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Ugly’s Electrical Reference Books

Ugly’s Electrical Reference Books
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This series of reference books helps electricians, contractors, students, and DIYers navigate the complexities of working with electricity, and within National Electrical Code (NEC) rules. One book covers general electricity topics, and others include residential wiring, conduit bending, and motors and controls.

ShiZap! Block Stacking Game

ShiZap! Block Stacking Game
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What happens when you combine Jenga with a stun gun? You get ShiZap! In this block stacking game, players must move and place blocks using a pair of tweezers which deliver an annoying shock if you don’t complete your move fast enough. The bricks also glow brightly under black light for nighttime party fun.

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Electrician Simulator: First Shock

Electrician Simulator: First Shock

This unique sim game asks players to visit homes and offices to perform electrical repairs. Scenarios include fixing broken switches and outlets, installing wiring, and troubleshooting devices. And yes, electrocution is always a risk. First Shock, a free prologue to the full Electrician Simulator is coming to Steam 11.2021.

Fixing the Mythbusters’ Water Stun Gun

Fixing the Mythbusters’ Water Stun Gun

Allen Pan is a big Mythbusters fan – but he thinks they got one of their experiments wrong. In 2008 Adam, Jamie, and Grant attempted to create a stun gun that shoots electricity through water and failed. Allen came up with a different approach, playing with laminar flow to keep power flowing through two streams of water.

Making a Supercapacitor Electric Bike

Making a Supercapacitor Electric Bike

Supercapacitors have one big advantage over batteries – they charge much faster. But they also discharge energy more quickly, limiting operating range. This makes them suboptimal for EVs. Engineer Tom Stanton built a supercapacitor pack and drive unit for an E-bike to see just how it stacks up to battery power.

How Many Solar Panels Could Power the World?

How Many Solar Panels Could Power the World?

Solar energy is out there for the taking, but is it really free? Wren from Corridor Crew digs into the realities of generating power from various energy sources, and illustrates the number of solar panels and space we’d need to replace dangerous fossil fuels with clean solar energy.

1000-Amp Hot Knife

1000-Amp Hot Knife

It’s been a while since we checked in on PhotonicInduction’s dangerous and destructive electrical experiments. With 1000 amps running through the blade of a kitchen knife, it glows a brilliant reddish-orange and can surely slice through much more than a stick of butter. But how long until the knife itself fails?

Cooking Hot Dogs with Capacitors

Cooking Hot Dogs with Capacitors

Capacitors are capable of storing large amounts of energy and releasing it quickly. The Backyard Scientist teamed up with Peter Sripol and William Osman to show just how dangerous capacitors can be by subjecting a variety of objects to the power stored in a 20,000-volt bank of capacitors. Don’t even think of trying this at home.

Solid State Wind Energy

Solid State Wind Energy

Capturing the power of the wind and turning it into electricity has proven to be a key component in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. But wind generators require massive fans and typically must be placed in less populous areas. Matt Ferrell explores technology currently in development that could harness the wind’s energy without any moving parts.

Levitating Hot Dog Cooker

Levitating Hot Dog Cooker

Inspired by science instructor Bruce Yeany, YouTuber NightHawkInLight wanted to see if he could cook a hot dog while it floated in the air. NightHawk improved on Yeany’s compressed air levitation, using a nichrome and copper coil to heat his wiener instead of a blowtorch.

Sewing with Electricity

Sewing with Electricity

This incredibly creative promotional video for Japanese infrastructure company Kandenko is designed to send the message that “each person lights the future.” The sequences were created with a conductive thread called Smart-X which can be used to sew designs incorporating batteries and LED lighting.

The World’s Hottest Candle

The World’s Hottest Candle

When is a candle not really a candle? When it’s a high-voltage plasma flame like the one shown here. The Action Lab shows how an ultra high-frequency solid state tesla coil can produce an intensely hot flame that can’t be blown out and that can even melt steel.

