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Chemistry

3 Why is a normal battery called a dry cell?

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Wiki User
08/08/2008

I'll answer to the best of my abilities with the background knowledge I have.: The first battery invented used strips of tissue soaked in saltwater sandwiched between thin plates of alternating zinc and copper. Eventually batteries were developed sulfuric acid and lead were developed (same principle as today's common car batteries). Common household batteries, while not truly dry, contain an acidic paste, making them much safer to contain and package (and less prone to leaks and spills).