- May 29, 2018 -
A lead storage battery, also known as a lead-acid battery, is the oldest type of rechargeable battery and one of the most common energy storage devices. These batteries were invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté, and they are still used in a variety of applications. Most people are accustomed to using them in vehicles, where they have the ability to provide high currents for cranking power.
Although the batteries are reliable, they have a limited life, are heavy to ship, and contain toxic materials that require specific removal methods at the end of their useful life. Lead-acid batteries have moderate power density and good response time. Depending on the power conversion technology incorporated, batteries can go from accepting energy to supplying energy instantaneously. Lead-acid batteries are affected by temperature and must be maintained in order to achieve maximum life expectancy.