Around the World on Tesla Coils

Around the World on Tesla Coils

During their 28 years together, Daft Punk used lots of synthesizers and electronic equipment to make their music. But as far as we recall, tesla coils were not in their arsenal. Thankfully, we have Franzoli Electronics, who used his high-voltage noise-makers to play an awesome cover version of Around the World.

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Why Do Electric Plugs Have Holes?

Why Do Electric Plugs Have Holes?

The reason that electric plugs typically have two or three metal prongs is very easy to explain. But what about those holes you see in the tips of the prongs? Silver Cymbal digs into the backstory and purpose of this mysterious design attribute and shines some light on the topic.

High Voltage Levitation

High Voltage Levitation

After watching a video from Plasma Channel which explored the possibilities of levitating objects with electrostatic energy, Mehdi from ElectroBOOM decided to see if he could replicate the experiment. Naturally, it’s not an ElectroBOOM video without delivering a jolt or ten to its host.

Extreme Woodburning

Extreme Woodburning

From the “don’t try this at home” file, Brad Russell shows off what happens when a 2000-volt transformer from a microwave oven is applied to wood painted with sodium bicarbonate. The result is beautiful, tree-like patterns known as Lichtenberg figures.

Working Protosaber Blade

Working Protosaber Blade

While the idea of a real-world lightsaber sounds awesome, the amount of power required makes the idea impractical. But to celebrate the release of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, The Hacksmith came up with the next best thing, a battery-powered version of the predecessor of the weapon, known as a Protosaber. Demo at 14:03.

Captured Lightning

Captured Lightning

Artist Bert Hickman creates amazing organic works of art by firing a multimillion volt electron beam into acrylic. The powerful electrical jolt creates lightning bolt patterns inside the plastic. In addition to flat art, he also makes cubes, spheres, and even guitar bodies.

Lock Picking with Electricity

Lock Picking with Electricity

There are lots of videos out there which show you how to pick basic padlocks, but most of them don’t involve running 900 amps of current through them. This is that video, courtesy of LockPickingLawyer, who connected an ordinary Master lock between the electrodes of a powerful transformer. That sound is terrifying.

Could Your Phone Hurt You?

Could Your Phone Hurt You?

There’s been a long-held concern that the electromagnetic radiation that emanate from cell phones, power lines, and other devices could cause harm to our bodies. But is there any truth to this concern? Kurzgesagt attempts to separate the fact from fiction in this controvertial topic.

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Tesla Coil Rhapsody

Tesla Coil Rhapsody

There’s quite literally something electric in the air with this high voltage performance of Queen’s rock opera. Electronics wiz Fabrício H. Franzoli programmed a duo of solid state Tesla coils to “sing” a portion of the track. His take on Daft Punk is pretty awesome too.

Could Batteries Power The World?

Could Batteries Power The World?

There’s more demand to move away from fossil fuels and towards electric power than ever. MinutePhysics and Real Engineering teamed up to explore some of the challenges of using batteries to power everything, and the theoretical limitations of battery tech.

ElectroBOOM: The Battery Man

ElectroBOOM: The Battery Man

ElectroBOOM’s Mehdi Sadaghdar debunks the outlandish claims of Biba Struja, aka “The Battery Man,” who says he’s not only impervious to electric shocks (which Mehdi knows all about,) but that his body actually generates a meaningful amount of power.

Steel Chain vs. Electricity

Steel Chain vs. Electricity

The power-mad minds at PhotonicInduction decided to see what would happen if they attached a length of steel chain to some high-current transformers. At first, all they were able to muster was a few sparks, but with a higher output power source, it glowed bright orange.

How to Erase a CD-ROM

How to Erase a CD-ROM

While you probably have moved on from storing your data on CD- and DVD-ROMs, chances are you still have some lying around with sensitive files on them. Photonic Induction is here to show you the proper way to permanently wipe all the data from your discs.

High-Voltage Minion

High-Voltage Minion

Mad scientist Grant “The King of Random” Thompson took a cute looking minion toy and transformed it into a deadly and destructive force, thanks to 12,000 volts running through its body. Well, that’s one way to toast marshmallows.

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