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Watch Batteries - Know Your Options For What You Need

Oct 4, 2007
They are miniature and quite a few of them resemble pennies, however they are much more than that. They are the heart of your watch that keeps it ticking. Even though you pay a significant amount money for that shiny gadget on your wrist, without that much less expensive watch battery, all is you end up with is an oddly shaped paperweight.

It is usually a small things that end up having so much meaning, a diamond, a broken toe, or your watch battery. Even though there are numerous watches manufactured that are powered through winding or by automatic movement, the vast majority of watches nowadays are analog or quartz and are battery-powered.

The time has past when peoples fingers were sore from having to wind the tiny dial on their watches. Those days are history ever since Energizer introduced to the consumer market the first watch battery back in 1957. The watch industry was prepared for just such an invention as well; manufacturers worked very hard to meet the new market demand started by this small round disc. So you may want to thank that pink bunny on television next time you look down at your digital watch, or power on your personal digital assistant (PDA).

Cute As a Button

Watch batteries have also become known as button cells, because they look so much like, well, buttons. With an average voltage roughly between one and three volts, these small devices do pack quite a punch, usually enough to at least keep your watch ticking and marketing for quite some time.

What is the best method to find out what battery your particular watch needs? Perform some mechanical surgery. That is basically another way of saying, you have the pop the top and take a look for yourself. Prior to making a purchase you can also ask a customer service representative or sales associate for that information.

Timepieces are just one use for watch batteries. They are also used in hearing aids, some electronic toys, calculators, small personal digital assistants (PDAs), various vehicle remote control devices, small LED lights, battery-powered children's books, and laser pointers for teachers to use as well as some science fiction fans.

Despite the fact that regular watch batteries are not usually interchangeable, you will find that a few small button cells have the ability to be charged again after being used. However, these have a tendency to not have the same performance as normal cells.

Since its introduction, there have been many uses that come to mind for watch batteries in general. The recently introduced, more sophisticated type of watches have made additional use of that small lithium device. You can time itself by doing something that is totally ridiculous, at the same time set the alarm so you can be reminded to call in that fast food order. That small eerie green light sure has come in handy.
About the Author
Listen to Corbin Newlyn as he shares his insights as an expert author and an avid writer in the field of electronics. If you would like to learn more go to New Wrist Watch advice and at Pocket Watch tips.
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