How to Make a Battery from a Potato

July 23, 2008

To make a clock run with the power of potato is very easy. You may think its difficult but its not. This unique and bizarre scientific technique is very simple and also helps in creating sweet science or chemistry projects for college students.


Now what are the apparatus needed :

  1. Below are the ingredients required :

  2. 2 potatoes,

  3. 2 very short pieces of copper wire (preferably heavy in size),

  4. 2 commonly galvanized nails,

  5. 3 alligator clip and make sure that they are connected with each other with the wire or you can use wire units,

  6. 1 simple low-voltages LED clock which works from 1 to 2 volts button type battery

Steps :


1) First remove the battery of the clock from the battery compartment. \

2) Keep a note of the positive (+) and negative (-) points of the battery.

3) Then number the potatoes as 1 and 2.

4) Now insert 1 nail in each potato.

5) Insert one short piece of copper wire into both potatoes as far wway from nail as possible.

6) Now, take one alligator clip to connect the copper wire into the first potato till the positive (+) point in the clock.

7) Then, use the 3rd alligator clip to connect the next nail into the potato number one to the copper wire in second potato and set the  clock.


Now how does this potato clock work ????


The potato battery is a electrochemical battery, also known as an electrochemical cell. An electrochemical cell is a cell in which chemical energy is converted into electric energy by a spontaneous electron transfer. In the case of potato here, the zinc in the nail reacts with the copper wire. The potato then acts as a sort of buffer between both the zinc ions and the copper ions. The zinc and copper ions would still react if they touched within the potato but they would only generate heat. Now, since the potato keeps them apart, the electron transfer has to take place over the copper wires of the circuit, which channels the energy into the clock. TADA! Now you can see the potato power.


How to charge your mobile phone battery with peepal leaves

July 21, 2008

It’s a very true but strange technique to charge your mobile battery.  

Its been found that you don’t only require any mobile charger to charge the mobiles. You just need a green leaf of peepal tree and your mobile battery will be fully charged. Yes it is true. 

When people came to know about this development, they started testing it and found very successful and encouraging results. If your mobile phone’s battery is discharged and if you’re inside a jungle (I know this is rare) and you don’t have your mobile charger, then you have a very unique way to charge your mobile battery. Just pluck 2 peepal leaves and then you’re done. 

It’s a brilliant idea and an easy one at that to charge your mobile battery. You must open your cell battery and then connect it with the peepal leaf.  Without shaking the mobile set, set the battery in your mobile set. After few minutes you will be amazed to see that your mobile battery will be charged. 

Although it is unbelievable but as soon as the Chitrakoot residents came to know this discovery they felt disbelief. But after practically testing it, the incident proved it was true. 

Now 100’s of mobile phone holders use this technique for charging their mobiles. 

A lot of people including Sushil Kumar Shukla, Santosh Verma, principal of Mahatma Gandhi School, Raj Karan Patel, Shyam Patel, Shekhar Dwivedi, Pramod Gupta, Manager of Gayatri temple, RN Tripathi proved that this technique was true. 

According to the botanists, its just changing mutual energy into electrical energy power can be saved in battery. Similarly, its also possible. They said that it’s a subject of research.

Here again are the steps-by-step guide to charge your mobile phone battery using a peepal leaf :

1- Just remove open your mobile cover
2- Take out your battery from the mobile
3- Take 2-3 fresh leaves of peepal/pipal/ashwattha tree
4- Now touch the stub of these leaves on your mobile battery terminal for nearly a minute
5- Then clean the mobile phone battery terminal with a soft cloth
6- Put your mobile battery again in your mobile and switch it on
7- Now check out the result
8- If needed repeat the process with fresh leaves