What Happens When You Put 20,000 Volts Into A Watermelon

TheBackyardScientistPublished: March 23, 2017Updated: March 29, 201746,044 views
Published: March 23, 2017Updated: March 29, 2017

Ever wondered what would happen when you pump 20,000 joules into a watermelon? Two words. Pink and mist.

Kevin Kohler, who also goes by the moniker The Backyard Scientist, has saved us all from spending huge amounts of money on capacitors and throwing away precious summer food by gathering three of his whacky engineering friends to show us exactly what high voltage electricity does to a watermelon.

After trying to blow up a watermelon with a smaller capacitor holding about a 1000 joules of energy, Kevin’s friend and electrical engineer Coyt brought over 4 capacitors rated at 20 kilovolts and 25 microfarads each. They came from a lab that used to them to simulate the effects of lightning on materials, so basically, this is like an extension of their experiments.

Unlike a battery, which stores power, a capacitor is able to unload all of it’s “juice” in a fraction of a second. A small one has the potential to stop your heart, but when it is as big as the one Coyt brought, it will literally blow you to bits, just like that juicy watermelon.

Thank goodness The Backyard Scientist is more concerned about blowing stuff up, than he is about the advancements in science.

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