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- Created 2012-03-12
is a device consisting of one or more
s that convert stored chemical
into electrical energy. Since the invention of the first battery (or "
") in 1800 by
and especially since the technically improved
in 1836, batteries have become a common power source for many household and industrial applications. According to a 2005 estimate, the worldwide battery industry generates
in sales each year, with 6% annual growth.
There are two types of batteries:
(disposable batteries), which are designed to be used once and discarded, and
), which are designed to be recharged and used multiple times. Batteries come in many sizes, from miniature cells used to power
s and wristwatches to battery banks the size of rooms that provide standby power for
s and computer
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