Experimenting: Can A Battery Made From 1,000 Lemons Jump Start A Car?

June 18, 2019


This is a video from the fun-loving Russians of Youtube channel Garage 54 experimenting to see if a battery constructed from 1,000 lemons can jump start a car. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER: despite the fakery at the very beginning of the video, no. I told them they should have used grapefruits! Apparently their lemon battery only produced about 1.5 milliamps, or about 1/66,666 of the 100 amps required. So, the next time you find yourself with a dead car battery and a thousand lemons, just make yourself a lemonade and start walking.

Keep going for the video, of which the voiceover translation and dude licking the battery wire around 10:00 was probably the best part.

Thanks to Marc B, who informed me he regularly licks batteries for fun and excitement.

  • GeneralDisorder

    i thought Mark Rober did this already.

  • Douchy McDouche

    When life gives you lemons...

  • Deksam

    How else would you try to start a lemon?

  • Kaizer Chief

    Apologies in advance, but... in Soviet Russia, battery charges you

  • sizzlepants

    In 1980s was funny. Now is just old.

  • Douchy McDouche

    In Soviet Russia it is still 1980s.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Nah, still funny.

  • Bling Nye

    So, only need 66,665,000 more lemons.


  • WhiteEagle2

    Then the question would be, could someone hook up 66,000,000 lemons before the first ones started to rot and spoil.

    Also, curious if the science would scale that simply.

  • Bling Nye

    Assuming you can speedily cut, place and hook up a lemon in sequence in 5 seconds flat, you're looking at 92,591 hours or a little over ten and a half years non-stop. A thousand people doing it could cut it down to 92 hours non-stop.

    The space you'd need for that many lemons, assuming each lemon half takes up 3" square, would be about 3156.5 square miles. About 1.25x the size of Delaware.

    Never mind that getting that many lemons to begin with is fairly impossible. There's about 8,000 lemons in a ton, so you'd need 8,333 and a quarter tons of lemons. Average price per pound is $2, so it would cost you $33,333,000 at retail. Even if you could get it at 500% markdown buying wholesale, you'd still be spending $6,666,600.

    tl;dr - Nope.

    And yes, I realize this entire comment is about as useful, and as much of a waste of time, as actually trying to wire up 66,666,000 lemons into a battery. Lol

    Also, caveat, my math could be off anywhere in there; I'm no mathologist.

  • WhiteEagle2

    Excellent stuff. Reminds me of https://what-if.xkcd.com/

  • Bling Nye

    xkcd is one of my favorites. :)

  • sizzlepants

    Shelves.... how do they work?


  • Bling Nye

    I love that this was your takeaway. Haha, 'shelves'. I'm half tempted to figure out shelf space and how much it would take to fit it all into one football stadium, but that'd be a bit much at this point. ;)

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