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Test the Strength of a 9V Battery With Your Tongue

Wondering if your battery is running out of juice?  Stick it to your tongue briefly to know for sure.

First inspect the battery for any noticeable signs of degradation, rust, battery acid, etc.  If the battery seems reasonably clean, stick it to your tongue.  You will feel a slight jolt and metallic taste.  You'll probably need to calibrate your tongue by testing a fresh battery and a dead battery to get an idea of what to expect.

Luckily my friend SHIFT! was around today to demonstrate.  Notice his pained facial expression in the first image, this is definitely a new battery.  In the second image he seems unfazed, this battery should disposed of.
tbarot4 months ago
I had a battery lying around and thought of trying it and just loved it. it's a new experience for me and I tried it 3-4 times
KGuy1 year ago
Haha......my father told me to do this when I was young. I remember looking at him thinking it was a joke.....but his face was very serious. I still love this way to test it :P
I may be a little weird, but when I was younger I used to do this for fun... When you're homeschooled you don't have to many friends to hang with... This was fun :P
iceng1 year ago
So as a teenager I wanted to make an electrical Popsicle to alleviate sugar from kids teeth.

In the experimental process my tongue learned  to tell positive from negative and
voltage within 2 volts up to a painful 12VDC.  Also DC and AC.

BTW 52 ibles in just a little less then a year ... WOW

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junaidi811 year ago
yeah. me too. i was a kid once. cool.
ejp10872 years ago
I do this all the time to check 9V batteries. I don't see why some people think this is dangerous. I even had one guy warn me that I'm going to kill my self after he saw me do it once :) 9V batteries can't put out all that much current, and the current that does come out just goes from one spot on your tongue to another spot less than an inch away. Sure it might sting a little (it more just tastes funny) but it's nowhere near your heart or brain so you'll be just fine.
youn_link2 years ago
this is dangerus and irresponsible, and belive me is crazy do this with brakets
lord_kian2 years ago
This is a good but not ac cúrate método to test a battery a battery solución is buy a cheap multimeter
Steven.Work2 years ago
Warning - there is a larger voltage battery which is the same shape and general form then the regular 9 volts. 24V - I think. This procedure above will knock you on your bottom.
caitlinsdad2 years ago
Are the results back for testing with a car battery?
lol
I think his eyes popped out! All I need now is someone who would like to test my 9V batteries!
wfelix2 years ago
I was a kid once...