Did Benjamin Franklin know how to store electricity?



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    Yes!  As a matter of fact, it was Franklin who first used the word “battery” to refer to a device to store energy.  Much of Franklin’s experiments with electricity revolved around the Leyden Jar, an early device used for storing electricity that was invented in the mid-18th century.  A Leyden Jar is essentially a glass jar, the outside and inside of which are coated with metal, that can hold a small charge.  Franklin was the first to fully understand how Leyden Jars worked, and ultimately used them to make the first “battery”, which consisted of multiple Leyden Jars linked together, thus increasing the total storage capacity.

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