# Tagged Questions

Devices to store chemical energy and convert it to electrical energy.

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### Voltage of a battery in a circuit with an infinite resistance [on hold]

I have a dilemma that I would like to share with you concerning batteries (without neglecting internal resistance), emf and resistance of a circuit. To better visualize my question you may need to ...
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### Estimate battery's real capacity in real time [duplicate]

The maximum capacity of a battery during usage can vary from manufacturer's specifications due to factors like temperatures and battery health. Because of that i want to estimate the real maximum ...
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### What is the status of energy storing battery technology? [closed]

Most of electronic devices work off electric mains for short time (e.g., on smart phones - for a day or less). It is disappointing the solid state battery technology is moving slowly while othe ...
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### What determines the speed of charging of a battery? [closed]

Recently we have seen the surge of superfast mobile phone charging. Just an example: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30708945 What underlying physical principle determines the speed of charging of ...
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### Estimating the battery capacity using current power consumption and battery percentage

I want to estimate the current maximum capacity (in kWh) having the current power consumption (in kWh) and the state of charge of the battery (in %) available in a time series. I do not have a full ...
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### Battery charging using a windmill?

i want to charge 4*(12V/100AH battery) using a 3*( 12V/5AMP GENERATOR ) which is drawing its power from a windmill. these battery have to heat 500 litre of water from 30 celcius to 50 celcius how ...
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### Why the EMF of a battery doesn't depend on distance between the two electrodes?

I have read that resistance of a conductor is directly proportional to its length. So, the EMF of a conductor (electrolyte of battery) should increase with increase in length/distance between the ...
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### If I charge a battery using a much higher current, can it explode?

If I have a 12V 4Ah lead acid battery and use a battery charger that, let's say for example, can charge 10A, 50A, or 100A. If I theoretically turned it to 100A will the battery explode? I understand ...
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### Analogy in combination of batteries in series and pn junction diode circuit to find potential difference

Can I use the analogy of combination of two batteries to get the potential difference between two points in case a pn junction diode is used in the case of other battery? In doing so what is the basic ...
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### RC circuit discharging capacitor, trouble understanding

If we apply loop rule while charging the circuit we get: $$\varepsilon -iR-\frac{q}{C}=0$$ The way I understand, we follow trough the circuit just before the battery, as we move trough the circuit ...
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### What is the distribution of a battery transmission?

I have an energy-harvesting battery attached to a node, transmitting data over Rayleigh flat fading channels. Energy in the battery is used, and simultaneously energy is harvested and stored. I want ...
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### How electrical energy is transfered trhough a wire, and what's flow of charge?

I've read these texts about misconceptions about electricity. This is my understanding: Electrons do move, mut slowly and randomly. What happens is that, in fact, they're just 'conducting' the ...
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### Internal resistance of a battery

It is my understanding that internal resistance of the battery is mainly due to resistance of its electrodes and electrolytes. During the charge or discharge of the battery, there's a potential drop ...
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### Battery and charge separation

In this question : What is the difference between a battery and a charged capacitor? http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/32394 It is said that the battery does not have a charge separation on its ...
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### Why does not a battery kept in empty space discharge on its own? If space between the terminals is empty, what prevents the electrons to flow?

Given here is the picture of a twisted battery kept in free space (vacuum). Will the battery discharge quickly? I mean, it should discharge faster than it would if we were to connect the terminals ...
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### Setting up current directions in multiloop circuits with more than one battery

I'm currently working on this problem: I must find the current in each battery. I have certain doubts when estipulating the currents: How many $i$ exists in this problem? The current going in a ...
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### Deriving Loop Equations in a Circuit with 2 batteries?

First time posting here, so please help with formatting. I need help deriving loop equations for this becaue the 2 batteries/power supplies are throwing me off. https://i.imgur.com/MJH6mIM.jpg The ...
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### Given a large, multiloop circuit with resistors and batteries and I'm not sure how to simplify it. (When NOT to combine resistors?) [closed]

So here's the circuit, and the question is looking for current i: All resistors are 2 ohms and the batteries are 5 volts. I'm trying to apply the resistance combination Kurchov rules to make this ...
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### What happens if I throw a battery into water?

Today I have by accident thrown a AAA battery into a bucket of water. I fished it out of the water immediately (within 20 seconds or so) and nothing notable had happened and the battery is still full ...
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### How can a fruit be used as a battery cell?

Fresh fruits can be used as batteries for glowing bulbs, but how this is possible? I mean how can electric charges flow through fruits? Do they contain chemicals like cells?
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### Why magnesium is less reactive than lithium

Why divalent magnesium is less reactive than monovalent lithium? Intuitively second group elements should have lower ionization energy than first group but we observe opposite. For example magnesium ...
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### Why is the voltage of a battery equal to the emf?

We know that there is an electric field inside the battery that works against the moving electrons of a circuit. But there is also the chemical force of the battery that at some point become equal. ...
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### Galvanic Cells and Electric Potential

In a battery or a galvanic cell, the electric potential of the battery is due to a difference of charges between the two cells like in a capacitor? So it is the electric field due to this separation ...
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### Battery charging a Capacitor

Ok I know there is a similar question already on here, but mine takes it just a step further. What I would really love to know is exactly how much energy is being transferred from a battery into a ...
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### is it possible to use capacitors to quickly charge batteries? [closed]

the charging cycle of batteries is very slow compared to capacitors. Is it possible to use capacitors to quickly charge and discharge them to slow charge the batteries? For instance the range anxiety ...
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### What is the difference between a circuit with a resistor and one without it in energy terms?

