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08-09-08, 12:55 PM #1
How come there aren't B batteries?
08-09-08, 12:55 PM #2
I never realized there weren't.
08-09-08, 12:56 PM #3
Just for you, Reca, I submitted your question to Google and within a few seconds go the answer. Apparently some 3-year-old boys have asked this question before, motivating their aunt to answer on the internet for all others who shared that same childlike curiosity!
"Have I mentioned that my three-year-old nephews are ridiculously bright children, and paragons in every way? Well, they are..l.. Anyway, the boys were shopping with their mother for C batteries, and Peggy went through the battery display with them: AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D, nine-volt. Where, the boys wanted to know, was B?
B batteries are no longer widely available because nothing uses them any more. Old radios used to operate on vacuum tubes that required two different batteries: an "A" battery to heat the vacuum tube, and a "B" battery that ran the rest of the radio. Improvements in technology did away with vacuum tubes in consumer electronics, which ended the need for the "A" and "B" batteries."
Don't thank me, thank Al Gore for inventing the internet!
08-09-08, 01:03 PM #4
Now I will be able to sleep tonight knowing the answer to this extremely puzzling question......To be a good Law Enforcement Officer you MUST know the law!
08-09-08, 02:12 PM #5
But there used to B
Phil's Old Radios http://www.antiqueradio.org/bsupply.htm
Rod's Classic & Antique Radios http://tri.net/~rrogers/radio/batt.html
Practical Pointers on the Audion
GISCO Batteries and Battery Packs
To quote Phil, old radios required three different power sources to operate: "the A voltage heats the filament to release electrons; the B voltage gives the plate a positive charge to attract electrons from the filament; and the C voltage lets the grid regulate the flow of electrons from filament to plate." The batteries we use today are based on the old radio batteries, such that the A and C sizes are still low voltage batteries (1.5V); however, to quote A. B. Cole, the high-voltage B batteries "are at best unreliable, from their very nature." As such, they were phased out in favor of using multiple lower-voltage batteries. While I couldn't find any suppliers that still made B cells, there were a handful of companies that made "B eliminators", which could power antique radios using arrays of 9V batteries.
08-09-08, 04:03 PM #6
Jenna...you cheater lol**********************
"I used to care
but now I take a pill for that"
08-09-08, 04:36 PM #7
I learn something new everyday. Thanks O/R for continuing to increase my knowledge with useless facts.Wise men stand behind me, brave men stand beside me, but only fools stand against me.
The force that propels you to prevail when you are put to a test of survival will be a mindset that refuses to accept nothing but winning.
Too often, we lose sight of life's simple pleasures. Remember, when someone annoys you it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown, BUT, it only takes 4 muscles to reach out and bitch slap that motherf*cker upside the head.
08-09-08, 05:46 PM #8
Once upon a time, there used to be a B-cell battery. But just like the second sister on the ABC’s Family Matters, the B-cell battery simply found itself written out of the script.
Here’s what happened. Battery letter designations are based on the size of the battery for common sizes. Hence, A is the smallest, and D is the largest. By that same logic, AA batteries are larger than AAA. Unfortunately for B batteries, however, it wasn’t the size that counted.
The fact is, you never see B batteries around because they just aren’t very useful in America. Essentially, the mid-size battery never caught on in products made for consumers, so stores didn’t carry them, and the cycle just fed itself. The truth of the matter is that B-cells, like artsy directors and good jazz musicians, are really only appreciated in Europe, where they’re used primarily for powering bicycle lamps.
08-09-08, 06:01 PM #9But just like the second sister on the ABCís Family Matters,
But thanks to all that replied,you have quite possibly saved Recas life,cause if I didn't finally get to sleep tonight,I would have gone ballistic.
08-10-08, 12:35 AM #10
The same reason you get F's in school and not E's
Thereís a promise I need you to make
While Iím gone you take care of the love
And Iíll deal with the hate.
Donít worry about me; Iíll be all right
Just care for your children and sleep tight
Iíll keep you safe on my watch tonight
On My Watch Tonight - Mike Corrado
08-10-08, 12:51 AM #11Somebody Please, what the hell is that smell?
"The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'."
The views, opinions, stupid off the cuff comments, mouthy, obnoxious, thoughtless, etc etc etc are not always or even some of the time the belief of my department, so bugger off!
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