6 Interesting Questions and Answers About the Batteries

1. What is the difference between lithium and alkaline?

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There are some important distinctions. The main difference is that most alkaline batteries are non-rechargeable, or “one time batteries” while the lithium batteries are rechargeable.

Alkaline batteries have many uses for devices like remote controls, flashlights, radios, toys, devices that are turned off most of the time, while the lithium-ion batteries are commonly used for devices like video equipment, laptops, PDAs, cell phones, iPods, digital cameras, clocks that are turned on most of the time.

Alkaline batteries have standard dimensioning while lithium batteries do not. But the lithium batteries weight less then alkaline. That makes them more practical and useful.

Lithium batteries have a stronger voltage and hold a charge much longer than other types of batteries, which extends the entire life of the battery.

The lithium cost more, but can be used again and again.

Extensive researches leading to the result that the lithium batteries are better than alkaline.

2. Postive and negative side of a battery!?

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Why must you properly set plus and minus when inserting batteries?

Extremely important: don’t hook up the battery backwards!

The carefully following of the equipment instructions regards the exact insertion of the batteries, so that the plus (+) and minus (-)  are correctly set up.

It is very significant to alternate the plus and minus of the batteries by inserting, to complete the circuit of the energy flowing.

3. Does the temperature effects on the battery performance?

Yes, it does. According to the scientist Yet-Ming Chiang, who has explored the breakthrough materials to provide new technologies like a high-power and rechargeable batteries extremely low or extremely high temperatures would lead to deterioration of the battery. Battery storage is advisable at room temperature and dry places.

Otherwise the improper temperature would entail creating chemical reactions, which reduce the quality and the capacity of the battery, or the worst thing: brings to completely battery spoiling or device scattering.

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Keeping batteries in the freezer, or refrigerator, will make them last longer, but it depends on what kind of battery you’re using. It will not do wonders with the battery not in the long run.

4. What are battery made of?

Although most batteries are small, they’re highly organized structures. By using the battery, the chemical energy becomes to electrical energy by redox reaction. This process happens between the three main parts of a battery: the anode, cathode, and electrolyte. Various batteries use various compositions of these parts. It depends on how well they attract or provide electrons, process that must happen for an electric power to be produced.

The electrons in the batteries flow in one direction and produce so-called direct current, founded by the brilliant scientist Thomas Edison.

5. Should batteries be removed from the devices when not in use?

Definitely. When the camera or another device is not used for a certain months, the batteries should be removed from it.

To avoid potential damaging of the device, the batteries must be removed also when they are worn out.

Removing the batteries from the device is important because of the saving energy. Much equipment still uses the power also when they are turned off.

6. What to do if your child likes to play with batteries?

Batteries are not toys for children!

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The children should not play with batteries!

Batteries are designed to be used with devices!

They are basis of chemical processes and if not used properly, dangerous chemicals can leak from them.

Especially dangerous are the small batteries. Every year, about 3,500 button cells are ingested by pre-school children.

To ensure safety, the child must be observed while playing. In 2010 the problem with ingestion of small batteries was highlighted as one of the major problems in the USA.

Many organizations like The Consumer Product Safety Commission – CPSC and Safe Kids USA , take care for the people’s health and work on it to arrange the safety of popular client products, warns parents and manufacturers to be especially vigilant with the small dangerous batteries.