Anglin, Donald L. Consultant, Automotive and Technical Writing, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sadoway, Donald R. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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- Primary batteries
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An electrochemical device that stores chemical energy which can be converted into electrical energy, thereby providing a direct-current voltage source. Although the term “battery” is properly applied to a group of two or more electrochemical cells connected together electrically, both single-cell and multicell devices are called batteries (Fig. 1). Batteries are probably the most reliable known source of power. See also: Electrochemistry; Electromotive force (cells)
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