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Nokia to Use Lightning to Charge Phones?

A group of scientists at the University of Southampton are teaming up with Nokia and are looking into the possibility of being able to charge mobile phones with the energy from a lightning bolt. Apparently the scientists have already had a successful trial of the proposal.

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Nokia is testing the possibility of being able to charge mobile phones using the energy from a bolt of lightning/ © AndroidPIT

In order to create an artificial lightning bolt for the trial run, scientists managed to generate alternating current through a transformer and then channeled that current into a small gap. The bolt was then sent to another transformer which then charged the battery of a Nokia Lumia 925 mobile phone. The strenght of the bolt of lightning was about 200,000 volts. 

Nokia was one of the first companies to incorporate wireless charging into their phones and now it seems that the Finnish company is again pushing the boundaries in technology with this latest venture.

Harnessing the power that is present within lightning bolt will certainly be a huge step in the right direction because the energy in a lightning bolt is renewable, sustainable and also readily available.

The circuitry present in the Nokia phone allows the bolt of lightning to be stabilized and for the battery to charge at the same time.

One of the main problems though with using lightning for anythnig is that it is unpredictable.

What do you think of this experiment and do you think that we will one day be able to harness the power of lightning? Please leave us a comment below and we will get back to you.

Source: Mashable


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  • wtf

  • SheemOn, are you volunteering yourself for an experiment? Hahaha

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    Deactivated Account Oct 7, 2013 Link to comment

    How about a Lemon and two nails? Using a brass nail and a piece of aluminum foil also works.

  • My1 Oct 7, 2013 Link to comment

    the caption scared me for a second, since Lightning is also the name of apples new charger, so I thought at first "why should Nokia ditch micro-USB, but it got better...

  • True, but I love dreamin bout these things!

  • pretty good point although i think it would be some time before we see this become a reality though

  • Nice, I love geeky science. The experiment was done in a controlled environment though. Like wind, you need the ideal conditions to remain a constant for this to be considered a reliable alternative. I do find this to be extremely dangerous if this was applied to the real thing. May fry you or your phone if done carelessly. This would be a breakthrough if they could apply this idea to a more practical use (example: a wireless rapid charger).

  • I would be very curious to hear new findings on this idea.