Graphite and Its Awesome Properties


Hi. Graphite.
I like graphite! It’s a specific arrangement
of carbon atoms that is highly conductive. Which also allows us to draw. Graphite has many applications.
From pencils, to DC motor brushes, to some traces on electronics, to battery carbon rods,
and more. This is a replacement lead
of a mechanical pencil. It’s not made of lead, of course.
It’s carbon. The reason they call it lead
is the result of the same ignorance that resulted in calling the
North American natives “Indians.“ You know, those early explorers,
when they found America, they thought they were in India,
so they called them “Indian”. Later, British tried to fix it
by eliminating natives, which they failed. So they took over India,
and tried to turn them into British, which they failed. Now, we have to call
the real Indians… … East Indians, South Asian,
Asian Indian, or whatever, to avoid mixing them with natives, who were wrongfully accused of being Indian. Aaach! I wasn’t even involved! The point is that, people were originally using lead to draw. So when they discovered graphite, they thought it does the same thing, so it must also be an Indian. One important note – the element of lead is highly poisonous, and I hate it! It turns you into an idiot before it kills you. But I like graphite. Now let’s pass some current through the pencil lead. That way I can measure its resistance. Dogsh*t! Aah! Nowadays, everything blows up. Let’s try again. Wow! It lights up well! Now I’m running 1 amp and measuring voltage across around 1 centimeter, so for this particular piece, the resistance is 150 milliohms, across 1 centimeter. And this is how they make potentiometers. Let’s try 30 volt 10 amp. Just melted my alligator clip. Now, let’s kick it up a notch. I’m gonna run 10 amps through a regular pencil’s graphite. Wow! This is getting- Oh my god- Sh*t! @#$%! Whoa! @#$%&*%! @#$%*%#*@%&!*@#%@! Well see, the graphite gets super hot and burns the wood around it. But it doesn’t burn. That’s why it’s good for high temperature applications. Let’s run 10 amps through this graphite and see how much it glows. Yaaaaa! Look at this! Let me see if I can measure its temperature using my thermal camera. Wow, look at that! Right away it goes above the 330 degrees maximal- @#$%! By the way, I have four of these thermal cameras to give away at the end of my video. So these get very hot. Always wear safety gloves to protect your fingers, and don’t try this at home. Let me see if I can make some arcs. Muuuh sh*t! Always wear safety goggles when dealing with very bright arcs. Let’s try it again. Nice. Look at that! Nice. F*ck! Am I on fire?! (blow blow blow) I suppose using the gardening gloves is not the best idea. You can get carbon rods from a carbon zinc battery. Not an alkaline battery; its structure is different. Make sure it says “carbon zinc” or “heavy duty,” and it doesn’t say “alkaline” or “rechargeable.” First, you pull the cover off. Then you gently pull the battery rod out, while turning it like this. Now I have AA battery rods, D size battery rods, and some longer rods from my old 6 volt battery pack. And I have my supercapacitor bank. I doubled the number of capacitors so I can charge them to 30 volts that can deliver more than 200 amps. Let’s make some arcs now. Hey – my rods are burning? Aah sh*t! Goggles! Well, it wasn’t the rods apparently. It seems like there is some flux in them that eventually burns out. Let’s see if we can melt some copper with this. Look at that people! Molten- Ah sh*t! This glove is not good for this purpose! (blow blow blow) Good news to my supporters at, I have four of these Seek thermal cameras to give away. And if you’re interested to buy their products at, you can get a 20 percent discount with the promo code ElectroBOOM20 for a limited time. Are you watching Discovery Channel again?

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93 thoughts on “Graphite and Its Awesome Properties”

  1. Obese SpiderXD says:

    So if I want lead I just go up to my teachers and say … can I have some carbon

  2. Then Arasanh says:

    sooo, is the thermal camera still available for giveaway?

  3. Rishot Marboh says:

    This man is still alive……..I thought he is dead……😄😄😁😁😁😁😁😂😂😂😍

  4. Wazzup Dude says:

    Well Chernobly engineers thought it was a good idea to add graphite tips on the control rods but the reactor had other plans…….

