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Lemon battery without copper and zinc metals

  1. Sep 3, 2016 #1

    I have seen a video online that shows how a LED can be lit using a single lemon without using a copper and a zinc nail. They simply stick the LED into the lemon.

    What does that work? I know the lemon contains the electrolyte but don't we always need to dissimilar metals for the battery to work?
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  3. Sep 3, 2016 #2


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    I think you need a lime for it to work.:rolleyes:
  4. Sep 3, 2016 #3
    yeah, true. But why?
  5. Sep 3, 2016 #4


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    It was a joke, the video is a poor fake.
  6. Sep 3, 2016 #5


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    If you wanted to fake it, could you plate one leg with zinc? It would look silver on a video and maybe pass for an "untreated" LED. The anodic index of silver solder is the same as copper according to the table here:
  7. Sep 3, 2016 #6


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    Let say you had a single cell made with a magnesium/copper plated tiny surface reaction area legs LED that might give 1.6 volts (the penny/nail open voltage is about 0.9) open circuit and drop to half that voltage value with a few micro-amp load because of high internal resistance. Would that work to light an LED?
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  8. Sep 5, 2016 #7


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    Possibly there could be concealed wires or a battery buried inside the fruit?
  9. Sep 7, 2016 #8


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    It is definitely a shoop. I can tell from the pixels. Third one from the left has shifty eyes.

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