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Jay Barracato

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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2018, 01:39:29 am »

Why do I bother to rent generators? I feel pretty stupid right now! :o
Potato batteries are a pretty standard demo. Each potato with a copper electrode and a zinc electrode  gives about 1 volt.

So how many potatoes are in a bushel?

(Actually on chemical terms the potato is acting as the bridge between the half cells formed around each electrode. The potato is not the source of the difference in potential but causes the current to flow from the cathode to the anode. The same two electrodes in direct contact would  still react but release the energy as heat instead of current capable of doing work.)

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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2018, 06:54:56 am »

Potato batteries are a pretty standard demo. Each potato with a copper electrode and a zinc electrode  gives about 1 volt.

So that suggests 230 potatoes in series will make 230 volts. (Real Science)

Here's a video showing 244 9-volt batteries in series, which is a lot of volts.

Yes, both of these would be real science/math, but of course with potatoes there's not enough current to be useful for anything more than a voltage demonstration. However, the 9-volt battery bank demonstration as enough peak current available to blow up a few things. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hwLHdBTQ7s
 
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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2018, 02:18:37 pm »

Mike, Could you use potatoes in your 3-phase demo? ::)
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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2018, 02:30:09 pm »

Mike, Could you use potatoes in your 3-phase demo? ::)

That would be intermingling two threads, and we've been told to NEVER cross the beams... ;D
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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2018, 02:48:20 pm »

So that suggests 230 potatoes in series will make 230 volts. (Real Science)

Here's a video showing 244 9-volt batteries in series, which is a lot of volts.

Yes, both of these would be real science/math, but of course with potatoes there's not enough current to be useful for anything more than a voltage demonstration. However, the 9-volt battery bank demonstration as enough peak current available to blow up a few things. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hwLHdBTQ7s
While it works, it will create milliamps of current (mw power). The limiting factors are the amount of zinc on the electrode and the amount of acid in the potato. The copper is an inert electrode. It is pretty typical to power small clocks as part of the demo. Two in series will usually run something that would use a single AAA battery.

The problem in the first video is I never saw him create a way for the current to pass between the two potatoes ( which would still be only one cell)

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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #25 on: January 01, 2019, 08:48:13 am »

The problem in the first video is I never saw him create a way for the current to pass between the two potatoes ( which would still be only one cell).

All of these "free energy" videos are basically cheap magic tricks done with simple video editing, and many times not very good editing. There's always some sort of hollowed-out stand or base where they can hide a few batteries.

The gullibility of the non-technical public is amazing to me.
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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2019, 12:42:38 pm »

All of these "free energy" videos are basically cheap magic tricks done with simple video editing, and many times not very good editing. There's always some sort of hollowed-out stand or base where they can hide a few batteries.

The gullibility of the non-technical public is amazing to me.

You're just jealous because you are too ethical to take advantage of people that way too make easy money  8)
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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2019, 03:53:15 pm »

You're just jealous because you are too ethical to take advantage of people that way too make easy money  8)

Mike is working on the 277v three phase potato bank.  Oops, sorry, Mike!  ::)
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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #28 on: January 01, 2019, 04:06:26 pm »

Mike is working on the 277v three phase potato bank.  Oops, sorry, Mike!  ::)

I told you not to cross the streams.  ;D
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Re: 230-volt potatoes
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2019, 01:33:07 am »

I told you not to cross the streams.  ;D
  When do you need to switch from Red, Black and Blue to Orange, Yellow and Brown??? 
Toodleoo! 
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