  5. Cynthia Vance says:

    Muuhh SH*T!

  6. ali jamalomidi says:

    لهجه فارسیت باحاله 😂

  7. 智清/Tomoshimi says:

    "This glove is not good for this purpose"
    And burn his glove

  8. Chris Lackey says:

    Use that Patreon money to get some welding gloves; they’ll work a lot better.

  9. Techhh says:

    ,,Always wear safety glass to protect your fingers"

  10. Ben Ranger says:

    1:58 #VapeNation

  11. mehran rafiee says:

    I knew all of it, but still enjoyed your video:)
    good job man

  12. Alistair Tran says:

    when my shit hits the toilet 1:42

  13. LUMINE CRAFT says:

    I like you eyebrows

  14. Myster1ous says:

    Grant Thompson made a furnace to melt metals with those rods (the king of random)

  15. gemesyth says:

    I also like graphite. You ever played with graphene? Should be even more fun 😁

  16. Tomi Aldave says:

    Let me see if i can make some arcs…
    OUH SH***


  17. John Joemiel L. Gimenez says:

    Ur so funny😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  18. Below May says:

    I swear this guy is gonna die someday soon lmao

  19. Slide Maniac says:

    You didn't see graphite.

  20. darealarusham says:

    Oh lord have mercy

  21. VJ Gaming ROBLOX says:

    2:00 Hindenburg?

  22. RD says:

    The real name of country India is Bharat. Both India and Hindu is the name imposed by invaders. And the religion Hinduism is also not real name in fact no scripture or Vedas of this religion have word Hindu in them. Because before invasion there was no such thing like religion there was sanatana dharma which means eternal duty or responsibility. And many people think that dharma = religion which is incorrect dharma is not religion.

  23. Matthew McGee says:

    Sure it's awesome, but you didn't see it on the roof.

  24. Absolute Skull says:

    I am Indian

  25. Zach says:

    “It turns you stupid before it kills you” lmao

  26. DHIRAJ MEDHI says:

    Your face is so ugly and you shown yourself too much

  27. S A N S says:

    How the hell is dis dude still alive

  28. Dyan Jerard says:

    Are u a indian

  29. Doge Doge says:

    1:14 turn on captions

  30. Steve Mann says:

    where as English where mostly Caucasian and they were wiped out by the Normans who were french, so your really mean french people, 🙂 am i to late for the give away ?

  31. Zanimljiva Struja says:

    Dyatlov has left the chat.

  32. AndrOX Gaming says:

    Eres masoca parece que te gusta electrocutarte

  33. Jay McColm says:

    But in people of Pakistani origin, about two in every three marriages are between first cousins.

  34. John Conners says:

    So fun stuff that I hope some people would find interesting. Graphite electrodes are actually used in a metal cutting/gouging process called Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC). Take a graphite electrode and pressurized air with a heavy duty welding arc and it actually gouges the metal out and blows the slag away. The electrodes come in different shapes, like round and flat for depth and width. It's also used to gouge faulty welds out to go over them to either just make them look better or make them stronger. The graphite electrodes are usually coated in copper due to the oxidation that can build up from that kind of intense heat, and the process itself is very dangerous and very messy. Metal can actually get blown a significant distance, and it's very noisy and dirty.

  35. Haz wizZrBLX says:

    Graphite of radiation?

  36. Alexander Mitti says:

    i think there is graphite on the ground

  37. ɮǟʀʀʏ աօʟʄӄɨռɖօʍ says:

    I like how it sounds like flickering TV static when it gets shorted

  38. XxBillieEilishxX / says:

    Fuck, am i on fire?!

  39. JayKuriN [J] says:

    sometimes I swallow a little when I chew on my pencils

  40. Tao Te Ching says:

    Try small voltage, it's like a filament

  41. Martin says:

    nice Bob Ross impression 🙂

  42. night raven says:

    Let's all thank ElectroBOOM for reminding us Everything NOT TO DO when working with electricity, folks! Seriously though, thanks for doing this stuff so somebody else doesn't get hurt doing the same exact thing.

