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Everyday Science

By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 4/15/2024
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We are surrounded by technology but many of us have no idea how the devices upon which we depend even work.
Everyday Science

We are surrounded by technologies past centuries would have described as miraculous and the work of gods. Yet, most of us have no idea how our devices work. Sure, we can use them…with varying degrees of success. But knowing, even at a superficial level, the scientific principles that make a device work, can make our use of that device more efficient, even allowing benefits that we wouldn't otherwise have suspected were available.

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So Many Chargers, So Little Time

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 8/15/2019
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Topics: #Science #Electricity #EverydayScience #CellPhones #Chargers
Why you can't have just one charger for all your devices, and what will happen if you use the wrong one.

If you're like me (and virtually every other American who isn't Amish), somewhere in your house you have a drawer…or a box…or a spare room… filled with random chargers you've collected throughout the years. Many of them have likely been orphaned from their original device when it died, but we keep the charger because …just in case… After all, some day another device's charger may die, and if that happens, hey! You can finally put that old one to new use. Or can you? Because it turns out that chargers are not interchangeable—and using the wrong one to charge a device can actually destroy it. So, understanding the rudiments of how chargers work and how to determine if one is safe to use with an unrelated device is certainly worth spending a few minutes to learn.

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