Born in 1856 in Croatia, Nikola Tesla is one of the world’s most well-known engineers and inventors. During his early years, he worked with Thomas Edison and developed an alternating current electrical system that is used in almost all AC machinery today. He was a genius of the ages. At the time of his death, he had pioneered over 300 patents.
One of the major things Tesla was known for was the concept of free energy. Planet earth and its atmosphere acts like a large capacitor. When lightening hits the surface, it discharges. Tesla created a device that harnessed power from the earth (an infinitely charging capacitor) to charge a man-made capacitor to make electricity. He claimed that through this, everyone could have as much free energy as they desired. Unfortunately, no one has been successfully able to 100% implement this, but one teenager is trying.
A thirteen year old from Nevada, Max Loughan, wanted to test out Tesla’s principles by creating his very own device. Loughan created his device with a coffee tin, two coils, wire and a spoon. He used it to power a string of Christmas lights that he had wrapped around his brother. He says the device only costs about five dollars to make, saying, “My main priority right now is to get some of my other inventions out into the world, and to get this invention to the 68 million displaced people out there who really need it.” The young inventor wanted to attach a light to his device and a mobile phone charger. He said he wanted to send it to people in refugee camps. Each device he has built releases approximately 3 Volts of power.
You too can easily mimic the science behind this. All you need is:
- Aluminum Foil
- Alligator Clips
- A Capacitor
- A Multimeter
Cover one side of a sheet of paper with aluminum. Cut a smaller strip of aluminum and attach it to the paper. Connect an alligator clip to your strip of foil. Connect the other side of the same alligator clip to the positive side of the capacitor. According to Tesla’s experiments, you have just created your very own source of electricity. Leave the device unattended for about an hour. You should get nearly 0.1 Volts of electricity after the hour is up!