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In electronics, an A battery is any battery used to provide power to the filament of a vacuum tube. It is sometimes colloquially referred to as a "wet battery" (although there's no reason why a "dry" battery of suitable voltage couldn't be utilised for the purpose. The A battery in the photo is a dry battery.) The term comes from the days of valve (tube) radios when it was common practice to use a dry battery for the plate (Anode) voltage and a rechargeable lead/acid "wet" battery for the filament voltage.
Eveready #742 1½ Volts
Portable "A" Battery for 1.4 Volt receivers
L 2.5" W 2.5" H 4" ca. 1942
"A" Battery circuit of a Triode (white area)
- B battery (vacuum tubes)
- C battery (vacuum tubes)
- Instructions for Operating The Crosley 51 Radio Receiver Examples of usage of A, B, and C batteries in an early radio.
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