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(The Weather Channel)   You may one day be able to instantly charge your cellphone using 1.21 jiggawatts   (weather.com) divider line 32
    More: Spiffy, lightning, Alternating Current, weather phenomena, cell phones, inductive charging, University of Southampton  
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2013-10-02 01:38:42 PM  
"While the experiment is a big achievement in the science world, don't expect to see lightning-charged phones becoming a common sight in the near future. "

I don't even expect it to become an uncommon sight.
 
2013-10-02 01:40:35 PM  
When this iphone 5S hits 150% charge, you're gonna see some serious shiat.
 
2013-10-02 01:44:49 PM  

gnosis301: When this iphone 5S hits 150% charge, you're gonna see some serious shiat.


jayse.tv

/power level at 400%
//how about that?
 
2013-10-02 01:47:29 PM  
images.intomobile.com
 
2013-10-02 01:51:20 PM  
The hard part will be getting you phone up to 88 MPH first.
 
2013-10-02 01:56:35 PM  
"Heavy."
 
2013-10-02 02:13:07 PM  
That is giggawatts subby.  Lloyd used the more proper pronunciation of giggawatts instead of the more common american hamfist pronunciation.
 
2013-10-02 02:13:19 PM  
Great Scott!
 
2013-10-02 02:13:59 PM  
Meh, I'll keep charging mine with uranium I stole from the Libyans.
 
2013-10-02 02:15:14 PM  
What the hell is a jiggawatt?!
 
2013-10-02 02:30:51 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: What the hell is a jiggawatt?!


A fan who's obsessed with the Insane Lightning Posse.
 
2013-10-02 02:35:23 PM  

Surool: "Heavy."


There's that word again. "Heavy." Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull?
 
2013-10-02 02:55:15 PM  
Is there anything Jay-Z can't do???  HOVA
 
2013-10-02 03:07:31 PM  
Please, let more cellphone morons stand outside in storms hoping to charge their phones!

Cull the herd!
 
2013-10-02 03:10:25 PM  
Will only work on Blackberries...the DeLoreans of the Smartphone world.
 
2013-10-02 03:25:10 PM  
"Hey McFly, you bojo! Those phones don't work on water!"

"Unless you got POWAH!"
 
2013-10-02 03:29:36 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: "Hey McFly, you bojo! Those phones don't work on water!"

"Unless you got POWAH!"


You.... complete... me.
 
2013-10-02 03:37:11 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-02 03:40:56 PM  
My Lumia 920 gets kinda hot using the wireless charger. Check this video out(skip to .50) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeaT8e9NxzI
 
2013-10-02 04:53:48 PM  
Great Scott!
 
2013-10-02 04:55:56 PM  

Saiga410: That is giggawatts subby.  Lloyd used the more proper pronunciation of giggawatts instead of the more common american hamfist pronunciation.


I doubt the letter g is ever pronounced like a j in Greek. Let me know if I'm wrong.

/how many boos make a gigaboo?
 
2013-10-02 04:56:33 PM  
Oh also

JIGGA PLEASE
 
2013-10-02 05:08:01 PM  
Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of an iPhone??
 
2013-10-02 05:37:20 PM  
"Siri, where can I still find Pepsi Free?"
"You want a Pepsi, kid, you're gonna pay for it."
 
2013-10-02 05:44:01 PM  
"Using an alternating current, driven by a transformer, over 200,000 volts was sent across a 300mm gap - giving heat and light similar to that of a lightning bolt. The signal was then stepped into a second controlling transformer, allowing us to charge the phone."

Transformers drive AC?  News to this EE.

/3 separate articles and none of the 'jounalists' understand what a step-up transformer does.
 
2013-10-02 07:28:14 PM  

Petey4335: "Using an alternating current, driven by a transformer, over 200,000 volts was sent across a 300mm gap - giving heat and light similar to that of a lightning bolt. The signal was then stepped into a second controlling transformer, allowing us to charge the phone."

Transformers drive AC?  News to this EE.

/3 separate articles and none of the 'jounalists' understand what a step-up transformer does.


Don't expect actual facts in your reporting, now.
 
2013-10-02 07:42:37 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: My Lumia 920 gets kinda hot using the wireless charger. Check this video out(skip to .50) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeaT8e9NxzI


Wireless charging. Getting you to pay $50-100 for a charger that requires that you leave the phone down.
 
2013-10-02 10:23:48 PM  
You guys think Back to the Future, I think there will be many people, holdinging their phones up high during a thunderstorm, shouting "I HAVE THE POWAAAAAAAAAAH!"
 
2013-10-02 10:45:34 PM  

mainstreet62: gnosis301: When this iphone 5S hits 150% charge, you're gonna see some serious shiat.

[jayse.tv image 850x477]

/power level at 400%
//how about that?


I watched as that image downloaded, and it seemed that I waited a while to download an image that was a whole lot of unrelated shiat since your "cryptic" reference doesn't mean a goddamn to most of those of us who work for a living.

/trim your images or leave your moms basement for a goddamn cave, fatass
 
2013-10-02 10:49:16 PM  
And it only took them a few seconds to fully charge the phone.

Is the phone run off a capacitor instead of a battery or something?  Because even short-dimension Li cells have some fairly significant charge-rate limits related to the actual physics of the chemical change required to store energy.

... or maybe there's a special set of wiring distributing the charging load in a different way than the extracting load?

Not really viable for consumer use, I'd suspect, if that's the case.
 
2013-10-03 01:22:14 AM  

Saiga410: That is giggawatts subby.  Lloyd used the more proper pronunciation of giggawatts instead of the more common american hamfist pronunciation.


Yeah, the way that that one guy used the word in a movie is WAY more proper than the way everyone uses it in conversation.

A bit of research shows the original suggestion to use giga as the prefix for 10 to the 9th was made by Germans, suggesting a hard Germanic G sound was intended.

As for it being "hamfisted american pronunciation", a 1998 poll showed that 84 percent of Brittons used that hard G sound.  9 percent said it like it was in the movie. 
(per wikipedia, citing a study by John C Wells, who knows about such things.

/ But, by all means, keep feeling smart by degrading "hamfisted american" english.  Im sure it makes your manhood feel larger.
// call it an acceptable alternative pronunciation, fine.  (well, not really, but I could buy that)  But dont call it "the proper" pronunciation.
 
2013-10-03 07:23:45 AM  

m1ke: Meh, I'll keep charging mine with uranium I stole from the Libyans.


Uranium? Libyans don't deal in stinkin' uranium.
 
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