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How to charge your phone with apples and potatoes
Telegraph UK ^ | July 24, 2014 | Matthew Sparkes

Posted on 07/24/2014 3:57:47 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Intrigued Londoners looked on today as a smartphone's battery was charged by a strange contraption made of 800 apples and potatoes connected with hundreds of nails and lengths of copper wire.

The art installation was created outside the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, essentially just a large-scale version of the classroom science experiment where a single potato is used to power a digital clock.

By stringing 800 pieces of fruit and vegetables together with galvanized nails and wire, artist Caleb Charland was able to scale-up the power output so much that it could charge a mobile phone – in this case a Nokia Lumia 930, charged via a wireless mat.

The hand-built circuit created an electrical current of an average 20mA and around six volts.

Charland said: “The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon has endlessly fascinated me. Many people have had the experience of drawing power from fruit in the classroom, and it never ceases to inspire the imagination of all ages.

“I have never worked with anything on this scale before, and it was a challenge. By creating this large organic charger to power a Lumia 930 device, this work speaks to a common curiosity we all have for how the world works, as well as a global concern for the future of Earth’s energy sources.”

The project was a publicity stunt paid for by Microsoft,

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 07/24/2014 3:57:47 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Well, they are conductors...but I don’t think they’d fit in your pocket very well.


2 posted on 07/24/2014 4:00:21 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

All the apples and potatoes would cost more than just plugging it in. “Art” is not always functional.


3 posted on 07/24/2014 4:05:55 PM PDT by Fungi (And the feckless one thinks he knows everything--think again.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Actually, I’ve always thought about what a hit I would be if I traveled back in time to like the 1400’s with my iPhone. But then I always realized my fame would be short-lived as my phone would shortly lose it’s charge. This would totally solve this problem!


4 posted on 07/24/2014 4:06:51 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: MNDude

Who would you call in the 15th century?


5 posted on 07/24/2014 4:09:51 PM PDT by Fungi (And the feckless one thinks he knows everything--think again.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

The professor could have done it with a few cocoanuts, pennies and wires.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 4:10:12 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Fungi

hmmm. Guess I’ll still have to figure out that part.


7 posted on 07/24/2014 4:12:55 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: yarddog

But they wouldn’t have been as pretty!


8 posted on 07/24/2014 4:15:20 PM PDT by livius
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Geeeez.......just use the microwave.


9 posted on 07/24/2014 4:16:48 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: MNDude

Take several cases of phone with ya. Pass out the phones a few at a time. Make ‘em pay for a recharge in your secret lab. Could give the phones away and receive revenue for a recharge.


10 posted on 07/24/2014 4:17:38 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Dont forget the “you didnt build that” cell tower!


11 posted on 07/24/2014 4:29:59 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: C210N

heck just launch a satellite.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 4:32:55 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: C210N

you are correct ... I did forget the cell tower.


13 posted on 07/24/2014 4:34:19 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Fungi

The stopwatch, timer, calculator, camera, and voice recording features would be enough to get him burned at the stake.


14 posted on 07/24/2014 4:37:40 PM PDT by Textide
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Kartographer

That is awesome.

The could work in an emergency situation if you didn’t need to eat more than you needed to charge your cell phone.


15 posted on 07/24/2014 4:42:48 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: Textide

No kidding.

They didn’t take well to the unusual in those days.


16 posted on 07/24/2014 4:43:58 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Very creative. But with the new super high price of food, this contraption Doesn’t look like very practical


17 posted on 07/24/2014 4:49:18 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Gay!


18 posted on 07/24/2014 4:49:23 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Textide; MNDude

MNDude, Textide is correct. Don’t take a phone. Take a firearm and lots of ammo. If you do take a phone and they find the phone, the firearm and ammo will come in handy. Take transportation of some sort too for a fast get-away.


19 posted on 07/24/2014 4:55:47 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Power for the cell tower might be a challenge as well - not to mention the central office switching equipment to route the calls.


20 posted on 07/24/2014 4:58:15 PM PDT by utford
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

A better example can be found in Breaking Bad episode 209.


21 posted on 07/24/2014 5:01:26 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: utford

gosh do we need a permit to launch a satellite? This is getting complicated ...


22 posted on 07/24/2014 5:03:04 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Just learn to run faster than the bear.


23 posted on 07/24/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: no-to-illegals

I doubt the government required permits for satellite launches in the 1400’s - should be good to go there


24 posted on 07/24/2014 5:04:45 PM PDT by utford
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To: MaxMax
no problem ... feed the bear the fermented apples. A drunk bear doesn't run very fast.
25 posted on 07/24/2014 5:05:38 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Don’t give politicians any ideas. Corn in gasoline has already driven up meat prices. Apples and potatoes for electricity will drive the price of fruit and vegetables up.


26 posted on 07/24/2014 5:06:55 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: utford

Thanks don’t want to pack more than is necessary.


27 posted on 07/24/2014 5:07:01 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Far more feasible: http://www.biolitestove.com


28 posted on 07/24/2014 5:32:02 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" - Obama, setting RoE with his opposition)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
I am reminded of that Breaking Bad episode in which Walter and Jesse spend a frantic weekend out in the desert cooking up a mega batch of meth only to find the RV's battery dead when they're ready to return, Jesse having left the key in the ignition. Their generator blows up when they try to use it jump the engine. Their phones don't work. Ultimately, they end up improvising a battery, which they use to start the engine.

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGE87AEA7vc

29 posted on 07/24/2014 5:34:56 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: MNDude

No problem, take a solar powered phone charger, should be good for a couple of decades.


30 posted on 07/24/2014 5:51:55 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: MNDude

You could entertain the 14th century folks with endless hours of cat videos.


31 posted on 07/24/2014 7:11:29 PM PDT by BBell (I'm cynical and sarcastic and therefore I love Ann Coulter)
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To: Fungi

lol


32 posted on 07/25/2014 5:40:40 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: Textide

LOL


33 posted on 07/25/2014 5:41:41 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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