Pumping 20,000 Volts Into a Watermelon Ends as Spectacularly as You'd Hope

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Unlike a battery, which stores power as chemical energy that’s slowly and steadily discharged to keep your gadgets running, a capacitor can unload all of its juice in the blink of an eye. Even a small capacitor has the potential to stop your heart, but when it’s the size of a dishwasher, well, this watermelon demonstrates exactly how destructive it can be.

Fortunately for us, YouTube’s TheBackyardScientist is less interested in conducting experiments that advance science and more into finding ways to blow things up. And by creating what is essentially man-made lightning, this dude’s watermelon didn’t stand a chance. [YouTube]