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But how does it work?
I came here as a reasonably educated layperson (not a chemist), hoping to understand how the Karpen Pile is still working. This article talks about history, discovery, and other random stuff, but does not include a concise explanation (or approximation) of how these things actually work. Don't most articles include this in the first section? Could someone improve this, please? bendodge (talk) 17:01, 5 January 2016 (UTC)
As far as I know, Volta used copper instead of silver.
"Volta's paper is downright entertaining. He stuck wires in his ears and heard ringing, and put them on his eyeballs and saw light, but it hurt when he put them up his nose! If you really want to have fun, said he, you should turn the pile into an electric eel by wrapping it in leather and giving it a head and a tail, and then you should ask someone to pick it up. Alessandro would have loved whoopee cushions and dribble glasses." 
how many volts did this battery produce? i want to build one capable of powering a LED
Offensiveandconfusing 18:47, 3 October 2006
It probably produces hardly any electricity... that would be one reason why we dont use them any more.
- "It probably produces hardly any electricity... that would be one reason why we dont use them any more." - nonsense, bloody nonsense. 300m ameriturds don't produce any electricity either, that making them useless. The Volta battery is not in use anymore because of the large construction, which needs too much room. --220.127.116.11 (talk) 15:58, 18 July 2009 (UTC)
The battery Volta gave to Faraday
One of the Royal Institution curators gave this interview about the Voltaic battery Volta gave to Faraday http://www.culture24.org.uk/science+%2526+nature/art64985. Would this be appropriate to cite in the Voltaic pile article? Disclaimer: I work at Culture24. Thanks very much, RosieClarke (talk) 19:00, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
Model for oxidation-reaction reactions
The model in this article appears to be incorrect. Basically, copper is not dissolved into the electrolyte; hydrogen evolves from the copper electrode. See Lemon battery#Chemical reactions. The most pertinent recent reference from Goodisman (Journal of Chemical Education) is unfortunately not readily available online, but there's a synopsis of the main points in the Lemon battery article. I'll change this section to the correct model shortly if there aren't any objections. Easchiff (talk) 07:26, 29 November 2012 (UTC)
Specifications of the Volta Pile
I came to this page for some information on the volta pile and also its performance, size of disks, amps, that sort of thing. What I got is the old Galvani-Volta frog indoctrination. Sorry to say, I now have to look somewhere else, but it's not the first time with wikepedia either. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 10:15, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
The first referenced source contains a dead link so I did a Google search to find the source. The following URL appears to be active and will link to the referenced source: http://knowledge.electrochem.org/encycl/art-v01-volta.htm Kelsokat (talk) 03:30, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
Summary of edits: Added more info about Faraday, tied it into Electrochemistry and Voltaic piles. Added link to Michael Faraday Wiki article. Provided sources for new info and added appropriate sources for existing info which was not cited. Kelsokat (talk) 06:08, 26 September 2016 (UTC)
This section currently reads almost as a side note. Recommend removing as a separate section and instead tie the mention of dry piles in with the above “Electrochemistry” section. Both sections are discussing early experiments performed in order to understand how the voltaic pile generated and conducted electricity. Kelsokat (talk) 03:37, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
Dry piles are important in discussing early electric clocks, the Oxford electric bell, and the early delineation of current and emf (Ohm's Law) etc and this section is a link in these articles. Suggest retaining. Sperth (talk) 06:48, 20 September 2016 (UTC)