Make a Copper Sulfate and Zinc Battery - "Gravity" Design

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Introduction: Make a Copper Sulfate and Zinc Battery - "Gravity" Design

About: NurdRage is a dedicate group of science nerds trying to further amateur science with direct how-to instructions in video format. We saw what was already online and we thought "we could do better".....

We make the classic copper sulfate and zinc battery using the incredibly easy "gravity" battery design approach. Great for science fairs and similar projects this battery can be used to explore many basic concepts in batteries.

All the components can be gotten from our previous videos:

Copper sulfate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arlYPz3EP7A

Zinc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knc1lSupAwQ

Sulfuric acid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okvvD3-DF9U

More information on the chemistry can be googled under the term "daniell cell"

Other science videos at our channel at http://www.youtube.com/NurdRage

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    18 Discussions

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Do you know where a person might buy copper sulphate? (these days)

    L

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    Swindle35437
    Swindle35437

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    you can make it on the next insturctable.u need sulfuric acid and copper fragments

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    hg341
    hg341

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i like them but they dont have some compounds i would like to have

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    NurdRage
    NurdRage

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I believe it's sold in hardware stores to deal with roots in pipes, in agriculture to kill plants and by aquarium and pond suppliers to kill algea.

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Oh yes - thanks for reminding me of that (long forgotten) L

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    kick1ass20
    kick1ass20

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ive bought some recently from bunings hardware in aus under the gardening section (used for pH levels in some plants i think) so try a gardening shop or your local hardware

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    Eurober
    Eurober

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent scientific experiment, with an optimal explanation. Is it possible to use a semipermeable membrane? If yes, how could it be made?

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    dioblo2345
    dioblo2345

    10 years ago on Introduction

    hey nurdrage you know about chemicals right? well can you tell me what i can do with copper chloride if you know please.thanks

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    hg341
    hg341

    10 years ago on Introduction

    what is the dmm in 'cuz its reading 141.8?

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    hg341
    hg341

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    my internet dose not like videos

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    NurdRage
    NurdRage

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ignore this instructable and the image then, it only makes sense if you can watch the video.

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    hg341
    hg341

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i went to a friends and watched it but i still dont know what i wanted to is it reading in millamps or amp?

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    NurdRage
    NurdRage

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    milliamp. if that were 141.8 AMPS those thin wires would explode.

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    hg341
    hg341

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    thats what i was thinking