Water Powered Clock

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Intro: Water Powered Clock

This instructable will show you how to build a water powered clock. Here is what you will need.
1.zinc and copper leads 
2. connection wires(positive or negative)
3.3 bottles of water
4. low voltage digital clock display
5. water bottle caps

Step 1: Attaching the Leads

Take your copper and zind rods and wrap the positive wire around the copper rod. Do the same thing with the zinc rod to the negative wire. 

Step 2:

Take your connection wire and connect one end of the wire to a copper rod and connect the other end to the zinc rod.

Step 3: Attaching the Leads to the Battery

Take your connection wire and put the copper end into the right water bottle.Take the zinc end and put it into the left water bottle.Take your digital display and attach the zinc end into the right water bottle.Take your copper end and place it into the left water bottle.

Step 4: THE END

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You have  completed the water powered clock!!!!!

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    23 Discussions

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    SingerzA

    Question 6 months ago on Step 4

    what's the science to this, why does it work

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    tanner25d

    1 year ago

    do you need 4 electrodes? can you have 2 in one tank?

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    thomas37

    2 years ago

    Where can I buy the digital display clock? I am doing this for a science fair project so could you please respond quickly?

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    beaver84thomas37

    Reply 2 years ago

    I used an LCD out of an old watch, but you could probably find something on a DIY electronics website

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    blewvelvet

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Also..can you link a few of these together...to power a small motor that could rotate a magnet through a copper wheel?..i.e. a round tube of copper with a slit on the inside of the wheen with a motor in the middle that would be able to swing a spoke around attached to a magnet around inside it? Generating more output?...

    ....or is my thought going against physics?

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    blewvelvet

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Is there a way to connect "already made consumer water"clocks and link those together for more power..that could charge a battery?

    AND

    How much is this outputting?

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    JwalP

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Soo is there a step-by-step video tutorial ?... i would really appreciate if you posted the link

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    gguevara1

    6 years ago on Step 2

    is there any alternatives for the zinc and copper rods?
    can I use the powdered form of zinc instead of the rod?

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    beaver84gguevara1

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 2

    My prototype clock used + & - alligator clips connected to a copper penny and a zinc nail. But the + & - leads have to be made of zinc and copper. From what I know, there is no substitute.

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    ZoDo

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great job. But I think you should work a bit on the design. Give those bottles an artistic look.