Abstract: Electrochemical energy storage and conversion is an important component of the current energy supply scenario, satisfying many application requirements. Central to this of course is the electrochemical manufacture, characterization and performance evaluation of materials, electrodes, and systems. Many tools are available to the electrochemist to characterize these materials and systems that are for the most part overlooked despite the added insight they can provide. Here we describe the application of a variety of electrochemical methods to the range of applications encountered in our laboratory. This will include the electrodeposition of materials (including manganese oxides and carbon), the fundamental science and engineering of various electrochemical systems (including the high temperature direct carbon fuel cell), and some advanced electrochemical characterization techniques (including step potential electrochemical spectroscopy).