BU-1501 Battery History

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Battery History
Batteries have been around for over 200 years but it was only with the invention of the telephone and telegraph that they found practical applications. Flashlights and radios soon followed. Most batteries were non-rechargeable and needed refilling of electrolyte or replacement when depleted. The first rechargeable battery was the lead acid invented by Gaston Planté in 1859.

9 slides PowerPoint

  1. Cover
  2. When was the Battery Invented
  3. Early Batteries
  4. Experimentations at the Institute of France
  5. Mass production in 1802
  6. Battery Developments: 1600 to 1900
  7. Battery Developments: 1900 to Present
  8. Overview of Battery Types
  9. Take home

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Last updated 2016-03-03

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