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Battery World Records

Posted by Michael Wenger on

Batteries have come a long way in the last 200 years. We've constructed batteries that provide more power than ever thought possible, and kept devices ticking for over 170 years! Here are more of the world's most impressive battery records.

World's Largest Battery

The largest battery in the world is an energy storage station located in China. BYD and the State Grid Corporation of China constructed the project that is worth over $500 Million. The battery is capable of generating 140 Megawatts using wind and solar power, and 36 Megawatts of storage.


World’s Most Powerful Potato Battery

In 2009 Germany constructed a battery consisting of 1,000 potatoes, 1,000 zinc nails, and 1,000 copper nails. The battery produced 538.1 volts, making it the most powerful potato battery! That’s not your average fifth grade science experiment.


World's Most Powerful Battery

The worlds most powerful battery is located in Alaska. The battery is capable of pushing out 46 Megawatts of power in five minutes. That’s enough to power 46,000 homes for a year!


World's Longest Lasting Battery

The Oxford Electric Bell is powered by the longest lasting battery. The bell was built by a pair of instrument makers, Watkin and Hill. They displayed the bell in 1840 and it has been consistently chiming ever since.


World's Oldest Battery

The worlds oldest battery is the Baghdad Battery. It is estimated to have been in circulation between 250 BC and 640 AD. They consisted of 5 inch terracotta pots with an iron rod encased in a copper cylinder.


World's Most Popular Battery

AA batteries are the most used batteries in the world. They comprise over half of all battery sales in most major countries. In past years, AA battery sales have reached up to 60% of all battery sales in the United States.


World's Fastest Battery Powered RC Car.

The Red Schumacher Mi-3 went 161.76 mph in the quarter mile at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. That’s much faster than your favorite stock super car, including the Bugatti Veyron!



World's Smallest Battery

The worlds smallest battery is 60,000 times smaller than a AAA battery. While it’s only capable of a small current, the battery is a game changer for larger batteries, including those in our cell phones. The battery, built by Rice University, is only a prototype and has not been implemented into household products yet.

 

What other impressive battery feats have you discovered?


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