Consider the humble battery, not the most exciting subject in the world, it can’t really compete with the Olympics or the World Cup certainly, but consider a world without these small, often neglected little guys.
So many gadgets use batteries and without them what would we do?
Laptops, Tablets and mobile phones – Probably the most modern of the list, these devices have become a must have in today’s society, without their battery what would we do with them? We certainly wouldn’t be able to carry over 100 books on one slim gadget, or play the most popular games.
Remote Controls – Not just for the television these days, all those games consoles would be sat on a shelf with nothing to do with out the remote. Many modern cars come with a handy little button on the fob to make it easier to open the door when you are laden with all those shopping bags, children or both.
“Plane, Trains and Automobiles” – Talking of cars, imagine a world without those wonderful four wheeled contraptions, where horse power was the name of game for those who could afford it, for the “man on the street” that usually meant walking from A to B, onwards to C and then back to A again. Without the Lead Acid Batteries, as well as the newer, lighter Lithium battery travel would be a totally different experience today.
Digital Watches – With the launch of the first “digital” watch time keeping was revolutionised, no need to wind the watch up, hopefully before it stopped completely and we had to run around trying to find a clock with the correct time, just flip your wrist and there the time was, displayed on a back lit screen. For the old-school among us even the watches with hands are now powered by batteries.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Quite possibly two of the most important safety devices in the household, these detectors have saved many lives, although usually hardwired into the electricity in newer buildings, they do need a “back-up” battery. We’ve all seen and heard the adverts showing what could happen if they don’t work, stay safe and check (and change) those batteries regularly.
MP3 Players – These days usually found as an app on our mobile phones, being able to take our music, or pod-casts with us is now something we take for granted. Having a party in the park, or on the beach used to consist of either taking musicians with you, or singing acapella style. Now there are some who think this is not necessarily a move in the right direction, who remembers the time of the “boombox”? Holding the radio and cassette tape player on one shoulder with the music playing at full volume, at least now the earphones, as well as the device, are more discreet.
Children’s Toys – We reach the biggest user of batteries, just think what Christmas and Birthdays would be like without those noisy toys most people seem to buy for other parent’s children. Children would have to make noise with the boxes, or the pans out of the cupboard. Now with a push of a button their favourite toy comes to life, lights, music, little moving pictures, keeping them enthralled for, well minutes usually. Even books these days are interactive, with voices or sound effects for each page of the story.
All these gadgets and more would not be possible without the humble battery, technology is making it possible for batteries to become smaller and more effective. So next time you think, “Who cares about batteries?” remember how different things would be without them.