DIY Project: Creating a Cost-Efficient Battery


Create a basic battery using different coins and investigate how the quantity of coins impacts the electricity generated.

Areas of science:

Energy & Power


Beginner level

Time required:

Less than or equal to 1 day


To proceed with this experiment, adult supervision is necessary when using a multimeter. The How to Use a Multimeter resource from Science Buddies provides guidance on using a multimeter.

Material availability:

Easily accessible


Very low (less than $20)


No safety concerns


Contributed by Sabine De Brabandere, Ph.D., and Sara Agee, Ph.D., Science Buddies

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