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Why your phone battery gets worse over time - George Zaidan

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Almost all batteries, even single-use batteries, are theoretically rechargeable. That’s because the metals and other chemicals are still there in the battery. So chemically speaking, a dead battery is actually not that different from a fresh one. Then why do batteries die in the first place? And what should you do with them once they’re spent? George Zaidan digs into the science of batteries.

Recycling a battery, or bringing a dead battery back to life, requires a process known as

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Meet The Creators

  • Script Writer George Zaidan
  • Director Luísa Holanda
  • Narrator George Zaidan
  • Storyboard Artist Luísa Holanda
  • Animator Murilo Jardim
  • Compositor Gabriel Maia
  • Art Director Luísa Holanda
  • Music Gabriel Maia
  • Sound Designer Gabriel Maia
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Produced by Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer George Zaidan
  • Science Consultant Sunil Mair

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