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Battery Names
#284647 08/23/07 02:03 PM
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Why do all of the cyclindrical batteries have Alpha designators??? C,D,AA,AAA,etc but the 9 Volt is know only as a "9 Volt"??
Even the smaller "button" batterys have a name. The larger batteries are the "Lantern batteries". What happened to the 9 volt???
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The '9' volt is the proverbial 'red headed stepchild' of batteries. No offense to red heads laugh


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Actually, it's all because that particular battery was invented by a guy named Niyun Wolt while he was in Germany. Naturally, the Germans pronounced his name as "Nyan Volt"

After the battery was introduced in the U.S. market the name evolved into "Nine Volt" and then it was shortened (As we Americans do) to 9 Volt.

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Truly, I'm old enough to remember when portable radios had a 45 volt battery that was the same cross section and about 3 times as long as the 9 volt battery. I my teen years don't fail me, they were called 'B' batteries. And Bobby, is that bullshipping? smile John C. (Not Garand)


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That would tend to make you old, 'cause I was 6 when I got my first portable radio with a "B" battery. It was a green RCA....

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... Bobby, is that bullshipping? smile
LoL Yep. laugh

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Well if you ever are bored like me, and look at the pack the batteries come in, AA, etc is just another industry term. For example, an LR15 is a C battery.


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And if you believe any of this I will be offering the Golden Gate Bridge for sale half price tonight only!
Darn it! If you'd said the Brooklyn Bridge I might have believed you..... laugh

A lot of people over here still call the small 9V battery a PP3, from the designation used by Ever Ready throughout the 1960s/70s/early 80s era. The much larger, squarer 9V batteries typically used in larger transistor radios were the PP7 and PP9 (PP="Power Pack").

Many older people still refer to the AA, C, and D-size cells as SP7, SP11, and SP2 respectively, again from the standard Ever Ready numbers of that same period (or as HP7/HP11/HP2, these being the longer-lasting "High Power" equivalents, SP being "Standard Power").

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I'm old enough to remember when portable radios had a 45 volt battery that was the same cross section and about 3 times as long as the 9 volt battery. I my teen years don't fail me, they were called 'B' batteries.
The old designations for tube supplies were "A" for filaments, "B" for the main positive supply to tube plates and screen grids, and "C" for the negative grid bias supply (if needed in the particular application).

These were regarded as chiefly American terms over here, where the batteries in valve (tube) portables of the day were just referred to as the L.T. and H.T. batteries (with G.B. for Grid Bias where used).

The B+/H.T. battery in many sets here during the 1940s/50s was 90V, although some had a multi-way connector to tap off lower voltages for the earlier stages in the receiver, using the 90V just for the audio final.

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Paul, I'll bet you were born during WWII like your's truly! Either that, or you are a trivia fountain. Or both, as I've been accused of! smile John C. (Not Garand)


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Paul, I'll bet you were born during WWII
Sorry, you lose! I was born in 1966. I just have a special interest in the older equipment. smile

I'm one of those kids who started playing around with batteries and bulbs when I was about 5 and then graduated to bigger things. By the time I was 10 or 11 I was fortunate in having friends of the family and neighbors present me with all manner of old radios etc. when they cleared out their attics.

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