Single-use batteries

Alessandro VoltaAlessandro Volta

Single-use batteries

Electrical energy storage was developed by Alessandro Volta in the late 1700s, and chemistry has contributed to subsequent improvements in battery power.


The 1890 carbon-zinc dry cell improved upon the earlier Leclanché 'wet-cell' design. It was commercially produced for use in flashlights and it is still used today.

Today, we can chose from among a wide range of batteries.Today, we can chose from among a wide range of batteries.

In 1949, a new alkaline paste for the traditional battery enhanced lifetime and allowed miniaturization, and this alkaline battery quickly found many uses in portable electronic devices and cameras. Since then, newer battery developments have used silver oxide, mercuric oxide, or lithium.


Did you know?

Even bettaries have an expiry date : at room temperature, alkaline batteries have their capacities for about 7 years.

The structure of alkaline batteries

  1. Positive cap
  2. Outer sleeve
  3. Cathode (Manganese dioxide)
  4. Separator
  5. Anode (Zinc powder-gel)
  6. Collector
  7. Membrane vent
  8. Plastic grommet
  9. Negative cap