Hey dullards! Charge your phone with LIGHTNING!

2 October 2013

LightningFingers Those madcap scientists at the University of Southampton have been working with the bods at Nokia to work on an entirely useful thing which allows a mobile phone to be charged with lightning bolts.

Using a transformer, the gathered coneheads recreated a lightning bolt in the lab by passing 200,000 volts across a 30cm (12in) air gap.

"We were amazed to see that the Nokia circuitry somehow stabilised the noisy signal, allowing the battery to be charged," said Neil Palmer, from the University of Southampton's high voltage laboratory.

"This discovery proves devices can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy."

Palmer then exploded and his office smelled like burned hair forever and the stupid spoilsports have also issued a warning saying: "do not to try this at home".

TOPICS:   Mobile

5 comments

  • jim b.
    what an electrifying read! you certainly are current. i bet the sparks fly in your office annnnnnnnnnd im done. i cant think of any more crappy puns
  • Tits M.
    I'm not sure what's more amazing, the fact the phone can be charged by lightning, or the fact that there is only one grammatical error in Mof's article.
  • Grammar N.
    Good to see Nokia investing in useful research.
  • Dick
    > Using a transformer, the gathered coneheads recreated a lightning bolt in the lab by passing 200,000 volts across a 30cm (12in) air gap My phone charger has a 24in lead. So fuck them, I can charge a two feet from a plug socket.
  • The q.
    Nikolai Tesla, that is all. *Eskimo

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