Battery, Le Clanche Battery Cell; Le Clanche, Georges; 1870-1950; Unknown


Battery, Le Clanche Battery Cell

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This is a Le Clanche Battery Cell. Developed by French engineer, Georges le Clanche in 1866, the battery comprises of a specially shaped glass jar, a porous earthware pot containing a carbon electrode surrounded by a mixture of rushed carbon, manganese dioxide and a zinc rod. The jar is normally 3/4 filled with a solution of ammonium chloride and water. This style of battery was inexpensive and was used extensively in the early/mid-20th century for bells and telephones. This wet style battery was gradually replaced by the dry cell battery.


Le Clanche, Georges

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Europe, France


h 165 mm x w 90 mm x d 90 mm

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Energy and Electricity

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