Earlier this week I had the pleasure of doing something very stupid with another YouTuber. We wanted to see what would happen if you push over 3000A through an iPhone. The result? Fire. You get fire.
To perform this experiment we prepared a few different setups for maximum electrocution. The first was with the tried and true technique of re-wrapping a transformer to put out low volts at high current — essentially, a DIY spot welder. Now while most of those use a little transformer taken out of a microwave, I happened to have an industrial transformer about four times the size. Once re-wrapped to become a step-down transformer, it can produce approximately 1000A @ 1V … Or if you plug it into a 240V outlet, upwards of 2000A @ 2V — all depending on the resistance of whatever you’re putting in-between the contacts.
During the actual test we read about 1400A going through the iPhone with an ammeter. Which puts an iPhone 6 at a resistance of about 0.0014 ohms.
Now while running 1400A through an iPhone was quite spectacular, we were not yet satisfied. So we hooked up half a dozen marine-grade deep cycle lead acid batteries in parallel. Each battery is capable of outputting around 1000 cranking amps at a time. Which puts our theoretical output (before things go south) at 12V and 6000A. Or 72kW. The equivalent of three US households entire mains supply.
This time, we read over 3000A going into the phone. Take a look.
In addition, we also hooked up the phones to a 20,000V transformer to turn them into a mini Apple branded Jacob’s Ladder. No real point to doing this (the phones actually worked afterwards as well!) but it did make for a pretty cool picture.
So, stupidity aside, it is rather wasteful to destroy an iPhone for people’s entertainment — but… it was pretty entertaining, wasn’t it? [EverythingApplePro] likes to spice things up once, departing from his normal jail breaking, reviews, leaks, rumors to destroying an iPhone in a spectacular fashion. I was happy to lend a hand.
Hackaday does not endorse the destruction of high-value electronics for the enjoyment of the masses… but we do love to see a good explosion.