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Accumulators & Batteries


There is a difference between accumulators and batteries. However, most professionals distinguish between primary batteries (not rechargeable) and secondary batteries (rechargeable).

 

 


The difference

The word ‘accumulator’ literally means ‘something that collects or builds up’. In other words, the accumulator stores energy, for instance electricity, and can release it when necessary. In practice, though, a distinction is made on the basis of shape.

 

Distinction based on shape

Most people distinguish between different types of batteries on the basis of shape. Batteries often have a standard shape (button cell, AA, AAA, C, D, 4, 5V and 9V).

 

Primary batteries and secondary batteries

As the main difference between the various cells is whether they can be recharged after use, most professionals distinguish between primary batteries (not rechargeable) and secondary batteries (rechargeable).

 

 

 

 

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