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The battery consists of a 14-centimeter-high egg-shaped clay jar with an asphalt stopper. An iron rod protruding out of the asphalt is the anode, which is surrounded by a copper cylinder used as the cathode. Filled with vinegar as an electrolytic solution, the jar produces an electric current.
A Sharif University of Technology student has reproduced the battery in the exact measurements to test the three hypotheses he had on the applications of the battery.
His first theory is that the battery had been used for electroplating gold onto silver objects.
"The part to be plated is the cathode of the circuit while the anode is made of gold," Amin Taheri Najafabadi explained. "Both components are immersed in cyanide-gold salt."
He notes that cyanide-gold salt is not easily found in nature but can be found in animal bile or saltwater.
Taheri has already disproved his second hypothesis that the battery may have been invented for electricity production, as its electric potential is around 0.5V.
He assumed that the battery may have had medical applications considering the bronze and iron needles discovered next to the Parthian Battery.
"The device and its conductive needles may have been used for pain control. The use of electricity in medicine was seen in ancient Rome where electric fish were used for pain reduction," Taheri said in support of his hypothesis.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
One of the smartest races around.
Originally posted by johnsky
Same goes for Amperage. Linking them in parallel allows for a greater current draw than the one cell can feasibly provide.
Originally posted by BorgHoffen
You can make batteries, things that store charge, out of almost anything.
It doesn't mean they will work any good.
How would they have charged the battery?
They don't charge themselves......
A battery stores charge, but someone has to put the charge in it.
This is more sounding like a power generating device than a battery.