Vinegar Powered Calculator
A project from the Hila Research Center
Video - Vinegar Powered Calculator
LCD calculators draw very little current.
Our vinegar battery easily runs these
Take the back off of an inexpensive calculator, remove the battery
extend the two battery wires out the sides then reassemble.
important: note "+" and "-" ends of wire.
Build two battery cells using copper wire and galvanized nails.
1 - 10 cm copper wire (small gauge)
1 - 15 cm copper wire (small gauge)
2 - 2" galvanized nails
1 - 10 cm regular insulated wire (20 gauge)
Note the copper wire from one battery connects to the galvanized nail on
The copper wire is the "+" terminal of the battery.
We used a piece of breadboard to make connections.
The battery assembly ready to be connected to the calculator.
Connected to calculator.
Make sure copper wire is connected to "+" wire of calculator.
Electrical tape and thumb tacks secure the assembly.
To fill the battery cells, remove the wires
from the bread board.
Lift the caps off and carefully add regular vinegar.
Avoid spilling vinegar on the calculator!
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