How does a battery work?

  1. Michele Arrvinte profile image54
    Michele Arrvinteposted 8 years ago

    How does a battery work?

  2. GreenMathDr profile image75
    GreenMathDrposted 8 years ago

    Do you want the short version or the long version? I do a simplified description in my hub page on How do Solar Panels Work.  The short version is that all batteries have one thing in common-- they have an area where there are too many electrons and an area where there too few electrons.  When these two areas are connected the electrons flow from the negative where there are too many electrons to the positive where there are too few electrons.  What makes batteries different from each other is how they create this situation of too many and too few electrons.  Most of them do it by chemical reactions.

    If for some reason you wanted a real technical explanation I could do this but I would have to know the exact kind of battery in order to explain the fine details.

  3. ngureco profile image84
    ngurecoposted 8 years ago

    It is estimated that batteries have now been with man for more than 500 years. The earliest documented methods of generating electricity were by generating a static charge. It was not until the year 1800 that a guy called Volta invented a battery... read more