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Need Light? Boiled Potatoes Can Supply Enough Power To Light A Room For 40 Days

Woah – now this is some cool science!

If you ever find yourself without power (ya know, like poor Texans did last month) you might be wondering what you can do for light aside from traditional battery operated flashlights and lanterns.

Well, this might just be the coolest way to light up the dark… boiled potatoes!

Yes, I said potatoes as-in the food everyone loves!

Potatoes are used for so many delicious foods such as mashed potatoes, fries, tater tots and the list goes on.

But aside from being delicious, potatoes can actually be used as an energy source much like a battery.

Cool, right?

A professor named Haim Rabinowitch at the Hebrew University Of Jerusalem found that by putting two metal rods into a potato, it created a chemical reaction allowing it to supply power.

What’s even cooler, they found that if you boiled the potatoes for 8 minutes, it gave a ton more energy.

In fact, boiled potatoes are about 6 times more inexpensive than a regular 1.5 v AA battery.

And a boiled potato can provide enough power to light a room for up to 40 hours! Isn’t that amazing?

So, sounds like we all need to learn how to create potato batteries in case we are even in a bind and need some electricity! I say, keep these items handy in your emergency kit at all times!

You can see how these Potato Batteries are made below.

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Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Did you NOT see Professor Proton on TBBT? HE told how to make a potato CLOCK.


Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Hi everyone out there.... I cooked my potato in the microwave. And guess what... the lightbulbs didn’t work... CLF or LED... was that because of the microwave.


Sunday 14th of March 2021

Wow. How useless is this to the people in Texas that don't have power in the first place. Ll


Sunday 21st of March 2021

@Kj, tell him wow think man. Think.


Thursday 18th of March 2021

@Anthony, they could start a fire as if they were camping. Sometimes we need to think outside the box.😳

Lucretia Summers

Monday 15th of March 2021

@Anthony, if you are prepared you have alternative cooking sources. Sterno, charcoal, wood and camp stoves. You can use them to heat up bricks to help with warmth and to cook and boil water for clean water. And now light.


Sunday 14th of March 2021

Instant ten minute science project for slackers!

Marty Jaynes

Sunday 14th of March 2021

Not sure if this is true or not. I couldn't watch unless I pay for the video. If I'm going to pay for the video. Why don't I buy some batteries. Easy peasy

Troy Arthur

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

@Marty Jaynes, in my teen years my best friends parents use to have a potato clock. It actually ran on potatos. They told me it would run on alot more other than potatos as well. It even ran on water so they said. It appears that energy is everywhere if we just learn how to harness it.