The humble car battery is the reliable workhorse of our automobile; quietly performing it’s power-generating duties, with little recognition. The car battery provides power to the starter, and in turn, the alternator gives the energy needed back to the battery to keep the car powered. Only upon its inevitable natural death of old age, does this little marvel receive any acknowledgement.
How does a car battery work?
Inside the battery, plates of lead, and plates of lead oxide are fixed in a water and sulfuric acid solution. The chemicals then produce electricity that may be transported to wires to turn on lights and start the ignition. The acid responds to the lead plates, which transmutes the lead oxide into lead sulfate. During a recharge of the battery, the chemical process undergoes a recto verso, or reverse in direction. The recharging effect transmutes the lead sulfate back to lead and lead oxide. These chemical reactions continue each time the battery is discharged and recharged.