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What happens when you put 20,000 volts into a Watermelon?

What happens when you pump 20,000 joules into a watermelon?

After trying to blow up a watermelon with a smaller capacitor, Backyard Scientist Kevin Kohler brought in his friend Coyt with 4 capacitors rated at 20kv and 25uf each. The components came from a lab that used to them to simulate the effects of lightning on materials.

To rephrase the original question: So what would happen if a lightning bolt struck a watermelon!

Duncan Idaho

Duncan is a science and technology reporter for CDN and serves as the lead geek correspondent. Follow him if you like rockets, mobile tech, video games or ... just about anything nerdy.

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3 Comments

  1. Golly, what a joy you must have been to you Mother while growing up….Oh, Wait,,,you haven’t! :)
    I admit I didn’t get it all…but loved it….I’m the kind that watches the Indy 500 for the wrecks….

    Wish our schools would teach more like this.

  2. Love it guys. Renews my faith in young people. Reminds me of when I used to to discharge capacitors in class and give all my students a shock! I would probably get fired for doing those things these days, but times have changed!

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