posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 09:27 AM
Originally posted by Lostmymarbles
Would the batteries that power the items you help design be able to last that long as well? And if so what kind of batteries are they?
amount of time a Zamboni pile will function depends partly on how much current is being drawn. The Oxford bell draws very little current.
Another factor in the life of the pile is exposure to sources of corrosion, like atmospheric contaminants. The piles in the Oxford bell are apparently
sealed, so this helps extend their life.
Originally posted by endats01
This has me puzzled. They will not say it is perpetual motion even though it has been running on its own steam since 1840. The fact that is has run
for 173 years is nothing. It is not real look no further into this. The facts do not exist. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Why would they say it's perpetual motion when clearly it's not?
As the maker of the reproduction says in the comments section on youtube:
The dry piles are a very special form of battery having extreme long life and useful for almost nothing but what you see here.
So if this
"rings your bell" so to speak, go ahead and make one like the youtube guy did. But other than being a demonstration of well known scientific
principles, I suspect most people wouldn't think it very useful. In fact if you could hear the constant ringing, it might drive you nuts, though I
suspect the reproduction is quite a bit louder than the original and may not last as long.
Also, Zamboni piles are made with silver foil, which isn't particularly cheap. It would have been interesting if the guy who made the reproduction
detailed the costs, but he didn't, even though someone asked him about selling more reproductions.