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Electric Pickle Experiment

Here’s an experiment my brother and I did a while back, involving high voltage and pickles.

The setup is an electrical cord stripped, and wrapped around two nails. The nails are the terminals that transfer the electricity into the pickle(s).

Setting up The Setup

For safety the modified cord is taped down to the work surface and plugged into a power strip with a isolated switch and fuse. This allows some safety (the 15A fuse) and control (the switch) that we used to start and stop the experiment.

Pickle 1 Pickle 2

Immediately after switching the power on, the pickle lights up with a flickering pattern. One side of the pickle generally lights up more then the other. There was some smoke that was hard to photograph, and the smell of burning pickle.

The flashes seem to be the spark the terminals make when an electrical connection is made, The translucent nature of the pickle's body lets you see the spark pretty well.

My theory is that the high sodium (salt) water content of the pickle makes the pickle a relatively good vegetable to transfer electricity though.

Pickle 3 Dual Pickle 

Generally the smaller the pickle, the better it lights up. I assume that was because there was less pickle for the electricity to travel though.

Quad Pickles Used Pickles 

After a minute or two the terminals burn though the pickle and the char would make the connection from the terminal to the pickle less effective.

Above you can see the different sizes of pickles we tried.

Char hole Chared terminal

All in all, it was pretty interesting, and good times were had by all.

Warning: there are potentially lethal levels of electricity involved with this experiment. If you are not familiar with the safety practices you should use with electricity, do not not attempt. Seriously.

Print | posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 9:11 PM | Filed Under [ Original Posts DIY ]

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# re: Electric Pickle Experiment

i would like to take a look at your experimental procedure...if that is alright with you, i am doing this for a science experiment nd i need at least 3 different ways to do it.Thanks
11/16/2009 1:27 PM | Mr. Ralph
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# re: Electric Pickle Experiment

The experiment was to see what happened when trying to pass high current though a pickle, the setup and result is what you see in the post. Perhaps you could try diffrent wire to pickle connections, or different voltages if you have access to them.

This is a dangerous experiment with potentially lethal amounts of electricity, if you are not familiar with what kinds of safety precautions to take, do not attempt this experiment.

Thanks for your interest.
Jeremy
11/16/2009 2:38 PM | jeremy
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# re: Electric Pickle Experiment

THE ELECTRIC PICKLE IS SO AWESOME IM ALSO DOING RESEARCH ON THE ELECTRIC PICKLE. IM IN THE 7TH GRADE AND I GO TO ARHTUR EDDY ACADEMY AND IM DOIN THIS EXPERIMENT. WHO EVER MADE THIS EXPERIMENT U ARE TRULLY AND SCIENTIST IN MY EYES.
12/24/2009 9:36 AM | shania lawrence
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# re: Electric Pickle Experiment

this experiment is actually the best demonstration i ever saw in my life.
5/17/2010 6:00 AM | james monroe
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# re: Electric Pickle Experiment

It's really nice experiment... And I have pickles in my garden. And have this tried.
4/13/2011 12:31 AM | PECO

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