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Q & A: Cucumber Batteries?

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Most recent answer: 12/07/2007
Q:
Do cucumbers work to make a battery?
- Megan johnson (age 14)
Groveland,Ma,U. S. A.
A:
Megan -

I can't say for certain, since I've never tried it. But cucumbers do have many similar properties to potatoes, tomatoes, and lemons, all of which I know do work. So I would guess that cucumbers would also work. I would recommend trying it yourself to find out for sure. I'd love to hear the results of your experiment. ;)

-Tamara

(published on 10/22/2007)

Follow-Up #1: cucmber cell

Q:
MY CUCUMBER CELL IS NOT WORKING EVEN AFTER WORKING SO HARD. I HAD PUT A STEEL WIRE INSTEAD OF A ZINC WIRE AND A HARD COPPER WIRE AND I HAD CONNECTED IT WITH A BULB BUT STILL IT DOES NOT LIGHT IT UP?
- KENA (age 13)
AHMEDABAD,GUJARAT,INDIA
A:
I think you should replace the steel wire with zinc. Itís very important to use zinc, because itís the tendency of zinc to dissolve in water as positive ions, leaving behind electrons, which primarily drives the battery. Of course it will stilll only light a very tiny bulb.

Mike W.

(published on 12/07/2007)

Follow-Up #2: cucumber battery

Q:
cucumbers work because i did this experiment today
- Anonymous
Georgia
A:
Thanks!

(published on 11/18/2007)

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