Questions tagged [electronics]

Electronics deals with electrical circuits that involve active electrical components and associated passive interconnection technologies. Use this when asking about electronic devices, electronic design and use (or misuse) of some devices.

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Did “hundreds of birds” fall out of the sky in the Netherlands due to a 5G test? [duplicate]

A conspiracy news site claims that (emphasis added): Hundreds of birds have fallen from the sky in The Hague, the Netherlands, during a 5G experiment to see how large the range was and whether the ...
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Does the Sion electric car solar cells provide enough charge for up to 30km travel per day?

Sonomotors have an electric car, the Sion. They claim that this car use its own solar-cells to charge the batteries in one day sufficient to drive up to 34km. Their information sheet says: Thus, ...
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Does turning the lamp in my classroom off and on use more energy than it being turned on for 30 minutes?

My physics teacher regularly said to our class: Turning these lights [pointing to the ceiling of the classroom] off and on uses more energy than leaving them on for 30 minutes. Is this true? I ...
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Have people died by being shocked through the headphone cord of their cell phone?

The headline of an article in Vice magazine claims that "A 16-Year-Old Has Died After Being Electrocuted by His Headphones" Last week, a teenager was electrocuted to death while listening to ...
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Is keyless theft/relay theft a practical threat for vehicles with fob/keyless entry?

Some sites, such as AutoExpress, are warning about a method of breaking into vehicles with keyless entry by capturing and relaying the fob's signal. To quote AutoExpress: The process criminals use ...
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Does fully discharging a Lithium-based battery reduce its lifespan?

According to Battery University, the less you allow a Lithium-based battery to discharge before charging it again, the less wear it will undergo and therefore the longer lifespan it will have. (e.g. ...
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Did Marconi steal and patent Jagadeesh Chandra Bose's wireless technology?

https://web.archive.org/web/20161026225031/http://indiainnings.in/108Facts/marconi This is an excerpt from a books called 108 Facts eternally India As early as 1885, J. C. Bose had demonstrated ...
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Killed by 9V battery (via multimeter)

I found a Darwin award story claiming that someone was killed by pushing the leads of a Simpson 260 into his skin in ohmmeter mode. Furthermore, the story claims it is based on an unnamed US Navy ...
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Does Tesla's 70 kWh battery have 63 kg of lithium and if so, why? [closed]

I have found information that Tesla's 70 kWh battery pack has 63 kg of lithium: https://electrek.co/2016/11/01/breakdown-raw-materials-tesla-batteries-possible-bottleneck/ Considering there's only 13 ...
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Are criminals wandering around with contactless POS sale terminals helping themselves to small amounts from people's RFID credit/debit cards?

There is quite a lot of good coverage on Skeptics already of the security of RFID and contactless credit/debit cards, but it mainly focusses on card cloning and identity protection/privacy/tracking ...
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Do cellphones pose any harm to pacemaker users?

In Japan it is very common to see signs on trains that encourage/require you to turn off your phone on trains, or just near the priority seating areas. The thinking goes that the signals somehow ...
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Can you power a smartwatch by your body heat? [closed]

I stumbled across this indiegogo page for a new kind of smartwatch. It promised to that you never have to charge it because it will be powered by your body heat. Now i'm wondering, can you really ...
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Do fitness trackers make you fatter?

The idea of using a fitness tracker is that you should pay more attention to the amount of exercise you get and, therefore, be more likely to get enough. This should support weight loss in people who ...
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Do consumer computers include components that can connect to the internet when the computer is apparently turned off?

I have seen many claims that devices such as laptop computers contain components that can "connect to the internet" even when the main device is powered off. The implication is that such devices could ...
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Does a SSD only store data for 3 months without power?

On this document published by Dell, in section 6, it states: I have unplugged my SSD drive and put it into storage. How long can I expect the drive to retain my data without needing to plug the ...
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Can you charge your phone using a non-electrified railway?

I recently watched a video on Youtube where two people use a railway to charge their phone. The person in the video uses a voltmeter and shows there is a small (under 5VAC) voltage difference between ...
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Does the 3M mouse pad extend battery life up to 50% or 75%?

The 3M company has a product called 3M™ Precise™ Mouse Pad with Repositionable Adhesive Backing and Battery Saving Design, MP200PS that claims to: Battery saving design extends battery life of ...
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Does placing metal inside the microwave damage the microwave?

It's practically common knowledge that microwaving metal objects can damage the microwave. I've heard this multiple times, mostly from my mom, and I've always believed it to be true. But is it? Would ...
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Does turning off a light truly help the environment? [closed]

I have heard that a power plant will produce the same amount of power no matter what amount of electricity is being used. If this is the case, turning off a light bulb would not help reduce the ...
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Can a “special resistor” save a water heater tank from rust?

