How-To: Simple metal-air battery

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How-To:  Simple metal-air battery

Here’s a nice demonstration of an aluminum-air battery which produces 1.0 V and 100 mA from the oxidation of aluminum foil. Metal-air cells such as this find common application in hearing aid batteries, for instance, which are driven by the oxidation of zinc.


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