery?
An electric battery is a device consisting of one or more electro chemical cells with external connections provided to power electrical devices such as flashlights, smartphones, and electric cars. When a battery is supplying electric power, its positive terminal is the cathode and its negative terminal is the anode. The terminal marked negative is the source of electrons that when connected to an external circuit will flow and deliver energy to an external device. When a battery is connected to an external circuit, electrolytes are able to move as ions within, allowing the chemical reactions to be completed at the separate terminals and so deliver energy to the external circuit. It is the movement of those ions within the battery which allows current to flow out of the battery to perform work.
That is a lot of information that I don’t completely understand. But, it is very interesting. Let’s delve a little deeper, shall we?
How many “volts” are in a standard AA battery?
Single use batteries like Alkalines or Carbon zinc (so called heavy-duty batteries) have initial output of 1.5 volts and fall gradually to 1.2 to 2.3 at end of life
How much energy is 1 volt?
Defined in these scientific terms, 1 volt is equal to 1 joule of electric potential energy per (divided by) 1 coulomb of charge. Thus, a 9 volt battery releases 9 joules of energy for every coulomb of electrons moved through a circuit.
Where did the word “volts” come from?
The volt is the derived unit for electric potential, electric potential difference (voltage), and electromotive force. The volt is named in honour of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, who invented the voltaic pile, possibly the first chemical battery
This information is actually very fascinating! I am really intrigued!
Why are there different sizes of batteries?
As far back as 1749, Benjamin Franklin used the term “battery” to describe the set of linked capacitors he used to conduct (pun totally intended!) his experiments with electricity. It wasn’t until the late 1800s and early 1900s, though, that batteries became popular as a power source. As a source of power, batteries convert stored chemical energyinto electrical energy. They have been used to power all sorts of devices, from automobiles and watches to appliances and lights. Given the wide range of uses for batteries, it’s no surprise that many different sizes and types needed to be developed. Larger objects need more power, so larger, more powerful batteries had to be developed.
As technology led to smaller and smaller versions of things, smaller, less powerful batteries were needed. However, battery manufacturers soon realized that some common standards would be needed in order to avoid the need for developing a new battery for every new idea that came along.
In 1924, a group of people from the battery industry, along with several manufacturers and government agencies, met to propose a standard system of battery sizes. They decided to use the letters of the alphabet to designate astandard set of sizes. Thus, from the start, there were “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “E,” etc. batteries. This worked fine for a while, but eventually a need for even smaller batteries arose. After World War II, “AA” and “AAA” batteries were developed for smaller applications. Over time, some of the types of batteries simply died out, because they were no longer used in any products. For example, you won’t find any “B” batteries in most stores today. Some manufacturers may still make them for a very limited range of products. They did exist and were popular at one time.
Wow, when I was younger I thought there were no B batteries because it would be difficult to say “B batteries”. Obviously, I was very silly in that thinking.
When was the first cell phone battery created?
The technology that powers our cell phones is based on the old two-way radios of the 1940s that were used in taxis and police cars. The very first primitive cell phone was used in 1946 by the Swedish police department. The phone worked using the principles of radio transmissions and it was good for six calls before the battery died. This first battery for operating a cell phone was actually a car’s battery and was hooked directly to the phone instead of being a separate battery like cell phone batteries are today. Most early cell phones were only able to be used in a vehicle because they needed such large amounts of battery power. Modern, small batteries of today had not yet been invented yet.
When was the car battery invented?
There is a really great info-graphic on car batteries through the years. Go check out Rac Shop
In the event that you have no batteries and really need a charge (pun very much intended!).
And some fun information…
Scishow is a great resource. And, also very good for kids of all ages. Some of the things they cover are a bit more suited for older kids. But, some of it is great info for young science fans.
All of this is very interesting. I could go on and on about this topic. But, I know you have no need to read hours of battery information.
Batteries are in our lives and, as hard as it is for me to accept, we need them.
I think this is a great idea! 🙂
In the words of Truman…
Have a wonderful day!
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