OK, many of you know I’m an ME, not an EE or physics major, so don’t make fun of poor old Una for asking this question.
This was brought up by a friend who is actually pretty smart but somewhat argumentative (he’ll even argue with ME over coal power plant facts, I mean, that’s like competing with Venus Williams at tennis.)
He claims that you should never set an automobile battery on a concrete surface for storage, because it will create a “virtual capacitor” and drain itself much more quickly than if you set it on a wood or steel surface. I have tried to argue that I don’t see how on earth this could happen, but I confess I’m not an expert on electrodynamics or electrostatics so I feel like I don’t have a good position to argue from.
I have also heard several auto mechanics repeating this as being true, but have never seen any kind of warning or mention by a battery manufacturer. I did talk to one guy who worked at Delco battery for 30 years who also asserted it was true, but it was a “secret”, and that’s why no one talks about it.
OK, all you auto buffs, physics majors, double-E’s, and mulatto touch-typists out there - is there any truth at all to his assertion, and if so please explain it to me!