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National Battery Day
Special Interest
Does it come with batteries?

When: February 18th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

There is probably more than one device in your home that runs on batteries and today is a great day to check all of them and replace as necessary.  Some older safety smoke detectors are still powered by old fashioned batteries, and to ensure proper safety for your household, these need to be checked and replaced periodically.
 

Numbers

It has been estimated that a battery bank designed to power the average American household for 3 days would need to supply 90 kilowatt-hours of energy. 
 

Description

In todays society there is more and more people that desire to live sustainably off the electric power grid.  In order to live off the grid, many devices that most people are used to and have to power a traditional household are best powered by batteries. There is numerous ways in to re charge or provide the energy for batteries, but the most common is by the sun or solar power, followed by wind and water sources.  The word "battery" was first used by one of the nations founding fathers when Benjamin Franklin, used the term to describe a set of linked capacitors he used for his experiments with electricity. Before the use of electric generators many things were powered by lead acid type batteries until around 1900 when a more robust type battery was invented called the nickel-cadium battery which was the first to use an alkaline electrolyte and also had significantly better energy density than lead-acid batteries, but cost a lot more to produce.  Most technology and advances in batteries in the modern day revolve around the Lithium and lithium-ion type batteries which maintain very low energy density levels.
 

Interesting Facts

  1. In 1859, Gaston Planté invented one of the most popular lead–acid type batteries, the was the first battery that could be recharged by passing a reverse current through it.
  2. Credited for their development of lithium-ion batteries, John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  3. Mastervolt Lithium Ion batteries have a lifespan of more than 2000 cycles, 3 times longer than most standard lead-acid batteries.
  4. In 1800 the first battery was invented Italian physicist Alessandro Volta.
  5. The first battery wasn't called a battery but called a voltaic pile.

Information

Observed:
  • February 18th
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