Did you know that one of the Unites States founding fathers created the battery? Benjamin Franklin is believed to have created the battery in 1749. Franklin was one of the first people to experiment with electricity. He was first to use the word "battery" to describe sheets of glass coated with metal, also known as capacitors. And, these capacitors were able to keep an electrical charge. The many inventions of Franklin still shape the way we use electricity today. Batteries are very common today. You likely have dozens of them in your house. Each battery helps make our lives easier, but as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. As this video shows, batteries can cause a tremendous amount of damage if you are not careful with them - check it out.