The Rheem water heaters say The Rheem Performance Platinum 50 Gal. Electric medium water heater provides an ample supply of hot water for households with 3 to 5 people. This unit comes with two ...
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Does Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) exist?

A recent article from Daily Mail cited the case of a woman claiming to be allergic to Wi-Fi, and that it could even kill her. This claim sounded ridiculous and absurd to me. Quoting parts of the exact ...
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Are British plugs safer than all other plugs?

There is a very interesting Youtube Video British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why that indicates some engineering reasons why the British power plug is safer than for example the ...
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Is there a 12% chance that a solar storm does damage to the electrical grid in the next decade?

Reuters: The probability of a solar storm striking Earth in the next decade with enough force to do serious damage to electricity networks could be as high as 12 percent, according to solar scientists....
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Is the risk of explosion increased by calling and charging a cell phone at the same time?

I have often heard that charging a cell phone and calling in the same time may cause the cell phone to explode. Here is a Facebook page that has pictures of what is claimed to be one such example. [...
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Terabytes of data generated by Boeing Jet every hour

2010 article from gigaom (http://gigaom.com/2010/09/13/sensor-networks-top-social-networks-for-big-data-2/ Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data) says that twin engine Boeing Jet aircraft ...
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Can the health of an alkaline battery be determined by bouncing it?

I was just sent a YouTube video, which appears to demonstrate that one can determine the "health" of a battery (current voltage, useful lifetime remaining, etc.) by bouncing it on a level surface. A ...
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Does reading off a self-luminous tablet impact the quality of sleep?

I've heard claimed many times that reading an iPad in bed makes for worse sleep quality than reading a book or a Kindle with a bedside lamp, Possible explanations I've heard are because of the ...
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Can hot-plugging an HDMI cable damage the HDMI port?

I found this site on the Internet saying something to that effect: Warning!!.....Never connect and disconnect HDMI cables and equipment while your devices are powered on (hot plugging cables). The ...
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Is it dangerous to vacuum-clean motherboards (and other electronics)?

I've been informed that using the standard household vacuum cleaner's blower attachment to clean motherboards (and the insides of laptops and desktops in general) is dangerous due to the possibility ...
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Could phone and electronics batteries be recharged by a lightning strike?

I was reading this story about lightning that stuck a vehicle while the family was still inside: Utah family films car as it’s struck by lightning About halfway through the article is the following ...
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Do electronics have a startup cost?

There is a long held belief with some electricians that turning on an electric device requires a "startup" cost, or an overhead in the amount of power needed for it to start functioning normally. I ...
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Is it possible to fix stuck LCD pixels using flashing colours?

The LCD of my $700 smartphone has a stuck subpixel (blue, almost invisible due to the high screen resolution). There are literally dozens of apps that claim to fix stuck pixels. For example: Here's ...
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Does a mobile phone send signals when it's off?

I've heard that mobile phones send signals to the tower even when the mobile goes off so your location can be detected. Is this possible?
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Can an RFID tag be identified at distance in the real world?

For example, this guy says: To that end, the ZRK [Japanese alien ID card] has an embedded IC Chip with RFID technology, which, as I have argued for years now, is a means to remotely track NJ [non-...
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Can you harvest energy from radio transmissions?

This video gives instructions on building a circuit to harvest energy from radio waves in the air using some pretty straightforward circuitry. The creator has another video showing such a circuit ...
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Can magnets damage LCD screens?

My guitar teacher once told me that leaving a magnet near a LCD screen will affect it. I was skeptical because I guess that he believes that because magnets can affect CRT screens. Here are some ...
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Does baking your graphics card fix it?

There's a tonne of articles online about fixing you graphics card by baking it in the oven. Supposedly this 'reflows' the solder to fix flaky connections. It's even been reported on sites such as ...
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Are Japanese capacitors more reliable in general?

Motherboard and PSU manufacturer's marketing department typically like to highlight the fact that they use Japanese capacitors, and there are even videos on Youtube and some articles about how to ...
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Do ultrasonic cat repellents work?

Amazon sells roughly 355 different cat repellent products but judging by the consumer ratings, most of them don't actually work -- and even those that do, could be correlation rather than causation. ...
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Should we remove batteries from electronic devices when not in use?

When I bought a digital camera recently, the shopkeeper advised me "to remove the batteries when the camera is not used for a long time". I have heard this kind of thing for other devices also (like ...