The chicken or the egg? It seems pretty obvious that
the flashlight would not exist without the battery. The first battery was
invented in 1866 and it took until 1888 before it was made safe enough to
encase the wet cell chemicals in a sealed zinc container. Prior to this time
most of the existing batteries were just a mixture of chemicals stored in glass
real flashlight as we would recognize it today was invented in 1896. It was
marketed to be a safer alternative to candles or kerosene lanterns that easily
tipped over and caused fires.
"flashlight" came about because the first portable lights would not give a
steady stream of light. You had to "flash" them on for a few seconds and then
turn them off, because the batteries and the bulbs were not powerful enough to
sustain a long-term light source.
designs of flashlights did not have a push type "on/off" switch. They just had
a ring or a tab that when engaged would push itself against a band of metal to
make the needed contact with the battery.
until 1879 that Thomas Edison invented the incandescent bulb.
so-called "dry cell" batteries were used to power the early telephones and
create the pulse source for the telegraph. Later versions were used in the
first automobiles to create power for the ignition switch.
A battery such as a D cell or AA cell is really just a
very simple electrical device that converts stored chemical energy into
batteries have certain characteristics; they consist of three internal parts, a
positive electrode, a negative electrode and a third semi-liquid substance
called and electrolyte.
Duty flashlight batteries have a zinc negative electrode and a carbon positive
electrode with the electrolyte being a chloride solution.
batteries, which can operate up to 8 to 10 times longer than zinc chloride
batteries, use a zinc negative electrode and a manganese positive electrode and
the electrolyte is potassium hydroxide.