You ignore me. Every day, for hours on end you hold me, but it’s not me you are thinking of. No, you are off saving the universe, daredevil driving, building an empire or setting off on another great adventure to save the universe. That or you are sending messages to your friends, browsing social media, watching a film. Even when I am right there, in your hand, you ignore me.

You force feed me, starve me, demand that I do what you want, when you want. Cold, hot, whatever. Every day, all year.

But I am the link to your world. Without me you are lost. Your photo album, music collection, library, funny videos, jokes, contacts, maps, diary – all teasingly close but just inaccessible bytes without me.

So why do you feed me when I am full, starve me when I am hungry, ignoring all my subtle messages that I need a bit of attention? You wait until I can give no more – then you notice me. I get cursed, sworn at, told I am worthless and do not do my job properly. You give me no allowance for getting older and ignore my symptoms of middle age spread.

And I am just part of a much larger family. My relations start your car in the morning, show you the time, help keep transport links safe and reliable. They can be found in the depths of the ocean, in hazardous locations, launched into space and trek across other worlds. They help protect life, reduce pollution and balance energy grids. They vital in the safe operation of your ships, cars, lorries, busses, trains and planes. They help deliver other energy to your homes and offices, are there to back you up when everything else has failed. They help you put up shelves, see in the dark and change the TV channel!

Where would you be without the humble battery?

All I ask is that you treat me well. I will be your reliable and faithful friend until the day your ‘phone is no longer ‘cool’. I know my fate but, as much as you may rave about your new smartphone or tablet, it’s me and my family that make it all possible. And I can do better, if you would only treat me right.

So at this time when you think about the one you take for granted, spend a moment to