Frog photo by Bignoter (English WP) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons. Battery (photo credit graphicstock.com)

How the battery was invented because of an unfortunate frog

Italian scientist Alessandro Volta is credited as the inventor of the electrical battery, but a frog played a role. Volta’s invention, the voltaic pile, was made up of pairs of copper and zinc discs on top of each other. A layer of cloth or cardboard soaked in brine separated the discs, and acted as the electrolyte. This produced a stable and continuous current, and lost little charge over time when not in use – although the voltage wasn’t strong enough to produce sparks…

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5 REALLY Simple Ways To Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer

Easy ways to keep your phone going longer – a light-hearted look at options to ensure the battery lasts longer while out and about. 1. Turn down the screen brightness Okay, so you might struggle to see your phone screen on a bright day – but you could try shielding it with your hand. And it could help your phone battery last that crucial little bit longer. You could also try making your screen timeout – when the display goes dark…

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The Fast And Not Furious – 60 Seconds To Charge Your Phone!!!

Super-fast charging, long-lasting and cheap – aluminium batteries could be the answer to our battery woes. Scientists at Stanford University, in the US, have developed a new type of battery that offers a safe alternative to many lithium-ion and alkaline batteries in use today. One major benefit is ultra fast-charging. As anyone with a smartphone knows, it can takes ages to charge up a lithium-ion battery. But the Stanford team reported “unprecedented charging times” of one minute with the aluminium…

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Awesome video: How to make a simple motor with an AA battery

Watch experts from the At-Bristol Science Centre create a simple electric motor using a 7dayshop.com battery, a magnet, a screw and insulated wire. (Video credit: At-Bristol/YouTube) We think this is a pretty awesome demonstration from the team and thanks for using 7dayshop.com batteries! The video features Sarah Stephens and Nerys Shah, from the centre’s Live Science Team and was produced by  Ross Exton, Live Science Video Producer. Find out more about the At-Bristol Science Centre > click here Find out more about 7dayshop batteries > click…

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