February 18 is Battery Day. It is a day to acknowledge the device that makes it possible for the smallest household items to the largest heavy-duty equipment to work smoothly.
The unofficial holiday of unknown origins is also known as National Battery Day in the United States
A battery is a device that converts chemical energy to electrical energy. It is thought that the term battery to describe such a device was first used by Benjamin Franklin because the setting of the capacitator he saw reminded him of a battery of cannons.
How to Celebrate?
Celebrate the day by swapping out old the old, dead batteries from your household items.
Take all the old batteries to the recycling center.
Check your smoke alarm and fire alarm batteries and replace them if needed.
Learn the history and science behind batteries.
Did You Know…
…that according to some archeologists and historians, the earliest known battery in recorded human history can be traced back to as far as 2000 years ago? Known as the Baghdad Battery, the battery is a clay pot containing a metal tube and a metal rod. It is thought to have been discovered in the basement of the Baghdad Museum by German painter and archaeologist Wilhelm Konig, who suggested that the artifact was probably used as a battery.