Do Amish use batteries?

Amish use many kinds of battery-powered tools

amish batteriesAmish do not permit public electricity, but do use batteries in many forms.

Most Amish buggies use bright lighting for safety, which is powered by a car or marine battery carried in or mounted under the buggy.  Amish use flashlights in the home and when going outside at night.  They are also big users of LED lighting.

Batteries power calculators, alarm clocks, cash registers, drills, electric fences, and even basic word processors used in some Amish businesses.

Amish forbid public electricity in the home because a) it permits any technology (television, internet) to be plugged in and used, and b) it is a symbolic connection to “the world”.

Batteries provide a limited source of power for a range of practical uses, and are thus seen to be acceptable, even by the most conservative Amish.

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    1. Amanda

      Not exactly

      Not “even the most conservative” embrace batteries. It was my assumption too until yesterday. An Amish woman told me that her sect did not allow them.

      1. Jimmy


        The Amish near me don’t use technology like that, the Mennonites definitely do but not the Amish proper