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Originally posted by johnsky
I can't think of any ways you could use a battery for the wrong reasons... at least, not in any way which couldn't be done with another object.
Originally posted by darklife
I always had a simple idea to take electrolitic capacitors of a really high farad value and give them a quick jolt, then figure out a way to regulate the current being used from it's charge in such a way to run small electronics for a long period of time. Maybe small watches or LEDs could be ran for months or years using this idea? Like said, just an idea.
Capacitors can charge almost instantly. Probably a little off topic but felt the need to share my idea. It sure would beat having to get a new watch battery every darn year
Lithium is widely distributed on Earth, however, it does not naturally occur in elemental form due to its high reactivity. Estimates for crustal content range from 20 to 70 ppm by weight. In keeping with its name, lithium forms a minor part of igneous rocks, with the largest concentrations in granites. Granitic pegmatites also provide the greatest abundance of lithium-containing minerals, with spodumene and petalite being the most commercially viable mineral sources for the element. A newer source for lithium is hectorite clay, the only active development of which is through Western Lithium Corp in the USA. 
According to the Handbook of Lithium and Natural Calcium, "Lithium is a comparatively rare element, although it is found in many rocks and some brines, but always in very low concentrations. There are a fairly large number of both lithium mineral and brine deposits but only comparatively a few of them are of actual or potential commercial value. Many are very small, others are too low in grade." The most important deposit of lithium is in the Salar de Uyuni area of Bolivia, which holds half of the world's reserves. The lithium reserves are estimated at 30.000 tonnes in 2015.