Battery technology has come a long way over the centuries. Copper and lime or lemon juice has given way to exotic metals such as nickel and metal hydride. If you're curious about how batteries are made, what makes them work, or how to extend their lives, this is the right guide for you.
Battery technology has come a long way since the days of the citric juice and clay pot batteries that archaeologists believe the ancient Egyptians designed thousands of years ago. There are many different types of batteries, with almost as many applications as there are battery types. This guide references a wealth of information regarding alkaline and rechargeable batteries. Whether you’re just looking to find out how batteries work or you’re looking for the best battery for your laptop or cell phone, you’ll find referenced here an article that will help you make that decision. You’ll also discover ways to help extend your battery’s life and how to recycle your batteries responsibly when they are no longer any use to you..
Different Types of Automotive Batteries
Alkaline Battery Construction
About Rechargeable Batteries
Rechargeable batteries are unique in that when they go dead, you can, with the right equipment, induce a complete new charge into them, allowing you to use them again. Some rechargeable batteries, such as car batteries, allow for the battery to be discharged and recharged thousands of times over the lifetime of the battery. Batteries for personal electronic devices, such as MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones, flashlights, and portable stereos, can normally be recharged as many as one thousand times. You’ll find information on how to care for rechargeable batteries and extend their usable life. You’ll also find some information on how rechargeable batteries are rechargeable. Wondering why your rechargeable batteries aren’t holding a charge for as long as they should? You’ll read some useful troubleshooting tips so that you can have a chance to regain some of that usable life back.
A Guide to Rechargeable Batteries (for Electronic Devices)
How Do Rechargeable Batteries Work? Recycling Battery Life Span (in Electronics Engineering)
Troubleshooting a Battery That Won't Hold a Charge (in Photography)
Special Considerations in Marine Battery Applications
Batteries have been used in ships for a quite a long time. The original submarines that weren’t human-powered were powered by batteries. However, these early batteries had a major drawback that sometimes proved fatal to the sub’s crew: Exposure of the batteries to salt water, even in small quantities, caused the generation of deadly chlorine gas. Marine battery technology has evolved over the years. Referenced below you’ll find lists of battery types that are in use in marine applications as well as information on how these batteries are maintained aboard ship. Anchors Aweigh, matey!
Batteries Used On Ships
Battery Selection For Marine Purposes
How Is Battery Maintenance Done Onboard Ships?
Responsible Battery Recycling
Environmental responsibility is high on many peoples’ lists these days. The chemicals used in batteries, whether they’re regular alkaline batteries or one of the many varieties of rechargeable batteries, can cause severe problems to ground water sources and the ground in and around where they’re improperly disposed of. Referenced below you’ll find a wealth of information regarding the process by which batteries are recycled as well as information on how you can responsibly recycle your used batteries when you’re through with them.
How To Dispose & Recycle Used Batteries
How to Recycle Hearing Aid Batteries
Recycling of Lead Acid Batteries - What's Involved
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