Leclanche cell, late 19th century.
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actual image size: 28cm x 32cm

Leclanche cell, late 19th century.

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The Leclanche cell is an early example of what is commonly called a battery. The cell provided a supply of current which could be used by scientists in their experiments. Most batteries used today are Leclanche cells, tightly cased in metal rather than a glas jar.

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