11 Great Moments in Battery History
At Interstate Batteries® we’ve been charged with the important task of building awareness of and cranking up the excitement surrounding this day. To that end, we present the following 11 great moments in battery history. Some of them are actually true!
(Disclaimer: If you’re using this post to jump-start an academic research paper, you should probably look elsewhere. This is merely an attempt to have fun with current events. So we made a lot of this up. You can join in the fun by leaving a comment with another “great moment” in battery history. We accept most submissions, positive or negative. See what we did there?)
1. The battery in Apollo 11.
2. Lewis and Clark’s expedition to the Pacific.
One year, six months, and one day of travel – and they never had to change the battery.
3. The first electric ice cream churner.
If the battery gave out, we would never have known the heaven that is chocolate chip cookie dough.
4. Batteries for floodlights at the Stonehenge construction site.
Think the builders could complete this historic monument in a mere 1,500 years working only during daylight? Of course not. They spent long, long nights carrying and assembling big blocks of stone on the Salisbury plains.
The battery helped Galileo identify the sun’s spots, confirm Copernican astronomy and discover Jupiter’s moons. What, do you have a better explanation?
6. Paul Revere’s battery
“The British are coming” would have been a hard message to deliver if his horse didn’t start.
7. “One if by land, two if by sea”
Bet you didn’t know the lanterns in the Old North Church were actually powered by 6-volt lantern batteries. You can re-enact this historic night with a flashlight/lantern and battery of your own.
8. The Battle of Agincourt
This historic battle would have ended very differently if the first battery-powered trebuchet didn’t accidently throw its battery instead of a stone.
9. The battery aboard the Mars rover, Curiosity
OK, this one’s actually true. Curiosity carries a radioisotope battery system that, because it uses plutonium, sadly isn’t available at your local Interstate All Battery Center. Yet. Read more about Curiosity here. And remember, if something goes wrong, at least it’s on Mars.
10. The battery aboard the Spirit of St. Louis
Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic plane was a Ryan M-2. Get the specs here!
11. Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson didn’t work on this great document alone; he had to communicate with other founding fathers. Good thing he had quality batteries in his cellphone.
What other historic battery moments do you “remember?” Don’t let facts get in your way; we didn’t. Tell us your headlines in the comments.