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#1 steven2451

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Posted 4 March 2006 - 04:11 AM

I want to charge like a super battery for blackouts and I want to make a rod attract lightning and put it into a battery how can I do this?
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#2 Cap'n Refsmmat

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Posted 4 March 2006 - 04:23 AM

You'll find that it's very hard to capture lightning. First of all, a lightning bolt can hit 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, so you'd have to make a very durable battery. Lightning is also static electricity, not AC or DC as in your average battery or power outlet, so you'd have to figure out how to convert it.

If you want to make a rod attract lightning, it's fairly simple: make it positively charged.
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#3 JustStuit

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Posted 4 March 2006 - 04:45 AM

I think the lightning would ruin/fry even the most durable battery. The shock would be too great.
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Posted 4 March 2006 - 09:12 AM

a battery would be a silly idea as it stores a charge electro-Chemicaly, a capacitor stores the charge itself and is much better suited for electrostatics.

if you Really want to call the lightening, then a long length of very fine copper wire aranged in a large loose loop attatched to a rocket with a needle tip ought to do the trick quite nicely. however I wouldn`t want to be within 100 metres of the thing if you tried it!
you`de still get some interesting fulgerites if the cap failed to charge though :)
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#5 Callipygous

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Posted 4 March 2006 - 10:32 AM

basically if there were a safe, effective way to store the power of lightning, it would be being used, instead of just grounding out all those lightning rods on the tops of sky scrapers.
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Posted 4 March 2006 - 11:08 AM

basically if there were a safe, effective way to store the power of lightning, it would be being used, instead of just grounding out all those lightning rods on the tops of sky scrapers.


True, the oly savfe thing to do with that much power right now is to earth it - you can't even run it directly int the power grid!

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