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CAN YOU MAKE A LIGHT BULB GLOW USING ENERGY DRINKS AS A POWER SOURCE?

IS THERE A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT TO MAKE A LIGHT BULB LIGHT UP USING ENERGY DRINKS AS A POWER SOURCE
In Topics: Science fair
> 60 days ago

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graham
graham writes:
I believe you should be able to. Lighting up a light bulb from an energy drink, (or other materials like a potato, or even water) uses the electrolytes in the liquid to transport electrons from one electrode to the other. Here is what I would try:

1. Get a small 1.5 volt light bulb.

2. Attach two lengths of wire to either contact of the light bulb. If you have a light bulb socket with contacts this will be very easy, if not, see if you can figure out a way using some paperclips. (don't cross the wires, or it wont work). Strip about 3 inches from the other end of the wires.

3. Attach a copper electrode to one end, and zinc to the other (Electrode is a fancy word for the connection between a non metallic part of the circuit). The easiest way to do this is to use a copper penny, and a galvanized nail (which is zinc). Wrap the stripped end of one of the wires around a copper penny.  On the other wire, wrap its end around a galvanized nail.

Now your all set up to test to see if you can light the light bulb from the energy drinks. Poor some into an wide mouth container, and submerge the zinc and copper electrodes into it (don't let them touch). Does the light bulb light up? Try turning the lights off, it might be very faint. If it does not light up, you can try adding an additional electrode pair: take one wire and strip both ends from it, and attach an additional copper penny and galvanized nail to each end. Use a second container of energy drink and put the copper penny from the light bulb in this second container (assuming that the nail is still in the first). Place the nail end of this new wire into the second container, and the penny end in the first. Be sure to have one penny and nail per container. (The electrons will flow from the zinc electrode to the copper electrode, but will not flow at all if you just have two copper pennies). By using two containers in this way you will double the voltage, and should make the light brighter. You can add more containers in the same way if needed.

Note: be sure to clean the penny and nail between tests. It would be best to clean it with sand paper.


Some additional questions you could answer:

Which energy drink makes the light the brightest? Does it correspond to any of the ingredients in the drink? Do drinks that claim to have a lot of "electrolytes" make it brighter? What about sugar?  How do energy drinks compare to just water?

I've included a link from a similar experiment using a lemon:

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ramsha
ramsha writes:
yes
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RASHAWN
RASHAWN writes:
YES
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wasup
wasup writes:
yes yes it CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!
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joyanni
joyanni writes:
Yes,because there is a chemical in the energy drink that is in a lightbulb thatmakes it glow.
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funkyale
funkyale writes:
Yes, it can because it has a chemical in the energy drink.

Plus, I did this project in the science fair and I won first price!
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Monkey(:
Monkey(: writes:
Yes, you can!
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