The rumors about a new battery existed about 250 BC. It is believed that the Parthians who ruled Baghdad (ca. 250 BC) used batteries to electroplate silver. The Egyptians are said to have electroplated antimony onto copper over 4300 years ago.
In fact, while we know of the basic battery most of our life, the battery continues to evolve though many times the changes are not apparent.
Compared to other advancements, the progress has only been moderate. A battery holds relatively little power, is bulky, heavy, and has a short life span. Here is a quick snapshot of battery history: