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Lead Storage Batteries

Experiment #29 from Chemistry with Vernier

Education Level
High School


Two or more wet or dry cells connected in series make a battery. A car battery is generally a lead storage battery containing lead and lead oxide plates in sulfuric acid solution. In this experiment, you will construct a lead storage cell and use a direct-current power supply to charge it. You will use a Voltage Probe to measure the cell’s voltage, and then use the cell to power an electric motor.


In this experiment, you will

  • Construct a lead storage cell.
  • Use a Voltage Probe to measure a cell’s voltage.
  • Use the cell to power an electric motor.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following sensors and equipment. Additional equipment may be required.


Teaching to an educational standard? This experiment supports the standards below.

International Baccalaureate (IB) 2025/Chemistry
Reactivity 3.2.7—Secondary (rechargeable) cells involve redox reactions that can be reversed using electrical energy.

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