In Fundamentals of Physics (HRW), an equation is derived for the current in a circuit in terms of its emf and resistance by the 'Energy method'; that is, deriving $\epsilon = i \cdot r$ and saying ...
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### Many cells in parallel

If two or more cells of unequal voltages are connected in parallel (with the same terminal on the same side), is there a formula that gives the net potential difference? Also, by Kirchoff's loop law, ...
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### What is causing a Li-Ion Battery to catch fire when it's not charging or powering anything?

I was just reading about UPS Airlines Flight 6, which crashed because of a fire in the cargo from Lithium Ion batteries. This is a case where the batteries were not powering anything and not charging. ...
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### How to measure resistance of gel electrolyte using multimeter

How can I measure the resistance of a gel electrolyte using a multimeter? I know the formula to measure the conductivity of a gel electrolyte is k = (1/R) * (d/a) where k is the conductivity (S/cm), ...
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### If we charge a capacitor can we discharge it into a battery?

I have read that we can charge a capacitor using a battery, but can the vice versa happen? My project needs to show a battery being charged through a fully charged capacitor.
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### short circuit an alkaline battery

i'm not doing anything related to physics, but i'm just curious : What really happen when i short circuit an alkaline battery ? some article in the net shown that fire/explosion can be happened when ...
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### Why chewing a battery increases its power? [closed]

I know almost nothing about physics. Last night my TV remote was not working. I chewed the batteries and woh! It still had power left. How does chewing a battery increases its power? I think it's a ...
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### Will the current flow from the battery?

I am just trying to find out if the current enters into the positive terminal of the battery (if there is a battery with bigger emf ) will it get charged and charge will be stored and current will ...
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### What exactly happens in an electric circuit?

After reading chapters on Electrostatics, I have been having lots of problems in understanding current electricity.I will be trying to tell what my problems are by telling what I already know.Please ...
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### Calculating the energy supplied by a battery

If you wanted to calculate the energy supplied by a battery in time $t$ you would use $E=VIt$ where $I$ is the current through the battery. If the internal resistance is $r$ we could also use ...
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### Difficulty understanding electricity concepts

In circuit diagrams what does it mean for energy to be used in going through a component? I usually see this when emf is being described: total energy supplied per coulomb by battery = total energy ...
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### Typo in physics book (capacitors)

I'm currently working through an AP revision guide. The section on charging a capacitor outlines the following steps: When a capacitor is connected to a battery, a current flows in the circuit until ...
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### How long can a cellphone battery(pictured) power a LED light that produces light equivalent to traditional 60W bulb(800 lumens)?

Assuming Energy Star rated LEDs which produces 100 lumens/watts. Battery rated as 9.88Wh. Power consumption by LED = 800 lumens/100lumens/watt = 8 Watts Does it mean that it will power circuit for ...
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### What is the theoretical reasoning behind calculating emfs in series or parallel?

First off, I did some research on my own but the answers weren't satisfactory. The analogy of the water pump makes zero sense as I see no way how "Potential" is even comparable with "Dynamic ...
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### How does my car's remote keep running?

Two years ago, I got a new car. It comes with a wireless remote that provides keyless ignition and can unlock and lock doors at the press of a button. Just recently, I read somewhere (unfortunately ...
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### Is battery the supplier of charge in an electric circuit?

In a simple electric circuit consisting of wires, battery and a bulb... Are the charges which flow in the circuit provided by the battery or are they coming from somewhere else?
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### Why do we use capacitors when batteries can very well store charges?

Can batteries be used instead of capacitors? I am trying to figure out a basic, superficial and any obvious difference between the two.
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### Calculating average energy stored in Li-Po battery

I'm currently sourcing Li-Po batteries and need to find an average mAh per cm3 to implement it into my product. From what I read (wikipedia), the energy density of Li-Po ranges from 250 to 730 W.h/L ...
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### Why can't I series 5 D Cell Batteries to achieve 7.4 volts?

I appreciate this site that is allowing me to get an answer to a phenomena I am witnessing. I'm trying to series 5- D Cell Batteries. However I cannot make it completely through because the middle ...
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### A reliable aluminium battery that charges in a minute. What's the catch?

This article Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries, phys.org. reports on the finding by a Stanford group of an aluminium-ion battery that can ...
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### What are the reactions that take place inside battery at the quantum level?

I was just studying about how a battery works on the internet and found out that there are reactions of chemicals which make the electrons move. But what exactly happens inside a battery (lets take a ...
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### Why is voltage added when batteries are connected in series but not in parallel?

As I understand, the different voltage between two object is caused by the total different charged between two object. Thus, the higher extra electron between two opposite charged object, the higher ...
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### Why do two connected 1.5-volt batteries become a 3- volt battery?

Why two connected 1.5 volt battery become 3 volts? If one battery plus side is connect to minus side of another battery, there should be a current flow between them until no free charge move anymore, ...