How to charge an iPod with an onion

I'm not sure what to make of this video. Is it true or false?

It describes how to charge an iPod with an onion. The instructions are that you first poke a hole in the onion, then you soak it in an electrolyte solution (Gatorade). Once the onion has soaked up enough of the Gatorade, you simply push the usb adapter of your iPod's power cable into the onion, and according to the guys who made the video "your iPod will power up and it should begin charging."

I'm sure that the onion would generate some electricity. It's the part about sticking the usb adapter directly into the onion that surprised me. Somehow it just seems too easy. And I don't want to potentially ruin my iPod by testing it out.

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Posted on Tue Nov 27, 2007


Its a fake. All the contacts in a USB plug are made of the same metal, so cannot be used to generate electricty by inserting them into an electrolyte.
Posted by cthelmax  on  Tue Nov 27, 2007  at  02:21 AM

On that note, I'm going to test this tommorow with my USB light and see if it gets a charge.

Wish me luck!
Posted by DJ_Canada  on  Tue Nov 27, 2007  at  09:35 AM
Darn! I didn't see that it had already been posted in the forum.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Nov 27, 2007  at  12:17 PM
It's a fake. To conduct electric current you need a circuit from negative to positive (or vice versa depending on how you were trained) and the more electroyte you have between the poles the better. I doubt an onion charged with Gatorade would generate enough current to charge anything.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Tue Nov 27, 2007  at  05:34 PM
[quote=Alex]Darn! I didn't see that it had already been posted in the forum. Not like I really had a proper place to post it except off topic chit chat =)
Guess I shoulda put it in LINKs
Posted by DJ_Canada  on  Tue Nov 27, 2007  at  06:32 PM
Clearly a fake (as with most videos by that youtube poster). You can see that there is something odd in the way the charging cable coils behind the ipod. This is because there are 2 charging cords, one goes into the onion and then behind the ipod, and the other comes out of the ipod, goes behind it, then down through the book it is sitting on and to a charging port.
Posted by Madisson Marbury  on  Thu Nov 29, 2007  at  06:13 AM
It's real. The onion is an akaline food. It's basically making a homemade alakine battery.
Posted by Sumuji  on  Mon Dec 03, 2007  at  07:38 PM
this is fawsome!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by jake  on  Tue Dec 04, 2007  at  10:56 AM
this is a bad idea it blew up my ipod and signed my eyebrows off. :coolhmm: :lol: 🐛 :ahhh:
Posted by shad davis  on  Tue Jan 08, 2008  at  12:14 PM
its a lie, i tested it in class, conducts a little bit of electricty, but no where near enough for an ipod
Posted by student  on  Mon Jan 14, 2008  at  10:31 AM
This worked for my friend, I think it depends on the type of electrolyte you're using. Cool post, thanks for sharing.
Posted by Mark Vanderlinden  on  Wed Feb 06, 2008  at  01:07 PM
you guys are stupid, you have to soak the onion for more than an hour. It works, ive done it many times
Posted by yo  on  Wed Feb 27, 2008  at  03:53 PM
but can it charge some electrical current at all? plz email me back if you can help
Posted by kosta  on  Fri Apr 04, 2008  at  09:46 AM
I tried this and it didnt work. i was really excited on doing this for my science fair project. but it didnt work. i used a apple orange AND an onion and it didnt work
Posted by lauren  on  Sat Jun 07, 2008  at  01:46 PM
What The F!!! Do You PPL Even Know What an electrolyte is? I think gatorade made it up.
Posted by romario  on  Fri Aug 08, 2008  at  03:02 PM
Heyy i'm gunna do this for my Science Fair project, cause it seems interesting... I really hope it works, and my Dad will sew you if it doesn't! jk, but he said it works, so i hope it does... :lol: Thanks for the video!!
Posted by Sii  on  Mon Oct 27, 2008  at  10:58 AM
We are trying this experiment out for our Chemistry class. We hope it works. We will let you know what our results are.
love optimists. =]
Posted by Hali and Tatum  on  Tue Nov 18, 2008  at  01:10 PM
I ma not rally sure that is it really possible or not....!!!
Posted by patrick  on  Sun Dec 13, 2009  at  03:09 AM
I disagree!!
Posted by ลงประกาศฟรี  on  Tue Dec 29, 2009  at  09:05 PM
Nokia rulezzzzzzzz
Posted by Grigory  on  Wed Jan 06, 2010  at  06:19 AM

thanks admin
Posted by vatan gazetesi  on  Thu Jan 21, 2010  at  05:59 AM
Thanks for this informative Topic
Keep it up
Posted by bluesea  on  Thu Feb 11, 2010  at  02:19 PM
it is very easy to handling.this battery is very useful.
Posted by computers  on  Mon May 24, 2010  at  08:01 AM
I disagree
Posted by Vova  on  Tue Jun 29, 2010  at  05:12 AM
I disagree

it can be wrong for ipod
Posted by sucuk  on  Sat Jul 10, 2010  at  02:58 AM
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