What happens when you put 20,000 volts into a Watermelon?

What happens when you put 20,000 volts into a Watermelon?

What happens when you pump 20,000 joules into a watermelon? Two words. Pink Mist. After trying to blow up a watermelon with a smaller capacitor, my friend coyt brought over 4 capacitors rated at 20kv and 25uf each. They came from a lab that used to them to simulate the effects of lightning on materials, so this is basically like what would happen if a lightning bolt struck a watermelon!

One cool thing I did not point out in the video, is the plasma vortex that happens when we shock the steak the second time. It shoots towards my GoPro.

I tried some other things, like wrapping wire around beer bottles caps to see if the shockwave from an exploding wire would open the caps, but the wire kept shorting on itself and it never worked because it never went all the way around the cap.
I also tried woodburning with the electricity, but the bolt just travels on the surface of the wood, not inside it, even when soaked in saltwater.

Thanks for my friends Coyt and Brandon, my
Brother Riley, and my Girlfriend Sandra for hanging out. And thanks to my neighbor for not calling the cops after all!

All Slow motion was filmed on the Chronos 1.4 High Speed Camera 🙂

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20 Responses

  1. Conner Bailey says:



  2. Dimi Petrenko says:

    Did the police came?:D

  3. Zane Colona says:

    am i the only one who wants to see what happens when the cops show up

  4. FluffleArmy says:

    The important question is… Did you get the cops called on you?
    Edit: I’ve found out the answer is in the description, thank everyone for telling me.

  5. Alan Jeffrey says:

    “Kevin, that’s enough!”
    Does she think she’s your mother?
    Next time she’s vacuuming, go yell at her, “that’s enough!” and see if she thinks she should listen to you. Then point out her hypocrisy.

  6. metalhood says:

    Cop (pulling out writing-pad for fines): “We got a complaint about noise here!”
    Kevin: “Yeah, sorry, I was doing a new experiment for BackyardScientist!”
    Cop (writes reminder to check YouTube tonight)

  7. Arsene Lupin says:

    25 years since the burglary at his house . . . . this is how Kevin spend his time now when he’s *Home Alone*.

  8. Potato Master83 says:

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  9. Please Ask Me If I Care. says:

    No cops?

  10. John Doe says:

    What happens when you pull the pin on a grenade and swallow it? I’m really interested!

  11. E.R. VIDS Nivans says:

    That’s the naughtiest thing he has ever done

  12. Bob Badeer says:

    Just to correct you, touching it won’t result in any body part exploding like the sausage because your skin has resistance and resistance limit the amount of current for a given voltage. *HOWEVER*, it will be more than enough to *KILL* you! If the leads were going inside your flesh, then the skin resistance is completely bypassed and yes, body parts will explode given a big enough charge.

  13. Nocturnal says:

    Imagine if this was how the electric chair was wired up. It seems less painful!

  14. Rulon Olmstead says:

    I know you are the backyard scientist but you really should drive to the middle of nowhere for some of these projects.

  15. Emperor Ehryn says:

    “What happens when you put 20,000 volts into a police officer”

  16. andronclock1 says:

    That flyback transformer loosk pretty small, how long did it take to fully charge the capacitors?

  17. Big Can O' Bleach says:

    What happens when you put 20,000 volts into Trumps fake af hair

  18. Filip says:

    If there was no Nikola Tesla, you wouldn’t able to see this.

  19. The Smug Doge says:

    that wiener (pig) and that steak (cow) had a life of fame

  20. ZS ZinySasun says:

    stop wasting food, is something someone would say but didnt ^_^

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