Lightning storm? Why not charge your Nokia phone?

| September 27, 2013 | 10 Replies


What’s Nokia been up to these days you ask? well they’re harnessing lightning!

Nokia Conversation just published a crazy article about an experiment they’ve been working on with the University of Southampton, they’re harnessing lightning and using it to charge a Nokia Lumia 925!

“We were excited by this challenge presented to us by Nokia,” Neil explained. “Using an alternative current, driven by a transformer, over 200,000 volts was sent across a 300mm gap – giving heat and light similar to that of a lightning bolt. The signal was then stepped into a second controlling transformer, allowing us to charge the phone.”

What happened next surprised even the scientists, and Neil adds: “We were amazed to see that the Nokia circuitry somehow stabilized the noisy signal, allowing the battery to be charged in only seconds.” [Talk about a lightning connecter :D]


Lumia 925

Still in a world where wireless chargers are still a commodity, don’t expect to be charging your phone with this any time soon,  Neil Palmer a scientist at the University of Southampton explains:

“This discovery proves that the device can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy,”

Not only does this experiment speaks volume of the creative circuitry Nokia puts in their phones, it also shows how Nokia aren’t done innovating and their R&D will be able to entertain us for a long time to come.


Enjoy the video which also features some footage out of the Lumia 1020 an electric yellow one. 😀

Lumia 1020I love how they managed to get a yellow mount for the 1020

You can also read the full article over at Nokia Conversations

P.S If you live in an area with enough lightning bolts to actually use this technology to charge your phone daily you should move 😀

Thanks for reading. 


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