Batteries are all over the place such as using in our cars, PCs, laptops, portable MP3/iPod players and mobile phones. A battery is essentially a can full of chemicals that produce electrons. Chemical reactions that produce electrons are called electrochemical reactions.
In this article, you'll learn all about batteries from the basic concept at work to the actual chemistry going on inside a battery to what the future holds for batteries and possible power sources that could replace them!
If you look at any battery, you'll notice that it has two terminals. One terminal is marked (+), or positive, while the other is marked (-), or negative. Red(+) and Black(-) represent the ends of the battery are the terminals. In a large car battery, there are two heavy lead posts that act as the terminals.
Electrons collect on the negative terminal of the battery. If you connect a wire between the negative and positive terminals, the electrons will flow from the negative to the positive terminal as fast as they can (and wear out the battery very quickly -- this also tends to be dangerous (this action say short curcuit), especially with large batteries, it might cause a explosion. Normally, you connect some type of load to the battery using the wire, to use the wire thickness it depends on the battery power if output power very high it must use thick wire instead. The load might be something like a light bulb, a motor or an electronic circuit like a radio.
Inside the battery itself, a chemical reaction produces the electrons. The speed of electron production by this chemical reaction (the battery's internal resistance) controls how many electrons can flow between the terminals. Electrons flow from the battery into a wire, and must travel from the negative to the positive terminal for the chemical reaction to take place. That is why a battery can sit on a shelf for a year and still have plenty of power -- unless electrons are flowing from the negative to the positive terminal, the chemical reaction does not take place. Once you connect a wire, the reaction starts,