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How to make electricity

Updated on June 18, 2012
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Tired of the electricity bill every month showing up in your mailbox? How would you like cheap electricity? Cheap electricity can be achieved if you learn how to make your own electricity because you won't be using the home electricity. Therefore, you will end up with cheap electricity.

There are actually many ways to generate electricity, ultimately achieving that cheap electricity bill that you have been hoping for. Just take a look at the information provided in this hub, and you could have cheap electricity. It may be exactly what you needed in these hard times.

Making cheap electricity easier to achieve comes the salt water and oxygen technique. As we all know, chemical energy stored in different substances can be converted into electricity. This ability is the foundation of all batteries. Each battery has two poles usually made of two different metals. Obviously, one pole is positive and the other pole is negative. Electrons travel from negative to positive with the assistance of a conductor such as a wire. Make sure the wire is covered in rubber outlining because injury could occur.

The flow of electrons through the conductor is called electricity and can potentially power light bulbs or electric motors if used properly. Getting enough power is the goal here. If you get enough power to operate the things that you use on a daily basis such as television or able to charge your phone, then you will be accomplishing what I like to call "cheap electricity".


Make cheap electricity from salt water and oxygen

Making electricity from water or any form of liquid for that matter could be potentially dangerous so take caution when applying these skills.

In this experiment, you will make a salt water battery, and see how good of an electrical charge it will offer you. The charge won't be enough to power a house of course, but it's a good way to waste time and learn something new. With it, you may be able to power small things such as magnets or small light bulbs (particularly flashlight bulbs).

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Steps on building saltwater battery

Here are the steps to creating a saltwater battery. Follow these steps as it is listed.

  1. Fill your cup about 75 percent (or 3/4) with water and then add a teaspoon of salt to it.
  2. After that, add a teaspoon of vinegar, and a few drops of bleach.
  3. When you are finish adding the previous ingredients, put strips of two different types of metals. It could be copper and aluminum, unless you already have another idea of what to use. (Make sure the metals don't touch each other)
  4. Clip the metals to the alligator clips, but don't let the clips touch the liquid.


Material Needed to build saltwater battery

  • Nonmetallic cup (Styrofoam, paper, or plastic)
  • Salt, water, vinegar, and bleach
  • A variety of metal strips or pieces:

Aluminum (aluminum foil)

Copper (Household electric wire or water pipe

Brass (brads or keys)

Iron (uncoated nails)

Silver (silverware)

Zinc (galvanized nails)

Graphite (large mechanical pencil filter, artists graphite)

  • Alligator clip leads (available at Radio Shack)
  • DC Mini Buzzer (also available at Radio Shack)
  • LCD clock (like the cheap stick-on clock or cheap child's watch)
  • Homemade ammeter or commercial ammeter and voltmeter

Experiment 2: Make Cheap electricity with two candles

Was the first experiment so hard? Okay, well this one is going to be a lot easier, I promise. There isn't much that you need to make electricity from candles. I'm pretty sure everyone has purchased some form of candle before, so that's something that everyone knows about.

Something you should know though; the bigger the candles, the more electricity you will be able to generate.

The concept of electricity from candles is simple. The heat from a lit candle goes through the wires and ultimately creates electricity. Its that simple.

How to generate electricity from two candles

  1. First, you must take a nail and stick one into each candle. (make sure it doesn't go through the other side of the candle)
  2. Rub the surface of the magnet against the nail to magnetize it.
  3. Attach each lead to the nails in the candles
  4. Now connect the bulb the the free ends of the leads
  5. Light the candles and the heat will convert into electricity, lighting up your lightbulb

Material needed for this project

  • 2 nails
  • 2 candles
  • small light bulb
  • 2 leads with alligator clips and a magnet

How to make a Battery out of Fruit (Lime)

Get the 3 limes. Place copper strips and a zinc strip on the opposite side. Connect a copper wire to the copper strip of the first lime to the zinc strip of the second lime; then, connect a second copper wire to the copper strip of the second lime to the zinc strip of the third lime. Connect another wire to the copper strip of the third lime to the red lead of the tester of the third lime, and connect a wire to the zinc strip of the first lime to the black lead of the tester. Watch the needle move in the tester battery tester. Repeat the same procedure with apples, bananas, and one of each fruit.


