Alessandro Volta's voltaic pile

The first electrical battery, invented by Volta in 1800 in Genoa, Italy. This voltaic pile, made before 1813, was presented to Michael Faraday by Volta in 1814.

Detail of Alessandro Volta's voltaic pile
Credit: Paul Wilkinson

Date: pre-1814

Place made: Milan, Italy

Alternative name: Early battery

Materials: Wood, glass rods, blotting paper, metal discs

Measurements: H: 232mm, W: 102mm, D: 102mm