The zincs should be well amalgamated, and not touch the bottom of the cells.
In renewing a Leclanche battery, do the zincs have to be amalgamated?
Zincs and coppers should be thoroughly cleaned every time a cell is taken out of use.
The brake then acts, and the crank stops after making a revolution of 180°, and immersing the zincs to a maximum depth.
Yet in all these cases the zincs had been well-cleaned from adhering copper, &c., before each trial of power.
If in multiple, to produce large current—zincs together and carbons together.
The zincs are little bits of places where you get hot coffee, beer or a petit verre.
If the zincs have been carefully cleansed and the water is pure, no current flows as is shown by the lamp remaining dark.
Is there any real advantage in amalgamating the zincs of the above batteries?
This sets up a "short circuit," and the zincs are consumed whether the battery is in action or not.