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No, You Can’t Charge Your Cell Phone With Your Skin!

No, You Can’t Charge Your Cell Phone With Your Skin!

I don’t know what it is that makes people so goddamn stupid.  I just saw a post from a friend on Facebook linking to a YouTube video that is supposed to show how you can charge your cellphone with electricity from your skin.  It’s frightening how gullible people are.  This is what happens when you have no concept of science and logic, you think like an idiot. Stop doing that.

Here’s the video…

 I want to explain why this won’t work but if you’re already stupid enough to think this works, you’re certainly going to understand the science involved.  So, I will keep it as simple as possible.  USB cables don’t work this way.  They are not an outlet, there are tiny wires that define what is transferred from one end to other.  To just stick one end of a paperclip in there and expect it to link up with the specific wire that sends the electrical current needed for charging just isn’t going to happen, ever. You can get an electrical charge from you skin but it’s somewhere around a tenth of an AMP, that’s not going to cut it.  Also, two quarters and a piece of paper don’t make a capacitor not to mention you wouldn’t need a capacitor for this.  It’s all just so stupid.

If you want some of the science behind how charging with a USB cable works look for reliable sources.  Below is a link to get you started.  And remember, this simple phrase, “If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably is.”  And, don’t ever just take the word of someone because they have a blog and told you something.  Even if you trust them. Look shit up from reliable sources.  Look for the science behind what they are saying.  When you read articles look for their sources.  Look at the evidence they provide to back up what they are saying and then check those sources.

Don’t be that person that posts stupid shit.  Chances are your smart friends are just too polite to tell you that you’re being an idiot.  Sometimes they try to politely and explain why what you just posted was completely stupid and lacks any scientific evidence or even a logical train of thought.  I know this applies to me, I try to be nice but it’s hard when people just throw a pile of stupid right in your face.  Usually what happens now, I just do a silent face palm and remember that there’s a reason I never talk to most of these “Friends” in real life.

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to not look like an idiot when you post.  Just ask yourself, do I really know if what I am about is true or am I just posting it because it sounds cool.  If you’re about to post something that is supposed to be factual and you’re only doing it because it sounds cool, you could be an idiot.  We’re all guilty of posting stupid shit, it happens.  But, let’s be honest, some people do it like it’s a competition.

How USB charging works, or how to avoid blowing up your smartphone

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