What is a battery?
In simple terms, a battery is a way of storing electrical energy to power a wide range of devices – ranging from the small battery powering a watch, up to the larger industrial-grade batteries powering electric vehicles.
Since their development in 1800, batteries have become more and more widespread, to the point that the global battery market could be worth over £100 billion by 2019.
Consumers will generally be looking for one of two kinds of batteries…
Also known as disposable batteries, primary batteries are used once and then discarded or recycled. Primary batteries such as those manufactured by Duracell and Energizer are the largest sellers on the UK and EU markets.
Also known as rechargeable batteries, secondary batteries can be re-charged using a specialist charger and used time and time again. A wide number of consumer products – including mobile phones – use specialist secondary batteries, a fact which has driven increased consumer interest in rechargeable versions of primary batteries.
Batteries work by harnessing a chemical reaction within the battery, which is then directed through the circuits of the products they power. This reaction only takes place while the battery is connected to a positive and negative terminal, meaning that your unsold stock can happily wait on a shelf until a customer decides to make a purchase.
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