Material Needed

  1. Copper Electrode
  2. Zinc Electrode
  3. Multi-meter capable of measuring low voltages
  4. Flashlight light bulb 1.2 Volts
  5. Screw Base or socket for  light bulb
  6. Wires 
  7. Alligator clips
  8. Board for mounting the base and the bulb (not required, completely optional)

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      roger 8 years ago

      what if u try using those conductors in the sea

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      mr williams 8 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Wow um lol no idea

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      Jim Shaler 7 years ago

      I think the candle method is a hoax.

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      smoggy 7 years ago

      I also think the candle method is a hoax there is no complete circuit this was emailed to me as a video

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      mp 7 years ago

      these are cool experiments... i'm going to try them with my sons... they'd get a kick out of it... thanks

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      melody 7 years ago

      i tried using the saltwater battery with a small 5 volt light bulb and it didn't work, any suggestions?

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      JM, electrical engineer 7 years ago

      The candle thing is definitely a hoax. I've had about five people send me the video asking what gives. In the video, notice the guy's hand go under the table every time it turns on or off (when he hits the switch). The other reader is correct; there is no complete circuit, so it's BS pure & simple. I think the way the guy pulled it off was to have a buddy connect a battery or other power source to the jumper wires just outside of the picture - notice the edges of the wires are just out of the picture BEFORE anything comes on. The salt and fruit batteries can work, especially citrus fruits, but the current output is so weak you will NOT light up a flashlight bulb, not a chance. Several in parallel MIGHT light up an LED, as an LED only uses about 1/10 the current of a regular (incandescent) bulb. I remember doing these experiments in school (Florida Institute of Technology) 25 years ago, and they were so lame I almost didn't want to be an EE, but fortunately we got through them pretty fast and moved on to bigger and better things :)

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      Andrew 7 years ago

      For the motor, the person brings the leads up on to the table. A better explanation would be that there are leads going up in to the candle that the screws come into contact with with the switch being under the table to activate.

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      SK, Engineer who tried it. 7 years ago

      http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=48319

      The candle thing is a hoax! See the reference.

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      infobot 1567 7 years ago

      O.o im bengie FRANK!!!!! BZZZIPTTT!!!

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      Manoj 6 years ago

      The Candle must be able to work on thermo couple principle. So, 1). it must have two dissimilar metals joint together, 2).there must be change in temperature, 3).whenever there is change in temperature in the joint of any two different metals a voltage will be generated that's true(the two metals must be joint not be like third metal in we solder or braze but like a brass metal brazed to say copper directly). But for a flame of candle it'll be too small voltage generated. that is used generally in aircraft engines to only sense the change in temperature in case of fire that rise temperature. constant temperature let it be 10,000's of degrees will not affect any change in temperature and thus will not give any voltage.

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      Manoj 6 years ago

      The Candle must be able to work on thermo couple principle. So, 1). it must have two dissimilar metals joint together, 2).there must be change in temperature, 3).whenever there is change in temperature in the joint of any two different metals a voltage will be generated that's true(the two metals must be joint not be like third metal in we solder or braze but like a brass metal brazed to say copper directly). But for a flame of candle it'll be too small voltage generated. that is used generally in aircraft engines to only sense the change in temperature in case of fire that rise temperature. constant temperature let it be 10,000's of degrees will not affect any change in temperature and thus will not give any voltage.

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      anil 6 years ago

      what is the reaction in candles takes place

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      Sheesh 6 years ago

      Have you people never heard of electromagetism, coils, AC power or magicians? Nice parlour trick.

      Coil in base of each candle couple with matching coils under table (like a transformer) and an AC source.

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      killer 6 years ago

      hi guys i need help on my project its about Electricity if you are able to help me email at killer_si@live.com

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      abby 6 years ago

      i do too!!!

