Don’t Try This At Home! Extreme Science Experiments With Photonicinduction [Stuff to Watch]

Tim Brookes 18-03-2013

Don't Try This At Home! Extreme Science Experiments With Photonicinduction [Stuff to Watch] stufftowatch logoThe combination of YouTube, scientists and the quest for rating often makes for explosive results, whether it’s a running joke about being terrible How Not To Do Anything With Mehdi Sadaghdar [Stuff to Watch] How-to videos are at their best when they don't provide a solution or successful walkthrough, but instead offer the exact opposite of sound advice. Mehdi Sadaghdar is a YouTuber who has only uploaded a handful... Read More at science or zero-gravity experiments that look incredible. This week’s Stuff to Watch features YouTube channel Photonicinduction, two very capable scientists conducting experiments that no scientist ever would recommend you try yourself.

These guys clearly know their stuff and have a literal shed load of scientific equipment to mis-use and abuse, though that’s not to say these are safe experiments in anyone’s hands. If you always wished your science teacher had gone a little crazy and let you run riot with high voltage, petrol and home appliances then this is one YouTube channel you must subscribe to.

Extreme Dyson Test

When you spill petrol, light it on fire and decide to clean up what’s the first step you should take? Well it’s probably not going to involve vacuuming up fire, but that’s what the guys from Photonicinduction seem to think works best.

It’s definitely worth watching to the end to see just how much punishment a Dyson can take before giving up the ghost.

“Fun” With An Autotransformer

An autotransformer is a device which allows the user to modify the voltage delivered to a circuit. What you should never do with such a device is wire it up to a good friend and turn up the voltage. If you do, be sure to stop before you kill him or her.

This technique is demonstrated fairly well in the video below. There’s nothing wrong with a small shock, but it’s generally not a great idea to do this.

Washing Machine Self-Destructs

How long does the spin cycle on your washing machine last? Does it start smoking half-way through due to the intense speed of the drum? Do you then throw rocks in it?

If you’ve ever needed a good excuse not to throw rocks into a running washing machine then check out this original video.

Huge 60-Year Old Light Bulb

Just to show it’s not all about blowing things up and shocking friends the guys behind Photonicinduction got their hands on a 1960s Mazda light bulb that was purchased as a spare by the BBC for a film shoot.

There’s no destruction whatsoever in this video, just a rather beautiful relic of the past that still works after all these years.

High Voltage, High Current, Dead Motor

Washing machines and their respective components are often seen as excellent test subjects by the Photonicinduction channel, and this video documents the rather spectacular death of a motor that’s being fed way too much juice.

A Thunderstorm Capacitor

Capacitors store electronic charge before discharging a potentially deadly shock, and are important in the functioning of everyday electronic devices. In this next video our mad professor discharges 400,000 volts delivered via the usual 13 amp plug from the comfort of his house.

This is essentially manufacturing an electric storm, with rather incredible results at the end. Unfortunately, we can’t embed this video, so watch it directly on YouTube: Photon’s Thunderstorm Capacitor

The Railgun

A coil gun, often known as a railgun in popular culture, is an incredibly efficient way of firing a projectile using electricity. These things are not hard to make, but have the potential to be incredibly dangerous.

Also dangerous is the practice of putting a coconut inside a watermelon and discharging a capacitor through it, also featured here.

Fire & Ice

Does snow burn? That depends on whether you’re going to add petrol to the mix or not. The results of this rather interesting winter experiment are rather beautiful as the snow appears to be burning. It’s also probably one of the safest experiments conducted on this YouTube channel, though that’s not saying much.

Maybe this will make for a new effective way of clearing snow, then again maybe not.

The Rest

There are around 100 videos in the Photonicinduction YouTube channel, and while many of them involve the wanton destruction of retired home appliances, others are actually quite educational 10 Science YouTube Channels You Can't Miss The word science essentially means knowledge, and it is this quest for learning and understanding that has driven mankind to the height of its power. The Web offers ample opportunity to disperse that knowledge to... Read More (honest). Watching Photonicinduction is a lot safer than conducting your own dangerous experiments, so check out the YouTube channel for more lunacy.

Do you have any favourite mad science YouTube channels? Any other favourites you’d like us to feature? Let us know what you think in the comments, below.

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  1. Josh VanMeter
    March 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Wow! This is a great collection of Science-y videos!

  2. Jerry
    March 20, 2013 at 1:25 am

    "That's not saying much" in the context implies that all the videos on the channel are safe. Choose another cliche, please.

    • Tim Brookes
      March 20, 2013 at 2:24 am

      Quite the opposite is inferred: "isn't saying much" implies that "little concern for safety" is a running theme. Again, I really hope people don't need to be told that putting bricks in washing machines and hoovering up petrol that's on fire is a bad idea. I think to suggest otherwise is a little insulting to the intelligence of our readership.

  3. Zsolt J
    March 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    That Dyson is a real sucking machine :)

  4. Gary McDonald
    March 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm


  5. Scott M
    March 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This was fun.Thanks.

  6. null
    March 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I wonder how these articles are "useful" for users. I am pretty sure that burning gasoline doesn't procude particularly healthy air to breathe in and I think I also read somewhere that every electric shock is bad for a humans' heart. In light of that, I would call at least the first two videos an utterly stupid thing.

    • Tim Brookes
      March 20, 2013 at 1:00 am

      I think to classify such video as useful you'd need to adjust the meaning of the word - they're not explicitly useful, but then they're also no more useful than the many other video posts (movies, short films and so on) in this column. In short, it's not a particularly "useful" column and instead designed to provide a short burst of entertainment as well as the odd educational resource.

      At a push they're better than burning a Dyson or putting a brick in your own washing machine a fact that doesn't make them any less entertaining.

  7. null
    March 19, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Normally Photon hates people posting links to his videos, as a larger-than-manageable audience was the reason he deleted his previous channel.

    The people here seem ok, though.

    • Tim Brookes
      March 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Let's be honest - if you don't like people sharing links to the videos you publicly posted on the Internet you shouldn't be posting videos on the Internet. Simple.

  8. Rama moorthy
    March 19, 2013 at 5:10 am

    What is that device used to pull out fire in first video ..? and also the name of small motor !!!

    • Tim Brookes
      March 20, 2013 at 1:01 am

      It was an old Dyson vacuum cleaner. They're particularly good at sucking up dust, and as you can see the motors are particularly resilient. Wouldn't recommend putting out fires with them myself, though.

      • Rama moorthy
        March 20, 2013 at 5:28 am

        Okay man .. What type of motor(small) is that ..? I may use it for playing ..