  43. Niraj F Somai says:

    Hii friend….
    Please make a video on graphene

  44. siro says:

    How are you still alive and able to see

  45. mixed emotion says:

    1k are really famous.😋✨

  46. Nick Wolf says:

    I like your technique if 2 handed tig… No gig welding!

  47. Gadolini Rutherfordium says:

    Sikh cameras? I dint know Indians were that advanced.

  48. liloahmedali says:

    "F*ck, Am I On Fire?"

  49. phillip powell says:


  50. CUBETechie says:

    Is this brightness of the arc's high enough to run photovoltaic cells?

  51. Yesenia Arredondo says:

    How can something so nerdy be so funny! 😆 I'm watching again…

  52. Steve V says:

    You keep saying not to try stuff at home. How 'bout my buddies' house?

  53. Lion Mane says:

    Somebody please send this man a real pair of protective gloves before something dire happens ;D

  54. Arthur De Oliveira Martins says:

    4:23. *"Look at that people, molten… shit

  55. tesla ? says:

    your channel is better than 5 years spent in high school here in italy, lol

  56. jinu raj says:

    Da poorimone

  57. StoneyJuggler 83 says:

    Noicee look at that

  58. ronan pogee says:

    i hope you don't fail bud because am
    a big fan you know but i just subscribed 😀

  59. Carl Johnson says:

    2:00 when you tired to do many assignments

  60. Pedro Sousani says:

    Your are hurting youre self on perpos

  61. Makodragon1225 says:

    Fuck am I on fire?

    Famous last words

  62. HaxFaxe says:

    0:06 looked like a Sr.Pelo reference xD

  63. Mad _ says:

    He's sending us Morse code signals.

  64. Brent says:

    "Always wear safety gloves to protect your fingers and don't try this at home".
    What?! 😂😅

  65. skater gamer says:

    Ur my favorite

  66. Soviet Ch33f says:

    I ate graphite

  67. Crisan Horatiu says:


  68. REVERE IX says:

    0:31 actually they thought they were in the east indies

  69. kris says:

    AM i in fire 😂

  70. Metal Militia says:

    1:14 DOGSHIT!! XDD

  71. Metal Militia says:

    2:50 MUUUH SHIT!

  72. ِ says:

    I want this guy to be my year 8 electronics teacher

  73. Rex Holes says:

    The Lead Indian thing is hilarious

  74. Brian Lancin says:

    This is the video that made me subscribe…too funny, yet informative!

  75. Brenda Fernandez says:


  76. Metal Militia says:

    2:24 YAAAAA! look at this

  77. Garv dhiman says:

    I am india

  78. Abdul fareed Alam says:

    Your channel is very dull

  79. Filtiarin says:

    Americans(not all) are the only people in the world who call red indians ‘indians’. As an Indian I say thank you for making people aware of this.

  80. Gamingwith Benedict says:

    Everything in this video… i love it!

  81. Flaming Haven says:

    All of does exploding circuits are just a happy little accidents

  82. sumit mishra says:

    I'm Indian

  83. munnaf shah says:

    This man has knowledge.

  84. the soupman says:

    This dude legit created a fire hazard just to show that graphite is good for high-temperature applications

  85. Say10 Pug says:

    They think Indians are graphites?

  86. Suraj Panth says:

    How are Indians in your opinion electro…

  87. gabsr says:

    Sr Pelo easter egg 0:06

  88. J F says:

    Every single video this guy makes is classic stuff. If he was my next door neighbor my life would be awesome.

  89. My Mutt says:

    He did not realize he was on fire XD

  90. Ивайло Трепетанов says:

    man…. i hope you have life ins

  91. Akari says:

    Not great, not terrible

  92. Rain says:

    This dude has survived being electrocuted 47 times

  93. •Lazy YT• says:

    0:06 late, but he is referencing to Sr. Pelo

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