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      meya 6 years ago

      can you give me way to make alectricity with bulb

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      dix 5 years ago

      its interesting

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      jebsoubo 5 years ago

      I am in a village but i would like to create Electricite with Natural things Help me with your technique

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      amit 5 years ago

      is really a candle produces electricity ,please tell and how

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      Avi 5 years ago

      It does not work

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      KHAN 5 years ago

      IT WORK VERY HIGHERLY

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      aniket 5 years ago

      its very complicated and not very use full

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      Sunny 5 years ago

      Maa ki---

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      electricity 5 years ago

      candle vala experiment jis ney bhi kiya hai ou ki maa ka bhosda

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      neha rachna 5 years ago

      oooooLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLBADE MAJE WALA

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      safal 5 years ago

      duffer net

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      akanksha kumari 5 years ago

      it's really a good procedure from which we can make electricity in the poor villages.

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      pavithra 5 years ago

      it is very nice. i have search more projects but while i see this i confirm this is my project

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      iofrjiofkl 5 years ago

      dont chat

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      emmanuel willams 5 years ago

      how can i make a simple electricity that will what 250volt?

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      sarang sonawane 5 years ago

      i think this is the best way of generating electric city.in india due to load shading there is less electric city but for small work fruits,home indegrents electric city can be produced

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      emely 5 years ago

      am i soopose to post what i think about this or did it help

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      Lebogang matsepe 5 years ago

      Wow! U knw i've experienced lot of things about electricity and i've realised that electricity is the most important thing that we must look upon as human beings.

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      cocoy 5 years ago

      dose it really work

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      sai 5 years ago

      its o wonder ful thing to produced electricity from candel and it will be useful in future

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      sh33p 5 years ago

      candle one is fake.

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      bnh 5 years ago

      its awsome

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      sia 5 years ago

      HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      memefreak 5 years ago

      go to memecenter

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      tiff 5 years ago

      i want to do this what can ya run on it x

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      dung 5 years ago

      good try , i understand very well please try to find some more ways... because these are useless, i have an idea.. why not try one fan for the complete home...for producing electricity ..

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      manoj khanna 5 years ago

      very nice way to fine cheap source of electricity......................

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      ghghgghg 5 years ago

      no work

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      vijay 4 years ago

      by seeing it looks very cool but if it is not going to work than u will be in a very great trouble........................................................................

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      Anurag 4 years ago

      Awesome

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      princess 4 years ago

      is the 2nd experiment is true....????? it is real..???

      ASAP

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      jed 4 years ago

      are you sure candle can produce electricity?. because i invented a machine that give you a nightmare...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      shine 4 years ago

      i think candle method is best and i will try

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      gola maola toala roala 4 years ago

      the videos are tottally fraud. i would like to complain for putting such a video. all these videos go to hell,,,,, and throw them off.

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      rajesh kumar 4 years ago

      nice concept generating electricity by candle..........i want more detail regarding to it working............

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      lily 4 years ago

      Will the candles work ????????

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      sandiya 4 years ago

      very hard mini project i m not understand pls tell briefly mam................. i m 1st year student

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      sandiya 4 years ago

      anyone pls....... give me briefly information i sumttied report by mam pls tell me 2day's only time sandiyasaran@ymail.com

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      saran 4 years ago

      its fake

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      NUMBA MASILISO 3 years ago

      ts so real and great!!!!!

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      swathy priya s 3 years ago

      the candle experiment works

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      Bibin 3 years ago

      Nice

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      asif 3 years ago

      hello friends candle method working or no ?

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      allen 3 years ago

      its not working!its a pure work of pure cheating

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      kirti yadav 3 years ago

      it is nice

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      bunny 3 years ago

      wonderful electricity from candles

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      sushmita 3 years ago

      wonderful electricity from candles

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      csudhagar 2 years ago

      want more

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      douglas 23 months ago

      how does it affect people s life plz help me ia doing this project

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      gandu 17 months ago

      hamare 200 rupies khrab kar dea posed de

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