Batteries connected in series

Batteries connected in series

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Caption: Batteries connected in series. Historical illustration of four batteries connected in series, with their electrodes (cathode, minus, thicker; anode, positive, thinner) dipped in the electrolyte (an acid). Batteries placed in series like this form a battery pack, with each cell adding to the total voltage used to provide electrical power. The first battery was developed by Volta in 1800. The chemicals inside batteries (liquids in the case of wet batteries) react with the metal electrodes when placed in a circuit, producing electricity. Artwork from 'Electricite' (1911) by Max de Nansouty, part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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