Make Your Own Air Battery


The video below shows three different electrolytes for a cell.  Which electrolyte will be the best, producing the most voltage and current?

To make your own cell as in the video, get a couple scrap pieces of metal like Copper and Zinc.  The Zinc can be in the form of Zinc-plated steel.

Dunk both metals into a conductive liquid.  This experiment will test three liquids.

1.  plain tap water

2.  water with Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, which is a salt

3.  water with Sodium Chloride, known as “table salt”

Which one will produce the most power?  Which one will produce the highest voltage and current?  See the video below to find out…

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Spoiler alert:  answer is below.

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Sodium bicarbonate dissolved in water produced the most voltage, current, and power.

tap water alone produced 0.62 V, 0.27 mA

water with sodium chloride produced 0.70 V, 0.50 mA

water with sodium bicarbonate produced 0.71 V, 1.45 mA

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3 Comments

  1. jamshed says:

    what about vinegar acid ..??

  2. Earl says:

    Vinegar can be used to make a battery. I tried it and it worked.

  3. kyle says:

    Doing this for science fair project at school, too cool :)

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