February 18 is Battery Day.
It is a day to acknowledge the device that makes it possible for the smallest household items to the largest heavy-duty equipment to work smoothly.
What should we do on this Day?
Well, we could celebrate the the fact that thanks to our forefathers and their Peers, we have these magic things called SMARTPHONES, TABLETS & LAPTOPS amongst other things …
We could use today as a reminder to have our batteries checked, tested and replaced. All batteries degrade over time so here is a small list of batteries that you could consider having checked, tested or replaced.
- Smoke Alarms
- Car Batteries
- Backup torch batteries which are in your kitchen drawer for those dark and lonely night when the electricity fails.
- plus so much more
Please feel free to drop by Tech Window should you need any assistance or if you would like us to test your device for you to see if the battery is functioning as intended.
What is a Battery
According to WikiPedia, An electric battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells with external connections provided to power electrical devices such as flashlights, smartphones, and electric cars.
Italian physicist Alessandro Volta built and described the first electrochemical battery, the voltaic pile, in 1800. This was a stack of copper and zinc plates, separated by brine-soaked paper disks, that could produce a steady current for a considerable length of time. Volta did not understand that the voltage was due to chemical reactions. He thought that his cells were an inexhaustible source of energy, and that the associated corrosion effects at the electrodes were a mere nuisance, rather than an unavoidable consequence of their operation.
Who coined the word “Battery”
The usage of “battery” to describe a group of electrical devices dates to Benjamin Franklin, who in 1748 described multiple Leyden jars by analogy to a battery of cannon (Benjamin Franklin borrowed the term “battery” from the military, which refers to weapons functioning together).