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electolysis? Answered

what is the best metal to use and setup for making hydrogen gas with a fair good amount of hydrogen output

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Best Answer 10 years ago

The best metal to use is platinum - most metals will corrode in the reactive conditions.

I use carbon instead - pencil leads, carbon arc rods, artists' graphite , all will work.

To prevent the accidental generation of chlorine, don't use table salt in the water - use baking powder or washing soda crystals.

The material of the electrode does not affect the amount of gas produced - that is directly related to the electrical energy added - amps and volts.

A car battery-charger should provide plenty of juice.

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lutziepv08
lutziepv08

10 years ago

I've done electrolysis many many many times.

The best thing i've found to add to the water, is hydrochloric acid. You can buy it at the hardware store as "muratic acid".

as far as metal. copper, graphite from pencils, aluminum, iron, basically every cheap metal you can think off all break down and mess with the solution. causes a major headache.

Get silver.

Its not outrageously expensive, hit up www.unitednuclear.com and get yourself a small coin of it.. then hammer it down into something like a wire. remember it won't break down so you can always reuse it. it conducts electricity very very very very well, so its almost perfect.

Then knock yourself out. Remember to slowly increase the voltage for better results. and be safe.

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MonstaM
MonstaM

10 years ago

thanks

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Re-design
Re-design

10 years ago

Brass is a good metal to use but in a different way.