How does a different voltage affect the gherkinator?

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Jordi Sod  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello,

I found this absolutely charming experiment, and would like to try it:
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/garage-science/exp/the-gherkinator/

Nevertheless, I live in Mexico, where we use 110 V, as opposed to .  Would it still work, or do I need a transformer to increase the voltage, to the UK's 220 V?  As P = V2/R, I believe that the voltage difference may indeed be a problem.

Thank you for your help, and for your most wonderful site.  All the best,

Jordi Sod,
Mexico City.

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How does a different voltage affect the gherkinator?
« Reply #1 on: 01/05/2009 01:26:49 »
You want to explode a pickle?!?!

I would suggest going with the 110.  If the effect is not sufficiently interesting then get the step up transformer.

Why not make an electric mouse trap?

Microprocessor controlled?

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How does a different voltage affect the gherkinator?
« Reply #2 on: 05/06/2009 17:20:12 »
I believe that it does work on 110V, as I think one of the early people to do it was somewhere in California (where else). To be honest I have only done it on 230V, but there is no reason it shouldn't work at a lower voltage, the sparks will just be a bit shorter.