Many objects around the home, such as shavers, mixers, TV remotes, cameras and torches would be useless without the alkaline batteries that power them. For those with children, running out of replacement batteries for toys, games consoles and other gadgets can be cause a family crisis. Batteries are also used outdoors for garden equipment and in offices and schools. It is hard to imagine a world without them.
A new, innovative battery wire has simplified the basic mechanics of the alkaline battery even further, making it safer, more environmentally friendly and helping improve performance. That’s why major battery manufacturers are committed to introducing it into their final products.
Alkaline battery operation is based on the conductivity of copper, with so-called battery nails functioning as anode current collectors. Traditionally, the wire in battery nails was made from a copper-zinc alloy plated with a fine layer of tin to reduce hydrogen gas evolution in the cell. The tin was applied using an electro-plating process. During use, hydrogen gas is produced as part of the natural oxidation process which, under specific circumstances, can mix with air to create an explosive atmosphere.
The new battery wire uses a modified copper alloy that already contains tin, thereby eliminating the electro-plating process and its related waste stream. The new wire increases safety by halving the production of hydrogen gas. It also offers cost savings, limits leakage and extends battery life.
Whoever said “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” didn’t understand how much copper can still offer when combined with other metals, in this case zinc and tin, in new and innovative ways.