Activated CHARCOAL is plant materiel that has been carbonized and steam processed. Activated CARBON is coal that has been coked and steam processed. There is a slight difference in what you end up with, mostly in the trace elements I suspect (if you look into precious metal clay, bronze and copper, activated carbon won't work for the copper and gives a different patina to the bronze).
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What's the difference between a potato and a potarto?
Activated Carbon also known as Activated Charcoal;... Same thing. Activated carbon is made from charcoal - so both names are used and intermixed. You say potato...