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Is it possible to make circuitikz draw battery-symbols like this:

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I know nothing about circutikz, but you can have a look at the battery symbol in the tikz circuits library. –  cjorssen Nov 4 '11 at 13:08
Which "tikz circuits library"? How to use it? Could you give an example please? –  student Nov 4 '11 at 13:16
See the pgfmanual mirror.ctan.org/graphics/pgf/base/doc/generic/pgf/pgfmanual.pdf p.311 –  cjorssen Nov 4 '11 at 13:35
@cjorssen: Thanks, I have found it in the manual. This led me to post another wuestion: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/33660/… –  student Nov 4 '11 at 15:04
@cjorssen: You should compose a MWE as answer so this question can be marked as answered. –  Peter Grill Nov 12 '11 at 5:19

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Sorry, I cannot provide any circuitikz solution. The following uses the tikz circuits library introduced in pgf 2.1 (and 2.0-cvs).

An example with a battery



\begin{tikzpicture}[circuit ee IEC]
  \draw (0,0) to [battery={info={$e_1$}}] ++(2,0) to
  [current direction' = {info = {$i$}, near start}, 
   resistor = {info = {$R$}, near end}] ++(0,3) to 
  [bulb] ++(-2,0) to[current direction' = {info = {$i$}}] (0,0);

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I did it in such way:

        \pgf@circ@res@step = -\ctikzvalof{bipoles/battery/width}
        \pgf@circ@Rlen \divide \pgf@circ@res@step by 2



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Use battery1:


  \draw (0,0) to [battery1] (1,0);


battery1 output

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Welcome to TeX.SX! Perhaps you could turn this into a complete minimal working example (MWE)? –  Adam Liter Feb 10 at 3:43
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