Have you ever had to replace the batteries in your torch or any other device that uses a D-cell battery? If you have replaced such batteries often within a short period, you may wonder how much voltage they can carry and whether or not you can improve them.
D batteries do not pack a lot of voltage because of their design and size. A typical D battery has only 1.5 volts, and although it usually looks big, you may think it holds more voltage.
Why is it popular if a D battery produces only a little voltage? The battery is designed to fit specific purposes. You will find it in old-fashioned flashlights and some remote controls. It is bigger than the usual ‘finger’ battery you may see everywhere else. Learn more as w go on in this article.
Different Types of D Batteries
It is crucial to note that there are different types of batteries. Some are rechargeable, while the common ones are not rechargeable but are regular batteries. Regular, non-rechargeable batteries have a higher number of volts than rechargeable ones. The same applies to AAA batteries.
A rechargeable D battery has 1.2 volts, while its regular counterpart produces 1.5 volts. That means there is a difference of 0.3 volts between these batteries. However, before concluding the power and output from these batteries, you must determine how much charge they can hold.
Volts & Amperage
The charge from a battery is measured in milliamp-hours (mAh), each with a specific charge. A D battery can have a charge of 500 mAh and produce 1.5 volts. If that is the case, you can place it together with other batteries with the same amperage and voltage output and produce more power.
How is that possible? Arranging these batteries parallelly increases their output as they work as one unit. But if you place them in a row, their output reduces. It is a little complicated, but we will break it down to help you understand the power output from such an arrangement.
Arranging the batteries parallelly causes them to produce only 1.5 volts, but the amperage will be 2000 mAh. However, placing them in a row causes them to produce 6 volts but an amperage of 500 mAh.
In other words, the voltage you get from using more than one D battery depends on your arrangement. More volts equals arranging them in a row, but more amperage equals arranging them in parallel. If you use high-drain devices, they may not last.
How to Use D Batteries Correctly
From the information above, you can tell that the arrangement of your batteries impacts how well they perform. If you need to replace them or are using them for the first time, follow these steps to put them correctly into the device.
1. Open the Battery Compartment
First, locate the battery compartment and determine how to open it. Some devices are more complex in how you use them than others. Use the manual or guide for the device to open the compartment without damaging it.
2. Remove the Batteries
The next step is to take the old batteries out. Once the battery compartment is open, carefully remove the batteries. Inspect them to see if they have leaked fluid; if that is the case, you need to wear gloves or cover your hands before touching the leaking batteries.
Battery fluid is acidic and can be injurious if it touches your skin. Also, ensure the old ones do not touch the new ones. Thoroughly clean the battery compartment before putting the new batteries in it. Otherwise, the acid will eat at the protective cover and make the new ones useless.
3. Get the Correct Orientation
Before taking the old batteries out, ensure you note the orientation. The orientation is the correct placement of the batteries to yield the best results. Every battery has polarity indicated by the + and – signs. You must insert them in the right order for the batteries to work.
Therefore, look inside the battery compartment to find these signs. Once you do, inspect the batteries to find the signs; each end has a + or – sign. Now, insert the batteries with corresponding terminals.
Place the end with the + sign to align with the end of the battery compartment with the same sign. Do the same with the ed with the – sign. Push the batteries in until they fully settle into the compartment.
If the compartment or batteries do not have these signs to direct you, put a finger into the compartment and feel the terminals on each end. The protruding part is the positive terminal, while the flat part is the negative terminal.
4. Finish the Task
Once you correctly insert the batteries in their compartment, close it and test the device. This enables you to determine how well they work. If the device does not respond, you may want to repeat the abovementioned steps.
Alternatively, open the battery compartment and roll the batteries from left to right while inside the device. It also helps to clean the terminals, paying careful attention this time because battery fluid may have caked on them if the old ones leaked.
If all else fails, use another set of batteries. D batteries have a shelf life of five to six years if handled correctly.
This is especially true if zinc-carbon D batteries. Alkaline D batteries last longer, lasting between five and ten years, and have a higher capacity than their zinc-carbon batteries. You will find an alkaline battery in stores around you.
How many volts is a D battery? A typical D battery is a 1.5-volt battery, although it is physically larger than other batteries in the same category. There are two types: non-rechargeable and rechargeable D-cell batteries.
The non-rechargeable ones are more common and produce more voltage than the rechargeable ones, which produce about 1.2 volts. However, we have explained how to improve the battery voltages and power output if you need more, especially if you use more than one D battery simultaneously.