National Battery Day is one of the most interesting holidays in the world. On this day, people remember the technical progress and the role that an ordinary battery plays in the life of a modern person. In addition, this day is a great occasion to remember about the protection of the environment and the harm to the environment caused by used batteries. In order to avoid this harm, they must be disposed of in an organized manner.
For the first time the battery appeared in the nineteenth century, before it looked quite large. In 1800, the Italian explorer Alessandro Volta superimposed silver on paper and immersed the resulting composition in acid, so “galvanic pillars” were formed, through which an electric current was generated. Already in 1802, the initiative was picked up by the Americans, they began mass production of batteries, and soon the miracle of technology became available to everyone. The first batteries were quite bulky, but gradually their size decreased.
Now they produce batteries of various sizes, from large car batteries to compact “pinky” and “finger” cylinders and small coin batteries.
There are many interesting facts about rechargeable batteries that can be remembered on this wonderful day:
- The first battery available to the mass consumer, appeared in the late 19th century in America, it was intended for use in pocket flashlights;
- Later, batteries for wristwatches and wall clocks appeared;
- To prevent batteries from being discharged for a long time, it is recommended to store them at room temperature or in a cool room. The charge of the batteries is negatively affected by heat and sunlight.
Children’s toys with batteries should be reliably protected by a lid so that the child cannot reach the battery. Inhalation or ingestion of the battery can lead to dangerous consequences.
How to celebrate
The best way to celebrate this day is to collect used batteries and take them to recycling. If you throw them away just like that, the environmental pollution will be huge, because the batteries contain a large amount of heavy metals that are harmful to the atmosphere.
When is National Battery Day celebrated in 2024?
National Battery Day is observed on February 18 each year.