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Powering stuff with a vegetable?

speedblade 10 years ago
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Has anyone here tried something similar? If so:

What stuff did you use?

What did you charge?

What steps did you take to do it?

How long did it power or how much of the battery did it charge?

I'm very curious. What will happenen to you if you ate a whole edible-battery like that?
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Pete 10 years ago
I think its fake. I mean, how can jamming an USB connector into it work? I would believe it if there were actual electrodes, but a USB connector?
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Grim Reaper 10 years ago
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E_net4 10 years ago
"Grim Reaper" said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ptLgLre3c
Topic was powned by reasoning.
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The Gemini 10 years ago
Hah, an onion does not have enough energy to power an iPod anyway.

Nice scam though.
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Pete 10 years ago
Except for all the idiots (no offense) that fall for it and ruin their USB connectors. Oh well.
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E_net4 10 years ago
"Pete" said:
Except for all the idiots (no offense) that fall for it and ruin their USB connectors. Oh well.
I lol'd.
Well, while we're at it, what would be the best way to power an iPod with Onions?
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Idiota 10 years ago
it would probably involve non-yeilding nuclear reactions and a lot of radiation. :p
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Grim Reaper 10 years ago
You CAN power a lamp wif taters, though.
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Amarth 10 years ago
I'm not sure... Does a USB port supply AC or DC?
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MageKing17 10 years ago
"E_net4" said:
Well, while we're at it, what would be the best way to power an iPod with Onions?
Well, if we had perfect mass to energy conversion, we could get enough power out of an Onion to run a decent-sized city for a goodly amount of time.
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Grim Reaper 10 years ago
"Amarth" said:
I'm not sure... Does a USB port supply AC or DC?
I'd say DC, 'cos that's what goes into the motharbored, and I seriously doubt it gets transformed back to AC just for the USB.
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The Gemini 10 years ago
"E_net4" said:

Well, while we're at it, what would be the best way to power an iPod with Onions?

iOnions. These onions have been treated specially by Apple for maximum energy output.
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Grim Reaper 10 years ago
"The Gemini" said:
"E_net4" said:

Well, while we're at it, what would be the best way to power an iPod with Onions?

iOnions. These onions have been treated specially by Apple for maximum energy output.
the i prefix doesn't work like that. iNions is better (pronounce the -nions like in onions, and the i like you pronounce eye).
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E_net4 10 years ago
"Grim Reaper" said:
"The Gemini" said:
"E_net4" said:

Well, while we're at it, what would be the best way to power an iPod with Onions?

iOnions. These onions have been treated specially by Apple for maximum energy output.
the i prefix doesn't work like that. iNions is better (pronounce the -nions like in onions, and the i like you pronounce eye).
...Right.

"Grim Reaper" said:
You CAN power a lamp wif taters, though.
Explain.
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Grim Reaper 10 years ago
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E_net4 10 years ago
I shalt not admit the use of links instead of own words. It's just a failure for the actual person to do that.
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Grim Reaper 10 years ago
So sue me for not remembering in detail how the trick is performed and not having the arsedness to copy-paste the contents instead of just the URL.
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MageKing17 10 years ago
"E_net4" said:
I shalt not admit the use of links instead of own words. It's just a failure for the actual person to do that.
BFFFWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

Right. Sure.

"Grim Reaper" said:
http://www.physlink.com/education/askexperts/ae516.cfm
Now that's interesting, and calls to mind vague memories of middle school science class, though I didn't think we used a potato...
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Amarth 10 years ago
"MageKing17" said:
Now that's interesting, and calls to mind vague memories of middle school science class, though I didn't think we used a potato...
About anything with acid will work, really. I think we did it with oranges. And with an acidic water solution, too. Remember, always add acid to water, not the other way around.
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Grim Reaper 10 years ago
What happens if you DO add water to acid?
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Amarth 10 years ago
Heat gets released. Lots of it. Which makes the stuff start cooking, probably splattering all over you and giving severe burn marks.

Chemistry 101.
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Idiota 10 years ago
That is, of course, assuming that there is a high concentration of H3O present in the acid. Don't go expecting fireworks by dropping water in your orange juice.
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E_net4 10 years ago
That is chemistry fun.
Um, what about lemon juice?
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Amarth 10 years ago
I think you need a strong acid. Citric acid is a weak acid.
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Idiota 10 years ago
Dunno the way molecules are named in English, but I think a bit of HCl or HSO4 will do the job just fine. Anyway, I think my teacher once explained that if you transport HSO4, you should always add more of the acid than what can possibly dissolve in the water. If any water is added, it would just be turned into acid due to the abundance of HSO4. If there's no abundance than you'll be leaking acid onto the concrete fairly shortly. Chemistry pwns.
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MageKing17 10 years ago
"Idiota" said:
Dunno the way molecules are named in English
Pretty sure the Periodic Table stays the same regardless of language. A cursory search appears to confirm.
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Idiota 10 years ago
Well, we Dutch name a lot of the elements different. For example, 'hydrogen' is 'waterstof' in Dutch, and most of the names in the periodic table differ greatly in Dutch and english.
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Amarth 10 years ago
"MageKing17" said:
"Idiota" said:
Dunno the way molecules are named in English
Pretty sure the Periodic Table stays the same regardless of language. A cursory search appears to confirm.
Also, element != molecule. HCl is called 'zoutzuur' (literally salt acid) in Dutch but hydrochloric acid in English. Many simple chemical substances have non-scientific names. Like you call H2O water, and not dihydrogenoxyde or something.
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E_net4 10 years ago
Indeed, but I think it would be nice to call it "dióxido de hidrogénio" instead of "água". (Portuguese this is.)
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MageKing17 10 years ago
"Amarth" said:
"MageKing17" said:
"Idiota" said:
Dunno the way molecules are named in English
Pretty sure the Periodic Table stays the same regardless of language. A cursory search appears to confirm.
Also, element != molecule. HCl is called 'zoutzuur' (literally salt acid) in Dutch but hydrochloric acid in English. Many simple chemical substances have non-scientific names. Like you call H2O water, and not dihydrogenoxyde or something.
True, but he wasn't listing molecule names, he was listing elements, and the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements stays the same.
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