I have put together a equivalent circuit model of a battery in Latex and circuitikz, but I can not change the position of two elements. So I would like to have the arrow and label of the voltage source on the left side instead of the right. I tried "mirror" and a >/< by the v of the label, but it did not change. Additionally I would like the arrow and label of V_bat on the right instead of the left like it is now.

How do I accomplish this?

Here is the code and a picture:



      \draw (0,0) to[american voltage source, v=$V_{OCV}$] (0,-4);
            \draw (0,0) to [short] (2,0);
            \draw (2,0) to [short] (2,1);
            \draw (2,0) to [short] (2,-1);
            \draw (2,1) to[R=$R(SoC)$] (5,1);
            \draw (2,-1) to[C=$C(SoC)$] (5,-1);
            \draw (5,-1) to [short] (5,1);
            \draw (5,0) to [short, -o] (6,0);
            \draw (0,-4) to [short, -o] (6,-4);
            \draw (6,0) to [open, v=$V_{Bat}$] (6,-4);


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  • 1
    Welcome to TSE. Please post a Minimal Working Example, instead of a code snippet. Aug 13 at 13:43
  • Please do what @JoséCarlosSantos is suggesting. Which voltage option is in force (i.e., how you call the circuitikz package) is important to answer correctly...
    – Rmano
    Aug 13 at 13:51
  • Please see the updated post Aug 13 at 14:11

1 Answer 1


The side on which the labels are shown in voltages is controlled by the modifiers _ and ^ (the ones you tried, < and >, control the direction). So change the two voltages to:

    (0,0) to[american voltage source, v_=$V_{OCV}$] 
    (6,0) to [open, v^=$V_{Bat}$] (6,-4)

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In addition, you should really use one of the two modern voltage directions (in your case, EFvoltages, I think); the default is the old nooldvoltages, which is not completely coherent (see the manual in section 5.2 for details). Moreover, you should try to use a continuous path when possible — if you zoom in, the wires in your circuits join like this:

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So, for example (but this can be muchly improved using relative and named coordinates):


    \draw (0,0) to[american voltage source, v_=$V_{OCV}$]
        (0,-4) to [short, -o] (6,-4);
    \draw (0,0) -- (2,0) -- (2,1)
        to[R=$R(SoC)$] (5,1) -- (5,0)
        to[short, -o] (6,0);
    \draw (2,0) -- (2,-1)
        to[C=$C(SoC)$] (5,-1) -- (5,0);
    \draw (6,0) to [open, v^=$V_{Bat}$] (6,-4);


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(Zoom in an see the difference!)


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