The First Battery

Alessandro Volta

Who made the first battery? Well its Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) realized why Galvani’s frog experimenting worked. Using zinc and copper discs separated by damp paper he made, in 1799, a ‘cell’ that produced an electrical current. By standing several cells in a pile, he discovered that he could produce a stronger current. Volta improved his ‘voltaic pile’ by using acid or salt solution instead of water to moisten the paper. He had made the first battery.

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