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How To: Make an amazing floating static orb

Learn how to make this spooky, amazing floating static orb. This is so simple, and so cool. It uses static electricity to make a tinsel orb levitate above a PVC pipe. We've gotten the orb to float for over 10 minutes. We just discovered you can use a regular balloon instead of the PVC pipe, but we like the pipe best. Watch the video, and then make your own!

How To: Zap and revive old NiCad batteries with a mig welder

Nicad batteries often die in such a way that they won't take a charge and have zero voltage. This usually means they're shorted out by crystal dendrite growth. Here's a method of bringing them back to life by zapping those shorted crystal dendrites away with too much current and/or voltage. We'll use a welder as a power source. You could also use a car battery, a DC powersupply, or almost anything with some voltage. Charged-up capacitors are popular for this because you can get a very fast pu...

How To: Build a gadget station

Most people have tons of gadgets laying around the house these days, and they all need to be charged. Let the Wood Whisperer take you through the process of building a gadget station for all your favorite electronics. From laptops to cell phones, this gadget station will hold them all. Be sure to watch the entire 12-part tutorial from beginning to end for the whole experience.

How To: Jump start a car quickly and easily

This video shows how easy it is to jump start a car properly. Locating the car manual is the first thing to do. It will help for that particular car. Inspect the dead battery. If the battery is cracked or if the liquid inside of it is frozen, don't jump the cars. The battery could explode. Position the cars so that the batteries are as close as possible. Connect the positive cable (red) to the positive terminal (+) of the dead battery. Connect the other positive cable to the positive terminal...

How To: Jump start your car correctly with jumper cables

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to jump start a car correctly with jumper cables. Begin by applying the jumper cables to the dead battery. Make sure that the ends of the cable do not touch in any way. Put the negative clip onto the body ground of the car and connect the positive clip to the positive terminal. Now apply the jumper cables to the charged batteries of another car. Always connect the negative clip before the positive. Then start the charged car for 3 minutes and then sta...

How To: Draw atoms of different elements

An atom is a basic unit of matter consisting of a dense, central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged ions. The nucleus itself is a mixture of positively charged protons amd electrically neutral neutrons. Different groups of elements have respective atomic numbers. You can use the periodic table as a tool to draw atoms of elements. The periodic table is organized into periods, groups and families. This video is a tutorial that reviews the subatomic particles found in an atom. I...

How To: Test a vehicle alternator with a standard multimeter

Richpin demonstrates how to test an alternator with a standard multimeter. First make sure that the vehicle's battery is fully charged. Take the negative lead of the multimeter and put it on the negative post of the battery. Place the positive lead of the meter on the positive lead of the battery. Set the meter to DC voltage using the 20 scale and read the display to ensure the battery is fully charged. Next start up the vehicle and see what the alternator is producing. The display should now...

How To: Load a testing battery in your car

The battery is one of the most important pieces when it comes to your car. Not only does it help provide energy to certain areas of your car, but it's also a life force for it as well. No battery, no starting your car. So it's important to make sure that you always check your battery to see if it's charged and working. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to load a testing battery in your car. It's easy to follow and you'll be glad you did. Good luck!

How To: Get free Redbox DVD rentals

Learn how to get free Redbox DVD rentals. Redbox movies can be found in large stores, usually supermarkets, where you can rent a movie, and return them to the same box when you are done. In order to get the free movie, you must obtain a code, which you will enter during the rental process. On the website, sign up for what is called "Free Movie Monday". Redbox will send a code to your cell phone on the first Monday of every month. One thing to remember is to not be late returning the movie, or...

How To: Make your own 6v battery pack for the Vivitar 285HV

You can make your own 6 volt battery pack for the Vivitar 285HV camera. The Vivitar 285 is known as the "cockroach" flash because it is well put together and it is very hard to kill the flash. Manual mode settings and the color setting are explained briefly. Instead of using four double A batteries to power this flash you can make your own 6V battery to power it. This is beneficial because the 6V battery will last longer and some of them have the ability to be charged up.

How To: Adjust brightness to save battery life on an Android

The new Android enabled phones can take up a bit of power, so knowing the best way to manage your power settings is crucial in having a fully-charged cell phone all the time. The biggest key is making sure your screen brightness isn't more than it should be. Best Buy has answers. The Best Buy Mobile team explains how simple it is to adjust screen brightness to save battery life on an Android cell phone.

How To: Electricity/Electronics for Hackers: Basics: Part 2 (What Is Electricity?)

Hello again, fellow hackers! As promised, here is part 2 of my fresh electricity and electronics for hackers series. In this series, we will be making a lot of things, from power supplies to (hopefully) EMP bombs. But before we can build skyscrapers, we first need a foundation. So in the first parts of this series, I will talk about the basics laws of electricity. In this part, I will talk about what electricity is, in what other forms of energy it can be converted, what voltage, current, and...

How To: Update the firmware on the Nokia N900

In this tutorial, we learn how to update the firmware on the Nokia N900. To start, go to your app manager on your phone and make sure the battery is fully charged. Next, click on the "updates" button and wait for your phone to load and search for updates. When it's finished, the updates for the phone will appear. Click on them to download and install them to your phone. You will have the option to backup your data, you can do this if you choose, but you don't have to. When finished, your phon...

How To: Easily make an electromagnet

Ready to play scientist? This video will show you how to make a cool electro magnet out of a 9 V battery, a 9 V battery connector and parts from a Nokia phone charger. Use a fully charged battery for stronger magnet. Then solder the two parts together and plug in your battery. And just like that you’ve created a powerful yet simple magnet. Try picking up different things and use different batteries to test the difference in strengths . See science can be a whole lot of fun. Put on some funky ...

How To: Light an energy saving bulb without plugging it

This video shows the viewer how to light an energy saving light bulb without plugging it in. The process is also explained in detail during the video. To light the bulb you need to inflate a standard balloon. Then rub the balloon over either a fabric or your hair. Then move the balloon back and forth near the light bulb. The bulb should glow dimly. This effect occurs because the balloon is negatively charged. This means that it has more electrons than protons. The video then goes on to explai...

How To: Get started with the Nikon D40 & Nikon D40x

It is a tutorial that explains the basic guidelines of Nikon D40 and D40x cameras. This enables everyone to take photographs successfully and prepare the camera for use. Attach the lens of the camera by rotating towards the right; make sure that no dust gets into the camera. Then remove the protective cap from lens and align the white dot on the lens with the white dot on the camera's body. Turn to the left until it clicks in to place. First, we must charge the camera's battery; when the LED ...

How To: Make a fake movie prop brick

A fake brick is a great movie prop for any action film. You can break through brick walls, smash a brick in two, or throw a brick at someone without being charged with murder. The majority of this fake brick is made of foam. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make a fake movie prop brick.

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