Reusable Vinegar Battery




Introduction: Reusable Vinegar Battery

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Hi,in this tutorial I am going to show you how to make a reusable battery from vinegar that's easy and interesting.This even reduces waste by using up some of the electronic waste.Making electricity from things you find around the house is a fun project.There are lots of easy ways to make homemade batteries. Basically, any two different kinds of metal can be placed in a conducting solution and you get a battery. Familiar homemade batteries include sticking copper and zinc strips into a lemon or a potato to make a battery.

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Step 1: Things Required

for this battery to be made we need:-

  1. Some wires
  2. Soda cans X 2
  3. 9 volts battery
  4. Duct tape
  5. A pair of scissors
  6. Vinegar

That's all we need for this.

Step 2: Taking Out the Carbon Segments

Disassemble the battery as shown and remove the zinc plates first and then take out segments from the pack of it.

Step 3: Joining Wires to Carbon Cathode

Place two segments in an adjacent manner and then revolve the copper coil that is not insulated around the segments .Make sure that the copper wire touches the carbon .

Step 4: Making Container

Cut the aluminium can coated with zinc about 2 inches above the base and also pierce a hole just leaving half a centimeter from upside cut part.We had used the soda can because it is made from aluminium foil and is coated with zinc,both the metals act as anode for an electrolytic cell.No need to worry about corrosion if zinc gets removed then aluminium acts as zinc to produce electricity.

Step 5: Making Upper Cap

Take any other base of other soda can and then cut a small hole through its top.(It is to prevent the direct contact of carbon to aluminium.)

Step 6: Making Fittings of Can Container

Make sure that the upper can base fits the upper part of lower can .If required make some trimmings around the can.Cover the hole in upper part using duct tape.Note that the duct tape is an insulator.Also remove insulation from some copper wires.

Step 7: Fitting the Cathode

Pass the copper wire from the duct tape insulation and the pack of two carbon segments should hang,not touching any part of the can except duct tape insulation.

Step 8: Joining Wire to Anode

In this battery,the anode is can itself,so pass the wire from the can through the earlier pierced hole in Step 4 .Now it is the time to throw the cathode inside anode.After pouring some vinegar in the soda can put the hanging carbon segments in the lower part and seal the whole setup using duct tape or hot glue and your battery is ready!!

Step 9: Conclusion

Our battery is ready and the voltage output of battery is 1.12 volts and lasts for 2 hours but is reusable as we can refill vinegar in battery.In this battery:-

Anode - Can itself(aluminium,zinc)

Cathode - Carbon segments(Carbon)

This is a simple battery that also reduces electronic waste as it reuses old batteries in form of carbon rods and segments and also reduces waste as it uses waste soda cans to be built.Please vote if you like!


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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Do we need to take a charged 9v battery?


    4 years ago

    That is pretty easy to make and looks a fun build! Maybe you can add a joule thief to boost up your 1.2 v to around 5v so that something like LEDs can easily be powered.