Battery Basics

Learning objectives

  • Identify the parts of a voltaic cell
  • Explain the distinction between a cell and a battery
  • Describe the electrochemical action associated with cells and batteries
  • Compare the discharge and charge processes
  • Identify ways to increase battery voltage and capacity
  • Define amp-hours
  • Explain the main difference between a primary and a secondary cell
  • Describe how specific gravity affects cell voltage
  • Discuss types of battery charging methods
  • List safety precautions needed when testing or working with batteries

Course overview

Technicians use batteries every day. They are in the flashlight used to see a motor nameplate better and the computer used to operate systems. The Battery Basics training course explains the overall design and function of today's batteries. It also identifies maintenance practices to keep them ready for service.

This online course covers:

  • Cell basics
  • Primary and secondary cells
  • Specific gravity and cell voltage
  • Battery capacity rating
  • Battery maintenance
  • Safety

Battery Basics is part of the Batteries, Battery Chargers, and UPS training series.

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