Hi, I'm trying to understand electrical potential and potential difference. I was wondering if anyone can confirm if what I have written is correct or not? If not I would be glad to learn what I am yet not understanding. When you push away an electron of negative charge from a positive charge, you increase its potential energy because it requires work to push it against its will. The work done on the electron when pushing it towards the negative charge is stored in the electron as potential energy. The reason electrons have high potential energy when leaving the negative pole of a battery, is because they are forced close to a negative pole. The potential difference in a battery depends on the difference in charge between the positive and negative pole in the battery, and the bigger the potential difference the faster the electrons run through the system, and the more energy they drop off in form of heat or light.