Scientists Harness the Power of Electrical Strikes to Charge a Mobile Phone

Southampton University scientists recreated lightning by using am alternating current powered by a transformer to pass 200,000 volts across an 11 inch gap. This charge generated the same heat, light and charge produced by a bolt of lightning.

The charge was passed through a second, controlling transformer that was connected to the phone’s battery to charge it. The scientists, who partnered with Nokia, believe this is the first step in understanding the power of natural lightning and being able to harness its energy.

Read more about how the scientists are using this research to charge a mobile phone.