What is a Babylonian battery?
This was the first battery we know of, and it was basically a clay pot with a copper cylinder, probably surrounded by lemon juice or something similar. and contained a copper cylinder surrounding an iron bar.
In 1938, an Austrian archaeologist Wilhelm Konig made an astounding discovery while rumbling the basement of a museum in Baghdad.
A small pot of bright yellow clay that dates back more than two thousand years and contains a copper cylinder. The edge of the cylinder was welded that things are welded today.
The iron bar that was suspended in the center of the copper cylinder showed evidence of corrosion. According to Konig, the clay pot was nothing less than an old electric battery.
It goes back to the labor occupation between 248 a. C. and the 226 d.C. However, Konig also found silver-plated copper vases in the Baghdad Museum dating from at least 25,000 BC. C.
What did Egyptians use batteries for?
Researchers believe that the batteries (if that is their proper function) were used to electroplate objects such as putting a layer of one metal (gold) on the surface of another (silver), a method still used in Iraq today.
What did the Baghdad battery power?
The Baghdad battery or the Parthian battery is a set of three artifacts found together: a ceramic pot, a copper tube, and an iron bar. It was discovered in modern Khujut Rabu, Iraq, near the metropolis of Ctesiphon, the capital of Parthian (150 BC – 223 AD) and Sasanian (224-650 AD) empires in Persia, and it is hitherto considered by some of these periods.
Its origin and purpose remain unclear. It was assumed by some researchers that the object functioned as a galvanic cell, possibly used for electroplating, or some form of electrotherapy, but there is no electroplated object known from this period. An alternative explanation is that it served as a storage vessel for holy scrolls.
According to many theories, the Parthians inherited this type of technology from a much older civilization. At the same time, similar batteries like this can be placed in ancient Egypt since there are many anomalous findings from other regions suggesting the use of electricity by many ancient civilizations.
There is no need to say that those in Baghdad are not too powerful since a substantial current generated by the dynamo is needed.
Check out the following video for more details.
VIDEO: Batteries in Babylon