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1959 - Dr. Joseph J. Coleman demonstarting tiny wafer cell - a dry battery development

TINY WAFER CELL
BOOSTS BATTERY
POWER AND
VERSATILITY

CD 2055030 E&MP3.013

Batteries

September 25, 1959

Demonstrating the tiny Wafer Cell, a revolutionary dry battery development, is Dr. Joseph J. Coleman, vice president for engineering of Burgess Battery Company.

Wrapped in a heat-sealed pliofilm envelope, the tiny cell consists of a sandwich of artificial manganese dioxide mix between discs of flat zinc and carbon electrodes. Creation of this cell by Burgess has added enormous versatility to the packaging of portable power by multiplying the number of cell combinations that can be produced, and by making possible the creation of compact, yet powerful dry batteries like that shown at right.

This tiny dry battery, containing 15 wafer cells, in only 1.9 inches long, yet produces 22-1/2 volts of electricity. It is used for electronic and transistorized circuits 

Original Caption by Science Service
Burgess Battery Company



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