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Charge a battery from Atmospheric static

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You sure can... walk under them with a T5 bulb, lol.

High voltage transmission lines are functionally not unlike a giant tesla coil. It's not enough juice to power big appliances, but stored in a battery bank, you can accumulate a significant amount over time. If your power needs are very low and not mission critical, you can collect some energy from transmission leaks. It's not in the same league as solar or wind in terms of power generated and reliability, but it hasn't really been as developed.

If you're looking to charge a few small batteries (a cell phone, flash light etc) with some free power, use your phone line.

However Carl's diagram is more like the attempts to build Nikola Tesla's "Radiant Energy Capture Circuit". Tesla had many diagrams for this device, in various stages of development, with many forked revisions and small-scale prototypes (which produced very little power by today's standards). However, he was convinced that there was a multiplicative effect of scale efficiency, and with a large station, he could power the world for free. Some of his math doesn't quite add up, but he also produced better results than we have been able to recreate, even today.

Some say Tesla doctored the results in an attempt to get funding, and intended to refine the idea after being awarded a contract (something he was known to do, and a common practice at the time). Others believe he was aware of aspects of the design which were not accounted for in his diagrams, and we haven't recreated whatever breakthrough he had. He was known to omit critical details from documents as a means of protecting the idea from patent thieves. He would prove the principal idea on paper, but without the technique and implementation, a thief could never reproduce his results. Personally, I think the truth lies in a mix of those two theories. He was an undeniable genius and a fantastic showman.

These devices have their uses, but compared to other technologies, are usually considered a novelty. There are few situations where a more reliable or greater source of power isn't already available. In the right niche however, it does have it's uses. My only experiences with such a system are on a much smaller scale however, lighting an LED, not charging a car battery. It should work, but I can't attest to it's efficiency or practicality. Most of the Youtube videos on this topic are fabricated bullshit. When you look at other posts from people who claim to have perfected these systems, you find a lot of hype and little truth ("Free Energy" is always click-bait).  I'd love to hear more about the actual real-world experiences with this circuit.

Thanks I.L.W. +1




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