Wet Cell Battery

The first batteries were invented in the 1792 by The Italian physicist Alessandro Volta. These batteries produced an electrical current through a chemical reaction between an series of electrodes immersed in an electrolyte solution. (1) While early batteries were unreliable and produced an inconsistent current, this problem was eventually resolved through the work of a numbers of inventors and tinkerers. Once batteries were able to produce a consistent current they were adopted power early electrical devices, primarily telegraphs. However, the batteries were large, cumbersome, and prone to spills, limiting their use in many fields. (2)

 1) Roberege, Piere. Alessandro Volta. http://www.corrosion-doctors.org/KTS/roberge.htm

2)Wet Cell Batteries. EPA. http://www.epa.gov/kidshometour/products/batt.htm

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