Voltage = work or force?

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  1. Unregistered

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    Volume I, Voltage and current

    Defined in the context of static electricity, voltage is the measure of work required to move a unit charge from one location to another, against the force which tries to keep electric charges balanced. In the context of electrical power sources, voltage is the amount of potential energy available (work to be done) per unit charge, to move electrons through a conductor.

    Shouldn't voltage be called a unit of force rather than work? A battery, for instance can be connected to nothing and still be charged to full voltage.
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