The Battery

Life Before the Invention of the Battery

Before the invention of the battery, everyday life was carried out by using natural forces such as water, fire, wind, animals or human power. Everything was done either by man power, or a machine that was powered by a natural resource. For example, windmills, steam engines, or water wheels. Machines and transportation could be by man or horse.

Alessandro Volta believed the "battery" was caused by two different metals joined together by a moist mediator. He confirmed his hypothesis through experiments and published his final results in 1791. Volta created the first legitimate battery in 1800 which was named the voltaic pile.

The very first battery to be created was the voltaic pile. Today we use primary batteries which are usually the types of batteries commonly seen in homes. They can provide electricity for calculators, remote controls , watches and much more. These batteries are often called alkaline batteries. Secondary batteries are rechargeable and can be used more than once. They are usually found in wireless phones, digital cameras, and laptops.

The battery immediately simplified  the use of energy by eliminating the use of several wires. The battery could now not only produce energy, but store it as well, making it a much more efficient way of power. Due to the invention of the battery, it led to several other inventions such as the telegraph and telephone, eventually leading to portable computers, mobiles phones and several other electrical advancements.

The negative impacts of the battery include water, air and soil pollution, due to the harmful chemicals in batteries. These chemicals can not only affect human beings, but  wildlife and nature. The disposal of batteries is also a problem because they mostly end up in landfills, and are considered as hazardous waste.

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