Dry cell batteries have characteristics unique from other types of batteries. You may be wondering what they are, and what makes dry cell batteries distinct. Of these many characteristics, we will outline the 3 main ones that are most unique to dry cell batteries.
1. Dry Cell Batteries Use Dry Electrolyte Paste
Dry cell batteries are a specific type of batteries that uses a unique paste electrolyte that only uses enough moisture to make the battery function by allowing the electrical current to flow, hence the name dry cell. Dry cell batteries are composed of a graphite rod or metal electrode, either of which is surrounded by an electrolyte paste, all enclosed in a typically small, metal cylinder. Alternately, wet cell batteries use a liquid electrolyte to allow electrical current flow. Electrolytes are the substance that conduct electricity between the node of a battery, which is what makes battery-powered electrical devices function. There are many other types of batteries used in the world, but wet cell and dry cell batteries are the most common.
2. Dry Cell Batteries are Newer Technology
Dry cell batteries are a newer technology than wet cell batteries. Carl Gassner, a German scientist, invented the dry cell battery system in 1886. Gassner’s unique battery did not contain liquid, so was not in danger of spilling, and could be easily transported and function in any way the battery was oriented. Dry cell batteries, especially new ones with better interior casings, can last a very long time – up to 10 years. Dry cell batteries, like wet cell batteries, are available in single-use or rechargeable formats. Alkaline batteries are a type of dry cell battery, and you will be familiar with this popular type. They are available anywhere you can find batteries, and are the type of battery you probably envision when you think of batteries.
3. Dry Cell Batteries are Safer and More Popular
Dry cell batteries, because of their use of a paste rather than a liquid, are much more popular than wet cell batteries. Dry cell batteries are used in large numbers of electronics that you use everyday. You can find dry cell batteries in smart phones, laptops, tablets, clocks, flashlights, and a myriad of household devices. Because they don’t contain liquid, dry cell batteries are very portable and can be made quite small in size. Dry cell batteries are portable, unlike many larger wet cell batteries. Because dry cell batteries do not contain liquid, they are safer, produce fewer fumes, and will not spill undesirable liquid.
You don’t have to be an electrician to understand that dry cell batteries are unique from other types of batteries. Now you understand what makes dry cell batteries different from other batteries