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Ye olde battery made in my kitchen

 
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JingleJoe
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:24 pm    Post subject: Ye olde battery made in my kitchen Reply with quote

This has probably been done a million times before but I just wanted to share my electrical endeavours of this evening Smile

A battery!






Made from;

Salt
Water
Copper wire
Zinc coated nails
Lolly-ice maker (or popsicle maker for you yankies Wink)

How? In five minutes that's how Laughing

Mix lots of salt into hot water so you can disolve more into it, atleast two table spoons to one glass.
I also added acid (vinegar) which increased power a little bit but adding alot of vinegar did not increase it (it acctually decreased it) one or two drops per lolly-ice compartment was best.

Next connect one wire to some copper (or just strip a long section of the wire if it is copper inside) and connect another wire to one of the nails, putting the copper in one side of your battery fluid and the zinc nail in the other will give you current flow! Test with a low range meter or LED.

Double or tripple or quadripple up your batteries for more power! This is why I suggest using a lolly-ice maker, lots of nice little compartments which are easily connected between Smile

More pictures Very Happy








I acctually got the LED about twice as bright as in that photograph by experimenting with different concentrations of salt and vinegar but my camera eats batteries like theres no tomorrow so ran out after a few photographs, not even my home made battery was up to the task Wink

Tomorrow I might try all 8 battery compartments filled, I only used 4 tonight because I only made 3 short jump cables with copper on one side and a zinc nail on the other and I am too tired to make more now Laughing




Anyone care to join me in some maniacal laughter?
MWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool stuff, JingleJoe. Was it this that inspired you? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks and wow thats fantastic, I hadn't seen it, I had acctually been reading up about Alessandro Volta, hence the title Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,

Long ago and far away, my daughter did a science fair project that got her into the regional fair later.

The project was "What materials found around the home can make a good battery"

The cells were made from empty 35mm film containers.
Electrodes were;

1> 14guage house wiring(copper)
2> 1/8 inch pop rivet(Aluminum)
3> A 2 inch long galvanized common nail(Zinc)
4> A scrap piece of silver solder(silver)

Electrolyte consisted of;

1>Lemon juice
2>Salt water
3> Vinegar
4> Pepsi Cola

She made a combination of cells from the parts, then measured the voltages each of the cells gave out.

I can't remember all the voltages, but if I remember correctly, the highest voltage we got was 1.04 volts from copper, zinc and Pepsi

It was kinda neat I thought, especially the Pepsi for electrolyte. Makes one wonder what to drink nowadays. Razz

Cheers for now, Bob
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gridleak wrote:
Hi all,

Long ago and far away, my daughter did a science fair project that got her into the regional fair later.

The project was "What materials found around the home can make a good battery"

The cells were made from empty 35mm film containers.
Electrodes were;

1> 14guage house wiring(copper)
2> 1/8 inch pop rivet(Aluminum)
3> A 2 inch long galvanized common nail(Zinc)
4> A scrap piece of silver solder(silver)

Electrolyte consisted of;

1>Lemon juice
2>Salt water
3> Vinegar
4> Pepsi Cola

She made a combination of cells from the parts, then measured the voltages each of the cells gave out.

I can't remember all the voltages, but if I remember correctly, the highest voltage we got was 1.04 volts from copper, zinc and Pepsi

It was kinda neat I thought, especially the Pepsi for electrolyte. Makes one wonder what to drink nowadays. Razz

Cheers for now, Bob


Kinda neat (and scary) when you can drink your electrolyte. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey JingleJoe I love the gauges, did you get them out of some old equipment?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
Hey JingleJoe I love the gauges, did you get them out of some old equipment?

No, I have collected most of them from ebay Laughing oh but I did remove one or two from some homemade variable-range voltmeters (you should have seen the resistors in them, they were ancient!)
I have a cardboard box 2 thirds full of old voltmeters/ammeters like those Smile And a few more stashed around shelves and scattered around my floor (in use) Laughing They were probably from some old equipment before I got my hands on them but one or two came boxed and unused Surprised All my collection are from before 1959, most from before 1945.
Thier original use is unkown to me but I have put them to new better uses! Laughing
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