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18 Feb


Is Your Cell Phone Charged Up for National Battery Day?

February 18, 2015 | By |

Your cell phone should be charged up because it’s National Battery Day!  A day when devices that require batteries get some love. Whether you charge your phone plugged into the wall, a portable charger, a car charger, a charging case, or at a charging kiosk your phone battery is important to your daily life.

While the origins of this holiday are a bit unclear, February 18 does happen to be the birthday of Alessandro Volta, the Italian physicist and inventor who is credited with the idea of the electric battery. Over the years, battery companies have taken advantage of this holiday to offer giveaways and sales on their products.

Some history. Alessandro Volta invented the voltaic pile in 1800 thereby producing the first practical method of generating electricity. “The voltaic pile was made by alternating plates of zinc and copper that had pieces of cardboard soaked in brine between them. The metallic conducting arc was used to carry the electricity over a greater distance. Alessandro Volta’s voltaic pile was the modern world’s first “wet cell battery”.  This first “battery” produced a reliable, steady current of electricity.”

Batteries come in all different shapes, sizes and power capacities. There are tiny watch or hearing aid batteries to large car batteries. Batteries to power up cell phones, tablets, games and personal electronics of all sizes. GE even has new postage stamp size wireless battery free RFID explosives detector. Don’t you have one?

People, places and things are so reliant on batteries that there’s even the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA). This nonprofit trade association is comprised of five major rechargeable battery manufacturers – Energizer, Panasonic Battery Corporation (Panasonic), SAFT America, SANYO Energy (U.S.A.) Corporation and Varta Batteries. This powerful pact broad focuses on a range of issues impacting manufacturers and users of large format lithium ion batteries and nickel metal hydride batteries.

National Battery Day is also as a safety reminder to make a yearly check of all the batteries in your devices. One of the Rayovac pages for National Battery Day reminds consumers that they should never mix used and new batteries in a device. In a message to it’s franchise owners, Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest battery retailer, said: “Seeing that the average household has over 21 battery powered devices, we thought what better day to remind customers to check their batteries in these devices and make sure they’re powered up.”

Retailers are supercharged for battery deals too; just check online or in stores.

Here at Veloxity, it’s National Battery Day everyday. Our cell phone charging stations give power to batteries so they can power up devices anywhere.